We’re almost there, folks. The 2020 NFL Draft is this week and we have surely seen our fair share of mock drafts. We released a previous mock draft by analyst Gianfranco Illiano and you can check that out here:
While preparing this NFL Mock Draft, I tried to avoid a lot of trades because it usually takes away from one of my favorite purposes of a first round mock draft, identifying team needs and best players. I enjoy trades with multiple trades, however, because it’s pure chaos.
There’s just so many questions with the NFL Draft this year. Not even counting the fact this is the first virtual draft in NFL history, this draft is uncrackable. I believe I saw a report that a GM said most mock drafts were completely wrong. I’m fairly confident in mine.
1. Cincinnati Bengals – LSU QB Joe Burrow
The 2019 Heisman winner and National Champion brings his superstardom to Cincy to help save the Bengals.
2. Washington Redskins – Ohio State DE Chase Young
Young is a generational talent going to a Washington squad that needs an influx of talent.
3. Chargers (via Lions) – Alabama QB Tua Tagliova
Tua has had just about the most up and down college career ever for a highly touted QB prospect. He’ll be expected to replace long time starter Phillip Rivers.
4. Miami Dolphins (via Giants) – Oregon QB Justin Herbert
The gunslinger from Oregon gets to go save Miami’s offense.
5. Giants (via Dolphins) – Iowa OT Tristan Wirfs
Offensive line has been a problem for the Giants for years now. And with a second year Daniel Jones at QB, it’s a good time to start protecting the pocket.
6. Lions (via Chargers) – Ohio State CB Jeff Okudah
Okudah is the best CB in the draft going to the worst secondary in the NFL.
7. Panthers – Clemons LB Isaiah Simmons
Simmons is just a human highlight tape. He doesn’t even have a position because he plays everything. Panthers have to somehow try and replace the playmaking abilities of recently retired LB Luke Keuchly.
8. Cardinals – Oklahoma WR CeeDee Lamb
Kyler Murray gets his wish to pair up with former college teammate CeeDee Lamb. Coach Kliff will certainly be pleased.
9. Jaguars – Florida CB CJ Henderson
The Jaguars need help at a lot of positions in the Front office. But they also need help at cornerback. Henderson adds to the first round talent at CB in this draft.
10. Browns – Louisville OT Mekhi Becton
Becton has the best name in the draft. And he was also the best tackle in the ACC last season. Baker needs protection. This should work.
11. Jets – Georgia OT Andrew Thomas
Tackles continue to fall. And notice the young QB trend. Jets QB Sam Darnold got beat up last season by DL’s and desperately needs help up front.
12. Raiders – Alabama WR Henry Ruggs
Who even knows who’s the best WR on that Alabama roster last season? They’re all good. Ruggs has tremendous feet and great hands. Good pick for the Raiders to help Carr/Mariota. Also, Las Vegas desperately needs stars and Ruggs has tons of star potential.
13. 49ers – LSU EDGE K’Lavon Chaisson
Chaisson is one of my favorite players in the draft. He is quick but tough as nails. I’m excited to see how he can help the 49ers replace DeForest Buckner.
14. Buccaneers – Alabama OT Jedrick Wills
Brady gets some added protection.
15. Broncos – Oklahoma LB Kenneth Murray
Murray is the best LB in the draft. The Broncos shouldn’t even blink with this pick.
16. Falcons – Auburn DT Derrick Brown
Brown is a unit. He also has NFL quickness. Should be fun to watch him develop in Atlanta.
17. Cowboys – Clemson CB A.J Terrell
Jerry Jones replaces Byron Jones with a far cheaper option.
18. Dolphins – Alabama EDGE Terrell Lewis
Lewis is a prototypical Alabama EDGE defender. I love this pick for the Dolphins who need upgrades on defense.
19. Eagles (via Raiders) – Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy
Jeudy provides speed and fine route running to an Eagles offense that desperately needs more of it.
20. Jaguars – Penn State EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos
Matos was really solid for Penn State all season. And with the Jag’s possibly trading Yannick Ngakoue, this is a no brainer.
21. Raiders (via Eagles) – Utah CB Jaylon Johnson
Johnson is such a solid CB. I know the Raiders will excited at his potential.
22. Vikings (via Bills) – LSU WR Justin Jefferson
Jefferson is a great receiver to put next to Adam Thielen. Give Kirk Cousins more weapons and see what happens.
23. Patriots – Wisconsin LB Zack Baun
Baun is a bull and the Patriots defense could be looking to add some youth.
24. Saints – Utah QB Jordan Love
Love might be an option to replace QB Drew Brees in a few years.
25. Vikings – TCU CB Jeff Gladney
Gladney will hopefully fill the shoes of CB Xavier Rhodes, who was released this offseason.
26. Dolphins (via Texans) – Baylor WR Denzel Mims
Mims has continued to shoot up draft boards since his impressive performance at the NFL Draft Combine. The Dolphins will look to add around Herbert.
27. Seahawks – South Carolina DT Javon Kinlaw
I value Kinlaw much higher than this. But the Seahawks get a huge talent at DT if this happens.
28. Ravens – LSU LB Patrick Queen
Ravens added Derrick Wolfe and franchise tagged Matthew Judon, so I expect the Ravens to add to the defense even more and bring on Queen.
29. Titans – LSU CB Kristian Fulton
One of the many bright spots of LSU’s 2019 Championship team, Fulton gets added to an already elite Titans defense.
30. Packers – Arizona State WR Brandon Aiyuk
The loaded WR class continues to show in the first round.
31. 49ers – TCU DT Ross Blacklock
The 49ers will look to add to their already elite front seven.
32. Chiefs – Michigan C Cesar Ruiz
Ruiz is the best interior OL in the draft and Chiefs C Austin Reiter is 28 years old.