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2020 NFL Mock Draft by kkunert327 - Combine
Published at 3/4/2020 10:55:40 PM

The Combine just ended and some of the dust as settled as players who are starting to stand out from the others. Of course, Pro Days and free agency will also help us figure things out. So without further adieu, here we go!

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Round 1

1. Bengals: Joe Burrow, Quarterback, LSU

This pick is pretty much a lock at this point if you ask me. Burrow being a son of Ohio and with all the hype surrounding him will be going back home to Cincinnati. There is no way in my opinion they would pass on him and what could be the blow back among the fanbase if they do. God forbid he goes elsewhere and lights it up, that would only make it worst. I am not the biggest fan of Burrow as I see him as a one year wonder after having a mediocre season prior to this past year. Not only that, but to me he had the benefit of having the best talent in the country around him from the best o-line, two dominant outside weapons, and a fantastic running back to go along with a solid defense. I would not be shocked if he does continue to play well since his poise, accuracy, and touch on his passes are really strong traits. His arm is not the best and in the NFL his athleticism will be exposed as being a touch above Baker Mayfield's most likely. Overall, no matter how good he is, I doubt the Bengals will be willing to spend the money to put a good team around him to actually succeed.

Last Week's Pick: Joe Burrow QB LSU


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

The Redskins are "entertaining" the idea of drafting Tua Tagovailoa here, but to me that's just to get someone to trade up with them. Makes sense since their defense was solid last year and adding Chase Young will have no real impact on the win column. What would is more picks to help surround Haskins with more talent. They only have 1 pick in the first two rounds in a rather solid draft class. If they can get a bounty for this pick and only maybe fall to the 5th pick with the Dolphins, they should still be able to pick a defensive stud. Of course, Young will probably be selected by the Giants, but in my opinion he would be a better fit in New York anyways. Young is a fantastic prospect with great size, quickness, and athleticism. However, I still see him as a lesser talent than either Bosa brothers who are more technical and bendy around the edge. Young's thinner frame and lower body worries me at the next level where stronger blockers will be able to push him around possibly. Overall, I am not as sure he is a lock stud at the next level as others are.

Last Week's Pick: Chase Young DE Ohio St


3. Lions: Tua Tagovailoa, Quarterback, Alabama

The Lions could be one of the turning point spots on draft night with what they do here. Of course, the Redskins could if they take Tua or move down, but I doubt they will. I sort of doubt the Lions will do anything interesting either since that would be out of their nature as a middle of the road franchise. However, if they do decide to make some fireworks taking Tua and having him sit for a season behind Stafford would be a good idea. Tua to me is the second coming of Kurt Warner and Russell Wilson with his mobility, vision downfield, and excellent touch on his throws often throwing open his receivers. I know people will say he had talent at Alabama, but prior to his arrival no other quarterback elevated the offense this much. If the Lions can find a true winning quarterback like Tua, they may finally be able to push for some relevance in a competitive NFC North.

Last Week's Pick: Justin Herbert QB Oregon


4. Giants: Isaiah Simmons, Outside Linebacker, Clemson

The Giants are also most likely not going to trade down since the franchise has only done so once in the past twenty years and GM Dave Gettleman has never done so. Instead, they will most likely stand pat, hoping Chase Young slides to them or they will move on to take either Okudah or Simmons here. I think after the Combine, Simmons has firmly placed himself as a top 5 prospect. He is a dynamic all around talent with the ability to move around all over the defense. His jack of all trades could be lost or overwhelmed with responsibilities on a lackluster Giants defense, but I think his maturity and leadership qualities will abate that issue. It will be interesting to see how a creative defensive coordinator can get with a talent like Simmons who can be a boost to the safety spot, linebacking unit, or even at slot corner. Essentially he should be used to take out a teams top weapon at either tight end or running back in the middle of the field.

Last Week's Pick: Jeff Okudah CB Ohio St


5. Dolphins: Jeff Okudah, Cornerback, Ohio State

I think the Dolphins if they miss out on who should be their top target at quarterback in Tua Tagovailoa then they should not panic and reach on a lesser option just to fill the role. If they do then they will be stuck with a mediocre quarterback for possibly the next five seasons. Instead, they should just take the best player available to them here to boost the roster and wait for next season. Either Josh Rosen or Ryan Fitzpatrick should be fine for a team not competing for a playoff spot even if they had Tua next season. Any option of Okudah, Simmons, Andrew Thomas, or Tristan Wirfs makes sense here. The Dolphins mentioned having regrets trading away Minkah Fitzpatrick as they should after the season he put up. Okudah can help erase those emotions with how talented he is. To me he is the best prospect in the draft with his ability to be plugged in and be a lock down corner from Day 1.

Last Week's Pick: Tua Tagovailoa QB Alabama


6. Chargers: Jordan Love, Quarterback, Utah State

The Chargers unlike most teams may be the most desperate to find a quarterback this off season if they fail to land a veteran. I do think they could be a favorable landing spot for the likes of Jameis Winston or Teddy Bridgewater, but they could be outbid by others. Even if they do land either of them a rookie option to groom could be a better move long term. Love has gained a ton of steam after looking great against air at the Combine. He has a "live arm" that scouts and GMs love. I would give him the edge over Herbert as he seems less stiff and not as polished giving him more upside to develop into a talented passer. With the Chargers solid roster around him, this could be an ideal landing spot for him to grow into a talented future franchise signal caller.

Last Week's Pick: Isaiah Simmons LB/S Clemson


7. Panthers: Jerry Jeudy, Wide Receiver, Alabama

I think the top receivers in this class really helped themselves to stand out in a very loaded draft class. With Matt Rhule having a long term deal I think they should just stick with Cam for one more season to see what they have and if he fizzles out moving up in next year's class for either Lawrence or Fields is a better move than taking Herbert here. In the meantime, they can take Jeudy to be a dominant outside weapon for their future quarterback. I know many love Lamb right now, but he put up numbers in a cupcake defense conference in the Big 12, while Jeudy looked amazing in a loaded SEC conference. Jeudy ran well at the Combine and displayed terrific route quickness in Indy. With only D.J. Moore as a viable intermediate speed option adding a bigger outside weapon like Jeudy could open the offense up further.

Last Week's Pick: Derrick Brown DT Auburn


8. Cardinals: CeeDee Lamb, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma

I think this pick is almost a lock if Lamb falls to them here. The Cardinals seem to be convinced they need to find a new receiver despite taking guys like Christian Kirk, Andy Isabella, and Hakeem Butler the past few seasons at valuable 2nd and 3rd round picks. I also think Larry Fitzgerald has a few more seasons in him as he seems to be back full of life with Kyler Murray under center. I would rather them take a defensive end or corner here instead. However, Lamb like Jeudy looked fantastic at the Combine and seems to be a lock to be a top 10 pick. I prefer Jeudy over Lamb with the type of competition he faced in the SEC over the Big 12, but a ton of analysts and scouts love Lamb. His experience with Murray should have him being a preferred target of the Cardinals in April.

Last Week's Pick: Jerry Jeudy WR Alabama


9. Jaguars: Derrick Brown, Defensive Tackle, Auburn

The Jags could use a booster shot on their once talented defensive line. Last year they lost Malik Jackson and now they should be letting an aging Marcell Dareus go this off season. Meanwhile, Taven Bryan their former first rounder has not really emerged into anything special or even consistent to rely on. Brown did not really flash in any of the workouts at the Combine, but he looked extremely smooth and quick in the drills on the field. He should remain a lock to be a top 10 talent with his potential to be an Aaron Donald type talent at the next level. Staving off competition like Javon Kinlaw or Ross Blacklock with his great tape and high floor as a top notch talent.

Last Week's Pick: Javon Kinlaw DT South Carolina


10. Browns: Tristan Wirfs, Offensive Tackle, Iowa

In what is a very loaded offensive tackle class it's looking like Wirfs has stepped out as possibly the top option this draft class after a terrific Combine. Not only did he kill it in the workouts, but he also looked smooth and fantastic in the on field workouts. He also benefits coming out of Iowa where Kirk Ferentz has set up an offensive line factory for the NFL to take from each year. Wirfs does have some question marks as he seemed to give up on plays and not bring his A game every snap. For the Browns they have to take advantage of this draft and land a tackle or two to help out what was an extremely weak offensive line in front of Baker Mayfield. Of course, they could trade for Trent Williams, but I think a cheaper, younger, and healthier option from the draft would be a wiser move.

Last Week's Pick: Jedrick Wills OT Alabama


11. Jets: Mekhi Becton, Offensive Tackle, Louisville

The Jets take the other extreme upside talent at offensive tackle to help support their young third year quarterback Sam Darnold. Unlike Mayfield who I think is more of a trailer type quarterback who needs talent around him to succeed, I see Darnold as the truck who can carry a team if he has time to throw. Becton has the upside to be an perennial All-Pro left tackle with his impressive size, quickness, and athleticism. However, among the top five names of tackles he is also the most raw in terms of technique and experience. The upside alone is enough for the Jets to take chance here in Joe Douglas' first draft.

Last Week's Pick: Andrew Thomas OT Georgia


12. Raiders: C.J. Henderson, Cornerback, Florida

The Raiders could reach for a receiver here, but with the two definitive top options off the board they can wait to land one of the second tier options with their second first round pick. Instead, they should take the 2nd best corner in a class that is rather shallow at a vital position on defense. The Raiders have a crowded room at corner, but it's filled with aging vets and lackluster prospects like Daryl Worley, Nevin Lawson, Trayvon Mullen, and Isaiah Johnson. None of those names are as talented as Henderson who is an ideal shut down corner to have on your defense. His ball skills are fantastic and has many seeing a Marcus Peters type prospect here minus the off field baggage. After a terrific Combine showing he has locked himself into being a top 15 pick.

Last Week's Pick: CeeDee Lamb WR Oklahoma


13. Colts: Justin Herbert, Quarterback, Oregon

The Colts are the favorites to land Phillip Rivers, but I doubt he is a long term option here. I also think they should take a look at a guy like Teddy Bridgewater who can really thrive in a warm weather division of the AFC South. If they do land Rivers having a guy like Herbert to develop behind him would be a wise move. Herbert is a talented passer, athlete, and possesses the size. He has the upside of Josh Allen with similar talent, but he needs to play more like Allen who plays loose and really good off schedule. Maybe a year behind Rivers could really help his growth moving forward.

Last Week's Pick: Henry Ruggs III WR Alabama


14. Buccaneers: Andrew Thomas, Offensive Tackle, Georgia

The Bucs to me will be the dark horse team that could maybe pry away Tom Brady from the Patriots. They often went after many Patriot cast offs and many of which failed so I can understand the fawning for Brady. It's not a bad landing spot either with their better than advertised defense, solid offensive weapons, and great coach in Bruce Arians. Regardless if they land Brady or not a new tackle is needed with Doctson heading to free agency and Donovan Smith looks to be aging rapidly. Thomas to me is the best tackle in the class, but I can see teams going after potential may have him slipping a bit. He is as plug and play ready as you can get here with his ability to play at a very high level. His high floor, and improving pass protection should see him be a talented blocker at the next level. Possibly even being better than either Wirfs or Becton who are hotter commodities at the moment.

Last Week's Pick: Jordan Love QB Utah St


15. Broncos: Jedrick Wills Jr., Offensive Tackle, Alabama

Garrett Bolles was once seen as a great pick by John Elway in the first round a few seasons ago. However, in just a short time he has proven to be a walking turnstile that likes to hold onto opponents as well. Having him protect a young Drew Lock could be a terrible idea in Lock's all important second season where he is expected to take a big step forward. Wills is a talented and maybe the best pass blocking tackle in the class. However, he does come with a bit of mystery with only playing right tackle in college and lacking overall experience. His Combine showing was very favorable where he looked as smooth as expected on the field. He along with Thomas, Becton, and Wirfs should bring a new youth movement in the NFL at the tackle spot.

Last Week's Pick: Mekhi Becton OT Louisville


16. Falcons: Jonathan Taylor, Running Back, Wisconsin

The Falcons are probably going to take and whiff on another defensive end here. However, if they want to land an actual difference maker first round they should go offense just like they did when they found Calvin Ridley. Devonta Freeman will most likely be let go after two injury riddled seasons in a row after signing his massive contract has been a huge let down thus far. Matt Ryan always looks best when he has a strong run game to lean on and Taylor could be that guy to electrify this offense. Taylor stood head and shoulders above the rest of the class in my opinion all season long, but finally was able to do it head to head at the Combine. He has the talent, speed, vision, and strength to be a dominant runner. His hands have been improving and his maturity is through the roof. I will not be shocked if he turns into one of the best players from this class.

Last Week's Pick: Yetur Gross-Matos DE Penn St





 








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