NFL 2020 Mock Draft 1.0
1. Miami Dolphins - Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama - Although the Dolphins traded for Josh Rosen on the second day of the 2019 NFL Draft, they’ll still look to get their man with the first overall selection. Tua has been the Dolphins target for some time now, that much is known. Tua has been touted as the favorite to be the first overall selection in whatever draft he were to enter after he took over for Jalen Hurts and lead the Alabama Crimson Tide to a second half comeback in the National title game his freshman year.
2. Arizona Cardinals - Andre Thomas, OT, Georgia - The Cardinals failed to address it’s awful offensive line via the draft and made minor moves via free agency at this point. They were doomed by injuries a year ago but even at full strength, the line isn’t anything to write home about. After another year of struggling, even with rookie phenom Kyler Murray under center, they’ll have the chance to take the best offensive lineman of the draft, and what a lineman that is. Thomas is 6-foot-5 and 320 pounds. He’s as good as they get in terms of offensive line prospects, well at least at this point.
3. New York Giants - Chase Young, DE, Ohio State - After Joey Bosa went second overall in the 2019 NFL draft, former running mate Chase Young is set to be the third overall selection in 2020. Young has 9.5 sacks in his sophomore year at Ohio State. He’s very athletic and very explosive off the ball. He gets the job done and will be a welcome addition to the struggling New York Giants defense, which is missing a true pass rusher.
4. Oakland Raiders - Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon - Justin Herbert was once deemed the top quarterback prospect of this draft, or even the previous draft. Herbert decided to return to college for his senior year. The Raiders are trending in the right direction, I just don’t think that direction will go much further if they don’t replace Derek Carr. Herbert has completed a career 63 percent of his passes at Oregon. He’ accurate, has a big arm and is everything you want in a an NFL quarterback.
5. Buffalo Bills - Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama - Many believe that the Bills are trending forward. I think they’ve hit a wall and will have a top five pick in the 2020 draft. However, with the fifth pick the Bills have the chance to take one of the best receiver prospects that league has seen in a few years. Jeudy had 68 receptions for 1,315 yards and found the endzone 14 times in 2018 at Alabama. Jeudy is going to be a very good receiver in the leagues for a long time. Any team and quarterback would love to have his services, especially the Bills and Josh Allen.
6. Cincinnati Bengals - Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia - Andy Dalton’s days in Cincinnati are numbered. Dalton and the Bengals have not agreed on a new contract as of yet. Newly appointed head coach Zac Taylor was unable to get his quarterback in the previous draft but will get his guy in 2020. Every new coach, especially one with the offensive mind of Taylor, wants to get his own guy to shape and mold. Fromm could arguably be the best quarterback of this entire draft. He doesn’t have the hype of Tua Tagovalloa or Justin Herbert but he has the tools, mechanics and athleticism to be a very good NFL quarterback. I’ll all aboard the Fromm train.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn - The Bucs’ defense is still struggling. Although they brought in Ndamukong Suh, they said goodbye to Gerald McCoy. They lack a true defensive leader. A player they can count on to give them his all on every single play, every single game. Brown is a monster of a man at 6-foot-5 and 325 pounds. He dominates in one-on-ones and will draw double teams. Suh is also just on a one year deal.
8. Denver Broncos - Trey Adams, OT, Washington - The Broncos selected Dalton Risner in the second round of the 2019 draft. That still doesn’t fix all of their glaring issues on the offensive line. With a top ten selection, they could go in multiple directions. However, securing the offensive line to help protect Joe Flacco now and Drew Lock in the long run would be a great investment. Adams is a 6-foot-8 monster who will transition well into the NFL.
9. Washington Redskins - Grant Delpit, S, LSU - The Redskins signinged Landon Collins to a six year deal. With a top ten selection they have the chance to assemble one of the best safety duos in the league with landing Delpit. Delpit will join the long list of successful LSU secondary players to transition into the NFL. He’s a true ballhawk and hits hard. He’s a perfect running mate for Collins for years to come.
10. New York Jets - Walker Little, OT, Stanford - The Jets are heading in the right direction but need to bolster it’s offensive line to help protect Sam Darnold. Darnold missed 3 games in 2018. If the Jets want to be successful, they need to keep Darnold on the field for the entire year. Little has ideal size to be an NFL tackle. He joins a very good offensive line class in 2020. I wouldn’t be surprised by draft time next year if Little would be the first lineman taken off the board.
11. Jacksonville Jaguars - Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado - The Jaguars need to give Nick Foles some weapons. They’re giving him names such as Marqise Lee, Dede Westbrook and D.J. Chark. That’s not good enough. Shenault would be the best receiver in this class if it wasn’t for Jeudy. Shenault is quick, shifty and a great route runner. He recorded 86 receptions, 1,011 yards and six touchdowns at Colorado. Shenault has a super high ceiling and could become a very good WR1 for the Jaguars.
12. Detroit Lions - Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU - Fulton has had an injury ridden career thus far at LSU. However, the talent is there. He’ll become the second LSU secondary member off the board if the Lions were to call his name at 12. The Lions didn’t take a cornerback until the fifth round of the 2019 draft and need to continue to build the defense. The Lions signed a few corner’s this off-season but need to find a solid number two to play opposite Darius Slay. Fulton could be that guy.
13. San Francisco 49ers - C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida - The 49ers have done little to address it’s very poor secondary this off-season. Henderson is a great addition to the 49ers secondary as they work to rebuild it. He’s a lock-down type of defender. He has the ideal height for a corner at 6-foot-1. Richard Sherman will be 31 years old this year and Jimmie Ward has already broken his collarbone. The 49ers main secondary addition was Jason Verrett who has played a total of 22 game in his 4 years in the NFL.
14. Carolina Panthers - A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa - The Panthers went edge rusher with their first pick in the previous draft. The Panthers still have a massive need for more pass rushers even with the selection of Brian Burns. The Panthers brought in Bruce Irvin in the off-season but to only a one year deal. Irvin will also be 32 years old this year. Epenesa is more of your traditional defensive end. He put up a 10.5 sacks at Iowa his sophomore year. He’s a very good talent and by next year, the Panther would be rejoicing to get him at 14 as he will most likely be a top 10 selection.
15. Green Bay Packers - Tyler Biadasz, C, Wisconsin - The Packers drafted well in last month’s draft as they went defense with the two first round selections. Now, they’ll look to invest in the offensive line to better protect Aaron Rodgers. Biadasz, at this point, is the best interior lineman prospect in the draft. He’ll get to stay in state and go from Madison to Green Bay. The Packers did something similar in taking offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga out of Wisconsin in 2010. That turned out very well for them.
16. Baltimore Ravens - Kenny Willekes, EDGE, Michigan State - After the Ravens bulked up their offense in the 2019 draft, they’ll look to add to their defense in 2020. Willekes recorded 8 sacks last season with Michigan State. He’s returned for his senior year where he’ll look to lead the Michigan State defense and improve his draft stock. Willekes is very explosive, has the needed length and is extremely athletic.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers - Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia - The Steelers moved up to draft Devin Bush, their linebacker of the future, in the 2019 draft. They did little to address the poor secondary however. With a top 20 pick, they’ll look to go best secondary prospect available. Hall recorded just two interceptions during his junior year at Virginia but had 21 pass deflections. He’s a lock down guy who will fit in perfectly in the Steelers’ secondary.
18. Minnesota Vikings - Trey Smith, OT, Tennessee - The Vikings selected center Garrett Bradbury with the 18th selection in the last draft. Now, with the 18th pick again, they’ll continue to build the offensive line. Trey Smith debated entering the draft but decided to return to Tennessee for his senior year. The 6-foot-6 offensive lineman will be a welcomed addition to the Vikings’ line who, lets face it, even with adding Bradbury, is still one of the worst in the league.
19. Dallas Cowboys - Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama - The Cowboys were without a first round selection in the 2019 draft as a result of acquiring Amari Cooper. They added George Iloka this off-season to fill the need of safety but he is not the long term answer. Many assumed Earl Thomas would join the team but went to Baltimore instead. Now, the Cowboys will look to fill the need via the 2020 draft. I’m not a fan of Alabama secondary players historically but McKinney is a true talent. He’s a ball-hawking safety, something the Cowboys have been missing.
20. Tennessee Titans - Javon Kinlaw, DL, South Carolina - As the Titans went defensive end in taking Jeffery Simmons in the last draft, they now will look to tackle the interior of the defensive line. Kinlaw is simply a run stopper. A big presence that will do well in the Titans’ 3-4 defensive scheme. At 6-foot-6 and 305 pounds, he’s a mountain of a man who does best in plugging holes up the middle.
21. Houston Texans - Mekhi Becton, T, Louisville - At this point of the process, it’s hard to get an accurate ranking of the offensive line prospects. Becton could easily be one of the best in the this deep class. The Texans need to continue to build the offensive line. The Texans had one of the worst offensive lines last year and did draft Tytus Howard with the 23rd pick in the 2019 draft. There is still a lot of work that still needs to be done.
22. Atlanta Falcons - Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama - Davis was not quite as productive during his junior year at Alabama as he was in his sophomore year. The Falcons failed to address one of its biggest weaknesses in the draft with a run-stopping big man in the interior of the defensive line. The 6-foot-7, 306 pound Davis could be that guy for the Falcons.
23. Seattle Seahawks - Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson - It’s so hard to project a Seahawks’ draft pick days before the draft, let alone a year out. Although they selected D.K. Metcalf, there is still a weakness of weapons around Russell Wilson. Higgins is a big bodied receiver with great hands. He caught 59 passes for 936 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. He’d be ideal in catching passes from Wilson.
24. Oakland Raiders from Chicago Bears - Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State - This is the second of two firsts that the Raiders acquired as the result of sending Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears. In a not-so-deep pass rushing class, Weaver is as good as they get. Through his freshman and sophomore years at Boise State, Weaver has totaled 20.5 sacks. He has a knack for getting to the quarterback and will do well at the next level.
25. Cleveland Browns - Tommy Kraemer, G, Notre Dame - The Browns have done a very good job in building a competitive roster. Moving forward they need to invest in the offensive line to protect Baker Mayfield. Notre Dame also has a recent history of developing interior linemen. Kraemer also has the ability to bump outside and play tackle.
26. Indianapolis Colts - Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin - Yes Marlon Mack has done well for the Colts. However, he’s inconsistent from game-to-game and has a history of injuries. Taylor has rushed for over 4,100 through his freshman and sophomore years at Wisconsin. He’s the best running back prospect in the draft in my opinion. Now with a competitive roster, Taylor would help take the Colts to the next level and be the every down back to take some of the weight off Andrew Luck’s shoulders.
27. Philadelphia Eagles - Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford - The Eagles had a very good draft. They got their lineman of the future and a much needed running back. They did fail to address their porous secondary. They’ll have the chance to grab a talented one in Adebo in 2020. Although he’s raw in playing just one season thus far, Adebo is a very good tackler and added four interceptions with 17 pass deflections. He’s set to take the next step forward this season with Stanford.
28. Kansas City Chiefs - Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah - The Chiefs were without a first round pick in the 2019 draft after trading for Frank Clark. They did little to address the very weak secondary outside of cutting Eric Berry and replacing him with Tyrann Mathieu. That same secondary will continue to be abused week-in-and-week-out this season. Johnson is a corner that I’m in love with and I feel that is flying a bit under the radar in playing for Utah. Expect him to rise up draft boards at the end of the season.
29. New England Patriots - Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri - After Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement, many expected the Patriots to target a big name tight end in the 2019 draft. They went another direction but brought in veteran Benjamin Watson. Okwuegbunam is the best tight end in this draft. Everyone knows that the tight end if important to the Patriots’ offense. This marriage seems to be ideal.
30. Los Angeles Rams - Nick Coe, DL, Auburn - Nick Coe is listed as a defensive end but is more of a jack-of-all-trades. He’s an extremely athletic 6-foot-5 282-pound player who compares himself to Khalil Mack. I’m not going there with it but he can play multiple positions of the defense, which is perfect for the Rams.
31. Los Angeles Chargers - Jacob Eason, QB, Washington - It’s time for the Chargers to get the heir apparent to Philip Rivers, who will be 38 years old come this season. Eason is currently ranked as the fourth best quarterback in the draft, but what a class it is. Eason has yet to play for Washington where he transferred after losing his job at Georgia to Jake Fromm. He’s 6-foot-6 with a cannon for an arm. The perfect guy to learn from Rivers.
32. New Orleans Saints - Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State - The Saints are always finding ways to get the most of young players on the defensive side of the ball. With the last pick in the first round they could look to add another piece to their defensive front with Gross-Matos. Gross-Matos is fresh off an eight sack season at Penn State and will only improve this year.