It’s time for another look at the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft! The 1st edition of this Mock Draft can be found here and the 2nd edition here. Give those a look so that you can see who has dropped/jumped in this latest NFL Mock Draft.
1.1 Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
No change here, Burrow is still the most likely #1 overall pick.
Previous: “The 2019 Heisman winner has emerged as the top QB in all of college football. The Bengals have already attempted to move on from Andy Dalton in the past and now is the time for a new regime.”
1.2 Washington Redskins
Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
Young is becoming more and more likely to be the pick here for Washington. His odds to be drafted in this slot have increased significantly over the last few days as this becomes more apparent. The only thing that could change this is Miami/Los Angeles trading into this spot for the QB their team prefers.
Previous: “Despite some rumblings that Washington may take a QB in this slot, I think they stay put in this slot. Perhaps they make a run at Cam Newton or Andy Dalton.”
“Young is the best player in this draft and Washington is lucky to land him here. He’ll help solidify a new look defense and help the team get out of a near decade long funk.”
1.3 Detroit Lions
Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
Okudah is being heavily reported to land in Detroit as the 2nd defensive player selected. This is deservedly speculated as Okudah could very well prove to be the best player in this draft. A true lock-down corner that will be tasked with stopping Adams, Robinson, and Thielen.
Previous (Isaiah Simmons): “The Lions are being rumored to trade out of this slot, but I think a talent like Simmons cannot be passed up.”
“Simmons is a freak athlete that just so happens to play football. He can line up all over the field like a more athletic version of Minkah Fitzpatrick. The Lions get a difference maker on defense that has been missing as of late.”
1.4 New York Giants
Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
My gut was right last time, I’m sticking with Wirfs in this spot for the Giants. He’s becoming more and more likely to be the pick according to sportsbooks as the Giants look towards the future of their offense. The only curveball here is which OT do the Giants fall in love with for this pick?
Previous: “Previously, I had Jerry Jeudy in this spot for the Giants. But, after some time has passed, I believe the Giants front office wants to protect Jones and feed Barkley more often.”
Previous (Jerry Jeudy): “The Giants may want to restructure their offensive line here but I have them taking the top WR in this class. Supplying Daniel Jones with any huge weapon in this Giants offense should take enough pressure off of the OL. They can address OL later in the draft.”
1.5 Miami Dolphins
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
Tagovailoa or Herbert, who do the Dolphins pick to be the face of their franchise? I’m sticking with Tua despite rumblings that Herbert is the 2nd QB selected in this draft. Tagovailoa is the kind of difference maker that will put butts in seats whether the team is winning or losing. His injury history may deter some teams but I think the Dolphins get their guy.
Previous: “After spending some sweet free agency money on their defense, I believe the Dolphins are now setting their sites on a QB. Whether this is Tua or Herbert remains to be seen. But, whoever it is, you can bet that the Dolphins will deem them “their guy” from the get-go.”
Previous (Jeff Okudah): “I think the Dolphins can get away with not drafting a QB right here. Adding Okuda to a secondary that already features Xavien Howard is an opposing QB’s nightmare. Best player available for a team that desperately needs better players.”
1.6 Los Angeles Chargers
Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
Unless a trade occurs or the Dolphins selected Herbert, he is the selection here for the Chargers. Before the Burrow explosion and Tua championship game heroics, Herbert was the unquestioned QB1 in this class. After another season in college, Herbert has become the more likely #3 QB. Keep in mind come draft time, the Chargers made some big additions to the right side of the offensive line… the blindside for left-handed QB’s like Tua Tagovailoa.
Previous: “This is where I had Tua originally. Now that the Chargers have moved on from Rivers and currently have Tyrod Taylor as their starting QB, a QB bridge is the logical choice. Putting Herbert in a situation where here can learn from the veteran before taking the starting job is a no-brainer.”
Previous (Tua Tagovailoa): “The Chargers have a decision to make with Phillip Rivers. Rivers doesn’t want to retire but it may seem like his best days are behind him. Bringing him back on a 1 or 2 year deal to allow Tua to learn and recover from injury looks like the move.”
1.7 Carolina Panthers
Andrew Thomas, OL, Georgia
I’m sticking to my guns that the Panthers select an OT in this spot. Thomas is an NFL-ready OT that will protect the newly extended contract of McCaffrey while also developing in pass protection for whichever QB surpasses bridge QB, Teddy Bridgewater.
Previous: “I still think Thomas is the pick here for the Panthers. With Teddy Bridgewater taking over for Cam Newton, the Panthers need guaranteed pass protection and that’s what Thomas brings to the table.”
“The Panthers need to decide who their QB is for 2020. Is Cam Newton still the guy? If so, bringing in the best lineman to keep him upright makes perfect sense.”
1.8 Arizona Cardinals
Isaiah Simmons, S/LB, Clemson
This is a dream come true for the Cardinals. Having Simmons, a top-5 talent, fall to them at #8 allows them to recapture what they’ve missed since moving on from Mathieu.
Previous (Jeff Okudah): “After the blockbuster trade for Hopkins, I think the Cardinals are in win now mode. That being said, they go with the best available player here. Okudah is capable of shutting down #1 WRs and is a perfect compliment to the veteran Patrick Peterson.”
Previous (A.J. Epenesa): “The Cardinals have many needs to address, but best player available will be the pick here. Epenesa is a great fit for a team that wants the opposition to have to throw the ball all game long.”
1.9 Jacksonville Jaguars
Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn
With the notion that the Jags are prepared to move on from RB Leonard Fournette as well as DL Yannick Ngakoue, the Jags could be loading up on more picks in this draft. Perhaps even packaging players/picks to move up from this spot. If they stay put, I see them selecting the best defensive player available.
Previous: “Nothing new here besides the fact that the Jags got rid of even more defensive players since the original Mock Draft.”
“The Jags defense is somehow worse than their offense. Adding the big man from Auburn is the first on many changes that need to be made to this defense.”
1.10 Cleveland Browns
Jedrick Wills Jr, OT, Alabama
Wills remains in the 10 slot for me as the Browns look to protect their top asset. A trade could take place here as rumblings of an OBJ departure have intensified.
Previous: “Once again I don’t see a change with this pick since my original mock. The Browns signed Jack Conklin in free agency but that shouldn’t keep them away from an elite-level OT.”
“Keeping Baker Mayfield off of his back should be the primary need addressed this offseason. If the Browns can somehow keep his weapons intact, this offense should feel dangerous.”
1.11 New York Jets
Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
Jerry Jeudy is currently the favorite to be the 1st WR drafted in the 2020 NFL Draft. That being said, the Jets are in dyer need of a true #1 WR. The signing of Perriman can’t possibly be the last upgrade the Jets make at the position. But, they are the Jets soooo…
Previous (Mekhi Becton): “After being the talk of the NFL scouting combine, Becton gets the honor of being selected to the Jets. After not making many splashes in free agency, the Jets get a guy that the fans can cheer for despite his bust potential.”
Previous (CeeDee Lamb): “The Jets need to give Sam Darnold some better targets. Adding Lamb gives the Jets a reliable man to throw to down the field.”
1.12 Los Vegas Raiders
Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
Ruggs or Lamb is the pick here for the Raiders. I think that the Raiders front office will fall in love with Ruggs speed instead of the better overall prospect.
Previous: “Is there a trend forming? Once again, I have no change for this spot. After running the fastest 40-time at the combine, I think the Raiders salivate at the thought of a true deep-threat WR.”
“Oakland could shake things up by drafting a QB here, but I think we get at least 1 more year of Derek Carr for the Raiders. Instead, they give him his best receiver since Amari Cooper left for Dallas.”
1.13 San Francisco 49ers (from Indianapolis Colts)
CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
In another draft day steal, the 49ers get an excellent weapon to pair with Deebo Samuel. Lamb could very well be the top WR in one of the deepest WR classes of recent memory.
Previous (Jerry Jeudy): Alabama receivers go back-to-back here after the 49ers traded into this spot. This pick cost them DeForest Buckner but I believe they counteract that by selecting Jeudy. The Alabama product is an elite route-runner that can ‘slot’ in perfectly for this 49ers offense.
Previous (Javon Kinlaw to the Colts): “The Colts offense looks to be in solid shape, if they can stay healthy. Sure, Jacoby Brissett isn’t great, but he’s a better option than most guys. Rebuilding the defense falls into their lap at pick 13 here.”
1.14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
The Bucs could reach on an OT here but I think they select the best available player in Chaisson. The offensive fire power is obvious with this team, they just need to solidify their defense in order to make a playoff push.
Previous (Austin Jackson): Without the need for a QB immediately, the Bucs should turn their focus to protecting their current guy. Who’s the current guy again? Oh yeah, that Brady fellow. Jackson isn’t as sexy an option as the OTs selected before him, but he should still be able to step in as a starter on day 1 of training camp.
Previous (Justin Herbert): “Before the breakout season by Burrow, Herbert was thought to be the surefire #1 overall pick. The Bucs find their Winston replacement in a guy that is much safer with the ball.”
1.15 Denver Broncos
C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida
Henderson will slot in as the top guy in the Broncos secondary arguably from day 1. He and Bouye would form a dominate duo on the outside to make life difficult for opposing QBs like Mahomes.
Previous (Grant Delpit): “Delpit has lost some steam as of late but I think the Broncos bank on the upside. This team needs upgrades at just about every position, so taking a chance on a potential superstar makes a ton of sense.”
“The Broncos get the best defensive player available as they look to make the playoffs next season. A full offseason for Drew Lock, Phillip Lindsey, Noah Fant, and Courtland Sutton to get acquainted on this offensive side should get this team over the hump.”
1.16 Atlanta Falcons
Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
Murray will sure up the Falcons LB corps and give the team much needed help over the middle of the field.
Previous: “The Falcons should probably address their secondary with this pick, but Murray is too enticing. He’s a guy that can do just about everything on defense and rarely needs to come off of the field. Solid value no matter where here goes in this draft.”
“The Falcons grab the perfect running mate for Deion Jones in this Atlanta defense. With 2 sideline-to-sideline LB’s, the Falcons defense looks to bounce back next year.”
1.17 Dallas Cowboys
Javon Kinlaw, DL, South Carolina
Recent reports suggest the Cowboys are focusing in on a LB such as Murray or Queen in this spot. With Murray off the board, I think the Cowboys could possibly select Queen, but deferred to the best available player.
Previous: “First of all, I had Kinlaw going before this pick in my intial mock. Falling to the Cowboys here is just what Jerry Jones wants to happen to Kinlaw. Dallas can arguably have the scariest DL in the league with the addition of Kinlaw to Lawrence, McCoy, and Crawford.”
Previous (Tee Higgins): “The Cowboys have to resign Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper. There’s a problem though, the amount of money they have available. So, someone has to go…”
1.18 Miami Dolphins (via Pittsburgh)
Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
Becton is a freak athlete that dominated the 2020 NFL Combine which caused his draft stock to skyrocket. He has the most upside of any lineman in this draft class but also is the most likely to bust. The Dolphins take a chance on a guy that could protect Tua for a decade or more.
Previous (CeeDee Lamb): “After grabbing Tua earlier, a match made in Heaven would be for one of his college teammates to fall to this spot. It’s not much consolation to nab the guy that could be better than both Jeudy and Ruggs though. Lamb is arguably the most NFL-ready WR in this class.”
Previous (Tristan Wirfs): “Having Justin Herbert fall to this pick would be ideal for Miami. But, since I don’t expect that to happen, they get a future piece of protection for the next Miami QB.”
1.19 Los Vegas Raiders (via Chicago)
Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
Queen is the leader that the Raiders need on defense. After grabbing a top WR earlier, solidifying the middle of the defense is the next logical step.
Previous (C.J. Henderson): Henderson is the perfect fit for this Raiders defense that is in need of playmakers. The Florida prospect can potentially be a true shutdown CB with All-Pro upside.
Previous (Kristian Fulton): “Having already notched a top tier WR earlier, the Raiders do the same for the defense this time around. If John Gruden watches the tape on Fulton, this guy will land in Oakland.”
1.20 Jacksonville Jaguars (via LA Rams)
Josh Jones, OT, Houston
I’m still thinking the Jags go offense after selected defense in the top-10. However, it is entirely possible that they double down with a guy in the secondary like McKinney.
Previous: “The defense still needs loads of help, but the Jags go with some upside late in the 1st-round with this pick. Jones has the ability to start for this team early on and I think that it is vital for the Jags to keep Minshew in the pocket.”
Previous (Terrell Lewis): “The Jags double-dip on defense in the 1st round by drafting another pass rusher. This could be the start of returning to the Jags of old: run the ball on offense, be unforgiving on defense.”
1.21 Philadelphia Eagles
Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
Jefferson was the top WR in college last season as he caught 18 TD’s in the most high powered offense. Remember Jefferson did this against the premier talent of the SEC. The Eagles get their guy here and fantasy owners pay attention, whichever WR ends up on the Eagles may have the best rookie season because of the QB situation.
Previous (Tee Higgins): “The Eagles need a WR and they need one BAD. They finished last season with practice squad guys and a QB converted to a WR in their starting lineup. Higgins could easily step in and become the top option for Carson Wentz.”
Previous (K’Lavon Chaisson to Titans): “The Titans need a replacement for Cameron Wake and Chaisson fits the mold perfectly. Sneaking into the playoffs was done in spite of this defense not because of it.”
1.22 Minnesota Vikings
Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
The Vikings are hurting in the secondary and Gladney is the best available CB left at this point in the draft. The Vikings have 2 picks in the 20’s so we could potentially see a major trade take place.
Previous: “Even with the nasty departure of Stefon Diggs, the Vikings need to address their defense first. Gladney isn’t as hyped as other options available but he’s a good fit for the style of defense the Vikings employ.”
Previous (Laviska Shenault Jr. to the Bills): “The Bills land a big bodied WR here at a nice discount. Shenault give Josh Allen another desperately needed weapon and a great compliment to John Brown.”
1.23 New England Patriots
Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
On paper, QB seems like the obvious choice for the Patriots. But, I think the Pats wait and get a guy like Jake Fromm or Jalen Hurts later on in the 2020 NFL Draft. So, in this spot, the Pats grab the top EDGE player available to disrupt the other AFC East QB’s for years to come.
Previous (Patrick Queen): “Queen hasn’t played much in college, but when he has, he’s dominated against the best teams in the nation. He’s a great fit for the Patriots as they look ahead to life after Tom Brady. The best way to do that is to build a solid defensive core before finding their next franchise QB.”
Previous (CJ Henderson to the Vikings): “The offense looks to be in good shape for the Vikings but their defense needs help. Adding Henderson to a suspect secondary is a good start for them to be able to battle with the QB’s of the NFC North.”
1.24 New Orleans Saints
Jordan Love, QB, Utah
Love just makes too much sense for the Saints in this spot. He can sit and learn for 2+ years behind Brees and the Saints get the benefit of a 5th-year option for drafting him in the 1st round.
Previous: “Even with the resigning of future HOF QB Drew Brees, the Saints need to look towards the future. Love is a little too raw to start right away, which is why this is a perfect place for him. Sitting behind Brees can allow Love to develop until the inevitable Favre-to-Rodgers changing at the helm.”
Pervious (Tyler Biadasz to the Seahawks): “Protecting Russell Wilson should be this teams number one priority this offseason. There are needs on the defensive side of the ball, but this should be the biggest issue to fix.”
1.25 Minnesota Vikings
Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
With Jefferson gone, the next logical choice to replace Stefon Diggs is Tee Higgins. The Clemson WR can slot in next to Theilen and immediately produce. The Vikings WR group is thin behind Theilen so a WR of any kind is the smart pick.
Previous (Justin Jefferson): “Adding to the LSU love in the first round, the Vikings take the replacement for Stefon Diggs. Jefferson was the top WR in the nation last season in terms of production. With 111 catches and over 1,500 receiving yards, Jefferson is the perfect replacement for Diggs.”
Previous (DeVonta Smith to the Eagles): “The Eagles are dying for some depth at WR this offseason. After attempting a playoff run with practice squad guys catching passes from Carson Wentz, it’s time to bring in the cavalry.”
1.26 Miami Dolphins (via Houston)
Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
Sticking to my guns here with this Taylor pick by the Dolphins. The Dolphins spent a lot of money in free agency on their defense so that they can provide young weapons around whichever QB they end up selecting.
Previous: “Yeah, the addition of Jordan Howard to a backfield that also includes Kalen Ballage isn’t changing this pick. The Dolphins attacked defense in free agency which will allow them to load up on offense in the 1st round. A trio of Tua, Lamb, and Taylor will make the Dolphins a serious contender in the AFC East.”
“The Dolphins grab the best offensive weapon available in the Doak Walker award winner here. After trading Kenyon Drake, the Dolphins had 0 running game to speak of and they address that issue with Taylor.”
1.27 Seattle Seahawks
A.J. Epenesa, DL, Iowa
The Seahawks could go for an offensive lineman at this spot but I think they attempt to reestablish their defense with the Iowa product.
Previous (K’Lavon Chaisson): “Seattle needs to address their D-line and Chaisson has top-10 talent. With both Clowney (leaving?) and Collier not looking like the answers, the Seahawks go out and get a winner to fill their voids.”
Previous (Jordan Love to the Patriots): “He may say that he’s going to play into his mid-40’s, but Tom Brady is nearing the end as the QB for the Patriots. Despite taking Jarrett Stidham last year, the Patriots take the upside in Love.”
1.28 Baltimore Ravens
Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
The Ravens luck into McKinney at this late spot as teams pass up the talented DB. Whether he slots in next to Earl Thomas or sits and learns behind him remains to be seen, but either way, the Ravens get a steal.
Previous (A.J. Epenesa): “With the Ravens suddenly looking older on the defensive side of the ball, picking up Epenesa makes perfect sense for multiple reasons. First, Epenesa can play multiple positions which makes him valuable for when guys get hurt or retire. Second, he’s already got what it takes to be a good pass rusher. Lastly, Epenesa has shown the potential to be able to drop back into coverage at times.”
Previous (Paulson Adebo to the 49ers): “The 49ers stay local by adding Adebo to their secondary. OL may be the target here but adding another solid piece behind a top tier pass rush makes this 49ers defense one of the best in the NFL.”
1.29 Tennessee Titans
Austin Jackson, OT, USC
With this pick, the Titans find an OT for the future in Jackson. The Titans aren’t in desperate need at the moment, but he can be the blindside protector of the future for either Tannehill or whoever comes next.
Previous (Yetur Gross-Matos): “The Titans defense had its holes last season and pass rush was certainly one of them. Gross-Matos is NFL-ready and can wreck the O-lines of the AFC South for years to come.”
Previous (Creed Humphrey to the Chiefs): “The Chiefs would love to get Biadasz but settle for Humphrey in this spot. Protecting Patrick Mahomes is the most important thing for the Chiefs to do and they may reach in order to do so.”
1.30 Green Bay Packers
Zach Baun, LB, Wisconsin
The Packers need front-7 help, WR help, and youth on their OL. With this pick, they address one of those needs with the best available player from those positions. The WR class is deep enough to find talent later on and the remaining OL talent is better suited for the 2nd round or later.
Previous (Xavier McKinney): “With most of the front-7 guys with 1st-round grades already selected, the Packers take the best defensive player available in McKinney. The Alabama Safety is capable of playing down in the trenches as well as in deep coverage. Even though Safety isn’t a necessity, playmakers that can be placed anywhere on the field are always welcome.”
Previous (Xavier McKinney to the Saints): “The Saints are in the same boat as the Patriots, Chargers, Steelers, and Packers. They need to either find the next QB for the franchise or get pieces for a Super Bowl run. McKinney helps improve a disappointing secondary for the Saints.”
1.31 San Francisco 49ers
AJ Terrell, CB, Clemson
Terrell looks like a great find for the 49ers defense at this point in the draft. He’s the 35th overall player on Matt Miller’s big board so it only makes sense that he goes to a CB needy team at this stage.
Previous: “The 49ers defense just needs a couple more pieces in the secondary and they’ll be the best defense in the league (arguably). Terrell is as lock-down of a CB that you can get, especially at this stage of the draft.”
Previous (Dylan Moses to the Packers): “An argument can be made for WR and OL needs here but the Packers luck into some value. Moses is a solid fit in a defense that lacks depth, particularly at the LB position.”
1.32 Kansas City Chiefs
Cesar Ruiz, OL, Michigan
Protecting the face of the franchise is the only thing the Chiefs should worry about right now. After that is done, they can move onto finding depth on defense. Ruiz is the best interior OL guy left at this point.
Previous (D’Andre Swift): “Swift somehow falls into the lap of the already most explosive offense in all of football. Damian Williams has flashed but Swift is a 3-down RB that can simply do it all on the field.”
Previous (Yeter Gross-Matos to the Ravens): “The Ravens secondary is in great shape but they need help up front. Gross-Matos falls into their lap at the end of Round 1.”