2020 NFL Mock Draft 18.0: It's finally draft day
2020 NFL Mock Draft 18.0
The NFL Draft is finally here!
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There's a lot to unpack in our final mock draft, which features multiple first-round trades that could happen Thursday evening.
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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: No matter what, Chase Young. Right?
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. Miami Dolphins (via Detroit): Justin Herbert
Notes: The Dolphins have had one of the strongest offseason’s so far, but they still badly need a QB, so they trade up two spots to get their guy. 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.
Tua Tagovailoa may be the better player, but Miami takes Herbert here due to his strong, yet abbreviated draft process and better health.
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.
4. New York Giants: Tristan Wirfs
Notes: The Giants want to set up second-year QB Daniel Jones to succeed ASAP, so they add to a weak offensive line here at four. 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 Jones and company.
5. Detroit Lions (via Miami): Jeffrey Okudah
School: Ohio State
Notes: The Lions trade back a couple of spots and still land the player they would have taken at No. 3.
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.
6. Los Angeles Chargers: Tua Tagovailoa
Notes: Tua's "slide" stops here Los Angeles finds its successor to Philip Rivers with this selection.
Tagovailoa, if healthy, is one the best QB prospects in recent memory due to his anticipation, deep ball, and pocket movement ability. He could go down as one of the biggest steals in draft history if he lives up to his potential.
7. Carolina Panthers: Isaiah Simmons
Notes: The Panthers should metaphorically run to the podium if Simmons is still available at No. 7. Carolina gets one of the best and most versatile defenders in the 2020 class with this pick
I love Simmons’ potential, his play on tape is some of the best I’ve seen in this year’s class. 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."
8. Atlanta Falcons (via Arizona): C.J. Henderson
Notes: There has been a buzz for a while now that the Falcons wanted to move up for a CB, so here it is.
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 offseason.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars: Derrick Brown
Notes: Derrick Brown is a beast whom 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 Jacksonville defense that lost Calais Campbell and Marcel Dareus this offseason.
10. Denver Broncos (via Cleveland): Jerry Jeudy
Notes: The Broncos trade up to get a new weapon for Drew Lock. Jerry 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 will help form one of the best duos in the league with rising star Courtland Sutton.
11. New York Jets: Henry Ruggs III
Notes: The Jets could really use an impactful left tackle even after signing George Fant, but I think the prospect of adding a potential impact WR like Henry Ruggs III is too enticing to pass up here at pick 11.
His 4.27 speed shows up on game days because he can score from anywhere on the field at any time. Ruggs isn’t just a speed receiver, as he can run an effective full route tree with ease.
12. Las Vegas Raiders: CeeDee Lamb
Notes: The Raiders get a complete wide receiver to help provide what they thought they were getting in Antonio Brown.
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.
13. San Francisco 49ers (via Indianapolis): Javon Kinlaw
School: South Carolina
Notes: The 49ers just traded away a great DL in DeForest Bucker so they pick another potential good one here with the pick they received for Buckner.
Kinlaw plays with an endless motor and severe ferocity. Just ask the Georgia Bulldogs if you don’t believe me. His stock is only going to keep soaring after a Senior Bowl week where he showed enough in two days of practice to shut it down for the week.
14. Tampa Bay Buccanners: Jedrick Wills
Notes: Tampa Bay just singed the greatest QB of all-time. So naturally, they need to protect him, and I think Wills is the right guy for the job.
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. Brady can breathe easy knowing he has Wills in front of him.
15. Cleveland Browns (via Denver): Andrew Thomas
Notes: After trading down, the Browns still get their left tackle of the future in Andrew Thomas, who can be a plug and play starter for the next 5-10 years.
Thomas is 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.
16. Arizona Cardinals (via Atlanta): Mekhi Becton
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.
Mekhi Becton is absolutely massive at 6-foot-7, 364 pounds, but don’t let the size fool you. He's super athletic, evident of his 5.1 40-yard dash time. He dominates defenders in the run game and has experience at both tackle positions. Becton can be the long-term answer to the Cardinals’ tackle problems.
17. Dallas Cowboys: K'Lavon Chaisson
Notes: The Cowboys lost Robert Quinn in free agency, so they need to help take some pressure off of DeMarcus Lawrence. Enter K’Lavon Chaisson, who 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 a two-sack performance. His explosive first step will translate nicely to the league.
18. Miami Dolphins (via Pittsburgh): Xavier McKinney
Notes: Miami recently cut longtime Safety Reshad Jones, so they need to replace that production. 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.
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: Justin Jefferson
Notes: After the team traded QB Nick Foles, the Jaguars are committing to second-year QB Gardner Minshew. So, let’s get him some weapons.
The Jaguars add one of top wideouts in the draft here at No. 20 to go along with second-year breakout star and fellow LSU Tiger D.J. Chark. Jefferson answered any linger questions about his potential with his stellar combine performance. He can play all three wide receiver 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.
21. Philadelphia Eagles: Brandon Aiyuk
School: Arizona State
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. Brandon Aiyuk had a really solid combine with a 40-inch vertical and 4.5 40-yard dash 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 to a team that really needs weapons.
22. Minnesota Vikings: Kristian Fulton
Notes: Minnesota has lost three corners to free agency this year, so they badly need to acquire some young talent at the position.
All LSU does is produce impact NFL defensive backs. The preseason All-American is a baller that excels in press-man to man coverage and would be a welcome addition for the NFC North club.
23. New England Patriots: A.J. Epenesa
Notes: The Patriots could easily go with a QB here, like Washington’s Jacob Eason 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.
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.
24. New Orleans Saints: Kenneth Murray
Notes: The Saints don't have many needs, so they go best player available with this selection.
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.
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: Cesar Ruiz
Notes: Baltimore finds its replacement for the recently retired Marshal Yanda in Cesar Ruiz out of Michigan.
Ruiz is excellent in space, where he uses his athleticism to get to the next level defenders. He would be an excellent addition to the run game where the team does most of its damage.
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: Patrick Queen
Notes: Patrick Queen will instantly become that sideline-to-sideline linebacker the Packers have been lacking for years. Queen is an intelligent player that can diagnose a play quicker than any other LB in this class. Queen will be a potential Pro Bowler for years to come.
31. San Francisco 49ers: Denzel Mims
Notes: San Francisco can use another playmaker to really help QB Jimmy Garoppolo take off. Denzel Mims blew up at the Combine and Senior Bowl to put him in the first round conversation.
Mims is a good route runner and great in contested back-shoulder catch situations. His 28 touchdowns over the last three seasons at Baylor would be a great addition for Kyle Shanahan’s offense.
32. Kansas City Chiefs: A.J. Terrell
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, so I think they go with a promising young corner to end the first round.
Terrell has risen up boards recently as teams get to take a longer like at his film. He has solid zone coverage ability and ball skills that he showed off during the pick-six he had in the 2019 National Championship. He could start from Day 1 for the Super Bowl champs.