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2020 NFL Mock Draft by kkunert327 - Free Agency Frenzy
Published at 3/20/2020 11:42:42 AM
With most of the big names settled I feel like it's safe to make a mock without too much happening that can ruin it. So without further adieu here we go!
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Burrow is a lock here for many reasons, but more so with the Bengals always making the safe move. Trading down could be more beneficial, but trading away the chance to take Ohio's prodigal son might not play well to the fans. If he goes off to succeed elsewhere they would never hear the end of it. I do not doubt that Burrow has talent, but I do not liken him to Tom Brady like many want to. He is a mobile, accurate, poise, and a high IQ quarterback that seemed to always make the correct throw. However, he played with an All-Star team at LSU so I worry about moving to one of the worst rosters in the NFL how he will do. He is 23 and might have already reached his peak development wise. I really do not see him as a better prospect to even Kyler Murray, Baker Mayfield, or Sam Darnold in recent years. He most likely will not be making the Bengals playoff contenders any time soon.
Last Week's Pick: Joe Burrow QB LSU
The Redskins have fortified their front seven already with wise linebacker pick ups of Thomas Davis and Kevin Pierre-Louis. Further fortifying what to me is not a big issue on this roster with their front seven being pretty strong. If I were the Redskins I would move down to accrue more draft capital in a strong draft. However, owner Dan Snyder is easily swayed by taking the big name college guy and that is Chase Young in this draft. I do not doubt he is probably the best prospect in the class, but he is just not what the Redskins need to win in my opinion. I also have doubts on his ability to even come close to being as good as his former teammates Joey and Nick Bosa. All in all, I am not as sold on him as most and I really doubt he will have that huge of an impact to their win column.
Last Week's Pick: Chase Young DE Ohio St
The Lions I think will be hard pressed to pass up an opportunity to draft a talented quarterback like Tua Tagovailoa here. There is no corner, tackle, pass rusher, or linebacker that can really elevate this team over the hump to success than a quarterback like Tua could. Matthew Stafford will still be here for a season allowing Tua to benefit from sitting for a bit to get healthy, learn the playbook, and how to play in the NFL. He could really benefit from a year away from the game and spotlight. When he returns I would not be shocked if he has a Russell Wilson type like impact right away with his similar playing style. With him the Lions will finally garner some headlines and maybe become perennial playoff threats for once.
Last Week's Pick: Tua Tagovailoa QB Alabama
The Giants made some nice moves thus far bringing in Blake Martinez and James Bradberry to finally bring some talent to this defense. They could look to trade down here, but there really is not many teams in need of a quarterback now. Plus, Dave Gettleman and the Giants have never really been known to move around in the draft. Instead, continuing to improve the defense could be the way to go. Simmons with Martinez handling the run next to him will be able to be a nice chess piece for them to move around. The closest thing to Simmons I have seen talent wise has been Troy Polomalu who was able to move all over the field and dissect plays quickly. Simmons may not be as elite instinct wise yet, but he makes up for it with his size and speed. If he ever gets to that level instinct wise he could easily become the best defender in the league at some point.
Last Week's Pick: Isaiah Simmon LB Clemson
I feel like this could be a square peg in a round hole type of a move if the Dolphins take either Love or Herbert here. Neither are as good or nearly as good as Tagovailoa or even Burrow here. I do not even think Love will be better than Fitzpatrick or Rosen right out the gate. However, I understand how the franchise and fanbase are ready to win now with Brady out of the AFC East. Love does have a similar skill set to dare I say it Patrick Mahomes. He might not be as polished a thrower or have a big arm like Mahomes does. What he can do is play outside the box when the play breaks down, throw the deep ball, and move around in the pocket. He needs a ton of refinement and development. If he can sit behind Fitzmagic for a bit that could really help him out in the long run.
Last Week's Pick: Jordan Love QB Utah St
The Chargers seem to be sitting there at the end of the quarterback musical chairs without a seat to sit in. They could still make a move for a veteran like Andy Dalton, Cam Newton, or Jameis Winston. All come with some issues and warts, but this roster is still ready to win now. However, they also have to hit the market just right in a crowded LA market as they move to their new big stadium. Herbert is being overshadowed by the lesser known Jordan Love, but I would not be shocked if he goes on to have the better career. He has all the tools and talent to be a great quarterback. His biggest issue is playing tight and not working well when the play breaks down. If he can learn how to play a little more like Jordan Love he could really be a nice sleeper to land as the 4th quarterback off the board.
Last Week's Pick: Tristan Wirfs OT Iowa
The Panthers have a short term solution at the very least at the quarterback situation with Teddy Bridgewater, he could eventually become a long term one too if he proves he can play away from the Saints system. To help him out they could try to find him a talented receiver maybe not as good as Michael Thomas, but could come really really close with Lamb here. Lamb has jumped Jeudy as the top pick with his size, routes, speed, and vision in the open field. I have my doubts coming from a pillow fight conference like the Big 12, but the NFL is becoming more and more like the Big 12 so I would not doubt him becoming successful for the Panthers.
Last Week's Pick: Jeff Okudah CB Ohio St
The Cardinals made the biggest move this off season landing DeAndre Hopkins for a flat tire and some lug nuts. Now with that settled they can focus on the defensive side of the ball to combat the talented quarterbacks in their division to make their push to the playoffs. Brown to me could be the best player in the draft with his ability to make key pressure up the middle of the offensive line. He plays and resembles a ton of Aaron Donald. If Brown could even be half the player Donald has been that will really help this defense. It is also a nice pick up to give Chandler Jones some help and take some blocking attention away from him.
Last Week's Pick: CeeDee Lamb WR Oklahoma
They traded away their two talented corners Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye effectively blowing up their defense. To go along with it they moved off of Calais Campbell and could soon be moving off of the disgruntled Yannick Ngakoue. However, as they tank for Trevor Lawrence new young talent on defense will be needed. Okudah is a talented shut down corner who has had a shaky off season thus far with a bad Combine showing. However, his tape shows how talented he really is with his high IQ, footwork, technique, and ball skills. He could be a nice way to forget about Ramsey for Jags fans as they watch the team tank.
Last Week's Pick: Derrick Brown DT Auburn
The Browns landed Jack Conklin which helps solve their right tackle issues, which is key with Mayfield favoring to rolling out to his right. I do worry that Conklin is a bit of an outspoken player who might only stir the pot further in their locker room. If he can stay on the field and not be a headache this could be a great move. Now they can focus on just a left tackle like Wirfs to put the finishing touches on their biggest issue on the roster. Wirfs has taken the top tackle spot on his athleticism and potential. He is a very solid tackle, but never played up to his potential in college. Maybe better days are ahead for him.
Last Week's Pick: Andrew Thomas OT Georgia
The Jets have made some wise and not as splashy moves for once with Joe Douglas. Normally they would go big game hunting with their cap space, but bringing in Alex Lewis, George Fant, and Connor McGovern were all big needs this off season. They can continue to fortify the protection in front of Darnold with one more key pick up in a left tackle in this strong draft class. Thomas to me is still the best tackle who has a ton of talent, experience, and a high floor to start right away at a high level. He might not have the upside a guy like Wirfs, but he has less bust possibility and will still go on to be a great player.
Last Week's Pick: Mekhi Becton OT Louisville
Taking edge rushers with their first picks in back to back drafts is not a bad idea in my opinion. Clelin Ferrell was predictably a reach as fellow edge rusher Josh Allen went on to have a great rookie year with the Jags. Better days could be ahead for Ferrell, but erasing the memory of Khalil Mack is still needed. Maybe another high upside edge pass rusher like Chaisson could finally get them there. Many see Chaisson as possibly the best pure edge rusher after Chase Young with his speed, bend, and potential. He is still really young and raw where he can see many great days ahead for him. The Raiders could use a receiver here, but with such a deep class they can wait and take a player at a shallower position in the draft like edge rusher.
Last Week's Pick: Jerry Jeudy WR Alabama
Well, the 49ers just made a great move in my opinion. They had two tackles who were essentially the same in DeForrest Buckner and Arik Armstead who were up for new deals. They picked Armstead and got a steal for Buckner getting a first round pick back from the Colts. Now they have a great chance to land either Jeudy or Lamb here with this high pick. I love Jeudy and see him as an amazing talent with great speed, routes, and hands to be a great outside weapon. He could enter in right away and give this run first offense a threat on the outside that will force defenses to stop loading up the box on them. I think Jeudy is still the better receiver between he and Lamb having gone up against better competition in the SEC and thriving.
Last Week's Pick: N/A
Well, I was right for once and was one of the first to tell you on here that Brady would go the Bucs. The fit makes sense from the coach, offensive weapons, and improving defense. Now they just need to re-tune this offensive line at the tackle spots. This is a good class to fix that and they land an athletic specimen at the spot in Becton. He is a quick, big, and talented blocker who should see better days ahead for him as he develops. Maybe a start at right tackle replacing Demar Dotson could be a wise move to begin his career with the veteran Donovan Smith still manning the left tackle spot.
Last Week's Pick: Jedrick Wills OT Alabama
The Broncos need to replace Garrett Bolles in the worst way possible if they want Drew Lock to succeed in his key sophomore season. They have picked up Graham Glasgow to fix up the interior of the line, but more help is on the way here. Wills can easily replace Bolles as an accomplished, well coached, and a great pass blocker at the tackle spot. He has never played left tackle in his career, but many think he should be able to flip to left tackle just fine.
Last Week's Pick: Henry Ruggs III WR Alabama
The Falcons have moved off from Desmond Trufant after a few seasons of him underachieving. They similarly did the same with DeVonta Freeman at running back, which is why previously I had them take Jonathan Taylor here. However, running backs as you can see from free agency are totally devalued now. Instead, taking a corner that can help out their weak secondary now in a division with Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Teddy Bridgewater is desperately needed. Henderson is the clear cut 2nd best corner in the class and could arguably be the best after competing very well at the Combine.
Last Week's Pick: Jonathan Taylor RB Wisconsin