The 2019 NFL draft ended a little over a month ago and we’re already talking about this loaded 2020 NFL draft. I’ve been reading a ton of 2020 NFL mock drafts and decided it was time for me to join in on the fun. The order of this mock draft was decided by recent Super Bowl odds.
1: Miami Dolphins: EDGE Chase Young, Ohio State
There’s a lot of hype around Chase Young and rightfully so. Last season the Buckeyes lost Nick Bosa to injury and Young burst onto the scene. He finished the season with 9.5 sacks and 14.5 TFL. He’s long, rangy, and freakishly athletic. More of this production will be expected in his third season.
2: Washington Redskins: WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
I’ve heard the OBJ comparisons from many people and I’m all for it. Jeudy is my number one prospect for the 2020 class. He takes the top off of any defense with his electrifying speed and athleticism. His ball skills are amazing and he’s probably the best route runner I’ve seen at the collegiate level in a very long time. He’s very skilled at getting in and out of his breaks. The things that Jeudy can do after the catch are simply amazing.
3: Cincinnati Bengals: QB Justin Herbert, Oregon
Returning to school was the best thing that Herbert could have done. 2018 was an up and down season for him. There were games he looked like the 2017 Herbert, and there were games he looked awful. Herbert has the size, traits, and athleticism that NFL scouts love. If Herbert improves he should be a top 10 pick.
4: New York Giants: Edge AJ Epenesa, Iowa
AJ Epenesa hasn’t started one game in two seasons but he’s beyond productive. In two seasons he’s amassed 15 sacks, 22 TFL, and 5 forced fumbles. AJ is a superb athlete, he has amazing power, and speed off the edge. The Iowa coaches should use Epenesa a lot more in his third season.
5: Arizona Cardinals: OT Andrew Thomas, Georgia
Josh Rosen was running for his life last season. The Cardinals offensive line was ranked dead last by Pro Football Focus after week 17. Kyler Murray is more mobile than Rosen but it won’t matter if he has no protection. Thomas is amazing at both tackle positions, he flashes strength and versatility. Thomas shows some very good athleticism on the field as well.
6: Buffalo Bills: S Grant Delpit, LSU
Delpit is the best player available here at six overall. He was the best player in that LSU secondary last season. Delpit can play a ton of different roles in the secondary. He’s good in coverage, he is a very willing tackler, and his ball skills and range are fantastic. He’s even asked to blitz the quarterback at times and excels in that role as well. Buffalo can plug this kid in right away.
7: Detroit Lions: WR Ceedee Lamb, Oklahoma
Detroit could use a young talent like Ceedee Lamb to pair with Kenny Golladay. Lamb is a good route runner with great speed and he has an amazing catch radius. This offense has the potential to be deadly with two young wide receivers and a good young tight end.
8: Oakland Raiders: QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
It’s time to move on from Derek Carr and everyone knows it. Tua couldn’t walk into a better situation at this moment. The weapons available to him are astounding. Tua has excellent accuracy, good mobility, and great composure. He can make any throw you need him to. Raider fans finally get their quarterback for the future.
9: Tennessee Titans: QB Jake Fromm, Georgia
Sorry Marcus Mariota, but it’s time for a change. Fromm is a smart and accurate quarterback, who doesn’t make too many mistakes. Due to Marcus Mariota’s injury issues, he hasn’t been able to take this Titans team over the top. Jake Fromm is the guy to do that.
10: Tampa Bay Buccanneers: QB Jacob Eason, Washington
Putting Eason this high assumes that he will have a strong 2019 season. Yes, we understand that he hasn’t played since 2017. However, he has elite size and his 2016 season showed that he has some NFL talent. He is a bit of a sleeper right now, but that will change with the upcoming season.
11: New York Jets: OT Walker Little, Stanford
Walker Little is everything but little. He stands at 6’7″, 313 pounds. He’s an athletic tackle who can come in and play right away. The Jets need to protect their young quarterback, Darnold, and Little has the capability to do so.
12: Denver Broncos: DL Derrick Brown, Auburn
With new head coach Vic Fangio coming in, the Broncos will put more emphasis on the defensive side of the ball. Derrick Brown can play almost anywhere on the defensive line. He is someone who should be able to come in and compete for the starting job. His stock should continue to rise in 2019.
13: Carolina Panthers: WR Tee Higgins, Clemson
Cam Newton needs a true number one wide receiver and Higgins can be that guy. He’s a polished route runner with good hands and nice size. His speed can take the top off of a defense. He should be a nice addition with Christian McCaffrey and D.J. Moore.
14: Houston Texans: CB CJ Henderson, Florida
With the loss of Kevin Johnson and Tyrann Mathieu, Houston could use this pick badly. They added Bradley Roby, but that will not be enough to strengthen their secondary. Henderson is the best corner available in the 2020 draft.
15: Seattle Seahawks: OT Trey Adams, Washington
Russell Wilson still needs all the protection he can get. If it wasn’t for a back injury, we probably would’ve heard Adams’ name called in the 2019 draft. Returning to school was a good decision for Adams so he can up his draft stock and play a full healthy season.
16: Baltimore Ravens: LB Dylan Moses, Alabama
With the loss of C.J. Mosley there is a hole in the middle of the Ravens’ defense. Moses should come in and fill that need. He’s a physical linebacker, who’s good at stopping the run and plays faster than given credit for. Baltimore gets the best linebacker in the draft at sixteen.
17: Jacksonville Jaguars: WR Laviska Shenault Jr., Colorado
Nick Foles needs more weapons on the offense and Shenault should help with that. He’s explosive and has excellent speed. His route running skills need improvement and he’s a gadget guy. He’s very dangerous with the ball in his hands and can score on any given play.
18: Atlanta Falcons: DL Raekwon Davis, Alabama
Raekwon Davis can play the 5 technique in a 3-4 defense and he’s athletic enough to play multiple positions in a 4 man front. Adding Davis to this defensive line would be a huge boost for the Falcons.
19: San Francisco 49ers: CB Trevon Diggs, Alabama
The 49ers need to add some youth to their secondary ASAP. Diggs is an athletic corner who covers pretty well. He didn’t play the entire season last year due to injury so that may be a small concern. If healthy, Diggs can be taken in the first round.
20: Pittsburgh Steelers: CB Bryce Hall, Virginia
Joe Haden is clearly not the same player he once was. Artie Burns didn’t pan out and Steven Nelson was just brought in this offseason. Pittsburgh drafted Justin Layne in the third round as well. Insert Bryce Hall here and he will take this defense to the next level. Hall is a long physical corner with good ball skills. I’m looking forward to his senior season.
21: Minnesota Vikings: OT Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
Wirfs is heading into his third season and he’s started two years in a row. He has the ability to play both tackle positions, so the versatility is there. He’s got great size and power. Minnesota needs to protect Kirk Cousins so adding more talent upfront is key.
22: Green Bay Packers: WR Henry Ruggs III, Alabama
The Green Bay Packers added a lot of talent on defense through the draft and free agency. They did everything but give Aaron Rodgers more weapons. Rodgers has one go to receiver and that is it. Add Ruggs here and Rodgers will have a quality number two receiver. Ruggs is a speedster with good route running skills.
23: Dallas Cowboys: TE Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri
Yes Jason Witten is returning but that won’t be a long term deal for the Cowboys. Tight end is such an important role in the Dallas Cowboys’ offense. Albert has amazing size and speed for a tight end. He’s able to out run defenders in one on one situations. Albert has good hands and he’s a good enough route runner to create separation at the next level.
24: Oakland Raiders (from Chicago): LB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
Clemson moved Simmons from safety to linebacker and he’s been an absolute beast. Simmons made plays all over the field for this defense last season. Isaiah Simmons finished last season with 88 tackles(9 TFL), two sacks, one interception, six pass deflections, and three forced fumbles. He’s a hybrid player who could play many different roles at the next level.
25: Los Angeles Chargers: OT Alaric Jackson, Iowa
Alaric Jackson is massive at 6’6, 320 pounds. Jackson is a very effective run blocker with solid footwork and body control. His play strength can improve but he could be a solid starting tackle in the NFL.
26: Philadelphia Eagles: CB Kristian Fulton, LSU
The Philadelphia Eagles don’t have any glaring needs but they need to address the cornerback position. Fulton is a good cover corner who plays physical with receivers. Fulton has great instincts and awareness in coverage. He’s got fluid hips, feet, and he’s explosive out of his breaks. He has the potential to compete for a starting job.
27: Indianapolis Colts: Edge Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State
In his first season as a starter Gross-Matos piled up 20 TFL and 8 sacks. He’s athletic enough to be a great edge rusher at the next level. At 6’5, 265 pounds Gross-Matos has the size that NFL teams will love and he uses it well when you see his quick get off on film.
28: Cleveland Browns: S Xavier McKinney, Alabama
The Cleveland Browns have built a great team on paper during the offseason. While Cleveland may not have a pressing need at the moment, the safety position could become one. Damarious Randall needs a running mate in the back end of the secondary. McKinney took a huge step last season and showed his versatility. He makes plays in both the pass game and run game. He can come down and cover the slot while also being able to play over the top of the defense.
29: New Orleans Saints: LB Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma
Kenneth Murray is an instinctive linebacker with great power and toughness. He’s the most productive linebacker in college football as he totaled 155 tackles last season. Murray will come in and be the starter right away for this New Orleans Saints defense.
30: Kansas City Chiefs: RB Travis Etienne, Clemson
Finally we see the first running back taken off the board. The running back class for 2020 is loaded with talent. Etienne is an underrated pass catcher and his speed is top notch. He will be a perfect fit into this Chiefs offense.
31: Los Angeles Rams: LB Paddy Fisher, Northwestern
Paddy Fisher has put together two great seasons at Northwestern. Fisher is a physical linebacker who plays with great range. His ability to play in coverage will earn him a lot of playing time in the NFL. Fisher shows up against the run and isn’t afraid to make contact in between the tackles.
32: New England Patriots: Edge Kenny Willekes, Michigan State
Trey Flowers is gone and the Patriots need some pass rushers. Chase Winovich was drafted in 2019 but they still need someone opposite of him. Willekes had a fantastic 2018 season for the Spartans. He has some good pass rushing moves in his arsenal and he plays with good power coming off the edge.
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