2020 NFL Mock Draft 6.0: Giants in the driver's seat for No. 2 pick
2020 NFL Mock Draft 6.0
Week 12 of the NFL season has come and gone, meaning the regular season is slowly winding down. It's clear which teams are fighting for the playoffs and which teams should already begin planning on the 2020 NFL Draft and a major rebuild.
The 2020 NFL Draft is expected to be loaded with pass rushers, wide receivers, and cornerbacks, so it's no surprise our latest Mock Draft update is full of all three positions.
But no rebuild can begin without a franchise quarterback. How does the hip injury to Tua Tagovailoa change the top of the draft board? Where doe Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert now fall?
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1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow
Notes: The Bengals are currently playing fourth-round rookie QB Ryan Finlay to see if he can be the starter going forward. So far, that looks like that won’t be the case, so they pick a potential franchise QB and Ohio native Joe Burrow.
Burrow has been an absolute revelation this year for the undefeated LSU Tigers. He already broke the LSU record for passing TD’s in the first seven games. He has all the intangibles and even moxie to able a successful NFL QB.
2. New York Giants: Chase Young
School: Ohio State
Notes: The Giants get the best player in the draft here at pick No. 2. They have been lacking a consistent pass rush for a while now and Young would solve that from day one.
He is an absolute monster off the edge indicative of his school-record 16.5 sacks in just nine games.
3. 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 topi5 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.
4. Washington Redskins: Jerry Jeudy
Notes: The Redskins have a star in WR Terry McLaurin but they need more if Dwayne Haskins is ever going to consistently succeed.
The Alabama All-American is a flat out stud who can separate from any corner. Jeudy’s route running is extremely advanced for his age and he can make defenders look silly after the catch with his array of ankle-breaking moves.
5. Denver Broncos: Jeffrey Okudah
School: Ohio State
Notes: The Broncos get their replacement for Chris Harris with this standout Ohio State corner.
Okudah will be a shutdown corner at the next level due to his elite man coverage abilities to go along with good ball skills.
6. Atlanta Falcons: 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 who would complement Pro Bowler Grady Jarrett perfectly.
7. Detroit Lions: Isaiah Simmons
Notes: Matt Patricia comes from New England where they love versatile defenders. I love what Simmons can do on the field.
He’s an undersized LB but perfect for what today’s NFL is. He has a nose for the ball and makes plays all over the field.
8. Arizona Cardinals: Andrew Thomas
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.
Thomas will be a plug and play starter for the next 5-10 years at LT.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars: Alex Leatherwood
Notes: OT Cam Robinson has struggled mightily this year so the team needs to find a long-term answer with this pick.
Drafting Leatherwood can go a long way in accomplishing that. His versatility will give the team a long-term answer at either tackle or guard.
10. New York Jets: CeeDee Lamb
Notes: Sam Darnold gets a true No. 1 WR with this Oklahoma product.
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, Lamb can really help take the Jets offense to a whole another level.
11. Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Herbert
Notes: Los Angeles finds its successor for Philip Rivers with this selection.
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.
12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Grant Delpit
Notes: 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.
13. Philadelphia Eagles: C.J. Henderson
Notes: The Eagles' secondary has been burnt consistently all year. They need to stack talent in the back end if they want to improve, and they get a good one in this Florida Gator with the 13th pick.
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 defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz wants to do.
14. Cleveland Browns: Tristan Wirfs
Notes: Cleveland needs a good LT in the worst way so why not turn to the O-Line factory known as the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Wirfs has good movement skills and the strength to hold up against a variety of rushers at the next level.
15. Oakland Raiders (via Chicago): Henry Ruggs III
Notes: 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.
16. Carolina Panthers: Xavier McKinney
Notes: Safety has been a problem spot for years in Carolina. Xavier McKinney can take what’s an already good 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.
17. Tennessee Titans: Terrell Lewis
Notes: Another Alabama product comes off the board here at No. 17. 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.
18. 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.
19. Oakland Raiders: Kenneth Murray
Notes: Oklahoma has a Murray drafted in the first round for the second consecutive 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.
The Raiders could use a talent like him to help improve a weak LB core.
20. Miami Dolphins (via Pittsburgh): Justin Jefferson
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.
21. Jacksonville (via Los Angeles Rams): 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.
22. Dallas Cowboys: Raekwon Davis
Notes: The Cowboys defense has taken a big step back this year so they try to prevent a bigger downslide 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 passer, evident by his 8.5 sack sophomore season.
23. Kansas City: Tyler Biadasz
Notes: Kansas City saw what happens to your generational QB when you don’t protect them, they won’t let that happen again.
Biadasz is the best interior OL prospect in this class and the perfect guy to help lead Mahomes’ offensive line for years to come. He’s an experienced player that’s made 27 starts over his first two seasons.
24. Miami Dolphins (via Houston): K’Lavon Chaisson
Notes: The Dolphins get a pass rusher with an impressive first step off the line with their third pick of the round.
Chaisson can be a double-digit sack type of player from year one for the rebuilding club.
25. Minnesota Vikings: Javon Kinlaw
School: South Carolina
Notes: Minnesota loves old school football. The old school football where you dominate by controlling the line of scrimmage.
Kinlaw will contribute to that as he’s one of the most talented and ferocious interior defensive players in this draft. Just ask the Georgia Bulldogs if you don’t believe me.
26. 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.
27. Green Bay Packers: Laviska Shenault
Notes: Davante Adams is a Pro Bowler but the Packers have been lacking weapons beyond him for Aaron Rodgers for a few years now.
Shenault can do it all and you can give him the rock in a variety of ways including out of the backfield. He’s having somewhat of a down year but is an absolute monster with the ball in his hands.
28. Baltimore Ravens: Dylan Moses
Notes: The Ravens have a long history of great inside backers and they try for the next one here with Dylan Moses.
Moses tore his ACL before the season but he should be good to go for Week 1 of 2020. He’s a dynamic talent with the range that could be a steal if he gets back to where he was pre-injury.
29. Seattle Seahawks: Trevon Diggs
Notes: The Seahawks have a good one in CB Shaquill Griffin but they need a quality CB on the other side if they want get back to the defense they once were a few years back.
Diggs has the best ball skills in the class. He’s an experienced four-year player that can start from the jump.
30. New Orleans Saints: Marvin Wilson
School: Florida State
Notes: Saints get a quality inside pass rusher with Marvin Wilson.
The former five-star recruit is super quick for a guy his size and is a beast against the run. Will also contribute as a pass rusher and be a nice fit on a defensive line lacking explosiveness.
31. San Francisco 49ers: Paulson Adebo
Notes: The 49ers defense has been amazing this year especially upfront but if there’s one spot they can improve on it’s 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.
32. New England Patriots: Yetur Gross-Matos
School: Penn State
Notes: The Patriots could use a talent like Gross-Matos to replace what they lost in Trey Flowers.
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.