2020 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Dolphins tanking for more than just Tu'a
2020 NFL Mock Draft 2.0
Through two weeks of the NFL season, it's become clear which teams are fighting for the playoffs and which teams should already begin planning on the 2020 NFL Draft and a major rebuild.
As the points continue to pile up, it should come as no surprise that our latest Mock Draft update is heavy of wide receivers, defensive backs, and edge rushers.
But no rebuild can begin without a franchise quarterback, and Tu'a Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert are at the top of this mock draft for a reason.
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1. Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa
Notes: If the Dolphins are in this positon then Josh Rosen didn’t show enough to be a true franchise QB.
They are trying to build through the draft, evident by the several early-season trades. The Dolphins are now in possession of three first-round and two second-round 2020 draft picks,
Tagaovailoa would be a great first building block. He throws a great deep ball and is mobile in the vein of Russell Wilson.
2. Cincinnati Bengals: Justin Herbert
Notes: It was a solid run but the Bengals and Andy Dalton need a fresh start.
Justin Herbert gives the team that strong arm that will throw passes that cut through the wind needed in the tough conditions of the AFC north winters. He’s inconsistent at times but the potential is undeniable.
3. Washington Redskins: Jerry Jeudy
Notes: The Redskins need a WR1 in the worst way. They need someone that rookie QB Dwayne Haskins can count on and develop with for the future. Jeudy is the best WR prospect since Odell Beckham Jr. in 2014. What makes this pick challenging is the absence of Trent Williams. The Redskins also need O-Line help in the worst way, but is OT Andrew Thomas as good at his position as Jeudy is at his?
4. Buffalo Bills: Chase Young
School: Ohio State
Notes: Buffalo could go WR here to give Josh Allen another weapon but an impact pass rusher should be the pick here.
Chase Young is a complete player that will form an impact duo with DE Jerry Hughes. Adding Chase Young to young building blocks like LB Tremaine Edmunds, CB Tre’Davious White, and DT Ed Oliver will make this a formidable defense for years to come.
5. New York Giants: A.J. Epenesa
Notes: A.J. 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.
The 6-6, 280-pound Epenesa has been compared to J.J. Watt and has been dubbed a "generational talent" by Matt Campbell, the rival Iowa State Cyclones head coach.
The Giants not only need a gifted defensive player, but also another future leader to help the Giants rebuild, even if they don't want to admit it.
6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Grant Delpit
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.
7. New York Jets: Andrew Thomas
Notes: The Jets couldn’t protect QB Sam Darnold from getting sick but they can help protect his blindside on the field by taking the top OT prospect in the draft.
Thomas has the strength and lateral ability needed to be a cornerstone Tackle for the next 10 years.
8. Arizona Cardinals: Tristan Wirfs
Notes: You need to protect your investment and that’s exactly what the Cardinals are doing here in providing a blindside protector for QB Kyler Murray. Wirfs has manly played RT at Iowa but has all the traits necessary to make a seamless transition to the left side.
9 Carolina Panthers: Tee Higgins
Notes: The Panthers are in rough shape early on, and Cam Newton is getting older by the week. Higgins is 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.
10. Detroit Lions: Trevon Diggs
Notes: The Lions have been searching for a quality starter opposite of Pro Bowler Darius Slay for a while now and Diggs could finally help them with that.
Diggs, brother of Vikings WR and DMV native Stefon, has tremendous ball and man to man skills that will translate effortlessly to the next level.
11. Denver Broncos: Isaiah Simmons
Notes: I love what Simmons can do on the field. He’s an undersized LB but perfect for what today’s NFL is. Has a nose for the ball and makes plays all over the field.
12. Dolphins (via PIT): Bryce Hall
Notes: Hall has an incredible nose for the ball,l evident in his nation leading 22 pass breakups in 2018. An underrated part of his game is his willingness to help against the run.
13. San Francisco 49ers: Jeffrey Okudah
School: Ohio State
Notes: The 49ers find CB Richard Sherman a running mate in Okudah here. Okudah has the size and traits of the desired modern-day CB.
I see some Denzel Ward and Jalen Ramsey in him and if he becomes that type of player then I think the 49ers will be happy with this pick.
14. Oakland Raiders: CeeDee Lamb
Notes: Lamb might be my favorite WR in this class because not only does he possess the traits to be a WR1 but he’s competitive as hell and loves to block.
Suddenness and route running of a guy like Davante Adams he can really help take the Carolina offense to a whole another level.
15. Oakland Raiders: Dylan Moses
Notes: With multiple first-round picks for the second straight year, the Raiders have the luxury to take a chance ... unless the wheels fall off the Gruden express and wholesale changes are made.
Moses recently tore his ACL but should be to go for Week 1 of 2020. He’s a dynamic talent with sideline to sideline range that could be a steal if he gets back to where he was pre-injury.
16.Jacksonville Jaguars: Laviska Shenault
Notes: Nick Foles’ need more weapons if he’s ever going to capture that Philly magic again. Shenault is an all-around playmaker that you can get the ball to in a variety of ways. He’s had a slow start to the season but his potential and raw ability are undeniable.
17. Minnesota Vikings: Kristian Fulton
Notes: If Kirk Cousins doesn’t pick up his play this might be a surprise spot for a QB but for now let’s give them a CB to replace impending free agent Trae Waynes. Fulton is a really physical corner that I think will fare well against guys like Davante Adams and Allen Robinson twice a year.
18. Indianapolis Colts: Derrick Brown
Notes: Derrick Brown surprised many when he returned for his senior season. The decision pays off well though as he’s squarely a first-round player.
Great against the run and a solid rusher will fit in nicely clearing lanes for star LB Darius Leonard.
19. Cleveland Browns: Lucas Niang
Notes: Niang is a mammoth of a guy at 6-7, 330 pounds but moves like a guy half that size. His movement skills and frame makes him the ideal guy to protect Baker Mayfield's blindside.
20. Tennessee Titans: Yetur Gross-Matos
School: Penn State
Notes: 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 could be a steal as the last pick in the first round.
21. Atlanta Falcons: Raekwon Davis
Notes: At 6-7, Raekwon Davis is an absolute terror 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.
Pair him with Grady Jarrett and look out.
22. Seattle Seahawks: C.J. Henderson
Notes: The Seahawks are slowly building the defense to back to what it was five years ago. One position that still is lacking though is CB and in C.J. Henderson they get a guy that is an ultimate ball hawk.
Henderson has the size and style of play that fit perfectly with what the Seahawks want to do.
23. Miami Dolphins (via HOU): Henry Ruggs III
Notes: Ruggs can effortlessly take the top of a defense with his 4.3 speed. I think he’s going to run the fastest time at the combine. The Dolphins need elite speedsters to make big plays. Ruggs can do that.
24. Green Bay Packers: Jaylen Reagor
Notes: Jalen Reagor is a smaller WR but he plays way bigger than he is. He continuously wins jump balls over bigger guys. A guy that you can give the ball to in a variety of ways and will make plays for you in space.
The 6-3, 322 junior isn't going to be the next Joe Thomas, but very few are.
25. Baltimore Ravens: Tyler Biadasz
Notes: Everyone knows Baltimore wants to run the ball. Biadasz is the best interior OL prospect in this class and the prefect guy to help lead the way for the likes of Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram. He’s an experienced player that’s made 27 starts over his first two seasons.
26. Philadelphia Eagles: Paulson Adebo
Notes: The Eagles have a very deep and talented roster but where they are lacking is in the secondary. Adebo is a former a WR who’s made the transition to CB look easy. His history at WR shows in his ball skills.
27. Los Angeles Chargers: Travis Etienne
Notes: Regardless of how this season plays out I think it’s safe to say that Melvin Gordon’s days in Los Angeles are numbered. Travis Etienne would be the perfect replacement. He can do it all out of the backfield and can score from anywhere on the field.
28. New Orleans Saints: Jacob Eason
Notes: The Saints need to find the heir apparent for all-time great Drew Brees and Jacob Eason has the high upside talent to be the guy. The Georgia transfer has the arm talent that will make Sean Payton fall in love.
Still a little raw having only played one full year it will take time before he truly reaches his potential.
29. Los Angeles Rams: Walker Little
Notes: Pro Bowl LT Andrew Whitworth can’t play forever so the Rams need to prepare for the future. Walker Little just suffered a season ending injury that hurts his stock a little but he still has what it takes to be a quality LT in this league for years to come if his medicals check out clean.
30. Dallas Cowboys: Xavier McKinney
Notes: S Jeff Heath is a serviceable player but a guy like Xavier McKinney can take what’s an already great defense 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.
31. Kansas City Chiefs: K'Lavon Chaisson
Notes: Chaisson has a great first step, and would be the type of impact rusher the Chiefs need to give them superstars on both sides of the ball.
Good luck AFC West.
32. New England Patriots: Creed Humphrey
Notes: What does the team that already has it all really need? Depth. With the uncertain future of injured C David Andrews going forward the team needs a capable replacement that can provide versatility.
The Pats get that in Humphrey who’s a really solid starting Center prospect in this draft.