2020 NFL Mock Draft

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2020 NFL Mock Draft

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  1. (Logan) Bengals: Joe Burrow (QB/LSU) → This pick is practically a lock at this point. Joe Burrow just had one of the best college seasons of all time, throwing for 60 TD’s (a college football single season record) and 5,671 yards. The Bengals are in rebuild mode right now, and their first need is a quarterback. Joe Burrow is their guy and will be their guy for time to come.
  2. (Cole) Redskins: Chase Young (DE/Ohio State) → Young is the best player in the draft.  He’s got the tools of a lethal pass rusher in the NFL. Enough said.
  3. (Logan) Lions: Jeff Okudah (CB/Ohio State) → The Lions have a gaping hole in their secondary that needs fixing. They have pro bowler Darius Slay on one side of the ball. However, they need a playmaker on the other side of Slay to compensate for the poor pass defense. Okudah can slide in right there, as he has excellent man coverage and great physicality. Okudah did not give up more than 50 yards in a game to any receiver during the regular season, showing his dominance in the pass game. The Lions will have their guy at 3.
  4. (Cole) Giants: Jedrick Wills (OT/Alabama) → The Giants have had offensive line problems for years.  Wills played right tackle at Alabama and that’s what the Giants need. With Mike Remmers becoming a free agent, they will need a tackle.  Many are unsure with what OT the Giants will select because of their GM Dave Gettleman. He’s made many surprise selections in his short time with the GMen, but this year Wills is the safest pick.  The Giants cannot take a “flyer” on a guy with the 4th pick during their rebuilding process. New York needs to protect QB Daniel Jones and help him from losing the football.
  5. (Logan) Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa (QB/Alabama) → It’s time for the Dolphins to move on from Fitzmagic. The Dolphins have three first round picks and their first selection will be to get a franchise quarterback. Tua’s health over the last couple years has been concerning, but when he is healthy, he is an elite threat to opposing defenses. The Dolphins will be cautious regarding Tua, however, his upside his something you cannot pass up.
  6. (Cole) Chargers: Justin Herbert (QB/ Oregon) → It is expected that Phillip Rivers will get let go by the Chargers.  They are going to need a play caller ASAP. Assuming they aren’t interested in the QB free agent class, Herbet is their best bet at the #6 pick.
  7. (Cole) Panthers: Isaiah Simmons (LB-S/Clemson) → Luke Kuechly came out of no where earlier this month, when he said he was hanging up the spikes after 7 seasons.  Instantly, the Panthers defense took a hit and they now need a player who can step in as a leader. That is Isaiah Simmons. Simmons is one of the better athletes in the draft and is in the top three best defenses players.  Simmons can play both linebacker and safety. He is quite fast for his 6’4 stature and is good in pass coverage. He has the ability to cover any tight end. Simmons’ size and wingspan is the reason why he is a good tackler.  Simmons has an great work ethic and never gives up on a play. He is one of the more interesting players with his hybrid abilities. While losing Kuechly is a huge loss, the Panthers are getting a really good prospect who will help immediately.
  8. (Cole) Cardinals: CeeDee Lamb (WR/Oklahoma) → This is a very interesting pick.  On offense, the Cardinals have two main needs: receivers and offensive lineman.  They have the chance to grab a WR1 in the Sooners’ CeeDee Lamb. He has good speed for his 6’2.5/195 build.  Lamb had over 60 catches, over 1,300 yards, and 15 touchdowns. With Larry Fitzgerald likely heading out after next season, the Cardinals need someone to come in and make an impact.  Fitz will be really good for Lamb as a mentor. Kyler Murray and Lamb played in college together during Murray’s heisman campaign.
  9. (Logan) Jaguars: Derrick Brown (DT/Alabama) → Derrick Brown is a top 5 player in this years draft. He is one of the most ready NFL linemen out of the draft in recent years. The Jags used a top pick on a edge rusher last year and will follow up with stacking the defensive line.  After falling down to 9, the Jaguars will pick the best player available and go Brown, who will make an immediate impact on the already beast D-Line. Calais Campbell is aging. He is still a good player, but they will need a replacement soon. To pair up with Josh Allen and Calais Campbell, the Jaguars D-Line with Derrick Brown will be dominant.
  10. (Cole) Browns: Andrew Thomas (OT/Georgia) → The Browns are weak at offensive tackle.  Andrew Thomas fulfills that need. This problem needs to be addressed or else the Cleveland offense will disappoint for the second year in a row. They have really good offensive weapons, but clearly that is not all it takes. Thomas is a reliable tackle who could really help Cleveland in the future.
  11. (Logan) Jets: Mekhi Becton (OT/Louisville) → The Jets have a young quarterback in Sam Darnold and a running back in Le’Veon Bell who is nearing the back-end of his prime.  However if the Jets are looking to make a playoff run with the talent they have, they need to improve their offensive line real soon. That can start with getting Mekhi Becton at 11. Becton is an animal, at 6’7 369 lbs. Even with his huge stature, he is surprisingly very flexible and quick on his feet, an attribute that many teams have been raving about for the past few weeks. The Jets need to protect Sam Darnold and open up holes for Le’Veon to run the ball, and that starts with drafting Mekhi Becton. With an improvement at offensive line for the Jets, do not be surprised if they make a sneaky run in 2020. 
  12. (Cole) Raiders: Jerry Jeudy (WR/Alabama) → The Raiders have weapons, but taking the Alabama receiver would take them to the next level.  After releasing Antonio Brown in training camp, they became thin at receiver. Jeudy is the definition of a playmaker.  In his junior year at Bama, Jeudy put up over 1,100 yards with 10 touchdowns. These are very impressive numbers considering Tua Tagovailoa only started nine games.  He will most likely step into the WR1 role with Tyrell Williams, Hunter Renfrow, and Darren Waller around him.
  13. (Cole) Colts: A.J. Epenesa (DE/Iowa) → The Colts need to upgrade their defensive line in this years draft.  The Colts had no production from the defensive end position last year. AJ Espenesa delivers great size and physicality which helps him pressure the quarterback.  Last year, he had over 11.5 sacks and forced four fumbles (fifth in the nation). His moves are very smooth. The Colts defense could really improve here with a safe selection of Epenesa.
  14. (Cole) Buccaneers: Tristan Wirfs (OT/Iowa) → Tampa Bay allowed 2.9 sacks per game in 2019 (11th most in NFL).  Their right tackle Demar Dotson is headed to free agency. Many think that the Bucs will grab a QB at the 14th selection, but we think they will be active in the free agent market.  Wirfs has the potential to be a good pass blocker, but he is better known for his run blocking. Tampa had one of the worst rushing attacks in the league, so Wirfs will help right away in that department.
  15. (Logan) Broncos: Kristian Fulton (CB/LSU) →  The Broncos could potentially take a big hit if four time Pro Bowler Chris Harris Jr. leaves in free agency.  Even without Harris, the Broncos have no depth at corner. Fulton is one of the better cover corners in the draft.  Fulton excelles in man coverage and that’s what Denver needs. Broncos safety Justin Simmons (four interceptions last season) is also a free agent.  Fulton will really help the Broncos, but they need guys around him.
  16. (Cole) Falcons: Yetur Gross-Matos (DE/Penn State) → The Falcons finished with the fourth fewest sacks in the league last year.  We believe they will go after the 6’5 monster from Penn State. Gross-Matos has great size and has the ability to get in the opposing back field.  He has had eight sacks in each of the last two years. Atlanta’s best defensive end Vic Beasley is a free agent. Gross-Matos could also be looked at as an outside linebacker because of how big and strong he is.  Atlanta’s biggest need in general is defense and that is exactly what they are getting at #16.
  17. (Logan) Cowboys: Grant Delpit (DB/LSU) →  The Cowboys have one of the most complete teams in the NFL. They have many young players leading both sides of the ball. The Cowboys need to look into the future and draft a Safety out of this year’s draft to compensate for Jeff Heath’s old age. Delpit will fit perfectly for the Cowboys, as he is a very physical player who plays with a lot of heart on the field. Although he needs to improve his tackling, playing cornerback for the Cowboys will compensate for this minor flaw of his. If Delpit is available at 17, the Cowboys will for sure take him.
  18. (Cole) Dolphins (via Steelers): K’Lavon Chaisson (OLB-DE/LSU) → The Dolphins averaged the least amount of sacks in 2019 with 1.4 a game.  That is a pathetic number. Chaisson gives them what they need. He’s got great size, long arms, and a freakish first step.  His first step gets him to the QB to force throws. His spin move is also very effective. Pair Chaisson up with Christian Wilkins, and their pass rush is significantly better.
  19. (Logan) Raiders (via Bears): Xavier McKinney (DB/Alabama) → If you have never heard of this man before, I highly encourage you to watch a highlight tape of him. He is the hardest hitting DB in this years draft and it’s not even close. McKinney has a 6’1 frame and is very versatile, being able to play man coverage or cover 1 with ease. McKinney and his style of play is very similar to Minkah Fitzpatrick, which is something head coach Jon Gruden will love. The Raiders need help in their secondary, giving up the 8th most passing yards per game last year and the 5th most passing touchdowns per game last year. Xavier McKinney is the guy that will patch up their secondary.
  20. (Cole) Jaguars (via Rams): Carl Weaver (DE-LB/Boise State) → This guy is a freak of nature. 13.5 sacks and 18 tackles for a loss.  Those numbers are sickening. Some think he’s one of the best pass rushers in the draft. Calais Campbell isn’t getting any younger, so looking out for the future is crucial.  Last year, the Jags used their top pick on very talented edge rusher Josh Allen. The Jags have used a lot of first round picks on defense in past years and not all of them pan out, but this one won’t disappoint.
  21. (Logan) Eagles: Henry Ruggs III (WR/Alabama) → The Eagles need receivers. Nothing more. In the Eagles lone playoff game this year, none of their starting receivers from week 1 played. Carson Wentz needs options, and Bama WR Henry Ruggs III is the best available option at 21. His speed and quickness will give Wentz another deep threat to go along with the aging DeSean Jackson if he remains healthy.  Alshon Jeffrey is a free agent in the 2022 offseason and Nelson Agholor is quite unreliable. The Eagles most reliable target is Zach Ertz, but at times last year he was neutralized. Ruggs will help spread the offense for the Eagles in 2020.
  22. (Cole) Bills: Tee Higgins (WR/Clemson) → Josh Allen looks like he will develop into a good NFL quarterback.  He brought the Bills to the wildcard game this past year and lost in overtime. Buffalo plays good defense, but they need weapons on the other side of the ball.  Buffalo needs size and a 6’4 receiver is just what they need. Tee Higgins put up just under 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns in his sophomore season at Clemson and followed that up with over 1,100 yards and 14 scores.  The trio of John Brown, Tee Higgins, and Cole Beasley could potentially make the Bills the favorite in the AFC East.
  23. (Cole) Patriots: Justin Jefferson (WR/LSU) → The Patriots dynasty looks to be over.  There are some that think Tom Brady will leave for another team, but that seems unrealistic.  The Patriots defense was very good all year, but in the biggest moments, the offense couldn’t perform.  Ultimately, Brady had no proven pass catchers other than Julian Edelman and Mohamed Sanu. The Pats need to address this issue by selecting the LSU standout Justin Jefferson.  Jefferson led the nation in catches (111) and his 6’3 frame 
  24. (Cole) Saints: Kenneth Murray (LB/Oklahoma) → The Saints defense never gets enough credit.  New Orleans has won the NFC South in three consecutive years, while quietly having a top ten defense in football.  With the 24th pick, the Saints can help bulk up the defense. Kenneth Murray is a tackling machine and plays like his “hair is on fire”.  Murray can step in as the every down middle-linebacker. New Orleans has talented players in the secondary, so addressing the run game is necessary.  In this mock draft, three receivers are picked in a row before the Saints. They need a receiver to line up opposite Michael Thomas and this is challenging without having a second round pick.  We believe it is important for them to move into the second round and grab a pass catcher.
  25. (Logan) Vikings: Trevon Diggs (DB/Alabama) → The Vikings are in desperate need of a cornerback. With Xavier Rhodes falling from stardom rapidly, the Vikings have a huge hole to fill at corner. Trevon Diggs out of Alabama could be there guy to fill this hole. Diggs has great length and athleticism for a cornerback, something the Vikings organization will love for years to come. His standout performances in one coverage will allow him to be a week 1 starter in Minnesota.  Diggs will be teaming up with his brother Stefon.
  26. (Cole) Dolphins (via Texans): Austin Jackson (OT/USC) →   When the Dolphins traded Laremy Tunsil to Houston, their awful offensive line got a little worse. Austin Jackson was a beast at USC at the tackle position. In this mock draft, we have Tua Tagovailoa going to Miami. He will need a somewhat reliable offensive to succeed and to stay healthy. Jackson started most of his games at left tackle and that’s one of Miami’s needs. Jackson has the ability to keep opposing pass rushers off balance. The Dolphins won’t need to go running back here because they have an early second round pick.
  27. (Logan) Seahawks: Javon Kinlaw (DT/South Carolina) → If Javon Kinlaw falls this late in the draft, the Seahawks will scoop him up without a doubt. As a child and teen, Kinlaw grew up practically homeless and he now uses his early life as motivation to be the best player he can be. A very physical pass rusher, Kinlaw reminds people of Chris Jones because of his freakish size and immense strength. Kinlaw going this late will for sure be the steal of the draft.
  28. (Logan) Ravens: Laviska Shenault Jr. (WR/Colorado) → Halfway through the 2019 season, the Ravens looked unstoppable. Lamar Jackson was playing on a whole other level, making defenders miss left and right. The Ravens defense looked very promising and dominant this year as well. The one main need for the ravens is a big, strong, and physical receiver to go alongside Marquise Brown, and Laviska Shenault is the perfect guy for that. Shenault has very high football IQ and can slot up anywhere, something that is very beneficial for a team like the Ravens with many different looks on offense. With the Ravens drafting Shenault, they will be serious title contenders in 2021.
  29. (Logan) Titans: Terrell Lewis (DE-OLB/Alabama)→ In the AFC Championship against the Chiefs, the Titans got picked apart due to a lack of a pass rush. They need someone to get to the quarterback to take that next step and proficient defense for years to come. That starts by drafting Terrell Lewis, who will fit in at the linebacker spot with Cameron Wake who is likely to be dumped due to cap space. Lewis is a freak of nature, with a huge build and lots of flexibility to get past the offensive tackles. In Bama’s game against LSU, Lewis was the only defensive player to consistently put pressure on QB Joe Burrow. That defensive presence will translate to the NFL quite well, making Lewis a viable pass rusher for the Titans
  30. (Cole) Packers: Jalen Reagor (WR/TCU) → It is obvious what Green Bay’s main need is entering the offseason… wide receiver.  The Packers really lacked weapons on the outside other than superstar Davante Adams. Aaron Rodgers still was able to lead the Pack to a 13-3 record.  Having another receiver will make Adams an even better receiver and give Rodgers a new target. Jalen Reagor is one of the fastest guys in the draft. His route running skills are very hard to cover.  Reagor could be a Tyreek Hill type player which would really benefit the Packers. Green Bay could be a true Super Bowl contender if Reagor pans out like we think he will.
  31. (Cole) 49ers: A.J. Terrell (CB/Clemson) → Despite getting toasted in the National Championship, Terrell is one of the better cornerbacks in the country.  The Niners showed that they needed more cornerbacks after their second half injuries. Terrell has good size and speed which allows him to play a solid deep zone. His instincts allow him to jump routes which is very important in the league. Terrell will be able to go under the wing of Richard Sherman and make that really good defense a bit better.

(Logan) Chiefs: D’Andre Swift (RB/Georgia) → The Kansas City Chiefs have one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL. However, within that offense, that have one gaping hole — a reliable running back. This past season, the Chiefs averaged less than 100 rushing yards per game this year, and they fluctuated between 4 different running backs to be their starters. Of those 4 starters, the Chiefs did not have one 500 yard rusher. Running back is a clear need for the Chiefs, and D’Andre Swift could be their guy to fill that hole. His elusiveness and explosiveness is exactly what Patrick Mahomes needs to keep opposing defenses on their feet. Swift will help the Chiefs as both a rusher and a pass catcher, making their offense arguably the most lethal in the league.