College Preseason 2020 NFL Mock Draft – PFR Staff

With the college season just around the corner, we will be keeping a close eye on potential prospects for the 2020 NFL Draft. Until then, the Pro Football Ready staff have gathered together to bring you a preseason 2020 NFL mock draft.

The draft order is provided by the latest average odds on the winner of Superbowl LIV.

 

1. Miami Dolphins – Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

I think there is a good chance that Josh Rosen can work out in Miami, but if they are picking first overall in this draft, then I imagine it didn’t. Tua has the accuracy and instincts to succeed in the NFL giving Miami their franchise quarterback.

– Joel Bishop

 

2. Cincinnati Bengals – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

The Andy Dalton reign is over, in comes their new franchise quarterback Justin Herbert. Herbert is physically impressive with the tools you want for a successful NFL Quarterback. The arm talent is there, just needs to keep consistent in his senior season at Oregon.

– Joel Bishop

 

3. Las Vegas Raiders – Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

I don’t understand the Raiders hype at all. This team simply isn’t very good and picking this high doesn’t seem far away from being realistic to me. With the two QBs that I would take anywhere near the top-10 off the board, Mayock will be looking to surround Derek Carr with talent, opposed to replacing him. Antonio Brown isn’t a long term solution and the WR core is this past AB. Jeudy offers a dynamic playmaking ability and proficient route running.

– UK Draft Scout

 

4. Arizona Cardinals  – Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa

If the Cardinals are picking this high in 2020, Steve Keim can say goodbye to his job. I wouldn’t put it past this organisation to take a replacement for Kyler. I imagine that Kliff will get a year 2 no matter what so Arizona will be slinging the ball around for the foreseeable future. Kyler Murray needs protection and what better than to give him the best tackle in the class in Tristan Wirfs? Wirfs is an athletic freak who is an incredibly well rounded player.

– UK Draft Scout

 

5. New York Giants – Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia 

The Giants have come a long way rebuilding their offensive line but can still add another piece to the tackle group. Thomas is a big man with quick feet, truly one of the better pass protectors in this class.

– Joel Bishop

 

6. Buffalo Bills – Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State

One of the best defensive prospects for the 2020 class, Young will provide the Bills with a pass rusher who has the moves, quickness and smarts to win with ease. A favourite to be the first defensive player taken in the NFL Draft.

– Joel Bishop

 

7. Washington Redskins – A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa

A man with massive stature that still knows how to get under the arms of blockers. Epenesa is powerful and plays with active and well timed hands, also using his length to his advantage.

– Joel Bishop

 

8. Denver Broncos – Grant Delpit, S, LSU

I can’t believe that Delpit is on the board here and I’m not letting Justin Simmons stop me from drafting him. Delpit is a truly special safety; his range and ball skills is elite and he can line up absolutely everywhere in the secondary.

– UK Draft Scout

 

9. Detroit Lions – Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia

While cornerback Darius Slay has asserted himself as one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL, the Lions have failed to find me a suitable running mate on the opposite side. Welcome a board Virginia’s Bryce Hall, an All American level defensive back who very well could have been the first cornerback selected in the 2019 NFL Draft had he chosen to declare. 

– Ryan Roberts

 

10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

If Tampa is picking at 10, that means that Jameis likely didn’t perform in his last year. Arians gets to pick his own QB here and Love fits the bill. Jordan Love has the second best arm talent in this class, gets through his reads to find an open man and is very athletic. Bruce Arians is going to have some fun dialling up plays for a playmaker like Love.

– UK Draft Scout

 

11. Tennessee Titans – Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado 

Third year pro Corey Davis showed flashes of potential during the 2018 season. Outside of Davis, the Titans wide receiver group is uninspiring and underwhelming. We add in Laviska Shenault Jr. into the mix. The 6’2” 220 playmaker has the ability to make plays at every area of the field. He can provide an instant spark for an offense desperate for explosive plays. 

– Ryan Roberts

 

12. New York Jets – Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU

Arguably the better cornerback on the LSU roster last year, even with Greedy Williams. The Jets cornerback depth isn’t great and in a passing league like today, you can’t have too many corners.

– Joel Bishop

 

13. Carolina Panthers – Curtis Weaver, Edge, Boise State

Getting Brian Burns at 16 was a steal for the Panthers but there’s still question marks opposite him. Bruce Irvin and Mario Addison are into their 30’s. Carolina’s front 7 with this addition would be undoubtedly the best in the NFL. Weaver is a big, disruptive pass rusher who moves well for someone of his size.

– UK Draft Scout

 

14. Jacksonville Jaguars – CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma 

Jacksonville sports one of the more talented rosters in the NFL. The one position they lack is a physical outside receiver who can threaten the defense outside the numbers. Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb has some of the best catch point reps in the entire class, demonstrated an ability to win in contested catch situations. This will allow players like Marquise Lee and Deedee Westbrook to win more with their speed.

– Ryan Roberts 

 

15. Baltimore Ravens – Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama 

C.J. Mosley was a huge loss for the Baltimore Ravens this past off season. They go back to the Crimson Tide to find their next star inside linebacker. Dylan Moses is an athletic marvel who has been training for this opportunity since he was a middle schooler. He combines elite athleticism with a pristine feel for the game to profile as a potential rising star at the professional level. 

– Ryan Roberts 

 

16. San Francisco 49ers – Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford

The 49ers need desperate help in the secondary and this draft is perfect to do so. Richard Sherman isn’t getting any younger and has a history of lower leg injuries. Ahkello Witherspoon has been up and down, they need someone who can make plays back there. Enter Paulson Adebo; a WR convert who has ideal length, great ball skills, very fluid movement from press coverage, sticky in man coverage and even a good tackler.

– UK Draft Scout

 

17. Houston Texans – D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia

Tyler Biadasz and Creed Humphrey were tough passes at this point. At the end of the day I chose to finally close the door on watching Lamar Miller be the epitome of average. The recent release of D’Onta Foreman escalates the need even further. Swift is the next in line of successful Georgia running backs. Showing the versatility both as a runner, receiver and blocker, he possess an overall skill set that the Texans running back room currently lacks. 

– Ryan Roberts 

 

18. Seattle Seahawks – Walker Little, OT, Stanford

The Seahawks offensive line has improved recently and that’s because Tom Cable left. But Duane Brown is 34 and his contract goes through 2021. Little is a very athletic tackle who is going to need a bit of refinement. Little is a very prototypical tackle in today’s NFL with length, athleticism and strength. He could take over from Brown later on, or start right away instead of Germain Ifedi at Right Tackle which isn’t ideal.

– UK Draft Scout

 

19. Atlanta Falcons – Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn

The Falcons locked up a really good defensive tackle in Grady Jarrett this offseason, but aside from him, they have nothing. Derrick Brown compliments a smaller defensive lineman in Jarrett because he is anything but small. Standing at 6’5 320lbs, Brown is a disruptive force on the interior of the defensive line but he also moves very well for his size. His athleticism allows for versatility and that allows him to play all three spots on the Falcons 3-man front which is what Dan Quinn will love.

– UK Draft Scout

 

20. Pittsburgh Steelers – Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State 

Joe Haden had a bit of a rebirth last season with the Pittsburgh Steelers. On the opposite side, Artie Burns has been an absolute disaster. His career with the Steelers is in question at this point. Jeffrey Okudah becomes an instant impact fit, and perfect compliment to Haden. Blessed with outstanding length and athleticism, he is just starting to tap into his long term potential.

– Ryan Roberts

 

21. Minnesota Vikings – Raekwon Davis, DT, Alabama 

Outside of Lival Joseph, the Minnesota Vikings don’t have a ton of admirable options on the interior. Alabama’s Raekwon Davis has the length and athletic profile to be able to play multiple spots up front. At pick 21, Davis could potentially one of the best value picks in the first round. 

-Ryan Roberts 

 

22. Dallas Cowboys – Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

Cornerback could be a sneaky need for this team, especially if either Byron Jones or Anthony Brown are not retained. Trevon, the younger brother of NFL wide receiver Stefon Diggs, is a very good athlete displaying loose hips and good long speed to stay hip-to-hip with the receiver.

– Joel Bishop

 

23. Green Bay Packers – Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama 

The Packers seem to have an affinity for the young receivers on their roster. One thing they all bring to the game is outstanding size and length. One area missing to the corp is a true vertical threat who is able to truly take the top off the defense from all areas of the field. Henry Ruggs III may play Robin to Jerry Jeudy’s Batman currently, but that won’t last much longer. He possesses all the necessary tools to ascend to a primary target at the next level. 

– Ryan Roberts 

 

24. Las Vegas Raiders (from Chicago Bears) – C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida

Henderson is an interesting prospect, he has the size, length and speed many desire for the position. He is sticky in coverage and is difficult to beat in a footrace. Although he has the potential to be a high pick in this draft, Henderson must be more physical as press-man corner.

– Joel Bishop

 

25. Cleveland Browns – Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

The Browns have done a good job to fill their roster and can make a luxury pick here in the first round. The Browns defensive line is looking very talented but could always add another in the rotation. Kinlaw plays with a sudden burst and has very good length to extend and create good leverage. Still needs to refine his technique and add to the pass rushing arsenal, kinlaw has the makings of a solid first round pick.

– Joel Bishop

 

26. Indianapolis Colts – Richard LeCounte, S, Georgia 

Free safety Malik Hooker is a nice piece for the Colts at free safety. The rest of the safety group, not so much. Clayton Geathers does some admirable stuff against the run but has yet to record an interception in his four year career. Whether LeCounte fits in as a traditional safety or nickel early on, he has the versatility to immediately upgrade the back end. 

– Ryan Roberts

 

27. Philadelphia Eagles – Isaiah Simmons, LB/SS, Clemson

Simmons is an interesting player as he can play linebacker and safety. When it comes to playing in the secondary, Simmons is asked to play multiple spots. Simmons displays the athleticism, great speed and burst that coaches love to work with.

– Joel Bishop

 

28. Los Angeles Chargers – Tyler Biadasz, OC, Wisconsin

As Philip Rivers’ career winds down, protecting his interior becomes more important. Mike Pouncey will mitigate some of the problems but 2017 2nd and 3rd round picks – Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney respectively – have been a disaster. Biadasz’s athleticism and football IQ allows him to play all three positions on the interior of the offensive line. Biadasz probably should’ve declared in 2019 and if he did, he would’ve been my number 1 ranked interior offensive lineman. Biadasz is a good fit for Ken Whisenhunt’s predominantly zone blocking scheme.

– UK Draft Scout

 

29. Los Angeles Rams – Creed Humphrey, OC, Oklahoma

Les Snead would be kicking himself that the top Center in Biadasz went 1 pick in front of him. But Creed Humphrey is a pretty good consolation prize. Whatever Brian Allen does this year probably won’t be described as very good, and even if he is, I have my doubts about Joseph Noteboom transitioning to guard. Humphrey has the most ankle flexibility I’ve ever seen in an offensive lineman and this really helps him lower his pad level and anchor. His athleticism also makes him desirable for the Rams’ stretch zone scheme.

– UK Draft Scout

 

30. New Orleans Saints – Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU

When will the Saints replace Drew Brees? Well as long as he’s still a top-10 QB I say ride him out. Brees clearly hasn’t got the arm strength to push the ball down the field so he’s going to need a dependable slot target. Michael Thomas has suction cups for hands and they’re going to continue to throw the ball in his direction. But the Saints other options include a 34 year old Ted Ginn and Austin Carr from the slot, Reagor is an instant upgrade. Reagor is a Tyreek Hill type of player; he’s dynamic, incredibly explosive, great vision in the open field and can win at all three levels of the field. Brees will have a safety valve from inside in Reagor as the Saints gear up for one last ride with him.

– UK Draft Scout

 

31. Kansas City Chiefs – Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah

Kendall Fuller is a good cornerback, Tyrann Matthieu and what will be Juan Thornhill is a really good safety tandem. But the clear weak link in the secondary for the Chiefs is Bashaud Breeland. Johnson is an ultra physical corner who thrives in disrupting the stem and timing of the route. Johnson also has the speed to run with faster receivers. His ability to stay in the hip pocket of the receiver and match them down the field gives him significant upside in man coverage.

– UK Draft Scout

 

32. New England Patriots – Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State

The Patriots get good value here and strengthen the defensive trenches. Gross-Matos is a very good athlete at the position and has the flexibility to win at the edge but he must refine his pass rush moves to take the next step towards being a first round pick. 

– Joel Bishop

 

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