2020 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

UPDATED: April 20, 2020


Round 1

1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow, QB, Bengals
After two rather embarrassing years, I can finally with confidence say I know who’s going number one overall. This pick is a no-brainer after the Bengals abysmal 2019 campaign and with the Andy Dalton era coming to a close, Cincinnati is looking for a fresh face. Joe Burrow has close to everything you ask from a quarterback. He has good mobility and is comfortable throwing on the run. Pair that with his incredible accuracy, he’s a slam dunk first overall pick. Some may wonder about the risk of him being a ‘one-year-wonder’ but his tools suggest 2019 wasn’t an outlier.

2. Washington Redskins: Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
At least in the media, the Redskins have been vocal about looking towards BPA in this year’s draft. Chase Young is a supremely talented rusher who has all the measurables you want. His length and athleticism help him beat linemen on the edge. He’s capable of switching things up and overpowering guys. He’ll still need to refine his game, but he has the potential to grow into something special.

3. Detroit Lions: Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
Bob Quinn has a tendency to draft by need and with the Darius Slay trade cornerback is a glaring need. Jeff Okudah is a well-rounded corner prospect with some of the best technique in the class. Okudah routinely mirrors his assignments and was great in both man and press coverage. Pair that with his physical traits, Okudah has all the tools to succeed at the next level.

4. New York Giants: Jedrick Wills Jr, OL, Alabama
The Giants can go a variety of ways with this pick, and I can easily see them taking Isaiah Simmons at four. I figure with Daniel Jones showing promise this season, they’ll place an emphasis on protecting him. Jedrick Wills is a physical lineman who’s capable of handling bull rushers and speed guys around the edge.

5. Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
While I imagine Miami picks a quarterback at five this year (or earlier), it’s difficult to know who. It seems to be between Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert, and they may ultimately make their choice by how much confidence they have in the former’s health. If they feel Tua Tagovailoa will recover from his hip injury, the Dolphins may have found their franchise guy. One of the most enjoyable quarterbacks to watch; Tagovailoa has the speed, accuracy, and arm talent you want out of franchise quarterback.

6. Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
With the Philip Rivers era over, the Los Angeles Chargers will be tasked with finding his replacement. I’m not the biggest fan of Justin Herbert, but I can understand those that are. He has the arm talent, a quick release, and is a smart decision maker. If he can improve consistency along with his ability to throw on the run, he has the chance to be a good quarterback.

7. Carolina Panthers: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
The Panthers have mentioned wanting to place an emphasis on improving their front seven this offseason. With pick seven, someone like Derrick Brown is a possibility. However, the value of Isaiah Simmons is too difficult to ignore. A jack of all trades kind of linebacker, his versatility will have defensive coordinators salivating. Simmons was comfortable dropping into coverage and could just as easily bring pressure as a blitzer. An intelligent linebacker with great instincts, the possibilities with him are limitless.

8. Arizona Cardinals: Tristan Wirfs, OL, Iowa
While another receiver wouldn’t kill the Cardinals, the DeAndre Hopkins trade may hold them off. Instead, they aim to improve Kyler Murray’s protection. Tristan Wirfs is still raw as a prospect, but his athleticism and domineering size are a huge plus. Arizona would be a nice fit for Wirfs as he’s better suited for right tackle which allows them to keep DJ Humphries at the left tackle spot.

9. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ceedee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
DJ Chark arrived on the scene in the 2019 and established himself as a favorite option for Gardner Minshew. With the Jaguars committing to Minshew for the 2020 season, they’d be wise to find another receiver to pair opposite of Chark. Ceedee Lamb is a YAC machine and is a constant threat to turn 5-yard catches into 50-yard scores. He positions well on his routes and consistently won in tight coverage. Along with that, Lamb is a fantastic run blocker.

10. Cleveland Browns: Andrew Thomas, OL, Georgia
We can attribute a variety of reasons for Baker Mayfield and the Browns disappointing 2019 season. Coaching being a large part and dreadful offensive line play another. Mayfield has the weapons in place, he just needs time to execute. Andrew Thomas isn’t the most exciting tackle prospect in the draft when compared to Wills, Wirfs, and Becton. But he makes up for it by being reliable. Along with being a physical run blocker who does a great job getting to his 2nd level block, he’s effective against speed and physical rushers.

11. New York Jets: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
With the loss Robby Anderson plus most of the top offensive line prospects off the board, the Jets look towards providing Sam Darnold with more weapons. Jerry Jeudy would immediately become the Jets number one receiver. Capable of taking games over (his game against Michigan being just one example), Jeudy displays beautiful route running and is consistent threat for extra YAC.

12. Las Vegas Raiders: CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
The Raiders are rather thin at cornerback and the drop-off from the top two spots in the class may make them act sooner rather than later. CJ Henderson has ideal size and terrific athleticism. He’s a lockdown corner who regularly mirrors his man step-for-step. Henderson does a great job of reading a quarterback’s eyes and has excellent closing speed. Henderson would pair nicely with Trayvon Mullen in Vegas.

13. San Francisco 49ers: Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn
The 49ers have a variety of options and I heavily considered a wide receiver at this spot. But I went defensive line because of the deep receiver class, the value Derrick Brown provides, and the hole left over from the DeForest Buckner trade. Brown is a high motor defensive lineman with a diverse skill-set. He thrives in run defense, but he also has a decent set of pass rush moves and sheer power to help create pressure.

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mekhi Becton, OL, Louisville
With Tom Brady at the helm, the Buccaneers are likely to prioritize adding to their offensive line in the draft. Mekhi Becton is a love-or-hate’em kind of prospect. An incredible athlete with even more incredible size. Becton can use these attributes to overwhelm rushers with his pure strength. If he can continue to improve his feel for the position, he may hit his high upside.

15. Denver Broncos: Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
Drew Lock has gotten off to a very promising start in Denver. But, outside of Courtland Sutton he doesn’t have a lot of options at wide receiver. Henry Ruggs is a terrific pass catcher with an array of skills. He’s a strong route runner, big-time playmaker, and a threat as a special teamer. Ruggs would step in immediately as Denver’s number two receiver.

16. Atlanta Falcons: Javon Kinlaw, DL, South Carolina
The Falcons interior line is weak, and they need someone to play the 1-tech next to Grady Jarrett. Javon Kinlaw has some refining to do with his technique; however, his physical traits and motor are phenomenal. Coming into the league, you’ll get a highly disruptive interior linemen who has the physicality to clog up the middle.

17. Dallas Cowboys: K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
The Cowboys will look early in the draft for a replacement for Robert Quinn. K’Lavon Chaisson presents a high upside option at 17. He must improve his strength, but he has the tools to succeed. His pass rush moves are diverse and effective, which can be rare for rookie rushers coming in the NFL.

18. Miami Dolphins: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
Looks like the Dolphins will replace Minkah Fitzpatrick with another Alabama safety. My favorite safety in the draft, Xavier McKinney is an intelligent prospect with good vision and speed. An aggressive tackler, McKinney isn’t afraid to rip at the ball when wrapping up guys. Finally, his coverage skills make him a versatile player who can fill in at corner when necessary.

19. Las Vegas Raiders: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
The Raiders have a glaring hole at receiver and it would surprise me if one of their two first rounders wasn’t used on the position. Justin Jefferson is a reliable receiver who was a great safety blanket for Joe Burrow. He positions well on routes and is willing to make difficult catches in heavy traffic.

20. Jacksonville Jaguars: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
The past couple of seasons have been rough on the Jaguars secondary. Kristian Fulton would be a step in the right direction towards rebuilding their depleted defensive back group. An experienced corner with an aggressive play style. Fulton boasts a career completion percentage allowed of 43% and would be ready to step in as an outside corner.

21. Philadelphia Eagles: Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
Maybe this is the year the Eagles don’t have Carson Wentz throwing to guys they pulled out of the stands. Denzel Mims is a tough physical receiver who can win both in tight coverage and heavy traffic. He has the speed and athleticism to be a big play threat after the catch.

22. Minnesota Vikings: Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
Following the Stefon Diggs trade, the Vikings will look to fill his spot in the first round. Jalen Reagor has lightning speed and positions well on routes. He has reliable hands and is versatile. The Vikings can use him in jet sweeps and also as a return man.

23. New England Patriots: Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
If Jordan Love isn’t the choice here, the Patriots may look towards replacing one of the two linebacker spots left empty from the Collins and Van Noy departures. One of my favorite prospects in the draft, Kenneth Murray’s aggressive play is so fun to watch. He can be relied on as a blitzer and run defender. An instant 3-down linebacker for New England.

24. New Orleans Saints: Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
The Saints will look for a linebacker to pair next to Demario Davis. Despite only being a one-year starter, Patrick Queen flashed serious potential. He’s quick to react and close out on plays and was competent as a coverage linebacker against tight ends.

25. Minnesota Vikings: AJ Epenesa, DL, Iowa
AJ Epenesa is in the purgatory between 3- and 5-tech. And if he’s selected by Minnesota, they’ll likely ask him to slide inside where had success when given the opportunity in college. Epenesa’s combine numbers are dreadful, but his game tape is incredible. He routinely took games over and in particular, his Minnesota game made him one of my favorite defensive prospects.

26. Miami Dolphins: Cesar Ruiz, OL, Michigan
With the Dolphins likely picking their quarterback of the future in this year’s draft, it’ll be important to bolster their offensive line. Cesar Ruiz can play either guard or center. Ruiz is a talented run blocker who does a great job assisting on blocks and flows naturally to his 2nd-level assignment.

27. Seattle Seahawks: Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
With Jadeveon Clowney likely going elsewhere, the Seahawks will need a replacement at EDGE. Physically, Gross-Matos has the tools you want. His speed rush is difficult to beat and where he makes his money at. To become a more efficient player, he must diversify his move set along with his ability to diagnose plays.

28. Baltimore Ravens: Zack Baun, LB, Wisconsin
Zack Baun can be an interesting piece for defensive coordinators. Baun is a bit of a hybrid mix between linebacker and EDGE defender. His athleticism and agility help him out as a speed rusher. Baun also did an excellent job picking up running backs and tight ends in coverage.

29. Tennessee Titans: Josh Jones, OL, Houston
Losing Jack Conklin in free agency leaves a gap on the Titans offensive line. Josh Jones will need to improve his technique, but he has plenty of tools to work with. He’s has the physical measurables you want out of linemen. His agile movements help him against rushers and allows him to move quickly to his 2nd level assignments.

30. Green Bay Packers: Ross Blacklock, DL, TCU
The Packers may look early in the draft for someone to help shore up their run defense. Ross Blacklock had a terrific 2019 campaign. Blacklock consistently faced double teams but was effective in splitting them. His athleticism and instincts as a rusher made him a headache for opposing linemen.

31. San Francisco 49ers: Michael Pittman Jr, WR, USC
The 49ers will probably use one of their first round picks on someone to pair with Deebo Samuel. This may seem high for some (probably a lot), but I’m a big fan of Michael Pittman. Pittman thrived on deep balls and has the physical stature to win in tight coverage matchups. He was a big play threat with the ball in his hands as well.

32. Kansas City Chiefs: Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
Despite the Chiefs keeping Bashaud Breeland, they’ll likely to add more corner depth at the tail end of the first round. An aggressive corner, Jeff Gladney can play in either man or zone. He displayed terrific closing speed and despite his smaller size was a very reliable tackler.