NFL Mock Draft 2020

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Tyler Davidson

The draft is the transfusion of new talent into the league and I will be predicting how it will go (Photo courtesy of Tyler Davidson).

In this article, I will be making predictions for how I believe the NFL Draft will happen. I will be making these predictions based off of team needs, their free agency moves, past draft strategies, and current rumors. I will not be making trades, even though some will certainly be made. With that, the Bengals are on the clock.

 

1. Cincinnati Bengals: QB Joe Burrow (Louisiana State University)

This is an easy pick for the Bengals. They could use a quarterback upgrade over Andy Dalton and Burrow is a hometown prospect who could lead them for years.

 

2. Washington Redskins: DE Chase Young (Ohio State University)

Chase Young is perhaps the best prospect in the draft. The will be an instant starter and can be the last piece for the Redskins’ young defensive line.

 

3. Detroit Lions: CB Jeff Okudah (Ohio State University)

After trading Darius Slay in the off-season, the Lions need a new starting corner-back. Okudah can be a day one starter who fills their biggest need.

 

4. New York Giants: OT Tristan Wirfs (University of Iowa)

While many fans want Isaiah Simmons, the Giants added several linebackers in free agency. I believe they’ll take a lineman, due to General Manager Dave Gettleman’s love of lineman. They need to protect Daniel Jones in year two and they’ve been linked to Wirfs in rumors.

 

5. Miami Dolphins: QB Tua Tagovailoa (University of Alabama)

There have been rumors that the Dolphins prefer Herbert but I believe the rumors are fake. The Dolphins want Tua, and they are only pretending to prevent the Chargers from jumping them.

 

6. Los Angeles Chargers: QB Justin Herbert (University of Oregon)

After losing Philip Rivers, the Chargers need to find a new quarterback unless they believe Tyrod Taylor is the solution. Herbert can sit behind Taylor until he is ready to start.

 

7. Carolina Panthers: LB Isaiah Simmons (Clemson University)

The Panthers need a defense and that is what Simmons plays. Simmons is one of the most versatile prospects ever seen. He could play in a variety of roles for the Panthers.

 

8. Arizona Cardinals: OT Jedrick Wills (University of Alabama)

After trading for DeAndre Hopkins, the Cardinals no longer have a need at wide receiver. Instead, they focus on protecting Kyler Murray and do so by adding Wills here.

 

9. Jacksonville Jaguars: Derrick Brown (University of Auburn)

The Jaguars have lost a majority of their defense and it looks like Yannick Ngakoue could be leaving too. Brown can play for them immediately and replace Calias Campbell.

 

10. Cleveland Browns: OT Mekhi Becton (University of Louisville)

The Browns need to protect Baker Mayfield. Becton is an upgrade over their current starter and his size and flexibility make him a great prospect.

 

11. New York Jets: WR Ceedee Lamb (University of Oklahoma)

After losing their best receiver in Robby Anderson, the Jets bring in an elite playmaker for Sam Darnold to throw to. Lamb has good size and great speed and will be a top playmaker for the Jets from day one.

 

12. Los Vegas Raiders: WR Jerry Jeudy (University of Alabama)

With this pick, the Raiders finish out their receiver room. Jeudy can be the top receiver with Tyrell Willams playing the other side and Hunter Renfrow in the slot.

 

13. San Francisco 49ers (from Colts): DT Javon Kinlaw (University of South Carolina)

After trading Deforest Buckner, the 49ers get a younger, cheaper option here in Kinlaw. Kinlaw can come in and make a positive impact on an already stellar defense.

 

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: OT Andrew Thomas (University of Georgia)

With Tom Brady coming in through free agency, the Buccaneers need to make protecting him a priority. Thomas can be an instant starter and a good one at that.

 

15. Denver Broncos: WR Henry Ruggs III (University of Alabama)

The Broncos bring in another receiver for young quarterback Lock to throw to. Ruggs is an elite receiver who makes plays effortlessly.

 

16. Atlanta Falcons: CB CJ Henderson (University of Florida)

Henderson can come in and replace Desmond Trufant who the Falcons let go in the offseason. Henderson is the second best cornerback and the Falcons will be happy to have him.

 

17. Dallas Cowboys: DE K’Lavon Chaisson (Louisiana State University)

After losing Robert Quinn in free agency, the Cowboys need a new edge rusher. Chaisson can take some of the pressure off of Demarcus Lawrence and form a formidable duo for years.

 

18. Miami Dolphins (From Pittsburgh): S Grant Delpit (Louisiana State University)

After cutting Reshad Jones, the Dolphins get his replacement in Delpit. Delpit is an elite prospect who will be an immediate upgrade in the secondary.

 

19. Las Vegas Raiders (From Chicago): CB Kristan Fulton (Louisiana State University)

The Raiders find a new starting corner here in Fulton. The Raiders like to draft prospects from big schools and Fulton fits what they are looking for.

 

20. Jacksonville Jaguars (From Los Angeles): S Xavier McKinney (University of Alabama)

After overhauling their defense, the Jaguars are looking for new defensive players. McKinney can be a good building block for the Jaguars.

 

21. Philadelphia Eagles: WR Justin Jefferson (Louisiana State University)

Jefferson is an amazing playmaker with elite speed which is exactly what the Eagles need. Since the Eagles didn’t find a receiver in free agency, they get one here.

 

22. Minnesota Vikings (From Buffalo): CB Jeff Gladney (Texas Christian University)

When the Vikings lost many of their cornerbacks in free agency, it became apparent the Vikings were going to draft another first round corner. Gladney is a well rounded prospect who should translate well.

 

23. New England Patriots: DE Yetur Gross-Matos (Penn State University)

The Patriots lost Tom Brady in free agency, but I don’t believe they’re too interested in Jordan Love. Gross:Matos is an underrated prospect who can replace lost talent for the Patriots.

 

24. New Orleans Saints: LB Kenneth Murray (University of Oklahoma)

AJ Klein left in free agency but the Saints can replace him with Murray. This move bolsters the Saints’ defense so they can make one more Super Bowl run with Drew Brees.

 

25. Minnesota Vikings: DE Zach Baun (University of Wisconsin)

Baun can replace Everson Griffin for the Vikings on defense. Baun has good size and speed to make a good player in the NFL.

 

26. Miami Dolphins (From Houston): OT Josh Jones (University of Houston)

After trading Laremy Tunsil to the Texans, the Dolphins have a need at tackle. Jones can be a starter to protect their quarterback of the future.

 

27. Seattle Seahawks: DE AJ Epenesa (University of Iowa)

Epenesa can come in to replace Jadeveon Clowney because the Seahawks don’t have enough cap space to sign him.

 

28. Baltimore Ravens: LB Patrick Queen (Louisiana State University)

The Ravens have a need at linebacker and Queen can come in and make an impact. Queen has good instincts which will help him in the NFL.

 

29. Tennessee Titans: DT Neville Gallimore (University of Oklahoma)

By trading Jurrell Casey to the Broncos, the Titans created a massive need at defensive tackle. Gallimore projects as a good starting tackle who can replace Casey.

 

30. Green Bay Packers: WR Denzel Mims (Baylor University)

Mims has all the traits to become an elite receiver in the league. By playing next to Davante Adams, Mims can learn from an elite receiver while filling a need.

 

31. San Francisco 49ers: CB Noah Igbinoghene (University of Auburn)

The 49ers grab another cornerback to help them lock down receivers. This will help them defend teams with many elite receivers.

 

32. Kansas City Chiefs: RB D’Andre Swift (University of Georgia)

Swift is an elite playmaker who can make the Chiefs offense even better. A backfield of Mahomes and Swift will cause many headaches for defensive coordinators.