2020 NFL Mock Draft 7.0: College Football Playoff teams are well represented
2020 NFL Mock Draft 7.0
Week 14 of the NFL season has come and gone, meaning the regular season is almost at a close. Several teams have been eliminated from playoff contention and already begin planning on the 2020 NFL Draft and a major rebuild.
The 2020 NFL Draft is expected to be loaded across the board.
LSU, Ohio State, Clemson, and Oklahoma have been named the four teams in this year's College Football Playoff. All four schools are well represented in this year's draft.
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1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow
Notes: The Bengals have moved back to Andy Dalton at quarterback, but it's highly unlikely he'll be back in 2020. Cincinnati will pick a potential franchise QB and Ohio native Joe Burrow at No. 1 overall.
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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Detroit Lions: Jeffrey Okudah
School: Ohio State
Notes: The Lions season fell apart fast and because of it they’ll luck into the best CB in the draft. Okudah will be a shutdown corner at the next level due to his elite man coverage abilities to go along with good ball skills.
I’m interested to see how he does against future NFL WR’s Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross in the College Football playoffs semis vs Clemson.
6. 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. He still a little raw but if his natural skills are unlocked he’ll be a pro bowler.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Isaiah Simmons
Notes: The Jaguars go best player available here in the versatile Clemson defender.
Telvin Smith took 2019 off so there’s no way to know if he’ll be the same player after a year off so it makes sense to take Simmons here.
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. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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 10th 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.
11. 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.
12. Denver Broncos: Tristan Wirfs
Notes: Current LT Garrett Bolles has been a bust since being a first-rounder a few years back and with the way rookie QB Drew Lock has been playing since returning from injury they 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.
13. Carolina Panthers: Grant Delpit
Notes: Grant Delpit’s strong SEC Championship game performance showed a national stage the type of player he can be at the next level in what has been a somewhat down year.
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.
14. Dallas Cowboys: Kristian Fulton
Notes: I expect the Cowboys to lose stellar CB Byron Jones in free agency just because there’s just not enough money to go around to pay all their big-time players.
The preseason All-American is a baller that excels in press-man to man coverage and would be a welcome addition to the Dallas defense that has had a share of struggles this year.
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. 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.
17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Terrell Lewis
Notes: Another Alabama product comes off the board here at 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 Shaquil Barrett or be his replacement if he leaves in free agency.
18. Cleveland Browns: Alex Leatherwood
Notes: The Browns need an O-Line help in the worst way so they go with a good versatile one in Alex Leatherwood.
Leatherwood can play every position except C but really had a nice breakout year at LT in 2019. He can be a building block on a line that really needs one.
19. Oakland Raiders (via Chicago): Dylan Moses
Notes: With multiple first-round picks for the second straight year, the Raiders have the luxury to take a chance.
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.
20. Tennessee Titans: Javon Kinlaw
School: South Carolina
Notes: Javon Kinlaw can be an absolute force on the interior whenever he feels like it.
It would be a welcome sight for a D-Line that goes up against like Deshaun Watson and Leonard Fournette twice a year.
21. Jacksonville Jaguars (via LA Rams): Trevon Diggs
Notes: The Jaguars need a replacement for Jalen Ramsey and they get a guy with similar physical tools to the all-pro.
Diggs is going to have a great combine 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 jump.
22. 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.
23. Miami Dolphins (via Houston): Jonathan Taylor
Notes: The Dolphins get their new QB a new weapon in this Wisconsin great.
Taylor is a Heisman contender and the best RB in the country who could be Miami’s most talented rusher since Ricky Williams. My only concern is how many touches (945) he’s had in a three-year college career.
24. 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.
25. Minnesota Vikings: Paulson Adebo
Notes: Xavier Rhodes play has fallen off a cliff this year so the Vikings need to find an adequate replacement.
Paulson Adebo is a former a WR who’s made the transition to CB look easy. His history at WR shows in his ball skills.
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. New Orleans Saints: Raekwon Davis
Notes: The Saints bolster their inside rush with this Alabama giant.
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.
28. 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.
29. Seattle Seahawks: Xavier McKinney
Notes: Quandre Diggs has been a huge trade-deadline addition for the team but I think Seattle can’t pass up a versatile secondary weapon like Xavier Mckinney here at 29.
McKinney can cover the slot and hold his own against the run, he’s the prototypical Safety prospect for today’s NFL.
30. 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 late in the first round.
31. San Francisco 49ers: Justin Jefferson
Notes: San Francisco goes with a luxury pick here with the Tiger alum. 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.
32. Baltimore Ravens: Curtis Weaver
School: Boise State
Notes: The Ravens get some nice pass rush help here with the last pick in the first round. 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 become a top 20 pick so he’d be an awesome selection here at 32.