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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 7/31): 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.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama 2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 7/31): Nick Bosa, DE
The Buccaneers will likely give Jameis Winston one more chance after this year if he fails again. If he has two disappointing seasons in a row, however, it'll be time to find a new franchise 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 7/31): 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.
New England Patriots: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama 2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 7/31): Drew Lock, QB
Tom Brady turns 41 this August, which means he'll be 42 during the 2019 season. The Patriots could be drafting in the top five soon, so they could obtain a stud receiver for their next quarterback (Drew Lock, per my 2019 NFL Mock Draft.)
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.
The Texans will need to add some protection for Deshaun Watson so he doesn't suffer the same fate as Russell Wilson.
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.
Washington Redskins: Jaelen Phillips, DE/OLB, UCLA 2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 7/31): Marquise Brown, WR
The Redskins could stand to add another edge rusher to play across from Ryan Kerrigan.
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 7/31): Montez Sweat, 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.
Minnesota Vikings: Trey Smith, G/OT, Tennessee 2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 7/31): Greg Little, OT
The Vikings are selecting an offensive tackle in my 2019 NFL Mock Draft, yet they could still stand to add another tremendous blocker.
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.
Oakland Raiders: Jeffrey Simmons, DT, Mississippi State 2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 7/31): Rodney Anderson, RB
The Raiders need to bolster their interior defensive line, and someone like Jeffrey Simmons would provide a monstrous upgrade.
Simmons is an extremely disruptive interior force, but was found guilty of simple assault charges.
Green Bay Packers: Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville 2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 7/31): Terrell Lewis, DE and Connor McGovern, G
Bryan Bulaga will be a 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 7/31): Clelin Ferrell, 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.
Indianapolis Colts: Chase Lucas, CB, Arizona State 2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 7/31): Rashan Gary, 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.
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.
Buffalo Bills: T.J. Carter, CB, Memphis 2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 7/31): Ed Oliver, DT
The Bills will need to replace Kyle Williams when he retires and Star Lotulelei once they realize how much they've overpaid for him.
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 7/31): Derrick Brown, DT
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 7/31): Jalen Jelks, 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.