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2020 Mock Draft - 4/1/2020
Published at 4/1/2020 4:08:59 PM
This is the first mock I've done in a while so feel free to offer criticism. Don't worry about the date this was posted or anything.
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The Bengals were the dumpster fire that nobody talked about until they earned the #1 overall pick. With the season they had last year, there's no way a natural winner like Joe Burrow would have any interest in playing for them. Unable to find a proper trade partner as the clock ticks down, the Bengals roll the dice and take Justin Herbert, a quarterback who fits the system built for the team's former-franchise QB Andy Dalton.
Despite the incessant pleas for Washington to select Chase Young, the Redskins absolutely need pass protection. With elite quarterbacks like Dwayne Haskins and Kyle Allen on the roster, the team will unquestionably have a pass-first-ask-questions-later offense. Dan Snyder ultimately takes the best offensive tackle available, and Wirfs should pair nicely with Brandon Scherff, as well as Trent Williams when he inevitably ends his holdout.
The Chargers find the face of their franchise through Cincinnati's gamble. After Burrow's agent contacts the Miami Dolphins to inform the organization that he also has no plans of playing for them, the window opens and the Chargers leapfrog three spots to take the best QB on the board. Maybe this move will double their fan base to a whopping 36 members.
If you were suspecting another massive reach from Dave Gettleman, you would be mistaken. Chase Young falls into the Giants' laps as the Redskins elect to rely on their offense, and Gettleman makes the obvious pick, presumably while being held at gunpoint.
The Dolphins earn the second player on their draft board without having to lift a finger. Ten minutes later, Tua will announce in a press conference that his hip pain "began to flare up again" immediately after receiving this news.
I'm not even gonna try to do a joke here, even after adding a solid cornerback in Trufant, the loss of Slay hurts a lot and the Lions need this badly.
The Panthers solved their offensive line woes by acquiring Russell Okung, and then gave Bridgewater a prime receiving target in Robby Anderson. The most glaring need left is that of defensive lineman, making Derrick Brown the obvious choice.
Until new head coach Matt Rhule charges the stage, tears up the envelope in Goodell's hands, and announces that the team will be selecting a generational talent in Isaiah Simmons.
My favorite OT in the draft, Mekhi Becton, has now fallen into the laps of the Cardinals, a team that desperately needs help on the offensive line. However, the issue with the Cardinals potentially bringing in a hulking behemoth like Becton is that their minuscule quarterback Kyler Murray would no longer be able to see past his offensive line. The team recognizes this and selects the more average-sized Jedrick Wills, who is still solid in his own right.
In the hopes of buying back Yannick Ngakoue's loyalty by not making him carry the entire Jacksonville defense, the Jaguars take the top DT in the draft who was once slated to go to Carolina. Yannick will flip off Doug Marrone via Tik Tok 30 minutes later.
With the Browns management showing a pattern of taking trendy players, they don't pass up their chance on taking the monstrous Becton. Just like Odell Beckham Jr. and Olivier Vernon, this is an acquisition that should pan out excellently for Cleveland right away.
Despite having elite receiving talents like Josh Doctson, the loss of Robby Anderson hits hard. Lamb and Jeudy are the current front-runners for WR1, but it's important for the Jets' receiving corps to embrace speed, and someone as fast as Ruggs should serve new starting QB David Fales very nicely.
Mike Mayock had the foresight to solve the Raiders' most glaring team needs with the signings of Eli Apple and Nelson Agholor, so it's pretty straightforward that Kinlaw fill the last gap in the entire roster.
After trading DeForest Buckner to the Colts, the Raiders' acquisition of Kinlaw gives the 49ers a literal coin flip between two of the best wide receivers in the draft.
Not even joking, I flipped a coin for this one. Jeudy was heads.
The Bucs are going to have the immobile Tom Brady for many years to come, so taking a developing OT like Thomas is the smart pick.
Man, it's getting a lot harder to come up with jokes. These picks are getting obvious past the top ten.
Anyways yeah Broncos are taking a wideout.
Despite Robert Kraft offering Art Blank pick 23, a 2021 3rd round pick, and a free night's stay at his favorite massage parlor, the Falcons hang on to their 1st to take C.J. Henderson, who should fill the gap left by Desmond Trufant nicely.