2020 NFL Mock Draft: Third Round

     

Here’s our third 2020 NFL Mock Draft of the draft season. There are two rounds so be sure to click the link at the bottom to see Round Two.

2020 NFL Mock Draft

65. Cincinnati Bengals: USC WR Michael Pittman Jr.

The Bengals reap the benefits of a deep class and snare Pittman here to kick off the third round. The son of former NFL RB Michael Pittman, he has his dad’s bruising style at 6-4, but he does a lot of his work downfield. 

66. Washington Redskins: Dayton TE Adam Trautman

After missing on a reunion with TE Greg Olsen, Ron Rivera gets his own guy he can develop. Trautman faces a steep learning curve as Dayton’s first-ever NFL draft selection but his ceiling is enormous. He looked the part at the Senior Bowl. 

67. Detroit Lions: Utah DE Bradlee Anae

The Lions continue to restock their defensive line, adding Anae to rush the passer. 

68. New York Jets: Colorado WR Laviska Shenault Jr.

Shenault has one of the highest ceilings of any prospect in this draft class but also one of the lowest floors due to his injury history which could push him down draft boards. He was also used more as a gadget player than a traditional receiver, getting the ball as a running back at times. Regardless of where he plays, he’s an exciting weapon for QB Sam Darnold if he can stay on the field. 

69. Carolina Panthers: Baylor DL James Lynch

New Panthers HC Matt Rhule has shown he’s not afraid to go after former players, as evidenced by the reunion of the 2015 Temple football team on Carolina’s roster right now. Lynch was one of Rhule’s favorites at Baylor and happens to fill a huge need for Carolina. 

70. Miami Dolphins: Michigan G Ben Bredeson

The Dolphins will need to make multiple additions as they work to retool their offensive line. 

71. Los Angeles Chargers: Mississippi State LB Willie Gay Jr.

Gay blew up the Combine and has been rising up draft boards. He offers an influx of size and speed to the Chargers’ linebacking corps. 

72. Arizona Cardinals: Texas Tech LB Jordyn Brooks

Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury plucks one of his former players from Texas Tech. Brooks is a rangy defender Arizona can develop as a long-term solution behind De’Vondre Campbell and Jordan Hicks.

73. Jacksonville Jaguars: Cal S Ashtyn Davis

Jacksonville’s safeties were anything but safe in 2019. Davis’ best asset is his speed but due to injury he never got the chance to showcase it during the pre-draft process. The Jaguars can take an easy gamble on the tape in the third. 

74. Cleveland Browns: Florida DE Jabari Zuniga

Browns GM Andrew Berry comes from the Eagles school of team-building that’s focused on the trenches. Here he grabs a developmental pass rusher for when the team eventually moves on from Olivier Vernon.

75. Indianapolis Colts: Missouri TE Albert Okwuegbunam

Okwuegbunam reasserted himself as one of the better tight ends in this class with a dominant Combine performance. Colts HC Frank Reich loves tight ends and Indianapolis needs a replacement for departed TE Eric Ebron.

76. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: St. John’s OT Ben Bartch

The Buccaneers have a strong history with small-school offensive linemen and Bartch has set himself apart. He provides Tampa Bay with a developmental prospect at tackle. 

77. Denver Broncos: Connecticut OT Matt Peart

Denver grabs a tackle to replenish its depth and potentially take over if LT Garett Bolles continues his current path. 

78. Atlanta Falcons: LSU RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire

The Falcons added Todd Gurley to their running back room but he’s just on a one-year deal. Edward-Helaire is a stocky, quicker-than-fast back, but he just makes plays and would be an outstanding fit in Atlanta’s offense. 

79. New York Jets: Texas WR Devin Duvernay

Built like a running back with 4.3 speed in the 40-yard dash, Duvernay gives the Jets another weapon on offense for Darnold. Jets HC Adam Gase was fascinated with RB Ty Montgomery last summer and Duvernay offers much more as a receiver. 

80. Las Vegas Raiders: UNC DL Jason Strowbridge

The Raiders continue to rebuild their pass rush by adding the versatile Strowbridge here. 

81. Las Vegas Raiders: Florida WR Van Jefferson

The son of former NFL receiver and WR coach Shawn Jefferson, Van is a polished route runner and possibly the most NFL-ready player in this class. That has a high amount of value for Raiders GM Mike Mayock.

82. Dallas Cowboys: Notre Dame TE Cole Kmet

Kmet has the blend of size and athleticism that will have teams intrigued at the position. Dallas extended Blake Jarwin but there’s still room for a long-term successor to Jason Witten

83. Denver Broncos: Wyoming LB Logan Wilson

The Broncos could use an infusion of youth in their linebacking corps. Wilson is among a number of linebackers projected to go in this range that Denver has expressed interest in. 

84. Los Angeles Rams: Ohio State LB Malik Harrison

The Rams are dangerously thin at inside linebacker after letting Cory Littleton leave in free agency. Typically the team doesn’t place a high value on the position but the third round might be the sweet spot to address it. 

85. Detroit Lions: Florida State RB Cam Akers

In an ideal world, the Lions would prefer to utilize a running back by committee approach. Due to injuries to Kerryon Johnson and others, they haven’t been able to. Akers would come in and add another dimension to Detroit’s offense. 

86. Buffalo Bills: South Carolina WR Bryan Edwards

Edwards would add a new dimension to the Bills’ receiving corps from a size and physicality perspective. 

87. New England Patriots: Georgia QB Jake Fromm

Fromm’s arm won’t wow anyone, but he’s reportedly been blowing away NFL quarterback coaches with his football acumen. His skillset bears a lot of resemblance to New England’s last starting quarterback. 

88. New Orleans Saints: Notre Dame WR/TE Chase Claypool

Claypool is seen by some NFL evaluators as a fit at tight end similar to Raiders TE Darren Waller, himself a former wide receiver. The Saints have a long history of using big players like Claypool in the slot, from Marques Colston to Jimmy Graham to Michael Thomas

89. Minnesota Vikings: UCF WR Gabriel Davis

As the Viking shift to a more run-focused offense, the need to replace WR Stefon Diggs exactly will be lessened. Still, there is an apparent void across from Adam Thielen right now. 

90. Houston Texans: Missouri DT Jordan Elliott

After losing D.J. Reader to the Bengals, the Texans have a void on the interior of their line. Elliott would help fill it. 

91. Las Vegas Raiders: Clemson G John Simpson

Mayock continues his love affair with players from the Clemson program and adds to Las Vegas’ offensive line depth. 

92. Baltimore Ravens: Florida Atlantic TE Harrison Bryant

Baltimore likely will add another tight end at some point after dealing away Hayden Hurst and Bryant could develop behind Mark Andrews and Nick Boyle

93. Tennessee Titans: Florida EDGE Jonathan Greenard

The Titans need to continue adding to their pass rush across from Harold Landry even if their gamble on Vic Beasley works out. 

94: Green Bay Packers: Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts

The Packers add a developmental backup prospect with some sneaky upside. Green Bay has done its homework on some of the second-tier quarterbacks in this class and could have its eye on a post-Aaron Rodgers future. 

95. Denver Broncos: Utah DT Leki Fotu

According to our 2020 NFL Draft Prospect Visit Tracker, Fotu was scheduled to have a Top 30 visit with Denver before the shutdown. He offers a long-term option for Denver at nose tackle with Shelby Harris on another one-year deal. 

96. Kansas City Chiefs: Appalachian State LB Akeem Davis-Gaither

Kansas City is rather ordinary at linebacker. Davis-Gaither is light even by modern linebacker standards, but he would give the Chiefs defense an infusion of speed at the position. 

97. Cleveland Browns: UCLA CB Darnay Holmes

The Browns continue to reinforce the secondary on the second day of the draft after adding Delpit. Holmes gives them a long-term option at nickel corner. 

98. New England Patriots: Wisconsin C Tyler Biadasz

Biadasz struggled last year and has reportedly been flagged as an injury risk by teams, which pushes him down board where the Patriots have a crack at him. 

99. New York Giants: Tennessee LB Darrell Taylor

The Giants still need to add to their pass rush after Kyler Fackrell was their biggest addition in free agency. Taylor would add another body to a group that appears likely to focus more on scheme than overwhelming talent. 

100. New England Patriots: Purdue TE Brycen Hopkins

New England didn’t address its screaming need at tight end in free agency and has to at least add bodies in the draft. Hopkins is known more for his receiving ability than blocking but is a good developmental piece. 

101. Seattle Seahawks: Utah RB Zack Moss

Seattle needs to add insurance at running back given Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny‘s injuries. Moss has a playing style reminiscent of Seahawks legend Marshawn Lynch which could make him appealing to Seattle. 

102. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kentucky G Logan Stenberg

The Steelers need to replenish their depth along the offensive line and could toss a mid-round pick that direction. 

103. Philadelphia Eagles: LSU LB Jacob Phillips

The Eagles don’t typically spend a lot of draft capital at linebacker but have a big enough need at the position that the rangy Phillips could appeal to them here. 

104. Los Angeles Rams: Virginia CB Bryce Hall

The Rams continue their secondary makeover by adding Hall, who saw his stock fall after returning for his senior season and getting hurt. 

105. Minnesota Vikings: Washington QB Jacob Eason

Vikings reporters have broached the idea of Minnesota taking a developmental backup despite signing Kirk Cousins to an extension and Eason presents a value this late in the third round. 

106. Baltimore Ravens: Boston College RB A.J. Dillon

This is a bit of a luxury pick, but at six-feet tall and nearly 250 pounds Dillon leaps off the page as a fit for the ground-and-pound Baltimore offense. Dillon could take over as the Ravens’ version of Derrick Henry once Mark Ingram‘s skills decline. 

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