Welcome to first and last mock draft for the 2020 NFL Draft. I have decided not to do trades because they are nearly impossible to predict. I am doing this for fun as I usually don’t do mock drafts. People tend to takes these things too seriously but lets have some fun with it.
I am trying to predict what each team will do based on needs. Another thing I like to do is look at former draft picks that were made by the General Managers and figure out their style of player at each position.
This mock draft is not what I would do for the most part. There are some picks in here that I would make but I am mostly having fun with it. Lets get right into because the Bengals are on the clock.
1. Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
The obvious choice for the Bengals. Here when your biggest need is quarterback and you can get the best one in the draft you take it. Burrow is very good and has everything you look for in a franchise quarterback. He is a leader with very good accuracy, processing, and ability to make plays off script.
2. Washington Redskins – Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
Best player in the draft and another obvious choice for the Redskins pick. Young is a dominant pass rusher and that is the second most important position behind quarterback. He will make an instant impact and will have many very good seasons.
3. Detroit Lions – Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
The best cover corner goes to the Lions. He fits an immediate need and is one of the top players here. The Lions just traded away Slay and Okudah fits exactly what they need. He is a true shutdown corner that can mirror and match some of the best wide receivers.
4. New York Giants – Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
I usually like to go best player available but I went with more of a need. I think Wirfs is a very good prospect and he seems like a Gettleman pick here. OT is a big need. I want to give them best player avilable and go Simmons and I wouldn’t be surprised if they took him. But Wirfs is very athletic and with a little technical refinement would become an elite tackle.
5. Miami Dolphins – Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
My Miami Dolphins have a ton of draft ammo and I hope they keep it all. Staying out at pick 5 and selecting Tua Tagovailoa is ideal for them. He brings this natural feel to the position of manipulating defenders that is very hard to teach. He is great in the pocket and making plays off script. The Dolphins need to take Tua over Herbert here.
6. Los Angeles Chargers – Justin Hebert, QB, Oregon
I am not a huge Herbert fan but I believe he would be a good fit for the Chargers. He can sit for a year behind Taylor and then become a full time starter. He has all the physical tools and at Oregon his coaches did not trust him to read defenses. If he can learn he can become a very good quarterback.
7. Carolina Panthers – Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson
He is the best player available and can transform the Carolina defense. With no more Kuechly Simmons becomes the face of this defense. His versatility and athleticism at his size is unheard of. He is exactly where the league is headed when it comes to defensive players. He counters whatever a modern NFL offenses try to do.
8. Arizona Cardinals – Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
A freak of nature at left tackle being listed at 6’7″. He is freakishly athletic and powerful. He could use a little technical work but if he becomes a little more refined he will be very good. He fits a huge need for the Cardinals and could really allow this offense to become something special.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars – Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
Brown is a good value pick by the Jaguars here and fits a need for them. He is a dominant force on the inside that will rotate from 1 to 3-tech. He has nice upfield burst and is powerful at the point of attack. He has 1 and 2-gap versatility. He has the technical ability as well and he is one the most complete prospects.
10. Cleveland Browns – Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama
Browns make a great pick here taking the best available player and offensive tackle. He is the most ready out of all these offensive tackles. He fits a huge need and really will help out Mayfield. He will come right in and start for this team. He is very technically good, smart and athletic.
11. New York Jets – Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
Jets have been an emphasis this off-season on the offensive line. They get the best available offensive lineman. Thomas is physically dominant at the point of attack in pass pro and in the run game. He is not as athletic as the other three guys but he is very strong and knows how to use it.
12. Las Vegas Raiders – Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
I think Jeudy is a great fit in Gruden’s offense. he is just the player that offense needs. Jeudy is a great route runner and is very elusive with the ball in his hands. The Raiders need a separator like Jeudy that can play inside and out. He will make an instant impact for them.
13. San Francisco 49ers (from Indianapolis Colts) – CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
The 49ers take the best overall wide receiver in the draft in CeeDee Lamb. He is so amazing after the catch and is a good replacement for Sanders. He is also a good route runner and release player. He makes insane contested catches and has very good body control.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
Kinlaw is a beast in the interior defensive line. He is athletic and powerful and can play 1 and 3-tech. He needs a little bit of technical work and needs to be better at two-gapping. He makes huge plays in the backfield vs the run and rush the passer.
15. Denver Broncos – Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
This seems to be a hot spot for Ruggs. he would be a great fit for this offense and exactly what Denver needs. Ruggs is more than just fast even though he is really fast. He is also a good route runner and very strong at the catch point. I love this fit for both Ruggs and Denver.
16. Atlanta Falcons – C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida
A very good man to man pure cover corner. He is very fluid and athletic and can mirror and match the best of them. he has great ball skills as well. he needs work on tackling and his overall physicality. But he is a good fit with the Falcons.
17. Dallas Cowboys – K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
A need for the Cowboys and pretty good value with Chaisson here. There were a few edges I could have went with here but I think the Cowboys will like Chaisson’s versatility to play the run and the pass. He has speed, good hands, understanding of leverage to play the run and the pass.
18. Miami Dolphins (from Pittsburgh Steelers) – Xavier McKinney, SS, Alabama
Another member of the crimson tide goes to the Miami Dolphins. The Minkah Fitzpatrick pick turns into Xavier McKinney. He offers a lot of versatility and Coach Flores really values that. McKinney is a Coach Flores type of player. He can play man, in the box, two deep, and is a good blitzer.
19. Las Vegas Raiders (from Chicago Bears) – Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
Murray is the prototypical new age middle linebacker for the NFL. The Raiders still need help at linebacker and Murray is decent value here. Murray brings athleticism an physicality to the Raiders defense. He is a good fit in Vegas.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Los Angeles Rams) – Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
The Jaguars need help at cornerback after trading away their two starters. Fulton comes right and in makes an impact. He can play man and zone effectively. He is physical in press and has good athletic ability to mirror and match. He fits exactly what Jacksonville needs.
21. Philadelphia Eagles – Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
Jefferson is a perfect fit in Philadelphia. He comes right in and becomes their leader in catches. He best fits in the slot and he is a phenomenal route runner that understands how to create separation. He makes contested catches with great body control.
22. Minnesota Vikings (from Buffalo Bills) – Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
Yetur Gross-Matos is a freak that can play edge and bump inside on passing downs. He would be scary to see lined up opposite of Hunter in Minnesota. Two freaks of nature that have versatility. I love this fit.
23. New England Patriots – Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
This was a tough one because I think Love will get picked in a trade up from some team. After losing Brady I think Love could entice the Patriots here int eh first round. Love would be there best quarterback right away. he has a ton of talent to make crazy plays off-script.
24. New Orleans Saints – Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado
This is a luxury pick for the Saints as they do not have a tone of needs. Shenault in this offense would be scary. He is a freak with the combination of size and explosiveness. Sean Payton could do a lot of stuff with this versatile play maker. Shenault is so good with the ball in his hands.
25. Minnesota Vikings – Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
Vikings have a need at corner and it feels like Zimmer takes one early every year. I would do the same thing because I love defensive backs. Gladney is the bets one left and good value here. He is athletic and can play man/zone coverage effectively. He has exactly what you need in a cornerback prospect.
26. Miami Dolphins (from Houston Texans) – Josh Jones, OT, Houston
With the top-4 offensive tackles gone the Dolphins decided to skip on one at pick 18 and take Jones here. I feel like this is a bit of a reach but the Dolphins need offensive line help very badly. Jones is athletic and is good in pass pro. He has high upside and becomes a starter at left tackle right away.
27. Seattle Seahawks – A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
A.J. Epenesa is a good fit in Seattle with his powerful hands and very good technique. Clowney might return but they will still need some more of an edge presence. He has good versatility and the Seahawks usually value along the defensive line.
28. Baltimore Ravens – Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
The Ravens could use an extra wide receiver and Mims is the best one available. He will be a nice fit across from Brown. He is a good route runner and highly athletic. He is a great hand fighter down the field. He has high upside and could really make the Ravens offense the best in the league.
29. Tennessee Titans – Lucas Niang, OT, TCU
Titans need a offensive tackle after losing Conklin. Niang if healthy is a very good option. His performance in 2018 vs Young and Bosa is so impressive. He is a big guy with power and athleticism. He needs to stay healthy and this will be a great pick.
30. Green Bay Packers – Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State
Aiyuk brings that explosiveness that the Packers are missing at wide receiver. Davante Adams has needed some help for some time and Aiyuk should help that entire offense with his speed. I really like this fit here.
31. San Francisco 49ers – Justin Madubuike, DT, Texas A&M
After trading away Buckner the 49ers have an open spot on the defensive line. Madubuike is super explosive and powerful. He can rotate to multiple spots for the 49ers.
32. Kansas City Chiefs – A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
The final pick in the first round! The Chiefs take a good scheme fit at CB in A.J. Terrell. He has some coverage versatility and he fits a need for the Chiefs here.
33. Cincinnati Bengals – Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State
34. Indianapolis Colts (via Redskins) – Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
35. Detroit Lions – Zack Baun, EDGE/LB, Wisconsin
36. New York Giants – Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois
37. Los Angeles Chargers – Austin Jackson, OT, USC
38. Carolina Panthers – Antoine Winfield Jr, S, Minnesota
39. Miami Dolphins – D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
40. Houston Texans (via Cardinals) – Cesar Ruiz, OC/G, Michigan
41. Cleveland Browns – Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
42. Jacksonville Jaguars – Grant Delpit, S, LSU
43. Chicago Bears (via Raiders) – Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn
44. Indianapolis Colts – Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma
45. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – JK Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
46. Denver Broncos – Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State
47. Atlanta Falcons – Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
48. New York Jets – Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
49. Pittsburgh Steelers – Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU
50. Chicago Bears – Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir Rhyne
51. Dallas Cowboys – Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah
52. Los Angeles Rams – Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn
53. Philadelphia Eagles – Ashtyn Davis, S, Cal
54. Buffalo Bills – Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama
55. Baltimore Ravens (via Patriots) – Joshua Uche, EDGE/LB, Michigan
56. Miami Dolphins (via Saints) – Lloyd Cushenberry III, OC, LSU
57. Houston Texans – Michael Pittman Jr., WR, USC
58. Minnesota Vikings – Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
59. Seattle Seahawks- Tyler Biadasz, OC, Wisconsin
60. Baltimore Ravens – Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State
61. Tennessee Titans – Troy Pride Jr., CB, Notre Dame
62. Green Bay Packers – Saahdiq Charles, OT, LSU
63. Kansas City Chiefs (via 49ers) – Akeem Davis-Gaither, LB, App State
64. Seattle Seahawks (via Chiefs) – Matt Peart, OT, UConn
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