Don’s 2020 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

The NFL Draft is nearly a month away. With most of the big-name free agents off the market, we now have a better idea of where players will fall. Obviously, it’s almost easier to hit the lottery than getting a perfect mock. Also, adding in a couple trades to make things a little spicier. There is a table at the bottom of the mock that translates each selection to each team for easier view. Enjoy!

MOCK TRADES:

MIA sends 1.05, 1.26, 5.126 to DET for 1.03

CLE sends 1.1, 3.74 to CAR for 1.07

MIN sends 1.22, 2.58, 7.249 to TB for 1.14

ROUND 1

1. CIN- Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

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Transitioning from Andy Dalton to Joe Burrow will not only rejuvenate AJ Green and John Ross, but the entire Bengal’s team. Pairing Burrow with young head coach Zac Taylor will be something to keep an eye on heading into the 2020 season. With 2019 first round pick Jonah Williams returning, Cincy’s offense is something to keep an eye on.

2. WSH- Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State

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With Washington trading for Kyle Allen, it is almost fact that they will not be taking a QB at #2. The only other thing that can happen is the Chargers or Dolphins can trade up above Detroit to take Tua, but that seems less likely than Washington taking Chase here. An elite pass rusher to put across of 2019 first round pick Montez Sweat will give an immediate boost to Washington’s front.

3. MIA (via DET) – Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

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A bidding war between Miami and LA can and will be won by Miami due to their amount of draft capital. I do believe that it is in which ever team that drafts Tua to sit on him for a year, be 100% sure that he is healthy, and come into the 2021 season prepared. Both LA and MIA are capable of this, with Miami sitting on Fitzpatrick/Rosen and LA with Tyrod Taylor. In this case, I see Fitzpatrick starting most of the season, and seeing Rosen appear later in the year to see exactly what he is worth for Miami to ship him off to gain picks in the following year’s drafts. Tua has superstar traits, it just comes down to providing him weapons and protection.

4. NYG – Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa

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The Giants will have the first choice at the top offensive line prospects. Wirfs provides versatility, with his ability to play guard and tackle. Scouts believe he will be best playing at guard, but I would like to see him at RT. With a generational running back heading into year 3 in Saquon Barkley, and a young QB in Daniel Jones, investing in a solid piece in Wirfs will be beneficial for all of the weapons the Giants have on offense.

5. DET (via MIA) – Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson

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This pick comes down to Simmons or Okudah and the Lions are going with Simmons. With the Lions signing Trufant, that allows them to invest in a playmaker. Trading Slay hurts the secondary, but I believe that Oruwariye is going to take a big step in becoming the Lions CB2. Jarad Davis is not capable of being a starter for the Lions any longer, and with the release of Devon Kennard, the LB group in Detroit needs a boost. Simmons provides versatility that is needed with the amount of times Patricia drops his linebackers into coverage.

6. LAC – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

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Justin Herbert could be playing for the Arizona Cardinals right now, however, with him staying in school, it hurt his draft stock. I was wrong about Josh Allen coming out of college because I was worried about his accuracy. Similarly, I worry about Herbert’s accuracy. Scouting reports suggest that he is “deadly accurate” and I don’t see it. However, Herbert has the arm and the physical traits that you want in a QB. Putting him in LA to sit behind Tyrod will allow him to learn the offense, and eventually take over for the Chargers.

7. CLE – Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

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The Giants selecting Wirfs puts pressure on Cleveland to move up and grab the next tackle. Cleveland had great signings in free agency, now getting an anchor at LT will provide the much needed protection for Baker Mayfield. All of the hype last season for the Cleveland offense disappointed fans, however, look for a positive bounce back year as the Browns get a full year with Kareem Hunt, as well with the pairing of Austin Hooper and David Njoku.

8. ARZ – Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama

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Over the past few months, we have watched Wills fly up draft boards. Wills is a polished blocker, being a two year starter at Alabama. At 6’5, 320lbs, Wills is capable of being one of the top tackles in the league for years to come. With the Cardinals robbing Houston of DeAndre Hopkins, giving Kyler Murray protection is a must and Wills here seems to be a no brainer.

9. JAX – Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn

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Derrick Brown is a name that will be known by many next season. He is one of the most complete DT coming into the draft that I have witnessed in recent memory. Brown has incredible strength that allows him to fight off blocks. His run stuffing ability appears to be elite. With Jacksonville sending off Campbell, a boost to their defensive line is needed. Getting Brown here at 9 is fantastic value.

10. CAR – Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

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With Carolina signing Bridgewater, they eliminate themselves with moving up to take Tua or Herbert. In this case, they are able to pick up an extra pick by moving down and still getting an absolute beast. Kinlaw has been relatively flying under the radar, which shocks me because of his talent. Kinlaw provides a pass rushing ability that is superior to that of Derrick Brown’s. That said, I would not be surprised to see Jacksonville grab Kinlaw and Brown to fall here to Carolina.

11. NYJ- Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville

12. LV – CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

13. SF (via IND) – Jeffery Okudah, CB, Ohio State

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Okudah dropping all the way to 13 seems insane. Remember Greedy Williams being a solidified top 10 pick early last year? Okudah is definitely a better prospect and, in my opinion, a better player, so he will not drop far. Pairing Okudah with Sherman, while also reuniting with Nick Bosa, seems unfair. This SF defense only gets better.

14. MIN (via TB) – Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

15. DEN – Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama

16. ATL – AJ Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa

17. DAL – CJ Henderson, CB, Florida

18. MIA (via PIT) – K’Lavon Chassion, EDGE, LSU

19. LV (via CHI) – Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU

20. JAX (via LAR) – Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU

21. PHI – Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

22. TB (via MIN, BUF) – Josh Jones, OT, Houston

23. NE – Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State

24. NO – Patrick Queen, LB, LSU

25. MIN – Zach Baun, EDGE, Wisconsin

26. DET (via MIA, HOU) – Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU

27. SEA – Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State

28. BAL – Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado

29. TEN – Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma

30. GB – Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

31. SF – Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor

32. KC – Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma

ROUND 2

33. CIN – Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama

34. IND – Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

35. DET – Cesar Ruiz, OG, Michigan

36. NYG – Bradlee Anae, EDGE, Utah

37. LAC – Austin Jackson, OT, USC

38. CAR – Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

39. MIA – Lucas Niang, OT, TCU

40. HOU – Lloyd Cushenberry III, OG, LSU

41. CLE – Grant Delpit, S, LSU

42. JAX – AJ Terrell, CB, Clemson

43. CHI – Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama

44. IND – DeAndre Swift, RB, Georgia

45. TB – Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin

46. DEN – Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn

47. ATL – Justin Madubuike, DT, Texas A&M

48. NYJ – Jalen Raegor, WR, TCU

49. PIT – Ben Bartch, OT, St. John’s

50. CHI – Jonah Jackson, OG, Ohio State

51. DAL – Matt Hennessy, OG, Temple

52. LAR – Joshua Uche, EDGE, Michigan

53. PHI – Julian Okwara, EDGE, Notre Dame

54. BUF- Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah

55. BAL – Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech

56. MIA – J.K Dobbins, RB, Ohio State

57. HOU – Raekwon Davis, DT, Alabama

58. TB – Robert Hunt, OG, Louisiana

59. SEA – Cam Akers, RB, Florida State

60. BAL – Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State

61. TEN – Jonathan Greenard, EDGE, Florida

62. GB – Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State

63. KC – Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State

64. SEA – Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia

Picks By Team

ARZWills, OT
ATLEpenesa, EDGEMadubuike, DT
BALShenault, WRBrooks, LBCleveland, OT
BUFJohnson, CB
CARBrown, DTDiggs, CB
CHIMcKinney, SJackson,OG
CINBurrow, QBLewis, EDGE
CLEThomas, OTDelpit, S
DALHenderson, CB
DENRuggs III, WRHennessy, OG
DETSimmons, LBBlacklock, DTRuiz, OG
GBJefferson, WRDantzler, CB
HOUCushenberry, OGDavis, DT
INDLove, QBSwift, RB
JAXKinlaw, DTGladney, CBTerrell, CB
KCMurray, LBArnette, CB
LVLamb, WRFulton, CB
LACHerbert, QBJackson, OT
LARUche, EDGE
MIATagovailoa, QBChassion, EDGENiang, OTDobbins, RB
MINJeudy, WRBaun, EDGE
NEGross-Matos, EDGE
NOQueen, LB
NYGWirfs, OTAnae, EDGE
NYJBechton, OTRaegor, WR
PHIHiggins, WROkwara, EDGE
PITBartch, OT
SFOkudah, CBMims, WR
SEAWeaver, EDGEIgbinoghene, CBAkers, RBWilson, OT
TBJones, OTTaylor, RBHunt, OG
TENGallimore, DTGreenard, EDGE
WSHYoung, EDGE