2020 NFL Mock Draft 15.0: Who's the first WR off the board?
2020 NFL Mock Draft 15.0
It's officially draft month. With many Pro Days, interviews and workouts canceled due to coronavirus, which prospects are impacted by that the most?
There's a lot to unpack in our latest mock draft, which is full of cornerbacks, wide receivers and edge rushers.
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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: After a slow free agency, I think the team could consider trading down to accumulate future assets that can help solve the Redskins many needs. If they stand pat though, the Redskins are lucky to get Chase Young here at two 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 as 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: Jeffrey Okudah
School: Ohio State
Notes: After the team traded Pro Bowler Darius Slay to the Eagles, they need a new No. 1 corner. No. 3 overall is really high for a cornerback, but if you saw what Okudah did in the College Football Playoff semis versus 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 and he would form a nice duo with recent free agent signing Desmond Trufant.
4. New York Giants: Isaiah Simmons
Notes: New York gets one of the best and most versatile defenders in the 2020 class at No. 4 overall.
I love Simmons’ potential, his play on tape is some of the best I’ve seen in this year’s class. Simmons would be getting even more hype if it weren’t for dominant defender Chase Young.He can line up at linebacker, in the slot, and at single-high safety. He displayed his great range and 4.39 speed on an interception in the College Football Playoff semi-finals that shows he’s not just a normal “linebacker."
Simmons would be another solid addition to a defense that already added CB James Bradberry and LB Blake Martinez this offseason.
5. Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa
Notes: The Dolphins have had one of the strongest offseason’s so far, but they still badly need a QB. If you add a productive quarterback to a team that already added CB Byron Jones and RB Jordan Howard, among others, they can be back in contention as early as next season.
Tagovailoa, if healthy, is one the best QB prospects in recent memory due to his anticipation, deep ball, and pocket movement ability.
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 a guy like 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 ran a 5.16 40-yard dash at 326 pounds which is crazy. 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: Jedrick Wills
Notes: The Cardinals pulled off the steal of the offseason after acquiring WR DeAndre Hopkins from Houston, so now they turn their attention to protecting Kyler Murray.
Jedrick Wills has really shot up draft boards in the last few months. He’s in contention with Mekhi Becton to be the first tackle off the board. 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 if necessary.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars: Javon Kinlaw
School: South Carolina
Notes: The Jaguars have to go through some defensive line reconstruction this offseason due to the losses of Calais Campbell and Marcell Dareus. Selecting the South Carolina product will help them replace some of that production lost.
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.
10. Cleveland Browns: Mekhi Becton
Notes: The Browns had a woeful offensive line this year, so they go with the high upside left tackle prospect here in Mekhi Becton.
Mekhi Becton is absolutely massive at 6-foot-7, 370 lbs. but don’t let the size fool you, because he looks like a dancing bear on film, as evident by his 5.1 40-yard dash. He dominates defenders in the run game and has experience at both tackle positions.
Becton can be the long-term answer to the Browns’ tackle problems.
11. New York Jets: CeeDee Lamb
Notes: The Jets could really use an impactful left tackle, even after signing George Fant. But the prospect of adding a potential No. 1 WR like Ceedee Lamb is too enticing to pass up here at pick 11.
Lamb is one of my favorite WR prospects in this class with the way he competes, runs routes, and attacks the ball in the air.
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. Giving Sam Darnold a unique talent like Ceedee will go along way in his development.
12. Las Vegas Raiders: Jerry Jeudy
Notes: The Raiders get a complete wide receiver to help provide what they thought they were getting in Antonio Brown.
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.
13. San Francisco 49ers: Henry Ruggs III
Notes: San Francisco can use another playmaker to really help QB Jimmy Garoppolo take off so they pick one with 4.27 speed to burn with this selection.
Ruggs III isn’t just a speed receiver either, because he can run an effective full route tree with ease. He can score from anywhere on the field at any time and is a perfect fit in Kyle Shanahan’s system.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tristan Wirfs
Notes: Tampa Bay just singed the greatest quarterback of all-time, so naturally, they need to protect him. Tristan Wirfs is a stud and he showed that at the Combine with a 36 inch vertical and 4.85 40-yard dash at 6-foot-5, 320 lbs.
On film, he shows good movement skills and the strength to hold up against a variety of rushers at the next level. With the ability to play both tackle spots he’ll be a nice asset for Tom Brady.
15. Denver Broncos: Andrew Thomas
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 played after returning from injury, they need to set him up for success.
Thomas can be a plug and play starter for the next 5-10 years at LT. He’s still a little raw, but if his natural skills are unlocked he’ll be a Pro Bowler. Hopefully, Adam Gase and the staff can get it out of him.
16. Atlanta Falcons: C.J. Henderson
Notes: The Falcons need a quality corner to replace Desmond Trufant. 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 could be back in contention with a strong off-season.
17. Dallas Cowboys: Xavier McKinney
Notes: The Cowboys need secondary help after losing Byron Jones and Jeff Heath in free agency. Xavier McKinney can take this defense that already has a solid set of pieces to an even higher level.
McKinney can cover the slot and hold his own against the run, he’s the prototypical safety prospect for today’s NFL.
18. Miami Dolphins (via Pittsburgh): K'Lavon Chaisson
Notes: Miami signed Shaq Lawson and Emmanuel Ogbah this offseason but you can never have enough pass rushers. The Dolphins get an impactful player 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.
Chaisson can be a double-digit sack type of player from year one for the AFC South club. He impressed in the College Football Playoff vs. Oklahoma with constant pressure and two-sack performance.
19. Las Vegas Raiders: Jordan Love
School: Utah State
Notes: Jon Gruden’s favorite QB is always his next one so I think he pulls the trigger on Derek Carr’s successor here at 19.
Love had a tremendous sophomore year with 30 touchdowns and just six interceptions but fell off last year with a nation-leading 17 picks. A lot of that is contributed to a loss of playmakers and a new coaching staff though.
Love has spectacular arm talent that will dazzle in the NFL with the right tutelage and players around him.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars: 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: Justin Jefferson
Notes: The Eagles need more weapons for Carson Wentz. They relied on a former college QB as their No. 1 receiver for the last half of the season.
Jefferson answered any linger questions about his potential with his stellar combine performance. 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.
22. Minnesota Vikings (via Buffalo): A.J. Epenesa
Notes: The Vikings have this pick due to the trade of Stefon Diggs.
They could go WR to replace him, but they need DL help after losing Everson Griffen and Linval Joseph. A.J. Epenesa had a rough combine but has been an impact rusher since Day 1 at Iowa and I expect him to continue that at the next level due to his size and pass-rushing moves.
23. New England Patriots: Grant Delpit
Notes: I think the Patriots stand pat at QB in the first round because they like 2019 fourth-rounder Jarrett Stidham. The team goes with an all-around playmaker in the secondary here at selection 23.
Grant Delpit’s stock has fallen of late but I still believe he’s going to be a Pro Bowler at the next level. The All-American 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. Delpit would be a great addition to an already solid defense.
24. New Orleans Saints: Brandon Aiyuk
School: Arizona State
Notes: The Saints have the best WR in the game right now in Michael Thomas. The team just signed Emmanuel Sanders but they could use more help to ease the pressure off Thomas so they go with Brandon Aiyuk with this selection.
Aiyuk had a really solid combine with a 40-inch vertical and 4.5 40-yard dash time that helped raise his stock into the first-round conversation. He’s great after the catch and can easily take a drag route to the house at any moment. He also adds value in the return game. Aiyuk’s nearly 1,200 years receiving would be a welcome addition on the opposite side of Thomas.
25. Minnesota Vikings: Josh Jones
Notes: The Vikings love to pound the rock with Pro Bowler Dalvin Cook and getting a versatile guy like Josh Jones will help them continue to do that.
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 one if necessary.
26. Miami Dolphins (via Houston): D'Andre Swift
Notes: The Dolphins get their new QB a new weapon in this Georgia running back. D’Andre Swift is a dynamic player who could be Miami’s most talented rusher since Ricky Williams.
He’s a gifted one-cut runner who is also a real threat as a pass-catcher out of the backfield. Swift will be a nice piece added to an already up-and-coming young offense.
27. Seattle Seahawks: Yetur Gross-Matos
School: Penn State
Notes: Jadeveon Clowney might be headed elsewhere in free agency so the team goes with the Virginia native Gross-Matos to help 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.
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: Austin Jackson
Notes: Tennessee lost starting right tackle Jack Conklin to Cleveland in free agency, so the team needs a replacement if they want to sustain their run game success.
Austin Jackson is really young (won’t be 21 till after the draft) so he needs some time to develop but I think he has the most talent of any tackle in this class. He can be a little inconsistent at times, but it’s nothing that can’t be fixed with more experience and solid coaching. The Titans could be getting a steal here if Jackson hits his full potential.
30. Green Bay Packers: Tee Higgins
Notes: The Packers really need another WR to go with Davante Adams and help ease pressure off of Aaron Rodgers as he enters the twilight of his career. They added Devin Funchess in free agency but I think the team could use more.
Enter Clemson standout Tee Higgins. Higgins is a jump ball specialist who had 25 TDs over the last two years.
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.
31. San Francisco 49ers: Trevon Diggs
Notes: The 49ers defense is the main reason the team made it to the Super Bowl, but if there’s one spot they can improve on it’s in the secondary.
Diggs has tremendous upside due to his measurables and athleticism. He has the best ball skills in the class and is an experienced four-year player that can start from the jump.
32. Kansas City Chiefs: Noah Igbinoghene
Notes: The defending Super Bowl Champions need more talent and depth at cornerback if they have dreams of a repeat. Kansas City has already lost Kendall Fuller to Washington and Bashaud Breeland remains unsigned so I think they go with a promising young corner to end the first round.
Noah Igbinoghene has serious speed. He is a little raw considering he was a WR just two years ago but he has the traits and potential to be a standout outside corner in the NFL if he continues on his ascending development track.