2020 NFL mock draft: Eagles fix their wide receiver woes
1. Bengals: QB Joe Burrow, LSU
Don't overthink this. Burrow had an insane final season with the Tigers, showed up in every big moment, and has all the tools. The Bengals, then, will likely find a way to destroy a wildly promising, hometown franchise QB. Good luck, Joe. (All photos USA Today Images)
2. Washington: EDGE Chase Young, Ohio State
Young checks all the boxes for an edge rusher, a no-brainer at No. 2 for Washington. He'll be giving Eagles fans headaches for years to come. Here's hoping Howie Roseman remembers to keep the O-line stocked.
3. Lions: LB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
Simmons is simply too talented a player to pass up, and the Lions have plenty of defensive holes to fill. Simmons can drop into coverage with ease, brings pass-defense prowess (3 INTs in 2019), and is also a threat (8 sacks in 2019) in the pass rush.
4. Giants: CB Jeff Okudah, Ohio State
The New York Football Giants ranked 25th in passing TDs allowed (30) and 25th in INTs (10) in 2019. Okudah had 3 INTs on his own last year, and has the size (6-1, 200 lbs) to compete with NFL-sized wideouts. Defense wins championships, etc.
5. Dolphins: QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
This one seems to be a near-lock, unless something with the Bengals-Burrow marriage goes awry. I'm not entirely sold on Tagovailoa's translation to the NFL, but Miami needs a quarterback, and his upside is extremely promising.
6. Chargers: QB Justin Herbert, Oregon
I'm not convinced Herbert is good enough to succeed at the pro level, but the Chargers have moved on from Philip Rivers and Easton Stick is not a likely long-term solution. They need a QB. Let Herbert learn behind Tyrod Taylor for a year, and go from there.
7. Panthers: DT Derrick Brown, Auburn
The Panthers allowed the most rush yards per attempt, and the most rushing touchdowns, in the entire league. They also just lost Luke Keuchly. Drafting Brown, a game-changing interior lineman who instantly shores up their front seven, at No. 7 is a huge win for Carolina.
8. Cardinals: WR CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
It's a Red River Reunion in Arizona. Lamb is one of the best wide receivers in this year's very deep WR draft, and makes a case for being the best witih a combination of speed, size, athletcism, and general pass-catching talent. Pair him Kyler Murray, and let's have some fun.
9. Jaguars: WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
Whether Nick Foles or Gardner Minshew III is playing quarterback for Jacksonville next year, the Jags need to help their gunslinger score points. Adding a bona fide stud like Jeudy to the offense is a good way to start.
10. Browns: OT Jedrick Wills Jr., Alabama
The Browns desperately need to firm up their offensive line, especially at the tackles, if Baker Mayfield is ever going to succeed. Luckily, Wills falls into Cleveland's lap here and provides years of stability alongside No. 6.
11. Jets: OT Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
A mini-run on offensive linemen continues as the Jets, like the Browns, look to protect their franchise quarterback. Wirfs has played both tackle positions, and will be extremely valuable in keeping Sam Darnold upright.
12. Raiders: CB Trevon Diggs, Alabama
Oakland desperately needs help at the corners after finishing third-worst in opposing pass yards per attempt, fourth-worst in interceptions allowed, and sixth-worst in touchdowns allowed. Diggs is certainly a start.
13. Colts: WR Henry Ruggs III, Alabama
An early run on wide receivers forces Indianapolis to leap at Ruggs and start fixing up a shorthanded offense, which this season featured just two wide receivers with more than two touchdowns catches.
14. Buccaneers: OT Mekhi Becton, Louisville
Becton falling to No. 14 isn't a lock, but if he's here, the Bucs would be elated. Jameis Winston might be unfixable, but giving him more time to make the right plays can't hurt.
15. Broncos: DL Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
The Broncos finished exactly in the middle of the NFL in sacks this year, and sported a middling run defense unit to boot. While they figure things out on the offensive end (is Drew Lock the answer?), Kinlaw can bolster the defense and help Denver win low-scoring games.
16. Falcons: EDGE K'Lavon Chaisson, LSU
Atlanta wasn't very good in 2019, especially in the pass rush, where they finished bottom-four in sacks. Chaisson racked up 6.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss in 2019. It's an obvious match.
17. Cowboys: CB Kristian Fulton, LSU
With Byron Jones possibly leaving Jerry World in free agency, the Cowboys will want to fill that hole with young, relatively cheap talent. Fulton, a stud coming from the best DB school in the country, feels like a legit lock to become a CB1-level corner.
18. Dolphins: OT Andrew Thomas, Georgia
Miami has a treasure trove of picks, and will determine the future of its team for years to come in this draft. After grabbing their QB of the future earlier, the Dolphins now grab a 6-5, 320-pound monster of a man to protect Tagovailoa each time he drops back to pass.
19. Raiders: LB Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma
Jon Gruden, famous for reminding us that it's hard to find a Khalil Mack-type talent after trading away Khalil Mack, takes a player who racked up 9.5 sacks and 36.5 tackles for loss in three seasons. Murray creates havoc in droves.
20. Jaguars: EDGE Terrell Lewis, Alabama
The Jaguars double down after finishing seventh-best in the league in sacks last season. Calais Campbell isn't getting younger! Lewis exploded in 2019 (6.0 sacks, 11.5 tackles for loss) and brings NFL-ready size (6-5, 252 lbs) to immediately help the Jags.
21. Eagles: WR Tee Higgins, Clemson
Hey, look: the Birds take a wide receiver! Bet you didn't see that coming. The team had well-documented issues with pass catchers last season. Carson Wentz needs play-making talent if he's going to win a Super Bowl, and the 6-4 Higgins (59 catches, 1,167 yards, 13 TD in 2019) is exactly where they should start.
22. Bills: WR Laviska Shenault Jr., Colorado
Shenault will probably put a chip on his shoulder after the Eagles take Higgins, but he only waits one more pick. Josh Allen isn't going to set any passing records, but he needs pass catchers and Shenault has the ability to create big plays almost at will.
23. Patriots: EDGE A.J. Epenesa, Iowa
The Patriots drafting in the low 20s feels unfair, but a mini-run on wideouts pushes Belichick to eye defenders. The rich get richer with Epenesa, an insane pass-rush talent (26.5 sacks across three seasons), who joins one of the best New England defenses in recent memory.
24. Saints: CB CJ Henderson, Florida
The Saints declined a fifth-year option for Eli Apple, and ranked 21st in the league in passing touchdowns allowed in 2019. New Orleans had no answer for Adam Thielen in the postseason. Henderson brings three years of shut-down defense, and six interceptions, at Florida to the table.
25. Vikings: DT Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma
Minnesota's pass rush in 2019 was a legit threat, but its run defense - bottom-half in the league in yards per attempt allowed - left something to be desired. Gallimore brings a high motor, eats up space in the trenches, and feels Week 1-ready.
26. Dolphins: OT Austin Jackson, USC
Miami uses its plethora of picks to double-dip for offensive line talent in the first round. An All-Pac 12 first team selection in 2019, Jackson can bookend the Dolphins' offensive line along with Andrew Thomas for the forseeable future.
27. Seahawks: CB Bryce Hall, Virginia
Folks, the Legion of Boom isn't what it once was. Seattle was in the bottom 10 in the league in net yards allowed per pass attempt last year. Hall suffered an ankle injury in October, but is still a first-round player and has the size (6-1, 200 lbs) to stay with NFL wideouts.
28. Ravens: LB Patrick Queen, LSU
Queen is probably a Top 20 talent, so Baltimore is doing cartwheels at this point. Just like every one of his teammates, Queen had a huge 2019 (3.0 sacks, 12.0 tackles for loss) and is a top-flight tackler. The Ravens grab a player who can help put the ball back in Lamar Jackson's hands.
29. Titans: DL Justin Madubuike, Texas A&M
The Titans' defense was stout in 2019, but was just okay in rushing the passer. Madubuike blew up offensive lines to the tune of 11.0 sacks and 22.0 tackles for loss over his last two seasons with the Aggies.
30. Packers: WR Justin Jefferson, LSU
Aaron Rodgers turns 37 next season. He's dipped a bit, but still plays QB at a high level. Loading up with talent is always a smart way to win when you have a franchise QB, and Jefferson (111 catches, 1,540 yards, 18 TDs) was basically a cheat code for LSU last year. Watch out.
31. 49ers: S Grant Delpit, LSU
Delpit on the board at No. 31 would be a dream come true for San Francisco. The Niners aren't necessarily starved for secondary talent, but Delpit is too talented - and San Fran loves its dominating defense too much - to not make this pick.
32. Chiefs: EDGE Curtis Weaver, Boise State
Weaver is a straight-up difference maker. His numbers are a bit inflated from playing in the Mountain West, but it's hard to ignore 34.0 sacks and 47.5 tackles for loss across three seasons. Weaver can make a difference immediately for Kansas City's bottom-10 run defense.