2020 NFL Mock Draft: Second Round

     

Here’s my fourth and final 2020 NFL Mock Draft of the draft season. 

2020 NFL Mock Draft

33. Cincinnati Bengals: Baylor WR Denzel Mims

After drafting a rookie quarterback high, most teams try to surround their investment with playmakers who can develop alongside each other. Cincinnati could go that direction here by taking Mims, who they worked with at the Senior Bowl. Bengals WR coach Bob Bicknell also happened to work with Mims at Baylor. 

34. Indianapolis Colts: Utah State QB Jordan Love

Odds are the Colts can’t sit here and end up with Love. But they have the ammo to trade up into the range Love could end up, and Indianapolis has reportedly been monitoring Love for a couple of years now. 

35. Detroit Lions: Iowa DE A.J. Epenesa

Epenesa was once seen as a potential top-ten selection but questions about his athleticism drop him to the second round. Epenesa fits the mold of Lions DE Trey Flowers as someone who plays defensive end on running downs and slides inside to defensive tackle on third downs. 

36. New York Giants: Temple C Matt Hennessy

Improving the offensive line and protecting QB Daniel Jones is one of the team’s goals heading into 2020. Center is a major weakness for the Giants and while this might be a bit of a reach, they love Hennessy and could try to trade down while still ending up with him. 

37. Los Angeles Chargers: Texas Tech LB Jordyn Brooks

The run on tackles so far would be the Chargers’ worst nightmare. Still, it’s a deep class and they might be able to address the position later. Linebacker is also a need and Brooks is someone who has started to creep up boards and might not even be available at this slot.

38. Carolina Panthers: Auburn CB Noah Igbinoghene

Igbinoghene made the transition from wide receiver and is still learning the position, which make his accomplishments in his final season in the SEC more impressive. Right now, the Panthers will start Donte Jackson, Dominique Hatfield and Corn Elder against a murderer’s row of NFC South passing attacks. That has to improve.  

39. Miami Dolphins: Georgia RB D’Andre Swift

There’s a valid debate to be had about the value of running backs relative to other positions. But Miami has a gaping hole at running back and needs to find playmakers on offense. Swift is generally seen as the top back in this class and has a complete skillset in both the run and pass game. 

40. Houston Texans: Auburn DL Marlon Davidson

Texans HC Bill O’Brien sounded chafed by Houston’s inability to retain DT D.J. Reader, so look for Houston to address its defensive line with one of its second-round selections. Davidson can play multiple positions along the line. 

41. Cleveland Browns: LSU S Grant Delpit

Last year, the Browns took advantage of a former highly-regarded LSU defensive back sliding to the second round because of questions about tackling, getting Greedy Williams in the second instead of first round. This year, they do the same with Delpit. 

42. Jacksonville Jaguars: Arizona State WR Brandon Aiyuk

Aiyuk has garnered buzz as a first-round prospect, but the depth of the class could push the receivers down the board as teams take players at other positions that are less well-stocked. Jacksonville has talked about giving Gardner Minshew a legitimate shot at quarterback in 2020 and part of that involves adding weapons around him. 

43. Chicago Bears: Penn State WR KJ Hamler

Hamler is a waterbug style slot receiver who’s blazing fast and gives Chicago the speed element on offense they are missing after cutting Taylor Gabriel.

44. Indianapolis Colts: Clemson WR Tee Higgins

Colts GM Chris Ballard told the Indianapolis media the team just wants a receiver who can go get the ball and score. That description fits Higgins to a Tee. The rangy Clemson wideout had 25 touchdowns the past two seasons and adds another dimension to the Colts’ receiving corps. 

45. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: LSU RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire

Buccaneers HC Bruce Arians has spoken about the need to give Brady a pass-catching back to work with. Edwards-Helaire is one of the best receiving backs in this class in the passing game and could end up as Tampa Bay’s feature runner, too. 

46. Denver Broncos: TCU CB Jeff Gladney

Gladney is a bit undersized but incredibly competitive. He profiles well as a nickel corner. 

47. Atlanta Falcons: Wisconsin LB Zack Baun

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff has spoken about Atlanta’s goal of adding defensive playmakers this year. That description fits Baun well, as he blossomed as an edge rusher for Wisconsin last year but also has the ability to work as an off-ball linebacker. 

48. New York Jets: TCU WR Jalen Reagor

The Jets desperately need to add playmakers around QB Sam Darnold and are fortunate Reagor gets pushed down the board in a deep receiver class. 

49. Pittsburgh Steelers: Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor

Taylor is as safe a pick as any in this class. He has top-tier size and athleticism for the position, incredible football character and showed an aptitude to develop in the passing game in his final collegiate season. Steelers RB James Conner isn’t a bad back but has shown an inability to stay healthy with a large workload. Taylor doesn’t have that problem and seems to embody the Steelers archetype for players.  

50. Chicago Bears: Minnesota S Antoine Winfield Jr.

The son of long-time NFL CB Antoine Winfield is rangy, instinctive and offers too much for the Bears to pass on filling the gaping void at safety across from Eddie Jackson.

51. Dallas Cowboys: Ohio State CB Damon Arnette

Adding another corner to replace Byron Jones should be on Dallas’ draft list. Arnette has the size and physicality to do that. Character issues push him down the board but Dallas has shown a willingness to take chances on those kinds of players. 

52. Los Angeles Rams: Michigan LB Josh Uche

The Rams added Leonard Floyd to help replace Dante Fowler and bolster their pass rush, but he’s only on a one-year deal. Uche is light but explosive and turned heads at the Senior Bowl. 

53. Philadelphia Eagles: Wyoming LB Logan Wilson

Another player who has risen up draft boards in recent days as we catch up to the NFL is Wyoming LB Logan Wilson, who has drawn comparisons to Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch for his ability to run and cover. The Eagles don’t typically spend major draft resources at linebacker but its easily the weakest spot on their defense, and they’re quite familiar with the impact Vander Esch has had for Dallas when healthy. 

54. Buffalo Bills: Lenoir-Rhyne S Kyle Dugger

Dugger has drawn plenty of attention from Bills scouts despite playing at tiny Lenoir-Rhyne. His size and athleticism make him the perfect fit for Buffalo’s nickel defender role as a part-time safety and part-time linebacker. 

55. Baltimore Ravens: Notre Dame DE Julian Okwara

It’s unclear if the Ravens will be able to reach a long-term agreement with LB Matt Judon or if he’ll play out the franchise tag and leave in free agency in 2021. Regardless, Baltimore needs to add more pass rushers, which is where Okwara can help. 

56. Miami Dolphins: Louisiana-Lafayette OL Robert Hunt

Hunt was a road-grading tackle for the Ragin’ Cajuns but likely projects to guard at the next level. The Dolphins are expected to make multiple additions to their offensive line in the draft and love positional flexibility.

57. Los Angeles Rams: Auburn OT Prince Tega Wanogho

The Rams are in good shape at wide receiver even after trading Cooks. With the additional pick they added from the Texans, they can look at finding a long-term left tackle to replace Andrew Whitworth

58. Minnesota Vikings: Boise State DE Curtis Weaver

The Vikings continue to restock the talent along the defensive line, which was hit hard by offseason departures, particularly at defensive end. 

59. Seattle Seahawks: LSU C Lloyd Cushenberry

Cushenberry can play both guard and center. His physical demeanor stood out at LSU and he would give an edge to a Seahawks line that value physicality. He’d provide a boost to Seattle’s front no matter where he plays.

60. Baltimore Ravens: Alabama DL Raekwon Davis

The Ravens continue to restock their defensive line after the cupboard has been raided in recent seasons. Davis was phenomenal as a sophomore but plateaued in the seasons since then. If he recaptures his form with the Ravens, watch out. 

61. Tennessee Titans: TCU DT Ross Blacklock

While the Titans are anticipating Jeffery Simmons stepping into a larger role after trading DT Jurrell Casey, that doesn’t mean they won’t add to their defensive front. Blacklock would help keep one of Tennessee’s strengths strong. 

62: Green Bay Packers: Oklahoma DT Neville Gallimore

Gallimore would fill a big need for the Packers on the interior of their defensive line. Green Bay needs to patch up a leaky run defense that failed them when it was needed the most.

63. Kansas City Chiefs: Ohio State RB J.K. Dobbins

The Chiefs arguably have bigger needs given that just about anyone they put in at running back in that offense has success. However, Dobbins is just phenomenal value this late in the second round and brings a complete game. Chiefs HC Andy Reid has always preferred having one workhorse back and that could be Dobbins. 

64. Seattle Seahawks: Southern Illinois S Jeremy Chinn

Chinn has started to draw some buzz and might go much higher than this slot next week. The small-school safety demolished the Combine, running the 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds at 6-1 and 221 pounds. He could remind the Seahawks of what they had with Kam Chancellor

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