Here’s the final second-round projection for my 2020 NFL Mock Draft.
2020 NFL Mock Draft
33. Cincinnati Bengals: LSU C Lloyd Cushenberry
The Bengals could go a number of ways to open the second round. However, their interior offensive line could really use some help and getting one of the top center prospects in this year’s draft class is a good start. Lance Zierlein compares Cushenberry to Packers C Corey Linsley.
34. Indianapolis Colts: Utah State QB Jordan Love
Love is considered by some to be a first-round prospect, who could go as high as the top-10. However, he slides a bit in this mock and I’m sure the Colts are more than happy to grab him at No. 34 overall. Love would serve as the long-term replacement for veteran Philip Rivers.
35. Detroit Lions: Iowa DE A.J. Epenesa
Epenesa didn’t have a great Combine, but he’s been a very productive player and offers good size and length. The Lions have a clear need at defensive end and Epensea offers some versatility for Matt Patricia’s defense.
36. New York Giants: Wisconsin LB Zack Baun
The Giants have resisted paying big money for a free agent edge rusher like Jadeveon Clowney, but are able to address the position in round two. Baun is an intriguing player, given that he has good pass-rush ability and can play in space. For what it’s worth, Lance Zierlein comps Baun to former Lions LB Kyle Van Noy.
37. Los Angeles Chargers: Boise State OT Ezra Cleveland
Cleveland has been a rising prospect during the draft process and offers good athleticism for the position. While he may need some work, he offers the kind of upside you’re looking for at a premium position like offensive tackle.
38. Carolina Panthers: Alabama CB Trevon Diggs
Carolina lost James Bradberry in free agency and currently have Donte Jackson and Corn Elder in line to be their starting cornerbacks at this point. Diggs is a high-upside cornerback who offers good size and projects to be an NFL starter at an increasingly valuable position. Lance Zierlein comps Diggs to veteran CB Aqib Talib.
39. Miami Dolphins: Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor
The Dolphins signed Jordan Howard to a decent contract in free agency, but there’s still room to add an impact player like Taylor to their backfield. Taylor was a highly productive player at Wisconsin who has the making of a true No. 1 running back.
40. Houston Texans: Auburn DL Marlon Davidson
Defensive line remains an area of need for the Texans. There has been more and more buzz about Davidson possibly working his way into the first round, but he falls to Houston in this projection and should serve as a quality defensive lineman in the years to come.
41. Cleveland Browns: LSU S Grant Delpit
The Browns have signed Andrew Sendejo and have a pending deal in place with Karl Joseph, but even those players shouldn’t prevent them from grabbing one of the best safety prospects in this year’s draft class. Lance Zierlein comps Deplit to current Titans S Kenny Vaccaro.
42. Jacksonville Jaguars: LSU CB Kristian Fulton
Jacksonville continues to go with the best players available and comes away from round two with an intriguing cornerback prospect. Fulton is a former five-star recruit with a background in track who produced a solid season in coverage at LSU as a senior.
43. Chicago Bears: Minnesota S Antoine Winfield Jr.
The Bears are finally making their first pick and this is pretty good value getting Winfield Jr at No. 43 overall. Winfield Jr offers some versatility in terms of what he can do at safety and should be a good fit in the Bears’ secondary. Lance Zierlein comps Winfield to T.J. Ward.
44. Indianapolis Colts: Clemson WR Tee Higgins
The Colts could really use another receiver and Higgins gives them an impressive redzone option. He has also garnered some first-round buzz throughout the draft process.
45. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: LSU RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire
Bucs HC Bruce Arians has said he values a receiving ability and pass protection from his running backs and Edwards-Helaire offers the ability to contribute on all three downs at the next level and line up at receiver. Lance Zierlein comps him to Devonta Freeman.
46. Denver Broncos: TCU CB Jeff Gladney
The Broncos went with the best available receiver in round one and come back in the second by grabbing the best available cornerback. Gladney is considered to be one of the top cornerback prospects in this year’s draft class and is a good value for the Broncos in round two.
47. TRADE: Jacksonville Jaguars: Southern Illinois S Jeremy Chinn
Atlanta made the decision to trade this pick to the Jaguars from their earlier trade I projected The Jaguars’ secondary is in need of a big investment, which is why Jacksonville is grabbing a safety after taking a cornerback a few picks ago. Chinn would give them a solid cover guy on the back end of their defensive. Lance Zierlein comps Chinn to Vikings S Harrison Smith.
48. New York Jets: Baylor WR Denzel Mims
The Jets had to address the receiver position after going offensive tackle in round one. Mims had a great combine who offers the kind of speed, length and catching ability teams will be looking for. He has been mentioned a potential first-round prospect this year, so this could be a great value pick for the Jets.
49. Pittsburgh Steelers: OSU RB J.K. Dobbins
The Steelers can’t go into 2020 with James Conner as their main running back. Some draft experts have Dobbins rated as the best back in this year’s class, so this could be a steal of a pick for Pittsburgh.
50. Chicago Bears: TCU WR Jalen Reagor
The Bears are getting a dynamic receiving threat in Reagor, who has garnered some first-round buzz in recent weeks. This is pretty good value midway through round two.
51. Dallas Cowboys: Notre Dame EDGE Julian Okwara
We have the Cowboys taking a safety in round one, so getting an edge rusher in the second would make some sense. Okwara is a long pass rusher with good burst around the edge.
52. Los Angeles Rams: Florida State RB Cam Akers
After cutting Todd Gurley, there’s no question that running back depth is a clear area of need for the Rams. Akers is a former five-star recruit who has the ability to consistently make defenders miss.
53. Philadelphia Eagles: Penn State WR K.J. Hamler
The Eagles have yet to address the receiver position this offseason and in this draft. Hamler is a smaller receiver, but offers top-end speed and was an explosive receiver at Penn State. This is a high upside pick for the Eagles in round two. Lance Zierlein comps Hamler to Tavon Austin.
54. Buffalo Bills: Auburn CB Noah Igbinoghene
The Bills really don’t have a ton of needs and we would have preferred to give them a running back, but that’s not how the board fell in this mock. They could use some cornerback depth. Igbinoghene is a former receiver who is known for being aggressive and physical. Lance Zierlein compares him to Darqueze Dennard.
55. Baltimore Ravens: Boise State EDGE Curtis Weaver
The Ravens currently have Matthew Judon as their No. 1 pass rusher, but there are at least some questions behind him. Weaver totaled 34 sacks over the course three seasons Boise State and would give Baltimore another edge rusher to develop in the coming years.
56. Miami Dolphins: Louisiana-Lafayette G Robert Hunt
I had the Dolphins drafting an offensive tackle earlier in the mock, but their offensive line could still use more help. Hunt was a four-year starter Louisiana-Lafayette who has been a standout in the running game and is among the top guard prospects in this year’s class.
57. Los Angeles Rams: Temple C Matt Hennessy
Los Angeles is in need of some offensive line help and a solid center option like Hennessy. There has been some recent talk of Hennessy possibly being a high first- or earlier second-round pick, so this could be a decent value pick for the Rams.
58. Minnesota Vikings: St. Johns OT Ben Bartch
Offensive line remains an area of need for the Vikings. Riley Reiff‘s future in Minnesota is in question, but Bartch would offer them a long-term replacement at an important position, even if Reiff holds on to the starting job top open the season.
59. Seattle Seahawks: Missouri DT Jordan Elliott
60. Baltimore Ravens: Texas Tech LB Jordan Brooks
Linebacker stands out as a clear position of need for the Ravens, which is likely why they opted to sign Jake Ryan to a contract last week. However, Ryan hasn’t played in some time due to injury and Brooks would give them a play-making linebacker prospect to develop in the middle of their defense.
61. Tennessee Titans: Ohio State CB Damon Arnette
The Titans went offensive line in round one and come back in round two with a cornerback. Arnette offers some versatility at the position and is capable of helping out in the run game. I’m sure Mike Vrabel knows plenty about Arnette from his time at Ohio State.
62: Green Bay Packers: Colorado WR Laviska Shenault
Shenault will be one of the more interesting prospects to watch in this year’s draft, as draft evaluators have said he could go anywhere from round one to possibly round three. We gave the Packers an offensive tackle in round one, so it makes sense that they could come back and consider taking the best available receiver at this point.
63. Kansas City Chiefs: Oklahoma DT Neville Gallimore
The Chiefs could go with a linebacker or a cornerback here. Instead, they opt to address their interior defensive line with Gallimore, who gives then an intriguing prospect to develop in the coming years as a possible replacement for Chris Jones.
64. Seattle Seahawks: Mississippi State CB Cameron Dantzler
Seattle’s roster is pretty deep. Dantzler seems like a Seahawks’ cornerback, given his size and competitiveness.