The NFL season is now over, with the league focusing on free agency and the upcoming NFL Draft. So this is a good time as any to release a mock draft.
Over the next few months, it’s going to be a common theme to See LSU quarterback Joe Burrow and Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young to be the top-two picks. Unless we start seeing any pre-draft trades.
With this mock, my main focus is to forecast the possible picks but also show you the different scenarios that could very well happen on draft night.
1. Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
It’s time to move on from Andy Dalton and build their young offense with a new quarterback. Burrow has soared this season playing with great confidence, poise and accuracy.
2. Washington Redskins – Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
I don’t see anything else other than Washington selecting Young, unless someone sells the farm for this pick. He’s the best player in the 2020 NFL Draft. Chase Young, just like Nick Bosa, will be another Ohio State pass rusher being selected 2nd overall. Chase Young is almost on the technical level of Nick Bosa but has more athletic upside.
3. Detroit Lions – Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
Plenty of options here for Detroit. They could go defensive line, defensive back or offensive line. Okudah is the best cornerback in the draft and his position is highly coveted. Okudah plays with twitch, physicality, speed and is a true lockdown corner.
4. New York Giants – Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama
The Giants continue to strengthen the offensive line and protect their young quarterback, Daniel Jones. Wills is the best offensive tackle in the draft in my opinion and this would be a great spot. Wills is explosive and creates so much torque from the hips. He also shows light feet and quickness as a pass protector showing tremendous upside.
5. Miami Dolphins – Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
As long as the medicals check out and the team’s doctor says there is no long term effects, then I expect a team to draft Tua high. The #TankForTua campaign started in the summer and it looks like they could make it reality.
6. Los Angeles Chargers – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
I have always expected the Chargers to draft a quarterback in previous drafts but that has never been the outcome. This time, you feel they will after the season Phillip Rivers had. Herbert has all the tools to be a great quarterback but consistency and progression as a player has not been what we hoped.
7. Carolina Panthers – Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
Carolina could see a depleted defensive line and Derrick Brown is one of the best in this class. Brown stayed in school and the work paid off, improving his overall game along with his natural power and burst.
8. Arizona Cardinals – Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
I’ve seen a lot mock a wide receiver here but this team was one of the worst in sacks allowed. Wirfs has shown flexibility to play either right or left tackle. His athleticism is insane for his size and has so much natural power. He shouldn’t be pigeonholed as a guard, his feet are quick, just needs to work on his sets to minimise a free inside path.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars – Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
I love this pick and the Jaguars have multiple areas of need on defense. Simmons can play anywhere on defense and a smart defensive coordinator will not keep him at one spot. Simmons has displayed range and covering ability, tackling and run defending in the box and the ability as a blitzer.
10. Cleveland Browns – Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
The Browns need to do everything they can to give Baker Mayfield help. For starters, they can help keep him on his feet. Andrew Thomas is another great tackle in this class, being third selected shows just how good these guys are at the top. Sometimes Thomas can straighten and forget his lower body technique but overall he’s a solid player. His hands are timed well with a great punch and will aim to protect Mayfield’s blindside.
11. New York Jets – Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
The Jets need to keep their young quarterback upright and this is something they should 100% address during the offseason. Becton still needs some work but his movement skills are rare for someone his size.
12. Las Vegas Raiders – Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
After what they’ve been through at the receiver position, it’s time to give them a true playmaker to help Carr. Jeudy is a pro ready receiver with his route running ability and explosive movements.
13. Indianapolis Colts – CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
Quarterback is a possibility for the Colts but we don’t know if they like any the guys available. Certainly wouldn’t surprise me if they make an aggressive trade to go up and grab a guy. In this scenario, they go with a wide receiver. Lamb has some of the best ball skills and body control in the draft. He’s shown great elusiveness in the open-field whilst displaying sharp cuts, showing the tools to develop as a better route runner as a pro.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
If Tampa lose some of their defensive line, then Kinlaw would be an enticing pick. Kinlaw needs to keep his pad level lower but he has insane quickness and burst to get into the backfield.
15. Denver Broncos – Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
The Broncos could use more speed on the offense to complement Courtland Sutton and give Drew Lock a solid young receiving core. Ruggs has lethal speed, but he is more than that. Ruggs shows sharp cuts and quick movements with improved route running, also showing nuance to the position. Would not surprise me if some NFL teams have him as WR1 on the board.
16. Atlanta Falcons – A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
The Falcons need to create pressure and get more sacks. He may not be a speed guy but Epenesa plays with good power and solid hands to create pressure. Solid in the run game too.
17. Dallas Cowboys – Grant Delpit, FS, LSU
A tough spot for the Cowboys who also need defensive tackle and cornerback help, may not be the best value here. A safety in round one isn’t usually their style but Grant Delpit’s skills as a cover guy with his range is enticing. Delpit needs to get better as a tackler though (missed over 20 in 2019).
18. Miami Dolphins (from Pittsburgh Steelers) – K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
Miami’s pass rush was underwhelming and this needs fixing. I think this fit makes most sense for Miami of the possible first round pass rushers. Chaisson is quick with a sudden burst to stress blockers. He has the bend to win the corner and direct his path to the quarterback.
19. Las Vegas Raiders (from Chicago Bears) – Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
The Raiders need someone in the middle of that defense and although it’s a bit rich here, Murray has the upside to become the answer. He is athletic with great sideline-to-sideline speed and the tools to improve in coverage.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Los Angeles Rams) – C.J Henderson, CB, Florida
The Jags need a cornerback after losing Jalen Ramsey. C.J. Henderson is ALMOST there as the corner you want. He’s athletic, great size, length and great speed. Unfortunately he needs to be more of a consistent threat going up and attacking the ball. Still, you see his cover ability on tape and this should help turn around this defense.
21. Philadelphia Eagles – Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State
As a possible scenario, Aiyuk could be a player that is taken this high (or higher). The Eagles need speed, and Aiyuk certainly has plenty. He’s a playmaker with a great ability to create YAC, although he will need to clean up some footwork and improve further in his routes.
22. Buffalo Bills – Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
Josh Allen needs a target. Simple. He’s got smaller, quicker receivers but he could use a guy on the outside to go up and get those 50/50 balls. Higgins is just that with his great catch radius. Add that he can also help in the redzone.
23. New England Patriots – Xavier McKinney, SS, Alabama
This was a tough pick and it’s going to be much easier to make after free agency. For now, I’m going with the safety position. Yes they have a great tandem but they do need to get younger at the position. McKinney is one of the better tacklers in the draft but he will need to improve in coverage, although his athletic ability can make up for it at times.
24. New Orleans Saints – Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
Just like the Patriots, the Saints will need to think about the future of this position. Love has all the tools to be great. He has a great arm displaying strength, velocity and touch. His decision making and mental makeup are needing improvement.
25. Minnesota Vikings – Trevon Diggs, CB Alabama
Offensive line could be taken here, but I like the idea of Trevon practising on the same field as his brother, Stefon Diggs. Trevon needs to improve the technical aspects of the position but his ceiling is high and teams will be intrigued. He is tall, long and fast whilst displaying playmaking capabilities.
26. Miami Dolphins (from Houston Texans) – Josh Jones, OT, Houston
Many needs on this team and the offensive line is one of them. After selecting Tua at no.5, you’re going to need to protect him. Jones could be selected here as he displays quick feet with the pass protection skills that reminds me of Andre Dillard.
27. Seattle Seahawks – Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama
The future at the edge position doesn’t look too good and this is a potentially good pick once we get the medical feedback at the NFL Combine. Lewis is quick and athletic but has freakish length to keep himself free from blockers.
28. Baltimore Ravens – Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
Linebacker or edge rusher could be taken here. The Ravens need linebacker help in the middle and Queen’s stock has been rising. This is due to his ascending play during the season.
29. Tennessee Titans – Austin Jackson, OT, USC
Another pick where this could go a few directions. Jack Conklin is set to become a free agent and this might become a bigger need to fill, especially with the success of the run game. Jackson still has some polishing to do, but giving him time he could be a solid starter.
30. Green Bay Packers – Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado
The Packers could do with another weapon on offense and make another push in the playoffs. Shenault is dangerous with the ball in his hands and has high upside if he can remain healthy and improve as a route runner.
31. San Francisco 49ers – Cesar Ruiz, OC, Michigan
Almost there…so let’s fortify the middle of the offensive line and go for another run at the Super Bowl. This will be in their minds. Ruiz also offers position flex to play both center and guard.
32. Kansas City Chiefs – Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
The Chiefs add a solid cover corner to their secondary. Fulton moves well staying man-to-man, he will need to improve body control and location of the football to add further playmaking elements to his game.
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