Here’s my second 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
1. Cincinnati Bengals: LSU QB Joe Burrow
No surprises to open the draft. The Bengals come away with the 2019 Heisman trophy winner and begin a new era in Cincinnati.
2. Washington Redskins: OSU DE Chase Young
While there has been some speculation about Washington possibly trading down from No. 2 overall, the opportunity to draft an impact pass rusher proves to be too good to pass up for new Redskins HC Ron Rivera.
3. Detroit Lions: OSU CB Jeff Okudah
The Lions are an interesting position, as it’s possible a team could look to trade up for one of the remaining quarterback prospects. Instead, the Lions hold on to the pick and select the top cornerback prospect in Okudah, who will get the opportunity to replace Darius Slay long term.
4. New York Giants: Iowa OT Tristan Wirfs
Recent reports have linked the Giants to Wirfs, who would give them a long-term left tackle prospect to block for second-year QB Daniel Jones. Current left tackle Nate Solder has been mentioned as a potential cap casualty either this summer or next year for the Giants.
5. Miami Dolphins: Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa
There has been buzz building for the Dolphins to take Justin Herbert at No. 4, but I’m sticking with Tagovailoa to Miami. While there are clear injury concerns with Tua, all of his medical checkups have been positive up to this point and he offers the kind of upside you’re looking for from a top-five pick.
6. Los Angeles Chargers: Oregon QB Justin Herbert
The Chargers currently have Tyrod Taylor and Easton Stick on their roster at the quarterback position. A down year has left them in position to finally address the quarterback position long-term and Herbert checks a lot of boxes as a quarterback.
7. Carolina Panthers: Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons
The Panthers lost LB Luke Kuechly to retirement this offseason and while they recently signed Tahir Whitehead to a contract, Simmons would give Carolina and new HC Matt Rhule a versatile defensive player to start reshaping their new defense around.
8. Arizona Cardinals: Auburn DT Derrick Brown
Arizona comes away with, arguably, the best interior defensive line prospect in this year’s draft class. The Cardinals have some veteran depth at defensive tackle, but Brown gives him a core player to build around in the years to come.
9. TRADE: Atlanta Falcons: Florida CB C.J. Henderson
There has been too much buzz circulating about the Falcons moving up to not project a trade at this point. Atlanta made the decision to release CB Demond Trufant for cap relief last month and are currently thin at the cornerback position. Henderson is one of the top cornerback prospects in the draft to hopefully solidify their secondary in the years to come.
10. Cleveland Browns: Georgia OT Andrew Thomas
The Browns are still searching for a long-term replacement for future Hall of Fame LT Joe Thomas and they go with a top offensive tackle prospect out of Georgia. Cleveland is really in a great spot at N0. 10, considering that any of the top-four offensive tackle prospects could end up here.
11. New York Jets: Alabama OT Jedrick Wills
While they may not have a top-10 pick this year, the Jets find themselves in an enviable spot with one of the top offensive tackles on the board along with all of the receivers. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Jets went receiver here, but the opportunity to get a future left tackle to protect Sam Darnold in the coming years makes a lot of sense, especially with the depth at receiver that will be available later on.
12. Las Vegas Raiders: Oklahoma WR CeeDee Lamb
Last year, the Raiders swung and missed on the Antonio Brown trade, but now get their pick of the receivers in what could be a historically deep class. Lamb would give Las Vegas a big-play threat to help round out a very good offense.
13. San Francisco 49ers: South Carolina DL Javon Kinlaw
The 49ers could go receiver here with both Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs on the board, but the opportunity to come away with one of the best defensive prospects in this year’s class proves to be too much. Kinlaw could be a quality replacement for DeForest Buckner, who was traded to the Colts this offseason. Lance Zierlein comps Kinlaw to Rams DL Michael Brockers.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Louisville OT Mekhi Becton
Tampa Bay could use a solid offensive tackle prospect and that’s exactly what they get at No. 14 overall. Becton offers high upside at an important position and has been a dominating force in the run game.
15. Denver Broncos: Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy
The Broncos have been mentioned as a team to watch as a candidate to trade up in round one. Should they hold on to the pick, they could wait and see if one of the top receiver prospects falls to them at No. 15 overall, which is exactly what happens here. Jeudy is a high-floor prospect who should be able to step in and produce in year one.
16. TRADE: Jacksonville Jaguars: Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III
The Jaguars can simply go best player at available at this point, given that they have several areas of need on both sides of the ball. Ruggs is a dynamic receiver that should be a great addition to Jacksonville offense in need of more weapons.
17. Dallas Cowboys: Alabama S Xavier McKinney
McKinney seems like a great fit for the Cowboys, considering his versatility and range. In fact, some have compared McKinney to Earl Thomas, who has been linked to the Cowboys for years.
18. Miami Dolphins: USC OT Austin Jackson
The Dolphins currently have a Julie’n Davenport and Jesse Davis in line to be their starting offensive tackles in 2020. While they may not have got one of the top-four players at the position, Jackson is another high upside offensive tackle prospect who should give them a long-term solution at left tackle.
19. Las Vegas Raiders: Clemson CB A.J. Terrell
The Raiders addressed the receiver position at No. 12 and fill a big need at cornerback by taking another Clemson product to complement Trayvon Mullen in their secondary.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars: LSU DE K’Lavon Chaisson
All indications are and have been that the Jaguars are going to trade franchise DE Yannick Ngakoue at some point. It remains to be seen how close a deal is, but Chaisson would be a good compliment to Josh Allen in the coming years. Lance Zierlein comps Chaisson to Aldon Smith.
21. Philadelphia Eagles: Oklahoma LB Kenneth Murray
Linebacker stands out as a major area of need for the Eagles and while there are some notable receivers still on the board, getting a player of Murray’s caliber seems like a great move for Philadelphia. Lance Zierlein comps Murray to 49ers ILB Kwon Alexander.
22. Minnesota Vikings: Utah CB Jaylon Johnson
23. New England Patriots: Notre Dame TE Cole Kmet
Tight end is a clear need for the Patriots, considering that they currently have Matt LaCosse, Ryan Izzo and Jakob Johnson at the position. Kmet is a solid and dependable player who should be an upgrade for New England.
24. New Orleans Saints: LSU LB Patrick Queen
The Saints have one of the deepest rosters in the NFL with very few roster needs. While not a pressing issue, adding an impact linebacker like Queen would give the Saints a long-term replacement for Kiko Alsonso, who agreed to a pay cut earlier this offseason and will be an unrestricted free agent in 2021.
25. Minnesota Vikings: LSU WR Justin Jefferson
The Vikings made the decision to send Stefon Diggs to the Bills this offseason. Jefferson ran 4.43 at the Combine and is a good route runner with the ability to make contested catches.
26. Miami Dolphins: TCU DT Ross Blacklock
Miami can go a number of ways at this point in the draft, but opt to select one of the top interior defensive line prospects in this year’s draft class. Blacklock would help to round the Dolphins interior line group that includes Christian Wilkins and Davon Godchaux.
27. Seattle Seahawks: Penn State DE Yetur Gross-Matos
The Seahawks signed Bruce Irvin and Benson Mayowa in free agency, but coming away from the draft with another edge prospect. Gross-Matos may need some time, but he offers good length and high upside at a premium position.
28. Baltimore Ravens: Michigan C Cesar Ruiz
Interior offensive line figures to be an area the Ravens look to address this year. Ruiz is considered by draft experts to be the top center prospect in this year’s draft and has been a name getting more and more first-round buzz in recent days.
29. Tennessee Titans: Georgia OT Isaiah Wilson
Tennessee doesn’t have a ton of roster holes to address in the draft, but they’re getting a good upside player at an important position. The Titans lost Jack Conklin in free agency and Wilson should be able to push for the starting job at right tackle.
30. Green Bay Packers: Houston OT Joshua Jones
The Packers could go a number of ways in round one. While receiver could make some sense at this point, taking a long-term prospect at offensive tackle would help to ensure their offensive line remains one of the strongest units in the NFL.
31. San Francisco 49ers: Arizona State WR Brandon Aiyuk
The 49ers are a team to watch to trade down at this point in round one. However, should they hold on to the pick, receiver is a position to keep an eye on. Aiyuk is an explosive receiver known for generating lots of yards after the catch. Some have compared him Emmanuel Sanders in terms of his skillset and potential impact in the NFL.
32. Kansas City Chiefs: Georgia RB D’Andre Swift
This is a case of the rich simply getting richer. Swift is, arguably, the most dynamic running back in this year’s draft and would give Kansas City a new dimension coming out of the backfield.