Since my mock draft 1.0, the NFL Combine has come and gone. A lot of the free agency big moves have been made. So now NFL teams may have different early round strategies and of course, the draft picks have changed.
With that said, let’s take a look at what we could possibly see during 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 Simmons, a 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
One of the toughest players to project at the moment but if the team’s doctor says there is no long term effects, then this could be the pick. The #TankForTua campaign started in the summer and it looks like they could make it reality.
6. Los Angeles Chargers – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
The Chargers didn’t get Brady and are left with Tyrod Taylor as their possible starter. Drafting Herbert gives them the option for him to sit behind Taylor if Herbert isn’t ready to see NFL snaps.
7. Carolina Panthers – Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
The back seven is looking weak with the losses they’ve endured. Simmons is the type of player that could play all those positions very well serving as a chess piece for the defense.
8. Arizona Cardinals – Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
They may have secured D.J. Humphries but that shouldn’t stop them further upgrading the offensive line. 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 and has the desired arm length. Wirfs needs to work on his sets to minimise a free inside path.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars – Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
Brown is one of the best defensive players in this class despite his combine numbers. Brown stayed in school and the work paid off, improving his overall game along with his natural power and burst.
10. Cleveland Browns – Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
The Browns need to keep Baker Mayfield uptight and made a start by signing Jack Conklin in free agency. The tackle spot is still in need of upgrading, here they select the mammoth that is Mekhi Becton giving them Trent Brown vibes.
11. New York Jets – Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
The Jets need to keep their young quarterback upright and this is something they should 100% address during the offseason. Andrew Thomas is another great tackle in this class, being fourth 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 help protect Sam Darnold’s blindside.
12. Las Vegas Raiders – CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
After what they’ve been through at the receiver position, it’s time to give them a true playmaker to help Carr. 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.
13. San Francisco 49ers (from Indianapolis Colts) – Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
Losing Emmanuel Sanders to the Saints is a loss but this is a great opportunity to grab one of the top-tier receivers in this class. Jeudy is a pro ready receiver with his route running ability and explosive movements.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
I’ve always loved the idea of the pairing of Love and Arians but the chance to sit and learn behind Tom Brady? Time to think about the future and make this selections.
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 – Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
Cornerback is certainly in play here but the Falcons can try and go BPA on defense. Kinlaw needs to keep his pad level lower and eliminate crossing his feet but he has insane quickness and burst to get into the backfield.
17. Dallas Cowboys – C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida
Cornerback is a position high in the Cowboys’ wish list. C.J. Henderson is ALMOST there as the perfect corner you want. He’s athletic, has great size, length and great speed. Unfortunately he needs to be more of a consistent threat going up and attacking the ball.
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) – Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
I think the Raiders could still go linebacker here but after free agency, cornerback is still looking empty. Gladney is a physical corner with the play personality which fits what the Raiders are looking for.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Los Angeles Rams) – Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
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.
21. Philadelphia Eagles – Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
Jefferson belongs in the top tier of wide receivers in this class with his route running and reliable hands. For this reason, the Eagles do not hesitate to put his card in.
22. Minnesota Vikings (from Buffalo Bills) – Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
Another receiver who has done everything he can to raise his stock. His improvements in his releases and routes at the Senior Bowl, followed by a strong combine gets him into the first round.
23. New England Patriots – Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
A couple of directions the Patriots could go here. The Patriots lost linebackers and Queen would be a nice replacement who improved over the course of the season.
24. New Orleans Saints – Xavier McKinney, SS, Alabama
After Vonn Bell left via free agency, safety has become a need. 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.
25. Minnesota Vikings – Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
Cornerback was always a need but the mass exit of starters in the secondary has this made this a higher priority. 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.
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 – A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
Whether or not Clowney returns to the Seahawks, more edge rushers are needed. Epenesa is really good value right here with this team going with the talents they saw on film.
28. Baltimore Ravens – Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
Linebacker or edge rusher could be taken here. The Ravens need linebacker help in the middle and Murray has the upside to become the answer. He is athletic with great sideline-to-sideline speed and the tools to improve in coverage.
29. Tennessee Titans – Austin Jackson, OT, USC
Another pick where this could go a few directions. Jack Conklin is gone and this is a big need to fill, especially with the success of the run game. Jackson still has some polishing needed, but giving him time he could be a solid starter.
30. Green Bay Packers – Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State
The Packers could do with another weapon on offense and make another push in the playoffs. He’s a playmaker with a great ability to create yardage after the catch, although he will need to clean up some footwork to continue improving in his routes.
31. San Francisco 49ers – Cesar Ruiz, OG/C, 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 – A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
The secondary needs more additions, especially after losing Kendall Fuller. Terrell is a solid option at this point and after his combine performance, he’s put himself into first round consideration.
33. Cincinnati Bengals – Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State
34. Indianapolis Colts (via Redskins) – Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU
35. Detroit Lions – Jordan Elliot, DT, Missouri
36. New York Giants – Grant Delpit, FS, LSU
37. Los Angeles Chargers – Zach Baun, LB/EDGE, Wisconsin
38. Carolina Panthers – Yetur Gross Matos, EDGE, Penn State
39. Miami Dolphins – J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
40. Houston Texans (via Cardinals) – Marlon Davidson, DL, Auburn
41. Cleveland Browns – Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois
42. Jacksonville Jaguars – Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn
43. Chicago Bears (via Raiders) – Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir-Rhyne
44. Indianapolis Colts – Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
45. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
46. Denver Broncos – Lloyd Cushenberry III, OC, LSU
47. Atlanta Falcons – Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah
48. New York Jets – Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado
49. Pittsburgh Steelers – Josh Uche, EDGE, Michigan
50. Chicago Bears – Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State
51. Dallas Cowboys – Julian Okwara, EDGE, Notre Dame
52. Los Angeles Rams – Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama
53. Philadelphia Eagles – Antoine Winfield Jr., FS, Minnesota
54. Buffalo Bills – Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
55. Baltimore Ravens (via Patriots) – Michael Pitman Jr., WR, USC
56. Miami Dolphins (via Saints) – Ashtyn Davis, FS, California
57. Houston Texans – Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
58. Minnesota Vikings – Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State
59. Seattle Seahawks – Justin Madubuike, DT, Texas A&M
60. Baltimore Ravens – Robert Hunt, OG, Louisiana
61. Tennessee Titans – Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama
62. Green Bay Packers – Lucas Niang, OT, TCU
63. Kansas City Chiefs (via 49ers) – Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio State
64. Seattle Seahawks (via Chiefs) – Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia
65. Cincinnati Bengals – K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn State
66. Washington Redskins – Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton
67. Detroit Lions – Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU
68. New York Jets (via Giants) – Bradley Anae, EDGE, Utah
69. Carolina Panthers – James Lynch, DL, Baylor
70. Miami Dolphins – Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma
71. Los Angeles Chargers – Matt Peart, OT, UConn
72. Arizona Cardinals – Jonathan Greenard, EDGE, Florida
73. Jacksonville Jaguars – Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame
74. Cleveland Browns – Akeem Davis-Gaither, LB, Appalachian State
75. Indianapolis Colts – Jacob Eason, QB, Washington
76. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Ben Bartch, OT, St. John’s
77. Denver Broncos – Troy Pride Jr., CB, Notre Dame
78. Atlanta Falcons – Darrell Taylor, EDGE, Tennessee
79. New York Jets – Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State
80. Las Vegas Raiders – Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma
81. Las Vegas Raiders (via Bears) – Terrell Burgess, S, Utah
82. Dallas Cowboys – Van Jefferson, WR, Florida
83. Denver Broncos (via Steelers) – Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn
84. Los Angeles Rams – Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech
85. Detroit Lions (via Eagles) – John Simpson, OG, Clemson
86. Buffalo Bills – Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia
87. New England Patriots – Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
88. New Orleans Saints – Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan
89. Minnesota Vikings – A.J. Green, CB, Oklahoma State
90. Houston Texans – Netane Muti, OG, Fresno State
91. Las Vegas Raiders (via Seahawks) – Kenny Willekes, EDGE, Michigan State
92. Baltimore Ravens – Matt Hennessy, OC, Temple
93. Tennessee Titans – Cam Akers, RB, Florida State
94. Green Bay Packers – Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame
95. Denver Broncos (via 49ers) – Logan Wilson, LB, Wyoming
96. Kansas City Chiefs – Gabriel Davis, WR, UCF
97. Cleveland Browns (via Texans) – Jabari Zuniga, EDGE, Florida
98. New England Patriots – Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri
99. New York Giants – Tyler Biadasz, OC, Wisconsin
100. New England Patriots – Khalid Kareem, EDGE, Notre Dame
101. Seattle Seahawks – Damien Lewis, OG, LSU
102. Pittsburgh Steelers – Zack Moss, RB, Utah
103. Philadelphia Eagles – Willie Gay Jr., LB, Mississippi State
104. Los Angeles Rams – Kevin Dotson, OG, Louisiana
105. Minnesota Vikings – Saahdiq Charles, OT, LSU
106. Baltimore Ravens – Jonathan Garvin, EDGE, Miami (Fla,)
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