2020 NFL mock draft: Projected first-round picks with two weeks to go
1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow
Until he pulls an Eli Manning, Joe Burrow will be a Bengal. No, this isn't changing. At least not for now. -- Dalton Johnson
2. Washington: Chase Young
School: Ohio State
Washington could do a number of things at No. 2. Quarterback is an option. Trading down is a better option. Or they could just take the best player in the draft. Yeah, do that. -- Josh Schrock
3. Detroit Lions: Jeff Okudah
School: Ohio State
There's no real reason to have Isaiah Simmons slide. He simply is too talented to fall. But Okudah is a lockdown corner and fills a major need after the Lions traded Darius Slay.
Put Okudah on one side of the field, and let him lock it down. -- DJ
4. New York Giants: Isaiah Simmons
The Giants have a massive need on the offensive line. That's why we had Mekhi Becton here for the past month. But my love for Simmons is well known, and there was no reason for him to fall other than I question whether or not the Giants can make the right decision.
We'll give them the benefit of the doubt here and give them a versatile defender who can cover tight ends, running backs and receivers, rush the passer and play some deep safety. -- JS
5. Miami Dolphins: Justin Herbert
1. Sorry, Josh. My guy has made his feelings on Herbert loud and clear, and I'm snatching him away. 2. Why would Tua fall?
All of Tagovailoa's medicals have been good so far. But without a pro day and teams unable to do their own tests on him, he could slide down. Herbert displayed his arm at Oregon's pro day before the coronavirus outbreak, and the Dolphins have heavily scouted him. -- DJ
6. Los Angeles Chargers: Mekhi Becton
I'm not going to lie, I went completely off the board here. In all honesty, the Chargers almost certainly will take either Tua or Herbert at No. 6.
But they also have a glaring need at left tackle and Becton has the size, athleticism and skill to be elite. Plus, I still think Cam Newton will be buying a house in LA. -- JS
7. Carolina Panthers: Derrick Brown
Matt Rhule has his quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater and got him a deep threat in Robby Anderson. Derrick Brown can anchor the middle of a defense for years to come. -- DJ
8. Arizona Cardinals: Tristan Wirfs
Landing DeAndre Hopkins allows the Cardinals not to flirt with drafting Kyler Murray's old runningmate CeeDee Lamb. Kliff Kingbury knows he has to protect Murray in order for his high-octane offense to work.
Wirfs might be the best tackle in the draft, and he'll make sure Murray stays upright. -- JS
9. Jacksonville Jaguars: Tua Tagovailoa
Look, Minshew Mania is fun and all, but if Tua falls because of his medicals and not being able to work out in front of teams right now, you have to do this. The Jags have tank written all over them for someone like Trevor Lawrence. Instead, they can tank with Tua and still have a high pick next year.
Let Tua sit behind Minshew for a season, and Mark Brunell 2.0 with higher upside can lead your franchise for years to come. -- DJ
10. Cleveland Browns: Jedrick Wills
The Browns signed Jack Conklin to be their right tackle, but they still need a left tackle after Greg Robinson decided to play Scarface. Wills is a great pass-blocking tackle, and he'll allow Baker Mayfield the time he needs to get the ball to Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry. -- JS
11. New York Jets: CeeDee Lamb
The Jets need to protect Sam Darnold and could go offensive line here. But CeeDee Lamb and Jerry Jeudy will be awfully enticing. Unless he's stuck in the dirt again, Darnold will love this pick. -- DJ
12. Raiders: Jerry Jeudy
Jeudy is the most polished receiver in the class. He has great footwork, is an elite route-runner and can operate out of the X, Y or in the slot.
The Raiders loaded up on defense in free agency, so now it's time for Chucky to get a weapon for his offense. -- JS
13. San Francisco 49ers (via Indianapolis Colts): Henry Ruggs
And behind Door No. 3 is ... Henry Ruggs, aka Mr. 4.27. The 49ers' first choice here likely is Jeudy, but Ruggs shouldn't be far behind. He can be a nightmare for opposing teams in Kyle Shanahan's offense and is much more polished than he is given credit for.
Congrats 49ers fans, you have your guy. --DJ
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Andrew Thomas
We did the thing where the Bucs take Tom Brady's successor in Jordan Love last time. That ain't happening. The Bucs are all-in on winning with the GOAT and in order to do so, they need to protect him.
Thomas was seen as the top guard two months ago, and his fall mainly is due to the eye-opening combines from Wirfs and Becton. Protect the GOAT, win the chip. -- JS
15. Denver Broncos: C.J. Henderson
An offensive tackle or receiver is ideal right here, but we're going with Henderson. This is a passing league, and Henderson has all the skills to be a shut-down corner for many years. -- DJ
16. Atlanta Falcons: Javon Kinlaw
School: South Carolina
The Falcons' defense needs all sorts of help. Cornerback is a huge need, as are safety and linebacker. But Kinlaw is another thing altogether.
He can be a 3-4 end or a 4-3 tackle. The Falcons take the best defensive player available, and they get a good one. -- JS
17. Dallas Cowboys: Kristian Fulton
Here are Fulton's numbers vs. Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs and Tee Higgins: 11 targets, 3 catches, 39 yards, 0 TDs and 3 pass breakups. Point proven. -- DJ
18. Miami Dolphins (via Pittsburgh Steelers): Justin Jefferson
Justin Herbert throwing seeds to Justin Jefferson? Miami just got a whole lot better on the football field. -- JS
19. Raiders (via Chicago Bears): Xavier McKinney
The Raiders already added a receiver from Alabama, and now they get Nick Saban's do-it-all defender. McKinney would allow Abram to play more in the box and use his physicality. These two can be one of the NFL's best young duos. -- DJ
20. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Los Angeles Rams): Brandon Aiyuk
The Jags really, really need to rebuild the defense. Seriously, it's Myles Jack and that's it.
But with Tua falling to them at No. 9, they'll get him a big-body receiver to throw touchdowns to for years to come. Get excited, DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUVAL. -- JS
21. Philadelphia Eagles: Patrick Queen
A receiver obviously is needed here. The Eagles would have loved someone like Jefferson, but this is a deep class and Philly still can grab a stud later in the draft. In this case, they add a perfect modern-day linebacker who can cover tight ends and running backs. -- DJ
22. Minnesota Vikings (from Buffalo Bills): A.J. Terrell
Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes are gone, so Mike Zimmer's secondary needs some help. Terrell is long, rangy and great in man coverage.
Yes, he got burned by LSU's Ja'Marr Chase, but he was near the contest point on almost all of the touchdowns he gave up. It happens. -- JS
23. New England Patriots: Kenneth Murray
It's a new day in New England. Who knows what Bill Belichick will do now, but Murray is a leader and a tackling machine who is much more athletic than some believed. He can lead the Pats' defense for the next decade. -- DJ
24. New Orleans Saints: Tee Higgins
The Saints have Michael Thomas and signed Emmanuel Sanders. They'll draft a vertical threat with a massive catch radius and exceptional ball skills and solid hands. Being the third or fourth option will allow Higgins to transition to the NFL without some of the pressure facing the other first-round receivers. -- JS
25. Minnesota Vikings: Austin Jackson
Riley Reiff is entering the final year of his deal. Jackson should provide depth from Day 1 but could be even more right away. He's light on his feet at 310 pounds, and he could possibly play either side of the line. -- DJ
26. Miami Dolphins (via Houston Texans): Jonathan Taylor
Herbert, Jefferson, Taylor. That's a three-headed monster that could have the Dolphins in the driver's seat to be the the AFC East's new kings. -- JS
27. Seattle Seahawks: K'Lavon Chaisson
Whether they re-sign Jadeveon Clowney or not, the Seahawks have to find ways to disrupt the quarterback. Seattle ranked 31st in the NFL with only 28 sacks last season.
Chaisson needs to add weight, but he is bendy, athletic and full of potential. -- DJ
28. Baltimore Ravens: Ross Blacklock
The Ravens have a big need at linebacker, but Simmons, Queen and Murray are off the board. Lamar Jackson needs a receiver, yet the top five already have had their names called.
So the Ravens do the smart thing and draft a 6-foot-4, 305-pound defensive tackle who can give them even more of a presence in the interior along with Calais Campbell. -- JS
29. Tennessee Titans: Josh Jones
The Titans lost Jack Conklin, signed QB Ryan Tannehill to a huge contract and gave running back Derrick Henry the franchise tag. This still is a team that will rely on Henry, and the 319-pound Jones can continue that. -- DJ
30. Green Bay Packers: Denzel Mims
The Packers lost out on Emmanuel Sanders in free agency, so they'll get Aaron Rodgers another weapon in the athletic freak from Baylor. Mims has a catch radius the size of North America and strong hands that allow him to snag balls at the edge of his range.
He'll be an effective weapon out wide in Green Bay. -- JS
31. 49ers: Jeff Gladney
In reality, the 49ers likely will trade back from this pick. If they keep it, though, they will choose between a cornerback, offensive lineman or defensive lineman. And once again, I've changed my choice.
Gladney might not be the perfect fit for the 49ers' Cover-3 defense, but he brings a needed physicality. The former Horned Frog is extremely competitive and shows his instincts on film. -- DJ
32. Kansas City Chiefs: D'Andre Swift
The defending Super Bowl champions have a loaded roster, but there's always room for improvement. We've had them going cornerback here and linebacker, but we'll go back to the initial thought and have them upgrade at running back. Swift has excellent outside quickness, good vision and he is a threat in the passing game.
The Chiefs just got more dangerous. -- JS