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2020 NFL Mock Draft by Omaha714 - 3.23
Published at 3/23/2020 2:18:54 PM

Updated 3/23

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Round 1

Picks 1-16
1. Bengals: Joe Burrow, Quarterback, LSU

This one appears to be set in stone. Burrow is a good athlete, shows exceptional touch, and showed an ability to get through his reads quickly during his Heisman winning senior campaign. Zac Taylor will embrace having the opportunity to form his offense around "his" guy.

2. Redskins: Chase Young, Defensive End, Ohio State

Young is the top prospect on the board. A great athlete, Young set the single season record for sacks at Ohio State, which is no small feat. The tandem of Young and Montez Sweat gives Ron Rivera and Jack Del Rio a formidable duo to build their defense around. While Tua Tagovailoa is certainly an option, I think the Ron Rivera/Jack Del Rio duo will look to add a premier defensive talent and allow Dwayne Haskins to continue to develop.

3. Lions: Jeff Okudah, Cornerback, Ohio State

There are a few ways Detroit could go here, but Okudah represents an elite talent at a position of need, which also happens to be a premium position. The Detroit secondary hasn't seen much talent over the years, but a combination of Darius Slay, Okudah and Justin Coleman will give Matt Patricia a solid group to work with going forward.

4. Giants: Jedrick Wills, Offensive Tackle, Alabama

Daniel Jones showed some promise in his rookie year. His biggest issue was probably his tendency to fumble whenever he was hit. The easiest way to help that? Make sure he doesn't get hit. Wills is a premium athlete and can easily slide over to the left side once Nate Solder hangs up his cleats.

5. Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa, Quarterback, Alabama

The Dolphins are under pressure to get their franchise signal caller. Tua may have some injury concerns, but he is also arguably the most talented passer in this class. He shows tremendous touch, anticipation and good footwork in the pocket.

6. Chargers: Justin Herbert, Quarterback, Oregon

It's no secret that the Chargers are in need of a QB, with long-time field general Philip Rivers now in Indianapolis. Herbert has arguably the best physical tools of any QB in the class, with prototypical size, a huge arm and above average athleticism. He also struggled with inconsistency, but the Chargers have the weapons on offense to help make his transition a smooth one.

7. Panthers: Derrick Brown, Defensive Tackle, Auburn

Best player available at a position of need. Brown is a talented player who can play all 3 downs, even if he doesn't have a ton of juice as a pass rusher.

8. Cardinals: Isaiah Simmons, Outside Linebacker, Clemson

The Cardinals resigning D.J. Humphries makes it less likely that they look to target an OT here. A WR made a lot of sense here prior to the Cardinals' stunning trade for DeAndre Hopkins. Simmons is an incredible swiss army knife, able to play SAM, WILL, SS and Nickelback. The Cardinals have shown that they love versatile, athletic defenders in the past with the likes of Deone Bucannon, Haason Reddick, etc. Simmons is more versatile and can immediately help a defense that struggled mightily to cover Tight Ends in 2019.

9. Jaguars: Javon Kinlaw, Defensive Tackle, South Carolina

The Jags would undoubtedly hate to see Simmons come off the board one pick ahead of their slot. But with Simmons gone, they have to look to find the best player available at one of their positions of need. Kinlaw is an elite talent and would fill a need with Marcell Dareus expected to be cut as Jacksonville looks to get younger.

10. Browns: Tristan Wirfs, Offensive Tackle, Iowa

The Browns have a huge hole at LT. They've publicly stated that they are looking for athleticism when it comes to finding talent along the offensive line. Wirfs is as athletic as they come up front, and seems like a sure bet to be one of the top 2 tackles off the board come draft time.

11. Jets: Jerry Jeudy, Wide Receiver, Alabama

The Jets have bigger needs, particularly at OT and EDGE. But Jeudy is an elite talent and, with the potential departure of Robby Anderson in free agency, the Jets could use a playmaker for young signal caller Sam Darnold. Jeudy is a dynamic athlete who struggled a bit with drops his junior season, but he has shown enough over his college career to suggest that he will be just fine.

12. Raiders: CeeDee Lamb, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma

The Raiders' ill-fated trade for Antonio Brown showed their desire to find a true #1 WR. Lamb is a great fit here and gives the Raiders another star playmaker to add to their arsenal for their first year in Las Vegas.

13. 49ers: Henry Ruggs, Wide Receiver, Alabama

The 49ers could go a couple different ways here. But Ruggs is absolutely electric and would provide the offense with some needed punch. Ruggs gives Kyle Shanahan a true #1 WR to go along with last year's revelation, Deebo Samuel.

14. Buccaneers: Mekhi Becton, Offensive Tackle, Louisville

Becton is enormous, yet showed surprising athleticism and somehow only has 17% body fat at over 360 pounds. While he may be a bit more raw than someone like Andrew Thomas, Becton's upside is too tempting here. The Bucs add valuable protection up front for Tom Brady.

15. Broncos: Andrew Thomas, Offensive Tackle, Georgia

Most expect the Broncos to look at adding a dynamic WR early in the draft. However, with the top 3 WR's off the board, I would expect them to look elsewhere, especially given the depth of this WR class. Wirfs being here at 15 would be surprising, and Denver would be wise to jump at the chance to draft an elite OT talent.

16. Falcons: Prospect not selected

With Vic Beasley set to hit free agency, the Falcons are once again in need of a pass rusher. Chaisson didn't put up huge stats in college, but he is another guy with unique traits that make him too tempting to pass on for teams in need of pass rush help.

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