This is my final 2020 NFL Mock Draft of the draft season. There are two rounds so be sure to click the links at the bottom of the page to see Round Two.
2020 NFL Mock Draft
1. Cincinnati Bengals: LSU QB Joe Burrow
This pick has been carved in stone for months now despite the usual flurry of pre-draft speculation. Burrow will try to follow up winning the Heisman and the national title as a senior at LSU by reviving his hometown Bengals next.
2. Washington Redskins: Ohio State DE Chase Young
The tea leaves seem to indicate Washington is homing in on Young with the No. 2 pick. Young played his high school ball in Maryland and Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has to be jazzed about the prospect of bringing him back home.
3. Detroit Lions: Ohio State CB Jeffrey Okudah
The Lions have been insistent in recent days they’re open to moving down from No. 3, which likely means they don’t have any offers that are that compelling. If they sit tight, Okudah would help fill the void at corner created by trading Darius Slay.
4. New York Giants: Iowa OT Tristan Wirfs
Offensive tackle is a massive need for the Giants. A rookie could slot in on the right side before kicking to the left later to replace Nate Solder. While the size-obsessed Giants GM Dave Gettleman might find it hard to pass up Louisville behemoth Mekhi Becton, Wirfs has also been consistently linked to the Giants. He has the athleticism and pedigree at Iowa to be a clean pick.
5. Miami Dolphins: Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa
Days from the draft and still no one is 100 percent sure what the Dolphins will do with this pick. However, after a bunch of reports linking the Dolphins to Oregon QB Justin Herbert, the buzz has started to shift back to Tagovailoa. The hip injury is a real concern but none of the other quarterbacks available have Tagovailoa’s ceiling.
6. Los Angeles Chargers: Oregon QB Justin Herbert
There’s a decent chance the Chargers could sit tight at No. 6 and still end up with Tagovailoa if the rumors of Miami’s interest in Herbert aren’t a smokescreen. They could also take one of the tackles to bolster the offensive line if they are really confident in Tyrod Taylor. But if they want a quarterback of the future, they should have a shot at one here.
7. Carolina Panthers: Auburn DT Derrick Brown
A photo came out shortly after Auburn’s pro day showing Panthers GM Marty Hurney staring at Brown in a way that would make anyone blush. It just so happens Carolina has a gaping hole on the interior of their defensive line and Brown is one of the cleanest picks in the draft. While Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons or even South Carolina DT Javon Kinlaw have been mentioned as possibilities by Panthers reporters, Brown makes too much sense.
8. Arizona Cardinals: Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons
Trading for DeAndre Hopkins probably takes the Cardinals out of the running for a receiver. An offensive tackle is a strong possibility, but with Justin Murray and Marcus Gilbert, Arizona might have enough to get by at the position. That leaves Simmons, who would fit the type of hybrid player the Cardinals have gravitated toward and fill a long-term need on defense.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars: Florida CB C.J. Henderson
Whether it’s Jacksonville or another team like the Falcons making this pick, Henderson is a strong possibility here. For the Jaguars, they need a No. 1 corner after trading away Jalen Ramsey and they’ve shown a proclivity toward drafting players from the state of Florida. For other teams, Henderson is seen as potentially even better than Okudah and a target worth moving up for.
10. Cleveland Browns: Louisville OT Mekhi Becton
Cleveland has a massive need at left tackle that’s well-documented. Becton has one of the highest ceilings of any player in this draft with his combination of size and athleticism, but doesn’t come without questions. Browns GM Andrew Berry has said he’s not afraid to take big swings at players and he does so here.
11. New York Jets: Georgia OT Andrew Thomas
Every NFL observer and their mother has linked the Jets to a tackle with this pick. Odds are at least one of the four should be on the board, and here they get a crack at Thomas. If the tackles somehow all go, the receivers available aren’t a bad consolation prize, either.
12. Las Vegas Raiders: Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III
When it comes to receivers, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Team need, scheme fit, and personal preference come into play more than most other positions here, which is why a speed-obsessed coach could zero in on Ruggs ahead of players like Jerry Jeudy or CeeDee Lamb.
13. San Francisco 49ers: Oklahoma WR CeeDee Lamb
49ers HC Kyle Shanahan has been looking for a No. 1 wideout for some time now. While Lamb isn’t as dominant an athlete as Julio Jones who Shanahan had in Atlanta or Odell Beckham who he pursued in a trade, he does have the trait that Shanahan highly values in his receivers — toughness.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Alabama OT Jedrick Wills
Tampa Bay has been linked to a potential trade up for an offensive tackle, but in this scenario one of the top four falls into their laps after the run on receivers.
15. Denver Broncos: Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy
Denver continues to add playmakers around Drew Lock. Denver might have to pull off a trade up to be able to secure Jeudy, whose speed and ability after the catch should compliment Broncos alpha WR Courtland Sutton perfectly. Throw in TE Noah Fant who’s a weapon down the seam and after the catch along with the tandem of Melvin Gordon and Phillip Lindsay out of the backfield and Denver has some serious firepower to compete with Kansas City in the AFC West.
16. Atlanta Falcons: South Carolina DT Javon Kinlaw
Atlanta has been linked to a potential trade up into the top 10 for Florida CB C.J. Henderson, but if they stand pat they could end up with someone like Kinlaw. Dimitroff recently extolled the virtues of interior pass rush over edge pressure, saying the former is harder to find.
17. Dallas Cowboys: LSU DE K’Lavon Chaisson
Dallas elected not to match the $14 million a year DE Robert Quinn got from the Bears, and as a result there’s a major hole across from DE DeMarcus Lawrence. Chaisson has an intriguing blend of athleticism that makes him worth the swing here as the Cowboys look to rebuild their defense.
18. Miami Dolphins: USC OT Austin Jackson
After quarterback, offensive tackle is the next biggest need on the Dolphins roster. They have the draft capital to make a move up for one of the top tackles and that might actually be the better play in this scenario where several go before their pick. Jackson has elite athleticism for the position but needs time to build strength.
19. Las Vegas Raiders: Clemson CB A.J. Terrell
Getting another cornerback is one of the top priorities for Las Vegas in the draft this year. Terrell is a bit of a late riser as media reports catch up with how NFL teams truly feel about players. Raiders GM Mike Mayock‘s love for Clemson players is well-known after just one draft as well, and that’s another box Terrell checks.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars: Houston OT Josh Jones
Jacksonville seems to have hit on RT Jawaan Taylor, who fell to the second round last year. Over on the other side, former second-round LT Cam Robinson hasn’t quite settled in. Jones would give the Jaguars options to solidify their line, potentially kicking Robinson to guard sooner rather than later.
21. Philadelphia Eagles: LSU WR Justin Jefferson
After not addressing the position in free agency and not swinging any trades as of yet, the Eagles almost have to address their weakness at wide receiver in the draft. Jefferson doesn’t play like the deep threat Philadelphia needs despite his 4.43 40-yard dash time, but he’s polished and should be able to contribute immediately as both a slot and Z receiver.
22. Minnesota Vikings: Boise State OT Ezra Cleveland
Cleveland has seen his stock rocket higher in recent weeks and at this point it might be a minor upset if he slipped out of the first round. The Vikings need a long-term option at tackle as they retool and Cleveland would fit the bill for them.
23. New England Patriots: Oklahoma LB Kenneth Murray
Once the actual draft night rolls around, it’s safe to bet the Patriots don’t stay in this draft slot. New England loves to trade back and their next pick isn’t until No. 87 in the third round. If they stick here or don’t move back too far, though, Murray would fill a need at inside linebacker after the Patriots let Jamie Collins and Kyle Van Noy walk. Murray has the size and athleticism New England covets at the position.
24. New Orleans Saints: LSU LB Patrick Queen
Linebacker is the Saints’ biggest remaining need after missing out on Jamie Collins in free agency. They stay close to home instead and grab Queen to plug into the heart of their defense. While he’s a little undersized, Queen is rangy and instinctual, embodying the trend of modern linebackers.
25. Minnesota Vikings: Utah CB Jaylon Johnson
Vikings HC Mike Zimmer loves drafting corners, and this year he’s got good reason to. Both his starters from last year, Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes, have moved on. Former first-round CB Mike Hughes is in the pipeline but that’s nowhere near enough for Zimmer. Johnson should help with that.
26. Miami Dolphins: Alabama S Xavier McKinney
The connection between the New England and Alabama programs has been strong for a while, so it stands to reason Dolphins HC Brian Flores could muster a similar connection. McKinney is the type of versatile chess piece Miami is looking to add in its secondary.
27. Seattle Seahawks: Penn State DE Yetur Gross-Matos
Realistically Seattle likely trades out of this slot given they’ve moved down more often than not under GM John Schneider. However, if they stay put, the workout-warrior Gross-Matos could appeal to them as they look to restock their pass rush.
28. Baltimore Ravens: Michigan C Cesar Ruiz
The Ravens have a gaping hole on the interior of their offensive line following the retirement of G Marshal Yanda and the knee injury to C Matt Skura. Ruiz could fill either spot and gives Baltimore options as they look to maintain their level on offense in 2020.
29. Tennessee Titans: Georgia OT Isaiah Wilson
The Titans have been linked to Wilson, another massive tackle prospect, as a potential successor to departed right tackle Jack Conklin. They might not take him here as they’ve also been mentioned as a candidate to trade back, but Wilson might still be the target.
30. Green Bay Packers: LSU CB Kristian Fulton
Cornerback is a sneaky need for the Packers with Kevin King entering a contract year and not much else on the depth chart behind him. Fulton is part of a crowded second tier of cornerbacks and opinions on him differ. But he could be a solid No. 2 corner across from Jaire Alexander.
31. San Francisco 49ers: Texas A&M DT Justin Madubuike
San Francisco picked up one first-round pick by trading DL DeForest Buckner, here they take a shot at finding his replacement. Madubuike is a penetrating defensive tackle who would help keep the 49ers’ biggest strength strong. This pick is also a strong candidate to be traded.
32. Kansas City Chiefs: Alabama CB Trevon Diggs
Cornerback remains a major need for the defense. While Kansas City brought back Bashaud Breeland, though just on a one-year deal, Kendall Fuller signed with the Redskins. The Chiefs could start the process of retooling the secondary here by plucking Diggs.