2020 NFL mock draft: Projected first-round picks with Super Bowl set
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The Super Bowl is set, so it's time for a new mock draft. The Chiefs and 49ers will pick last after punching their tickets to Miami, but there still is plenty of talent to be found.
This year's draft class is deep at wide receiver and cornerback, has at least one generational quarterback and an edge rusher who might be the best pass-rushing prospect in a decade.
NBC Sports Bay Area's Josh Schrock and Dalton Johson alternated picks in the first 2020 mock draft of the season. No trades were allowed and more than a few not-so-family-friendly phrases were dropped when certain gems were swiped off the board.
1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow
Heisman Trophy. Undefeated season. National champion. Greatest college season ever? Possibly
Future Bengal? No doubt. --Dalton Johnson
2. Washington: Chase Young
School: Ohio State
The Bengals do Washington a huge favor by taking Burrow, allowing Ron Rivera to select the best player in the draft. Young will wreak havoc on the NFC East for years to come. -- Josh Schrock
3. Detroit Lions: Jeff Okudah
School: Ohio State
Okudah is the best cornerback prospect since Jalen Ramsey. Okudah had an 85.9 coverage grade in 2019, according to PFF. Ramsey's coverage grade in 2015 was 83.3.
The Lions allowed the most passing yards per game this season at 284.4. Okudah is a lock-down corner. Detroit can't pass him up. --DJ
4. New York Giants: Isaiah Simmons
The most versatile player in the draft is too good to pass up, especially after his showing in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Simmons played all over the field for Clemson this season. The Giants get an athletic mutant and a defensive cornerstone. --JS
5. Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa
Tank for Tua didn't turn out how many Dolphins fans expected. Nobody thought Miami would win five games and take down the New England Patriots in the season finale. But that's FitzMagic.
And somehow the Dolphins still can get Tua. His future comes down to his medicals after dislocating his hip this year, but the once-in-a-generation QB is too good to pass up if there are no red flags. --DJ
6. Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Herbert
Philip Rivers is moving his family to Florida, so it's time for the Bolts to move on. Justin Herbert was maddeningly inconsistent during his career at Oregon, but the scouts will be drooling over his physical tools. If the Chargers can develop him, Herbert can be a great NFL QB. --JS
7. Carolina Panthers: Jerry Jeudy
The Panthers clearly want to be an offensive force. They hired Baylor's Matt Rhule as their head coach and gave him LSU's Joe Brady, who played a big role in Joe Burrow's historic season, as Carolina's offensive coordinator.
Jeudy, DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel would be a dangerous trio of receivers for whoever is the Panthers' QB. --DJ
8. Arizona Cardinals: Andrew Thomas
Kliff Kingsbury has to be held back from turning in a card with CeeDee Lamb's name on it. The pairing of Lamb and Kyler Murray would be difficult to pass up, but if the Cardinals can't protect Murray there won't be many fireworks to speak of. Thomas is great in both the pass and run game. He reminds scouts of a young Ronnie Stanley. --JS
9. Jacksonville Jaguars: Derrick Brown
Brown falls from No. 3 to No. 9 but he would be a hell of a pick here. The Jags could have a scary D-line of Brown, Yannick Ngakoue, Josh Allen and Calais Ca . --DJ
10. Cleveland Browns: Jedrick Wills Jr.
For all of their flashy offseason acquisitions, the Browns couldn't protect Baker Mayfield, and their season unraveled as a result. Wills is a great pass-blocking tackle, who thrived playing on the right side for the Crimson Tide. It's unknown if he can shift to left tackle, but either way, the Browns need to start beefing up their offensive line. --JS
11. New York Jets: CeeDee Lamb
Landing Lamb at No. 11 is an absolute steal. This is DeAndre Hopkins 2.0. Throw the ball up to the former Sooner and let him go get it. Sam Darnold should be a very happy man with this pick. --DJ
12. Raiders: Tee Higgins
Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden went all-in on Clemson guys last draft, so they grab another one to bolster their biggest need. Higgins is 6-foot-4, 215-pounds with great hands. He excels at creating separation vertically and is adept at attacking the ball and coming down with 50/50 balls. His length gives him an unbelievable catch radius, allowing him to bring down balls that are off-target. --JS
13. Indianapolis Colts: Laviska Shenault Jr.
The Colts need someone outside of T.Y. Hilton who can catch the ball on the outside and be a home-run threat. Shenault is an offensive weapon who can take the top off the defense. He's a big play waiting to happen, who lines up at multiple spots on offense. --DJ
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Grant Delpit
After being banged up for almost the entire season, Grant Delpit showcased how good he is when fully healthy in games vs. Oklahmoma and Clemson in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. The Bucs need to boost a pass defense that was ranked 30th in the NFL if they want to compete in the high-flying NFC South. --JS
15. Denver Broncos: Tristan Wirfs
The Broncos have their running backs in Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman. They have an exciting young receiver in Courtland Sutton. And John Elway might have actually found his future QB in Drew Lock.
Go protect Lock with Wirfs, who looks the part of a prototypical NFL offensive tackle. --DJ
16. Atlanta Falcons: Xavier McKinney
With Delpit off the board, Dan Quinn takes the next best safety on the board. McKinney is a versatile, athletic safety who showed the ability to cover wide receivers in the slot while at Alabama. He's always around the football. There are questions about where or not he can cover wide receivers in sub packages at the NFL level. --JS
17. Dallas Cowboys: Henry Ruggs
With Delpit and McKinney off the board, the Cowboys upgrade their offense and add perhaps the fastest player in the draft. Amari Cooper is a free agent and the Cowboys need more speed. Ruggs could be a perfect fit. --DJ
18. Miami Dolphins (via Pittsburgh Steelers): Justin Jefferson
Wide receivers are flying off the board, but the Dolphins are able to snag a WR1 for Tua. Jefferson shot up draft boards this year after LSU elected to open up the offense. Jefferson exceled in the slot on the Bayou. He's a great route-runner who has an uncanny ability to adjust his route on the fly to beat defensive backs. Needs to get better at using his hands to beat press coverage. --JS
19. Raiders: Kenneth Murray
We have hammered this over and over again. The Raiders have two huge needs in this draft: Receiver and linebacker. The Silver and Black grabbed their speedster in Ruggs with the No. 12 pick and now can get a solid linebacker seven selections later in Murray.
The 6-foot-2, 234-pounder compiled 257 tackles -- 29.5 for loss -- and 8.5 sacks over the last two seasons. The Sooners aren't known for defense, but Murray is a stud. --DJ
20. Jacksonville Jaguars: Kristian Fulton
Clemson picked on Kristian Fulton early and often in the title game. Tee Higgins stiff-armed Fulton into the dirt on a touchdown run. Still, the Jaguars need a corner to replace Jalen Ramsey, so they draft an elite cover corner with great footwork and technique. He'll need to improve his ability to defend jump balls. --JS
21. Philadelphia Eagles: K'Lavon Chaisson
Chaisson's final four games: 20 pressures, 5 sacks, 4 hits, 11 hurries, 4.5 tackles for loss, 18 tackles. That plays. When Chaisson is on, he can be a dominant defensive player. --DJ
22. Buffalo Bills: A.J. Epenesa
Epenesa has incredible length and power, using it to bull rush successfully from the outside. He's not a bendy, speed rusher, but his strength and ability to get on the same level as the passer makes him a top-tier prospect. --JS
23. New England Patriots: Jordan Love
School: Utah State
Sound the alarms! Tom Brady is hanging out with Mark Davis at UFC fights and the six-time Super Bowl winner has hair that's the essence of Las Vegas. Even if the Pats keep Brady, they have to start looking to the future.
Love is a project, but has all the tools in the world. --DJ
24. New Orleans Saints: A.J. Terrell
A.J. Terrell had the worst game of his career against LSU. He showed great use of his length in the first quarter against 2021 first-round pick Ja'Marr Chase, but the LSU star got the best of him over the final three quarters. That's the life of a corner. Even the best get beat. No reason for the Saints not to take Terrell. --JS
25. Minnesota Vikings: Javon Kinlaw
School: South Carolina
The Vikings watched the 49ers run all over them in the playoffs. It's time to upgrade the defensive line. Kinlaw, 6-6 and 310 pounds had 15 tackles for loss and 10 sacks the last two seasons. He should help Minnesota right away. --DJ
26. Miami Dolphins (via Houston Texans): J.K. Dobbins
School: Ohio State
The Dolphins got their quarterback and wide receiver of the future earlier in the first round, so why not hit the trifecta? Dobbins is a powerful back with good hands and route-running ability. It's a new day in Miami. --JS
27. Seattle Seahawks: Yetur Gross-Matos
Gross-Matos had 34.5 tackles for loss and 17 sacks the last two seasons. Seattle ranked 29th in sacks this season, ahead of only Miami and Detroit. Go get Gross. --DJ
28. Baltimore Ravens: Terrell Lewis
The Ravens would love to get Lamar Jackson another weapon here, but instead they get a powerful edge rusher from Alabama. Lewis is an explosive rusher who shows exciting potential. --JS
29. Tennessee Titans: Cole Kmet
School: Notre Dame
This probably would have been a perfect pick for the Patriots, so hey, why not give him to Mike Vrabel? The Titans can easily get rid of Delanie Walker's contract and need an upgrade at tight end.
Kmet is a bully who also scored six TDs as a junior. He could be a goal-line nightmare. --DJ
30. Green Bay Packers: C.J. Henderson
The Packers draft another young corner to bolster their pass defense. CJ Henderson is an exceptional athlete with great man-coverage skills. He has quick feet, long arms and fluid hips that help him excel in press coverage. --JS
31. Kansas City Chiefs: D'Andre Swift
The Chiefs' offense can drop a 50-spot any given game and give up 49 points all in the same day. Adding Swift to the offense, however, would almsot be unfair.
Swift can cut on a dime and rushed for nearly 2,300 yards the last two seasons. He also fits in the passing game and had 73 receptions in his college career. Put him in the same backfield as Patrick Mahomes and let the former Georgia Bulldog get to work. --DJ
32. 49ers: Brandon Aiyuk
School: Arizona State
The 49ers don't have a lot of holes, but getting another wide receiver with big-play potential is one. Aiyuk took a back seat to N'Keal Harry at Arizona State, but thrived this season as ASU's No. 1 option. He has great after-the-catch ability. A type of player that would excel in Kyle Shanahan's system. -- JS