2020 Way-Too-Early NFL Mock Draft: QBs lead the way
2020 (yes, 2020) NFL Mock Draft: 3 players Redskins fans should watch
1. Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
Sorry, Josh Rosen. The sense is the Dolphins are team tank at least before trading a 2nd round pick to the Cardinals for Rosen.
If they finish last, the quarterback might face another uncomfortable scenario with several intriguing passing prospects in the 2020 class.
2. Oakland Raiders: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
The Raiders can get out of Derek Carr's contract with relative ease in 2020.
Herbert returned to the Ducks for another season despite top 5 projections in 2019 after throwing 29 touchdown passes with only eight interceptions.
3. New York Giants: Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
The 6-foot-5 end looks like the next great Buckeye pass-rushing prospect after recording 9.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss in 2018.
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Derrick Brown, DE/DT, Auburn
Another prospect who chose to hone his skills for another year on the college level. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound lineman collapses the pocket from the inside.
5. Arizona Cardinals: Grant Delpit, S, LSU
The Cardinals scooped up D.J. Swearinger after the Redskins cut bait. That's a solid solution for 2019, but the versatile Delpit could be the next significant playmaking safety to enter the league.
6. San Francisco 49ers: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
Tua Tagovailoa's weaponry includes the explosive 6-foot-1 target. Jeudy averaged 19.3 yards on 68 receptions with 14 touchdowns last season. The 49ers need more playmakers in Kyle Shanahan's offense.
7. Buffalo Bills: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
The Bills added John Brown and Cole Beasley in free agency, but there's room for a true go-to option.
Higgins, blessed with red-zone size, caught 12 touchdown passes in 2018. Expect another huge campaign catching passes from Trevor Lawrence.
8. Detroit Lions: Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
Detroit upgraded the corner spot opposite Darius Slay by signing free agent Justin Coleman, but considering the passing attack in the NFC North they could justify adding more.
9. New York Jets: Walker Little, OT, Stanford
At 6-foot-7, Little is anything but.
The 2018 All-Pac-12 first-team selection was also the first freshman to start at left tackle since 2000. Kelvin Beachum is a 2020 free agent.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado
The Jaguars made a splashy move by signing Nick Foles, but the receiving options remain limited. Shenault, a flashy 6-foot-2 target, jumped from seven receptions in 2018 to 86-1011-6 in 2018.
11. Cincinatti Begals: Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
Even if Andy Dalton thrives in 2019, we can assume new head coach Zac Taylor surely wants his own passer to groom.
Fromm could become the first passer selected in this class if he replicates his 2018 performance.
12. Denver Broncos: A.J. Epenesa, DE/OLB, Iowa
There's no way the Broncos let 2020 free agent Von Miller escape, but let's just give the Broncos another pass rusher regardless.
The 6-foot-5, 277-pounder edge rusher ended his sophomore season with 10.5 sacks
13. Washington Redskins: CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
Is this the last year for Josh Norman in Washington? The corner counts for $15 million on the books in 2020 but only $3 million guaranteed.
The Redskins might need help regardless depending on the development of the other options including Fabian Moreau. Henderson might emerge as the top CB in the 2020 class if his already impressive coverage and tackling skills go next level.
15. Cleveland Browns: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
It's possible the first 15 picks in 2020 are mostly passers and pass protectors. The Browns remain without a permanent solution at left tackle following Joe Thomas.
15. Tennessee Titans: Terrell Lewis, DE/OLB, Alabama
The Titans didn't replace free agent Derrick Morgan early in the draft.
Maybe fifth-round pick D'Andre Walker emerges immediately. If not, Tennessee might consider a player like Lewis, who projects as one of the top edge threats in college football.
16. Carolina Panthers: Collin Johnson, WR, Texas
If it feels like the Panthers are annually seeking more receiver help, you're not mistaken.
Even with D.J. Moore that probably happens in 2020. The 6-foot-6 Johnson is a massive target, who averaged 14.5 yards on 68 receptions last season.
17. Minnesota Vikings: Trey Smith, OT, Tennessee
The Vikings helped their suspect offensive line by selecting center Garrett Bradbury in the first round.
Plenty of more help is required. Smith could easily vault ahead of the other tackle options by next year. Some think he's there already.
18. Green Bay Packers: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
Two college seasons, two top 10 Heisman Trophy voting finishes for the impressive runner.
Taylor is the odds-on-favorite among the non-quarterbacks for the 2019 trophy.
19. Baltimore Ravens: Tommy Kraemer, G, Notre Dame
All-everything guard Marshal Yanda returned to Charm City for 2019, but the future is uncertain beyond the upcoming season.
20. Atlanta Falcons: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
Tevin Coleman's exit in free agency leaves the backfield to Devonta Freeman. Adding the 230-pound Harris would provide a tag-team partner and bigger presence.
21. Houston Texans: J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
There's a clear backfield need to help, if not surpass, Lamar Miller.
While Ohio State's undergoes a change in the post-Dwayne Haskins era, the coaching staff knows they have a building block in Dobbins, who produced 20 touchdowns and nearly 2,900 yards in his first two seasons with the Buckeyes.
22. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah
Joe Haden just crossed the 30-year mark and he enters the final year of his contract.
First-round projections might be a tad ambitious for Johnson, but the upside is there.
23. Seattle Seahawks: Raekwon Davis, DE/DT, Alabama
Alabama churns out stout defensive linemen annually and Davis looks like the next interior presence coming out of Tuscaloosa.
Davis generated first-round buzz ahead of the 2019 Draft before returning to the Crimson Tide.
24. Philadelphia Eagles: Paddy Fisher, LB, Northwestern
The 6-foot-4, 241-pound Fisher gobbles up ball carriers with ease. He finished with at 111 tackles in his first two seasons with the Wildcats.
25. Indianapolis Colts: Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri
Tight ends Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle are set to enter free agency in 2020.
Okwuegbunam, one of Drew Lock's trusted targets with the Tigers, caught 17 touchdown passes during his first two seasons.
26. Oakland Raiders (from CHI): Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama
The Raiders addressed the line and secondary in the first round of the 2018 draft. Adding a tackling presence on the second level like Moses would fit nicely.
27. Dallas Cowboys: Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson
The Cowboys might be in need of a tackle like Louisville's Mekhi Becton considering La'el Collins is a 2020 free agent.
We'll go for the upside call here with Simmons, whose skills will be on display weekly for the defending champs.
28. Los Angeles Chargers: Jacob Eason, QB, Washington
While the Chargers selected a quarterback in the fifth round, there's no true long-term plan behind Philip Rivers.
29. Kansas City Chiefs: Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia
The secondary remains dicey, particularly on the outside, despite the addition of safety's Tyrann Mathieu and Juan Thornhill.
Hall, Thornhill's teammate at Virginia, received first-team All-ACC honors in 2018 after leading the nation with 22 pass breakups.
30. New Orleans Saints: Tarik Black, WR, Michigan
The Saints don't have much-proven depth at receiver behind Michael Thomas.
Not selecting one with one of their five 2019 picks didn't help the cause. Consider the 6-foot-3 Black a true upside play after a foot injury limited him early in his college career.
31. Los Angeles Rams: Trey Adams, OT, Washington
Left tackle Andrew Whitworth is 38 and a 2020 free agent. Adams was among a small handful of players to return for another college season despite generating first-round talk.
32. New England Patriots: Colby Parkinson, TE, Stanford
Many draft analysts love the Patriots' work in 2019, but the Super Bowl champs did not draft a Rob Gronkowski replacement. The hulking Parkinson averaged nearly 17 yards per catch in 2018.