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: Alabama OT Jedrick Wills
Recent reports have linked the Giants to Wills, 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 for now. 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. Jacksonville Jaguars: Florida CB C.J. Henderson
The Jaguars could go a number of ways at No. 9 overall including trading down, according to recent reports. Instead, Jacksonville keeps the pick and takes one of the top cornerback prospects in the draft to hopefully solidify their secondary in the years to come.
10. Cleveland Browns: Iowa OT Tristan Wirfs
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 Iowa. 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: Louisville OT Mekhi Becton
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: Georgia OT Andrew Thomas
Tampa Bay could use a solid offensive tackle prospect and that’s exactly what they get at No. 14 overall. Some draft evaluators view Thomas the most NFL ready offensive tackle, which could be a bonus in a year in which offseason programs and workouts will be limited to virtual sessions.
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. Atlanta Falcons: LSU DE K’Lavon Chaisson
While cornerback is a major need for Atlanta, there could end up being better value in the second round at the position if C.J. Henderson is taken before they’re on the clock. The Falcons signed Dante Fowler Jr in free agency, but Chaisson would give them another quality pass rusher to build around. Interestingly enough, Lance Zierlein comps Chaisson to Aldon Smith.
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: Houston OT Joshua Jones
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, Jones isn’t a bad consolidation at No. 18 overall and should give them a potential solution at left tackle long term.
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: Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III
The Jaguars can simply take the best available player at this point, considering that they have a number of roster needs. Jacksonville could use another receiver and Ruggs gives them a dynamic weapon with elite speed capable of stretching opposing defenses.
21. Philadelphia Eagles: LSU WR Justin Jefferson
The Eagles have yet to address the receiver position this offseason and getting Jefferson at No. 21 overall is likely too good to pass up. Jefferson is considered to be a good route runner with the physical ball skills and should be a solid go-to option for Carson Wentz in the years to come.
22. Minnesota Vikings: USC OT Austin Jackson
Offensive line remains and area of need for the Vikings and there has been increasing buzz that offensive tackles will go higher than some originally thought. Riley Reiff‘s future in Minnesota is in question, but Johnson would offer them a long-term replacement at an important position, even if Reiff holds on to the starting job top open the season.
23. New England Patriots: 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 Patriots have ties to the Iowa program and could use a pass rusher with decent upside like Epenesa offers.
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: Arizona State WR Brandon Aiyuk
The Vikings made the decision to send Stefon Diggs to the Bills this offseason. 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.
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 Davon Godchaux and Gerald Willis III.
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: Utah CB Jaylon Johnson
30. Green Bay Packers: Oklahoma LB Kenneth Murray
31. San Francisco 49ers: Clemson WR Tee Higgins
The 49ers are a team to watch to trade down at this point in round one. However, should they hold on to the pick, taking the best available receiver is something to watch. Higgins would give them playmaker down the field and in the red zone. Lance Zierlein compares Higgins to A.J. Green.
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.