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2020 NFL Mock Draft Pre-Free Agency *Mock Trades*
Published at 3/14/2020 5:04:44 AM

The Chiefs have won the Super Bowl and take their place at the end of the first round. I used The Draft Network, WalterFootball, and Drafttek to get a better feel for the draft. Mock trades are hard to really consider and feedback very welcomed.

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Round 1

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

I don't see them trading out of this sport or truly considering any other option than maybe Tua, but even then that's very unlikely. I am locked in on Burrow to the Bengals unless some crazy story comes out that says otherwise and is legit.

2. Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa, Quarterback, Alabama

TRADE: If a team is completely set on a player and have no intentions of trading out, they wouldn't be making as much noise as the Redskins are. I think the Dolphins are also trying to cover up their desire to have Tua and this whole commotion in the top 5 will end up with the Redskisn being sensible and trading down while the Dolphins ensure they get their franchise QB with Tua Tagovailoa.

3. Lions: Chase Young, Defensive End, Ohio State

The Lions are ecstatic to land easily the No. 1 prospect in the draft at 3 who can come in and work with Trey Flowers to create a pass rush threat that Detroit did not have last season. Young chasing after Aaron Rodgers could be quite the spectacle.

4. Giants: Tristan Wirfs, Offensive Tackle, Iowa

The Giants could go Okudah here and be very happy with that, but I see them wanting to address their OL here. Remmers is leaving this free agency and Solder hasn't been great, so they'll need an upgrade at tackle. Wirfs fits the mold that Gettleman will want on his OL and he could easily improve Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones's games.

5. Redskins: Jeff Okudah, Cornerback, Ohio State

TRADE: The Redskins don't get Chase Young, but they land his teammate Jeff Okudah. The Redskins had Quinton Dunbar, the 2nd highest rated CB last season by PFF metrics, but their pass defense was still awful. Dunbar could also leave the Redskins after requesting a trade, so the Redskins' need for CBs is obvious.

6. Chargers: Justin Herbert, Quarterback, Oregon

There's a report saying the Chargers could stick with Taylor as their starter for 2020, so if that's the case, the Chargers will likely draft someone like Justin Herbert in the draft and sit him his first year. The Chargers could pursue someone like Teddy Bridgewater in free agency, but I see them wanting to mold the future of their franchise.

7. Jets: Jedrick Wills, Offensive Tackle, Alabama

TRADE: It's obvious how much the Jets want to take a tackle in the first round and I don't see them waiting around for whoever's left of the top group. The Jets have enough draft capital to move up with the Panthers, who I think will be looking to move down, and pick someone who will be able to give Darnold room to throw.

8. Cardinals: CeeDee Lamb, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma

I personally believe Jeudy is a better prospect than CeeDee Lamb, but I think that the Cardinals will value the synergy Lamb and Murray already have over Jeudy being a better prospect by just a bit. Reuniting CeeDee Lamb with Kyler Murray could be dangerous for the NFL.

9. Jaguars: Isaiah Simmons, Outside Linebacker, Clemson

After being such a great team not too long ago, the Jaguars fell apart and their once great defense is now one of the worst. Telvin Smith is no longer playing with the Jags and his absence was obvious last season. Isaiah Simmons can play LB, S, or CB when the Jaguars need him to and all of those positions aren't the best for the Jags.

10. Browns: Andrew Thomas, Offensive Tackle, Georgia

Like the Jets, it's obvious a tackle will be a huge target in the first unless both sides are covered in free agency. EIther Becton or Thomas would be a great pick here, but I see Thomas overall being more ready in year 1 than Becton so I have the Browns selecting Andrew Thomas to start at either tackle position.

11. Panthers: Derrick Brown, Defensive Tackle, Auburn

TRADE: I do agree with lowering Derrick Brown from being a top-5 lock, but this is still a steal with the potential that you can see in his tape. If Derrick Brown had an elite 3-cone time, he would 100% be a top-5 lock as his pass rush ability will look a lot better. Even so, his run-stuffing is amazing and pass rush can be powerful.

12. Raiders: Jerry Jeudy, Wide Receiver, Alabama

Tyrell Williams can be a solid WR2, but I think that the Raiders will be looking for a WR1 in the draft to make a solid corps of Jerry Jeudy, Tyrell Williams, and Hunter Renfrow. If Derek Carr can't have an elite offense with these guys, Josh Jacobs, and Darren Waller, he's definitely not the QB of the future.

13. Redskins: Mekhi Becton, Offensive Tackle, Louisville

TRADE: Trent Williams is probably gone by trade this offseason, so I could see the Redskins trading back up after trading down to grab Mekhi Becton to be the future of their offensive line. Getting Jeff Okudah and Mekhi Becton in the first while also having more picks possibly from a Dunbar and Williams trade could give the Redskins plenty of opportunities to improve with youth.

14. Eagles: Henry Ruggs, Wide Receiver, Alabama

TRADE: There have been rumors that the Eagles really want to trade up to grab one of the top 3 receivers and with the Bucs just missing out on Becton, I could 100% see both parties willing to swap with each other. Ruggs could bring explosive life to a receiving group that had little to no life last season.

15. Broncos: Javon Kinlaw, Defensive Tackle, South Carolina

Just like with how Becton escapes the Buccaneers, Ruggs just escapes the Broncos. Shelby Harris and Derek Wolfe will probably leave in free agency, so grabbing a potential amazing DT like Javon Kinlaw in the first round could easily return like to the defensive line. Von Miller, Bradley Chubb, and Javon Kinlaw will be one of the best pass-rushing forces in the league.

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

Vic Beasley is gone this free agency, so the Falcons will definitely be in the market for a new pass rusher to lead their defense. Chaisson has been linked to the Falcons a lot especially after his formal meeting with them at the combine. Chaisson not only has the ability to run after the QB, but he also can play some good pass coverage.

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