2020 NFL Mock Draft 10.0: Can Isaiah Simmons pass Chase Young?
2020 NFL Mock Draft 10.0
College football season is officially over, and the LSU Tigers have been crowned National Champions. After a 15-0 season and numerous records broken, is quarterback Joe Burrow a lock to go No. 1 overall?
Clemson fell in the title game, but the Tigers had several players showcase their first-round talent. Where do Isaiah Simmons and Tee Higgins fall?
Alabama didn't make the College Football Playoff, but they're still loaded with first-round prospects. How many former Crimson Tide players are in our latest mock draft?
Has Dwayne Haskins shown enough that he's the future of the franchise?
1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow
Notes: The Bengals grab the 2019 Heisman winner with the top overall pick. The Bengals need a fresh start at QB after years of Andy Dalton and a horrid three-game stint from 2019 rookie Ryan Finlay.
Joe Burrow has been amazing this year and will be the face of the franchise from day one. His accuracy and pocket awareness skills are some of the best from a collegiate QB in recent memory.
He’s coming off arguably the greatest season ever by a college QB, finishing the season with 65 total TDs (60 passing/five rushing). Burrow has a long successful NFL career ahead of him.
2. Washington Redskins: Chase Young
School: Ohio State
Notes: Chase Young is a stud and the greatest talent in this class. The Redskins are lucky to get him here at No. 2 since the Bengals need a QB.
Young is a transcendent talent, he is an absolute monster off the edge indicative of his school-record 16.5 sacks. Young is a game wrecker that has the potential to be in the same class of the Von Millers and Khalil Macks of the world.
Chase Young and last year’s first-rounder Montez Sweat should strike fear in opponents coming off the edge for years to come.
3. Detroit Lions: Isaiah Simmons
Notes: I can see head coach Matt Patricia falling in love with the versatility that Isaiah Simmons provides.
I love Simmons’ potential and that he can play literally anywhere. He lines up at linebacker, in the slot, and at single-high safety. He displayed great range on an interception in the College Football Playoff semifinals that shows he's not a normal “LB”.
4. New York Giants: Jeffrey Okudah
School: Ohio State
Notes: No. 4 overall is really high for a cornerback, but if you saw what Okudah did in the College Football Playoff semifinal vs. Clemson against guys like Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross, you see he’s worthy of the selection.
His length and man coverage skills were on full display when the lights were the brightest. His game resembles All-Pro Jalen Ramsey to me and he would form a devastating duo with last year's first-rounder DeAndre Baker.
5. Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa
Notes: I know this is a controversial pick right now considering his recent serious hip injury, but if all his medicals check out, he’s a top 5 pick.
This selection also has to do with the fact that Burrow and Tua are way above the next batch of QBs in this draft. Tagovailoa is one of the best QB prospects in recent memory due to his anticipation, deep ball, and pocket movement skills.
6. Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Herbert
Notes: Los Angeles finds its successor for Philip Rivers with this selection. I think this is a great situation for him because he can sit the year behind Rivers or Tyrod Taylor.
Herbert has an ideal frame and the physical ability to be a solid NFL QB. He’s inconsistent at times and a little raw so his new team will need to be patient with him.
7. Carolina Panthers: Derrick Brown
Notes: Derrick Brown is a beast who I feel like isn’t talked about as much as other top prospects but he belongs in the conversation for sure.
He’s a standout run stuffer who can also be a productive pass rusher due to his power/speed combo and devastating bull rush move. He’ll fit in nicely on a Carolina defense that has been weak against the run this year.
8. Arizona Cardinals: CeeDee Lamb
Notes: Kyler Murray gets one of his go-to playmakers from his OU days in Ceedee Lamb. The Cardinals need a new no.1 WR to replace the legend Larry Fitzgerald and Lamb fits the bill to a tee.
Lamb is one of my favorite WR prospects in this class with the way he competes, run routes, and attacks the ball in the air. He’s a flat out stud after the catch, he’ll outrun you or run over you.
We’ve seen what his former college teammate Marquise Brown is doing for the Ravens so far and I think Lamb makes a similar impact from day one in the league.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jerry Jeudy
Notes: The Jaguars add one of the top wide receivers in the draft here at No. 9 to go along with second-year breakout star D.J. Chark.
Jeudy’s route running ability is some of the best you will ever see from a college player. His separation skills are unreal and he can get open against any type of coverage. He’s a very smart player who knows how to set up his man and find the open areas in zone coverage.
Jeudy and Chark will help whoever is behind center take their game to the next level.
10. Cleveland Browns: Andrew Thomas
Notes: The Browns have had a woeful offensive line this year, so they go with the best left tackle prospect here in Andrew Thomas.
Thomas will be a plug and play starter for the next 5-10 years at left tackle. He’s still a little raw but if his natural skills are unlocked he’ll be a Pro Bowler. Hopefully, Kevin Stefanski and staff can get it out of him.
11. New York Jets: Jedrick Wills
Notes: Jedrick Wills has really shot up draft boards in the last few months. I think he’s in contention with Andrew Thomas to be the first tackle off the board.
Sam Darnold and the Jets need a quality left tackle in the worst way, and I think Wills could solve that issue. Wills has played mostly on the right side in his career but his skill set will translate easily to the left side due to his athleticism and sound technique.
12. Las Vegas Raiders: C.J. Henderson
Notes: The Raiders have a solid starter in rookie cornerback Trayvon Mullen but they need someone on the other side to compete in a division that has Patrick Mahomes.
C.J. Henderson has some of the best ball skills in the class and has the potential to be a true No. 1 corner. I really like this pick for a team that needs a strong off-season with a move to a new city.
13. Indianapolis Cotls: A.J. Epenesa
Notes: The Colts could use some pass-rushing help to take this already solid defense to another gear.
Epenesa has been an impact rusher since day one at Iowa and I expect him to continue that at the next level due to his size and pass-rushing moves. I think he has the best bull-rushing moves in his class.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Grant Delpit
Notes: The Bucs could go QB here but I don’t think Bruce Arians wants to start over at signal-caller at this stage of his career so look for them to explore free agency or even give Winston another shot.
Tampa Bay has had safety problems for years now. By selecting All-American Grant Delpit they finally put those issues to bed.
Delpit can thrive playing single-high safety and in the box. He’s a complete safety in the mold of his fellow LSU alumni Jamal Adams.
15. Denver Broncos: Tristan Wirfs
Notes: Current left tackle Garrett Bolles has been a bust since being a first-rounder a few years back, and with the way rookie QB Drew Lock finished the 2019 season, the Broncos need to set him up for success.
Tristan Wirfs can be the blindside protector Lock needs due to good movement skills and the strength to hold up against a variety of rushers at the next level.
16. Atlanta Falcons: Javon Kinlaw
School: South Carolina
Notes: Javon Kinlaw is one of my favorite defensive players in this 2020 class. He plays with an endless motor and severe ferocity.
Just ask the Georgia Bulldogs if you don’t believe me. He would complement Pro Bowler Grady Jarrett perfectly.
17. Dallas Cowboys: Raekwon Davis
Notes: The Cowboys defense took a big step back this year. They’ll try to prevent a bigger downslide under new head man Mike McCarthy by taking a great interior player here.
At 6-foot-7, Davis is an absolute tear to block. His bread and butter is stopping the run, but he can still get after the pass evident by his 8.5 sack sophomore season.
18. Miami Dolphins (via Pittsburgh): K'Lavon Chaisson
Notes: The Dolphins get a pass rusher with an impressive first step off the line with their second pick of the round.
Chaisson can be a double-digit sack type of player from year one for the rebuilding club. He impressed in the College Football Playoff vs. Oklahoma with constant pressure and two-sack performance.
19. Las Vegas Raiders (via Chicago): Henry Ruggs III
Notes: After striking gold with an Alabama playmaker last year in Josh Jacobs in the first round they go back to the SEC powerhouse this year for Henry Ruggs III. Ruggs has speed for days and the Raiders have coveted that skill for decades.
The 'Bama standout will be the fastest WR at the combine with the ability to run a full route tree. He can score from anywhere on the field at any time.
The Raiders could use this type of talent to excite the new fan base in Las Vegas.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Los Angeles): Kristian Fulton
Notes: All LSU does is produce impact NFL defensive backs. The Jaguars need to replace what they lost in All-Pro CB Jalen Ramsey and Fulton provides them with that.
The preseason All-American is a baller that excels in press-man to man coverage and would be a welcome addition to Duval County.
21. Philadelphia Eagles: Xavier McKinney
Notes: It’s no secret that the Eagles had one of the worst secondaries in the league this year, so it would make sense to rectify it this off-season. McKinney is a versatile chess piece for a team that really needs talent on the backend.
McKinney can cover the slot and hold his own against the run, he’s the prototypical safety prospect for today’s NFL.
22. Buffalo Bills: Tee Higgins
Notes: Josh Allen has accuracy issues so he needs playmakers that have a wide catch radius, Higgins is just that. A jump ball specialist along with being a beast after the catch. Just another impact WR in the long line of them out of Clemson.
Higgins didn’t have the College Football Playoff some expected due to injuries and a tough LSU secondary, but you can see the talent he brings to the NFL on his impressive long touchdown run in the championship.
23. New England Patriots: Curtis Weaver
School: Boise State
The Patriots could easily go with a QB here like Utah State’s Jordan Love or Georgia’s Jake Fromm, but I think it’s too early in the process to make that assertion just yet.
For those reasons, New England goes with a talented pass rusher at pick 23. Curtis Weaver is a strong and explosive edge rusher who can flat out get to the passer, which is shown in his 34 career sacks in three seasons. With a nice combine, he can lock down a spot in the top 20.
24. New Orleans Saints: Laviska Shenault
Notes: The Saints have the best WR in the game right now in Michael Thomas. He finished with nearly 120 more receptions than the receiver with the 2nd most on the team (149 to Ted Ginn’s 30).
Thus, the team needs more depth and talent at WR so they go with WR Laviska Shenault with this selection. Shenault can do it all and you can give him the rock in a variety of ways including out of the backfield. He had somewhat of a down year, but is an absolute monster with the ball in his hands. I think his stock will rise because I think he’ll have a strong combine showing and his versatility will intrigue teams.
25. Minnesota Vikings: Yetur Gross-Matos
School: Penn State
Notes: Everson Griffen won’t be back in Minnesota unless he takes a big pay cut, so the team goes with the Virginia native Gross-Matos to replace his production.
Gross-Matos shows up every time you turn on the film as a guy that has a wide array of moves and finishes plays. He had 17.5 sacks over the last two years and could be a steal this late in the first round.
26. Miami Dolphins (via Houston): Justin Jefferson
Notes: The Dolphins need offensive weapons to help their new young QB thrive. Jefferson has been one of the biggest risers since the year started.
He can play all three WR spots but is especially dangerous from the slot. I like how he finds ways to get open no matter the coverage, he has a really good feel/instincts for the game.
His 227-yard and four-touchdown performance in the College Football Playoff semi-finals vs. Oklahoma has solidified his first-round status.
27. Seattle Seahawks: Josh Jones
Notes: Duane Brown has had a stellar career, but he can’t play forever. Seattle needs to plan for the future.
Jones is a mammoth of a prospect at 6-foot-7 who will succeed at the next level due to his unlimited yet raw physical skills. He’s an experienced player who should be able to start on either side from Day 1.
28. Baltimore Ravens: Kenneth Murray
Notes: Oklahoma has a Murray drafted in the first round for the second straight year. This year’s Murray has been balling out all year showing impressive instincts and breaks on ball carriers that rival any other prospect in the class.
He’ll help replace what Baltimore lost last year in former Pro Bowler C.J. Mosley.
29. Tennessee Titans: Terrell Lewis
Notes: another Alabama product comes off the board here at 29. Lewis has had a tough college career due to injuries but he’s having a great bounce-back year rushing off the edge for the Tide.
He has sweet first step off the line that will translate easily to the next level. Lewis should form a great duo with Harold Landry as pass rushers off the edge.
30. Green Bay Packers: K.J. Hamler
School: Penn State
Notes: The Packers really need another wide receiver to go with Davante Adams and help ease pressure off of Aaron Rodgers as he enters the twilight of his career.
Enter K.J. Hamler. He is a do-everything playmaker that NFL teams crave today. Hamler is a lightning-quick route runner who separates with ease from defensive backs. He can have a Tyreek Hill impact for his new team.
31. San Francisco 49ers: Trevon Diggs
Notes: The 49ers defense is the main reason the team is one game away from the Super Bowl, but if there’s one spot they can improve on it’s in the secondary.
Diggs has wide receiver-like ball skills that would feast on errant throws induced by that all-world defensive line. The 'Bama alum would make this defense even more intimidating to go up against.
32. Kansas City Chiefs: J.K. Dobbins
School: Ohio State
Notes: The Chiefs go with somewhat of a luxury pick here at 28 and go with a supremely talented back out of Ohio State.
Dobbins is an explosive player indicative of his two long runs and 174 yards rushing against Clemson in the CFP semis. He had over 2,000 yards rushing and broke Eddie George single-season record for rushing yards in a season.
Dobbins would make an already talented offense, even scarier for defenses to deal with.