Last update: Thursday, May 10, 2018. Next update: Occasionally. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.
The order of this 2020 NFL Mock Draft is completely random, save for playoff seeding in the 21-32 range. First-round picks from the 2018 NFL Mock Draft and the 2019 NFL Mock Draft have been factored into the picks.
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New Orleans Saints: Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia 2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 5/9): None
Yes, we're doing a 2020 NFL Mock Draft already. Why? Well, I love the draft, and this is fun for me. Plus, after the national championship, I was eager to slot the two quarterbacks into a mock draft.
The Saints don't have a 2019 first-round pick because of the Marcus Davenport trade, so they'll have to wait to find their successor for Drew Brees in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Jake Fromm was tremendous as a rookie for SEC champion Georgia. He has a great skill set and is the very early favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, though a lot could obviously change in the next two years.
New England Patriots: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama 2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 5/9): Noah Fant, TE
Tom Brady turns 41 this August, which means he'll be 42 during the 2019 season. Will he eventually slow down at 42? If so, the Patriots could finally collapse, forcing them into selecting a new quarterback.
The hero of the national championship against Georgia, Tua Tagovailoa has a big arm and scrambling ability, and will undoubtedly draw comparisons to Russell Wilson.
Denver Broncos: Jacob Eason, QB, Georgia 2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 5/9): Devin White, LB
Case Keenum is not the long-term answer for Denver at quarterback. It may take until 2020, but John Elway will eventually find his guy.
Jacob Eason exploded on the season for Georgia, throwing 16 touchdowns compared to eight interceptions as a freshman in the SEC. Eason still needs to work on his accuracy, but he's young enough to make vast improvements in the near future. Eason is rumored to be heading to Washington, where he'll have a chance to emerge as a top-five pick for the 2020 NFL Draft.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama 2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 5/9): David Edwards, OT
The Buccaneers will soon realize that DeSean Jackson does more harm than good. They'll have to find another star receiver to play across from Mike Evans.
Jerry Jeudy is a height-weight-speed freak in the mold of a Julio Jones. He's the next great Alabama receiver, and if he performs up to his skill set, he'll have a great chance to be a top-10 pick.
Minnesota Vikings: Walker Little, OT, Stanford 2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 5/9): Connor McGovern, G
The Vikings are not selecting an offensive tackle in my 2019 NFL Mock Draft. That might mean that this pick could happen.
Walker Little was the 25th-overall player in his recruiting class. An athletic tackle who should be proficient in both pass protection and run blocking, Little could be a top-five pick in the future.
The Texans have a pair of dynamic edge rushers, but Whitney Mercilus will be an impending free agent during the spring of 2020. He'll need to be replaced if he's too expensive to re-sign.
Jaelean Phillips flashed as a freshman for UCLA, but was hurt too often. He has great potential and could emerge as a top-15 prospect.
San Francisco 49ers: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama 2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 5/9): Joe Jackson, DE
The 49ers have found a long-time member of their backfield in Jimmy Garoppolo. Why not pair him with a dynamic talent?
Damien Harris made a mistake returning to school because of Najee Harris. The latter Harris was one of the top recruits in the country in 2017, and he showed off his talents as a freshman. He'll have a larger workload this upcoming season.
Indianapolis Colts: Chase Lucas, CB, Arizona State 2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 5/9): Dexter Lawrence, DT
The Colts selected a guard sixth overall this spring and are targeting a running back in my 2019 NFL Mock Draft. They can finally get back to upgrading their poor defense in 2020.
Chase Lucas is a former running back, but you wouldn't know it by how he performed as a freshman. He was tremendous, and he projects as a future top-10 pick; he has both good size (6-0, 180) and great athleticism.
Green Bay Packers: Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville 2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 5/9): Ahmmon Richards, WR and Josh Allen, LB
Bryan Bulaga will be another key free agent during the 2020 offseason. He'll be 31 by then, so the Packers may decide to let him go and get younger at the position.
At 6-7, 340, Mekhi Becton is a massive human being. Despite his size, however, Becton is athletic and flexible.
New York Jets: J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State 2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 5/9): Nick Bosa, DE
The Jets have a bunch of mediocre running backs on their roster. Perhaps they'll pursue a true lead back sometime in the near future.
J.K. Dobbins entered 2017 as a backup, but overtook Mike Weber and had a terrific freshman campaign, showing off his great, explosive running ability.
Washington Redskins: Trey Smith, G, Tennessee 2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 5/9): Collin Johnson, WR
The Redskins have a very good offensive line when everyone is healthy. One of the two exceptions is at left guard, which has to be addressed soon.
Despite being a freshman, Trey Smith was arguably Tennessee's best player in 2017. He was considered a top prospect coming out of high school.
A.J. Bouye will be owed $13 million per year for the foreseeable future, so the Jaguars may eventually deem him to be too expensive once they have to re-sign other players to contracts.
CJ Henderson has good height (6-1), but needs to bulk up. He had four interceptions as a freshman. He has some great potential as a former four-star recruit.
Oakland Raiders: T.J. Carter, CB, Memphis 2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 5/9): Rodney Anderson, RB
The Raiders were rumored to be interested in Denzel Ward, but he never got anywhere near their pick. Oakland's search for a No. 1 cornerback will continue until, perhaps, this moment.
T.J. Carter, a former four-star recruit, is a tough and mature cornerback who thrived as a freshman for Memphis.
Seattle Seahawks: A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa 2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 5/9): Jonah Williams, OT
The Seahawks will need to replace Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, both of whom departed this offseason.
A.J. Epenesa was a five-star recruit who showed some major promise as a freshman, registering 4.5 sacks.
Los Angeles Rams: Curtis Weaver, DE/OLB, Boise State 2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 5/9): Marlon Davidson, DE
As mentioned earlier, I take my 2019 mock into account when making these picks. I have the Rams selecting an edge rusher in my 2019 NFL Mock Draft, yet they could go after another player at the position, given their dire need for outside linebackers.
Curtis Weaver had a ridiculous 11 sacks as a freshman. He'll have to be an edge player in a 3-4 defense.
Dallas Cowboys: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss 2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 5/9): Christian Wilkins, DT
The Cowboys will have to find a new No. 1 receiver to replace Dez Bryant. I imagine their fans will be hoping they do so prior to the 2020 NFL Draft.
D.K. Metcalf is an athletic freak. A 6-4, 220-pound receiver, Metcalf has accomplished an 11-1 broad jump and a 37.5-inch vertical. He showed some flashes at Ole Miss, but the program is a mess.