2020 NFL Free Agent Draft: Picks 17-32

Posted Monday, March 16, 2020.

I’ve done this the past nine years, and I thought it would be fun to do it again. It’s exactly what it sounds like – if free agency occurred in a draft format, who would be the top picks? I’ve excluded all the free agents who are either restricted or franchised.

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2020 NFL Free Agent Draft: Picks 1-16


  1. Dallas Cowboys: Dante Fowler, DE/OLB, Rams. Age: 26.
    The Cowboys have a major problem in their secondary, but the best players available are right tackles and edge rushers. Dallas could use the latter to help their defensive backfield.

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  2. Pittsburgh Steelers: Bud Dupree, DE/OLB, Steelers. Age: 27.
    The Dolphins have this pick in real life, but I’m giving it back to the Steelers in my free agency mock draft. This is like the Broncos-Chris Harris situation, as Pittsburgh is likely to Bud Dupree in real life, but can keep him in this free agency mock draft.



  3. Chicago Bears: Jack Conklin, OT, Titans. Age: 26.
    I’ve been asked why the Bears suffered a decline in 2019. A major problem was their offensive line. Kyle Long suffered an injury, and the two tackles declined quickly. Here’s some needed help at right tackle.





  4. Los Angeles Rams: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Packers. Age: 31.
    The Rams also saw their offensive line regress. It sounds like Rob Havenstein won’t be on the Rams next year, so the team will be searching for a replacement at right tackle.



  5. Philadelphia Eagles: Kyle Van Noy, OLB, Patriots. Age: 29.
    The Eagles are desperate for help at receiver, but linebacker is a major weakness as well. Kyle Van Noy did everything for the Patriots, so I’m sure the Eagles will love their versatility.





  6. Buffalo Bills: Jason Peters, OT, Eagles. Age: 38.
    Jason Peters comes back home! Peters played in Buffalo in his first five NFL seasons, and he could do so again. The Bills need an upgrade at tackle, and Peters could help the team get over the hump and advance deep into the playoffs.



  7. New England Patriots: Austin Hooper, TE, Falcons. Age: 25.
    Rob Gronkowski’s retirement hurt the Patriots, as his absence and Julian Edelman’s injury last year caused the Patriots to suffer an epic collapse late in the year. Austin Hooper would aid Brady, assuming he returns to New England (which didn’t happen in this free agency mock.)





  8. New Orleans Saints: A.J. Green, WR, Bengals. Age: 32.
    The Saints tried to find an upgrade across from Michael Thomas by signing Dez Bryant during the 2018 campaign. They’re still working for one, but that won’t be a problem if they secure someone like A.J. Green. It’s not clear if Green is healthy – which is why he’s so low in this free agency mock – but there’s no doubting his upside.



  9. Minnesota Vikings: Javon Hargrave, NT, Steelers. Age: 27.
    The horrible Kirk Cousins contract forced the Vikings into cutting Linval Joseph despite defensive tackle already being a need. They’ll need to add two talented interior defensive linemen this offseason.





  10. Houston Texans: Melvin Gordon, RB, Chargers. Age: 27.
    Offensive line is obviously a huge need, but Melvin Gordon might be too good to pass up. The Texans can’t go into 2020 with Lamar Miller and/or Carlos Hyde as their primary running backs.



  11. Seattle Seahawks: Leonard Williams, DE/DT, Giants. Age: 26.
    The Seahawks must add to their defensive line, so I’m sure they’d be interested in Leonard Williams. Arik Armstead would also make lots of sense, with being able to poach him from San Francisco being a bonus.



  12. Baltimore Ravens: Emmanuel Sanders, WR, 49ers. Age: 33.
    Emmanuel Sanders’ speed would be a nice match with Lamar Jackson. The Ravens obviously need help at receiver, so they could be interested in Sanders in free agency.



  13. Tennessee Titans: Kenyan Drake, RB, Cardinals. Age: 26.
    The Titans lost Derrick Henry in this free agency mock, which is a big problem because they’re such a run-heavy team. Luckily, they can obtain another former Alabama back to replace Henry.



  14. Green Bay Packers: Michael Pierce, NT, Ravens. Age: 27.
    Anyone who remembers what happened in the NFC Championship understands why the Packers would make this move. San Francisco trampled Green Bay at an embarrassing rate, so the Packers must improve against the run.



  15. San Francisco 49ers: Arik Armstead, DE/DT, 49ers. Age: 26.
    The 49ers will lose Arik Armstead in real life, but they’ll be able to retain him in this fake free agency mock draft. Keeping their elite defensive line intact would be huge for their chances of reaching the Super Bowl again.



  16. Kansas City Chiefs: Joe Schobert, LB, Browns. Age: 26.
    The Chiefs have needed a talented linebacker ever since Derrick Johnson declined. Signing Joe Schobert would offer a major upgrade at the position.





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