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2020 NFL Mock Draft by RTORRES27 - 7.0 - Final
Published at 4/21/2020 10:49:40 PM

It is time, after 3 months of hype the Draft week has arrived. This mock has the purpose of predicting correctly as many picks as possible. It is a very tough job, last year I think I got only 5 correctly. Hope you enjoy.

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Round 1

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

I will not waste anyone time, Burrow is going to Cincinnati. Burrow exploded on the National Playoffs as a talented pocket passer and broke several records to realistically lock the "best QB of the class" title. The Heisman winner should continue to improve if Zac Taylor manages to adapt the scheme to his strengths.

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

EDGE is not a big need for Washington, the problem is that I do not see any team giving away their future to move to the second overall pick, even Miami. Miami knows that they are the only team that could realistically trade with Washington, so the smart decision would be to trade with Detroit and waste less resources.
By picking Chase Young, Washington would copy the 49ers successful roster building plan, forming a quality young defensive line with Payne, Allen, Sweat and Young. With that DL, the development of Haskins and a solid free agency, Washington should perform much better next season.

3. Lions: Jeff Okudah, Cornerback, Ohio State

Lions hold the valuable 3rd overall and could make a franchise altering trade with a team that wants a future franchise QB. Detroit is far from playoff contention and trading their first round pick makes sense. It was reported during the Combine that Dolphins also like Justin Herbert so a trade with the Lions seems more unlikely for now.
Detroit needs to add talent to their constant average defense. Okudah is one of the best CB coming out of College on recent memory. He has the excellent coverage skills, length, and footwork to turn into a shutdown corner. Darius Slay has been traded and this pick seems inevitable.

4. Giants: Isaiah Simmons, Outside Linebacker, Clemson

Simmons moved up on most boards after an impressive Combine, where he confirmed his rare combination of size, athleticism and skills. There are not more impactful players on this class as Simmons. He is a complete and versatile player that can cover a big part of the field and make plays to stop the run. Simmons would be a game changer on Giants defense, that is why they could select him over a OT. Other point to consider is that the LB class depth is much worse than the OT class, so they can get a capable blocker later. A relevant information to break a tie between OT and Simmons is that Gettleman is known for drafting OL on mid rounds instead of using premier picks on them.

5. Dolphins: Justin Herbert, Quarterback, Oregon

Tua Tagovailoa has been the pick on this mock since it is early version on January, but I do not have any confidence that he will be picked by the Dolphins, he could even have a massive drop. The Corona Virus crisis has hurted Tua’s stock a lot and his medicals seems to uncertain for a team use a top 10 pick on him.
If rumors that Miami also likes Herbert are true, I could see them picking him over Tua. Herbert was a big winner of the Combine, where he showed his talent as a passer and impressed scouts that questioned his lack of leadership. He seem safe as a high first rounder and could even surpass Tua as the QB2 of the class on many boards.

6. Chargers: Tua Tagovailoa, Quarterback, Alabama

As I have said at the previous pick, Tua’s health concerns could cause a big drop and his Draft Day projection seems uncertain. The big point for the Chargers is that I do not imagine that they consider Jordan Love worth a 6th overall pick, if they want to pass on Tua, they would select a premier OT. Their defense is exceptionally good and I think that they could have 7-8 wins with Tyrod Taylor and that would not put them on a position to pick Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields in 2021.
They would have to trade up to get a QB in 2021, so the Chargers should not waste the opportunity of drafting a potential franchise QB this year. Tua would be allowed to fully recover from his injury as Tyrod Taylor could be a game manager for a few games on a transition year.
As a freshman, Tua won the National Championship and since then he has been elite. Anticipation, accuracy, mobility and intangibles. The left handed man is the real deal and as a fan, I hope that his hip injury does not end a promising career

7. Panthers: Derrick Brown, Defensive Tackle, Auburn

Carolina would love to trade down in order to boost their rebuild. If they keep this pick they would draft the best player available.
Brown chose to spend another season at college and showed how dominant he is. Interior DL players that can get to the QB are a valuable asset and Brown would be a Week 1 starter for Panthers, he is a dominant DT that would be a solid player improve the DL. I do not think that Brown is a top 5 prospect on this class as many analysts say, but he is still the best defender available. He lacks pass rush polish to be a Cameron Heyward/Chris Jones impact player on Year 1.

8. Cardinals: Jedrick Wills, Offensive Tackle, Alabama

What a job by Cardinals staff, getting Hopkins while trading the heavy contract of David Johnson and keeping this pick. What a steal, who needs CeeDee Lamb or Jerry Jeudy when you can get a stud on DeAndre Hopkins on a cap friendly long term contract.
Kyler Murray has struggled when he faced heavy pressure and the front office should have the priority of improving the blocking for the OFF Rookie of the Year. Former first round pick D.J Humphries will return to the organization , so the only need to replace starting RT Marcus Gilbert that is better suited to be a backup. Wills would not only instantly replace Gilbert but would be a huge improvement. Wills has the potential to become a stud, with excellent size, intelligence and pass protection ability. Wills stands out of the top 4 OT as a plug and play player and a safe pick for the promising Cardinals.

9. Jaguars: Tristan Wirfs, Offensive Tackle, Iowa

I could see the Jaguars picking CB/DT/EDGE/WR/OT with this pick, WR, OT and CB have good depth later and Kinlaw/Chaisson are lower on my board than the top OTs. Jaguars picking an OT is not as common as it should be, OT should be considered a top need. Gardner Minshew is a limited QB that needs a good supporting cast , they could boost the OL by moving Cam Robinson to guard to fit Wirfs on the lineup. Leonard Fournette’s game would be also improved as he is a talented RB that can benefit from improved blocking.
Wirfs is a 3.5 years starter at RT for Iowa that is developed enough to be a Day 1 starter. His ceiling is extremely high as he has the physical tools to dominate and is very smart. Wirfs had a legendary performance at the Combine that could have been enough to push him into the top 10 of the 2020 Draft.

10. Browns: Andrew Thomas, Offensive Tackle, Georgia

Cleveland already managed to get a significant upgrade with Jack Conklin, but they could upgrade the group even more by getting a talented LT. Thomas has all the tools to turn into a franchise LT as an experienced SEC starter. It is not every Draft that you have the chance of drafting a talented OT, but I would understand if Cleveland prefers to trade down.

11. Jets: Mekhi Becton, Offensive Tackle, Louisville

This pick is decided more on insiders reports than on my person opinion. Jets are expected to pick an OT to help Darnold, but on my opinion the best pick to help Darnold would be CeeDee Lamb, the best player available and best receiver of a special WR class. K’Lavon Chaisson should also be in consideration as Jordan Jenkins is currently their top EDGE.
Jets need upgrades on 4 their starting OL, so premier OL free agents and 2020 Draft prospects should be all considered by the franchise. They did some depth acquisitions on Free Agency and they still lack true talent.
Becton’s athleticism impressed on the Combine, he is a huge blocker that has been praised by important scouting experts, Daniel Jeremiah and others have mocked him as high as the 4th overall pick. The top OT of the class is far from a consensus.

12. Raiders: CeeDee Lamb, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma

“Fall into your lap”, the phrase used by Deivis Chiodini from (very good read if you understand Portuguese) describes perfectly this match. Las Vegas needs an alpha receiver to complete their offense and they get a really good one by just waiting.

Tyrell Williams and Hunter Renfrow are reliable, but a true top target would boost the offense. Solid WR starters could be obtained later, but Las Vegas has 2 first round picks that gives Gruden and Mayock the freedom to get their preferred receiver early and fill other needs later. Lamb projects as a WR1 on the NFL and would be a home run pick for Las Vegas. Lamb has quality hands and will produce a lot of yards after carry, showing an incredibly good skill set to make impact on Day 1.

13. 49ers: Jerry Jeudy, Wide Receiver, Alabama

49ers traded on of their star defensive players in order to balance the positional depth of the roster. They need a true WR1 to boost their offense. Jeudy has elite route running and ability to make big plays and on most classes he would be easily the best WR.

14. Buccaneers: Javon Kinlaw, Defensive Tackle, South Carolina

Tampa Bay have suddenly a much better roster and they actually could finally be NFC South contenders. The DL needs some youth and Kinlaw could be a difference maker.
Kinlaw shined at the Senior Bowl and established his status as a top 16 pick. Kinlaw is very disruptive and would be an impact player in Tampa Bay, they already have Jason Pierre Paul and Shaq Barrett to get the attention from opponents and open spaces for Kinlaw. Ndamukong Suh has only a 1 year contract and Tampa Bay could anticipate a future need.

15. Broncos: Henry Ruggs, Wide Receiver, Alabama

Denver should be focusing on the top 4 OT and top 3 WR of the class, if any of them is available it is unlikely that Denver will pass on them. Ruggs III would be an intriguing addition with his elite speed and good enough ball skills to become an explosive receiver on the NFL, he would be an incredibly good fit for Denver to complement Sutton.

16. Falcons: K'Lavon Chaisson, Defensive End, LSU

The Falcons pass rush has been non-existent on most games and improving on that department is a priority for this offseason. It is also important to notice that after Chaisson, there is a massive drop on quality of the EDGE class.
Chaisson is a high ceiling EDGE rusher that already is good enough to improve the run defense and ability to pressure the QB of the underwhelming Falcons DL. With him and avoiding major injuries, Falcons defense would be good enough for a playoff run. With the addition of Dante Fowler Jr, they could make a different pick, but I will still keep Chaisson, it is a position of need and best player available. I think that C.J Henderson has been overhyped by the media, there is no way that someone should rank him above Jeff Okudah. Okudah is on a different level. On my board, Chaisson is ranked above Henderson and would be the best pick.

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