2020 NFL Mock Draft: Eagles trade up to grab an elite playmaker
There's no time to sit around and wait for talent to find you when you have a franchise QB entering his prime, and Eagles general manager Howie Roseman knows he needs to go get Carson Wentz some help, so he does. Plus the Cowboys make up for Byron Jones walking.
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1. Bengals: QB Joe Burrow, LSU
Burrow had one of the greatest seasons ever by a college quarterback, and the Bengals bet that his 2019 season is indicative of what he can do at the next level.
2. Washington: EDGE Chase Young, Ohio State
Washington is trying to drum up interest in the No. 2 pick with their Tagovailoa smoke, but they stand pat and take Young, who will give Eagles fans headaches for years.
3. Lions: LB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
Simmons is a top-tier defensive talent - see his 8 sacks and 3 INTs in the 2019 campaign - and the Lions need help in a big way on that side of the ball.
4. Giants: OT Andrew Thomas, Georgia
If Daniel Jones is to succeed, which I do not think will happen, the Giants need to protect their franchise quarterback. Thomas has the size and pedigree to help Jones.
5. Dolphins: QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
There has been mounting Herbert-to-Miami noise in late March and early April, but Tagovailoa's ceiling is just too enticing for the Dolphins to pass up.
6. Chargers: QB Justin Herbert, Oregon
The Chargers let Philip Rivers walk, and while Tyrod Taylor holds down the QB1 spot to start 2020, Herbert can study and prepare for a future in Los Angeles.
7. Panthers: DT Derrick Brown, Auburn
The Panthers' run defense was embarrassingly bad in 2019. Derrick Brown was at the front of an Auburn defense that held opponents to 3.5 yards per attempt. This is a no-brainer.
8. Cardinals: CB Jeff Okudah, Ohio State
Arizona is going to have a high-powered offense in 2020, which means the Cardinals want to add players who can put the ball back in Kyler Murray's hands. Okudah had 3 INTs in 2019.
9. Eagles: WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
Howie Roseman stood pat at WR in free agency for a reason. Here's the deal:
Eagles trade: No. 21, No. 53, and their own 2021 fourth-round pick
Jaguars trade: No. 9
The Eagles go big and make Jeudy, who produced in a big way for three years with the Tide, their next franchise wideout. No pressure, kid.
10. Browns: OT Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
Wirfs is regarded as one of the best offensive line prospects in this draft, has played both tackle positions, and will be a much-needed asset for Baker Mayfield in year three.
11. Jets: WR Henry Ruggs III, Alabama
With Robby Anderson gone and Jeudy off the board, the Jets go with a wideout to line up across from Breshad Perriman as they try and point Sam Darnold in the right direction in his third year.
12. Raiders: CB Trevon Diggs, Alabama
It's not the sexiest pick for the Raiders' first year in Las Vegas, but Diggs is a playmaker who exploded in 2019 (3 INTs) and should boost what was one of the league's worst pass defenses in 2019.
13. 49ers: WR CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
With Emmanuel Sanders headed to New Orleans, the 49ers need to give Jimmy Garoppolo more weapons if they're eyeing another Super Bowl run. Lamb (62 rec, 1,327 yds, 14 TD in 2019) is dangerous.
14. Buccaneers: OT Mekhi Becton, Louisville
Tom Brady is old and stationary, so the Bucs need to protect their new, expensive QB. Becton, an absolutely enormous human being at 6-7, 369 lbs, will help.
15. Broncos: DL Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
The Broncos' defense was terribly average in 2019, and if they plan on winning games by running the ball with Melvin Gordon, they'll need to first stop opposing offenses. Kinlaw is a monster who will get Denver the ball.
16. Falcons: EDGE A.J. Epenesa, Iowa
Epenesa didn't have a terribly strong Combine showing, but he was productive at Iowa - 22 sacks across his last two seasons - and has size for days.
17. Cowboys: CB Kristian Fulton, LSU
With Byron Jones headed to Miami, the Cowboys need to reload at corner. Fulton comes straight from Defensive Back University, and at 6-foot, 200 lbs, he has the size to compete with NFL wideouts.
18. Dolphins: LB Patrick Queen, LSU
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 Dolphins finally remember that defense is important.
19. Raiders: EDGE Terrell Lewis, Alabama
The Raiders keep focusing on defense, this time grabbing a player in Lewis who had 11.0 tackles for loss and 6.0 sacks in 2019. He's a stud.
20. Jaguars: CB CJ Henderson, Florida
Another tall corner, Henderson had zero INTs after six in his first two seasons as a Gator, but his size and talent send him to the Jags, who finished Bottom 10 in pass yards per attempt allowed last year.
21. Vikings: WR Justin Jefferson, LSU
With Stefon Diggs gone, the Vikings need to get their guy in Jefferson, so they send the No. 89 overall pick to the Jaguars to move up one spot. Jefferson is a Diggs-type speed demon who can stretch the field for Kirk Cousins, and should be good for a long time.
22. Jaguars: EDGE K'Lavon Chaisson, LSU
The Jags are fine moving down one spot to grab a Day 2 pick. They pick a Top 15 talent who can help shore up their porous defensive line (31st in rush yards per attempt allowed).
23. Patriots: EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State
With Tom Brady gone, the Patriots' identity will finally rear its head: Bill Belichick is a defensive coach, and Gross-Matos (36.5 tackles for loss, 18.5 sacks in three years) will make things borderline unfair.
24. Saints: LB Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma
Murray is a do-it-all linebacker who racked up 36.5 tackles for loss as a Sooner. The Saints ranked in the bottom half in rushing yards per attempt allowed in 2019. Question, meet answer.
25. Vikings: S Grant Delpit, LSU
Delpit is a fascinating prospect, a sort of positionless defender who can play high or low. The Vikings will have a new-look in secondary in 2020, and this is a good place to start.
26. Dolphins: OT Jedrick Wills, Alabama
The steal of the first round, Miami picks up a Top 15 talent because teams opt for need over best player available. Wills blocking for Tagovailoa... is Miami finally building something?
27. Seahawks: S Xavier McKinney, Alabama
The Legion of Boom is no more, and the Seahawks know it. McKinney, then, is a throwback for Seattle, a turnover hound (6 forced fumbles and 5 INTs at Bama) who can change their defense.
28. Ravens: LB Zack Baun, Wisconsin
Baun had an outrageous 2019 season, with 19.5 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks. He helps put the ball back in Lamar Jackson's hands, an invaluable skill for Baltimore.
29. Titans: OT Austin Jackson, USC
If you thought the Titans would rest on their laurels after becoming the league's strongest rushing team, wait until you hear see Derrick Henry with Austin Jackson.
30. Packers: WR Denzel Mims, Baylor
Aaron Rodgers isn't in his prime anymore, which means he needs help outside of Davante Adams. Mims has size, speed, and was crazy productive at Baylor. Could be a sneaky fantastic pick.
31. 49ers: CB A.J. Terrell, Clemson
Terrell played on the big stage in all three years at Clemson, racked up six INTs as a Tiger, and will only stand to help an already great 49ers defense.
32. Chiefs: RB D'Andre Swift, Georgia
The defending Super Bowl champs get richer, adding the fantastic Switf to an already-stocked offense. Swift is threat on the ground and through the air, perfect for an Andy Reid offense.