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2020 NFL 3 Round Mock Draft (Trades) by hayden_pryor - 4.9
Published at 4/9/2020 11:27:07 PM
This is before ANY franchise tagged player (or Trent Williams) has been traded. I'm a Pats fan so I hope we trade for Solomon Thomas in a late round pick swap. I only traded in the first round due to the unpredictability of mid-round picks being swapped.
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Not much to write up here. Burrow seems to be a slam-dunk pick at #1 overall since the title game.
TRADE! Chargers send #6 overall this season, their #37 and #71 overall picks this season, and a 2nd round pick in 2021 to the Redskins.
The Chargers will be even more irrelevant if they go into the 2020 season with Tyrod Taylor at QB, so this trade screams overpay. Rivers was so bad downfield that it didn’t make sense for them to keep him on the roster this season and let a rookie develop behind him because he can’t run the offense. He would’ve been a bargain anyways if he came back at $25M or less. The Redskins are probably the ones putting out the Lions drafting a QB rumors to entice an antsy team into trading up to #2. Herbert has a cannon and can play right away, while Tua may need time to rehab his hip and doesn’t have elite arm strength.
The rumors about the Redskins and Lions possibly drafting another QB benefit both teams, as the Redskins get value for the #2 overall pick and the Lions get arguably the best pass rushing talent in recent memory at #3 overall.
This is a pick that I think Gettleman should seriously consider using to get a franchise tackle to build their offense around (because of how much they’ve invested in skill players), but with Joe Judge taking over as coach I think that he’ll do what Belichick would do: get the most versatile player in the draft. Simmons could literally play any position on the field, and having him fall past this slot would be disrespectful. Devin White went 5th last year, and Simmons is even better than he was coming out of school.
While I still think they would be better off taking the best OL or defensive player available, Tua has the potential to be a franchise-altering selection if he develops into the player that the NFL media believes he will be. I’m personally looking at Tua the way I looked at Haskins last year: great player, but had a ton of help. Tua was throwing to 3 first rounders every week, with an elite offensive line and running game, PLUS he had arguably the best college coach ever calling the shots.
While the Redskins would have loved seeing Simmons fall to them after trading back, they instead get a franchise tackle to replace Trent Williams with. Wirfs might not be as big as Becton, he’s still an athletic freak in his own right and was a stud for Kirk Ferentz at Iowa. The Redskins can still add even more picks, due to them assuredly trading Trent Williams at some point during the draft.
TRADE! Raiders send #12 overall this season, plus #81 and #91 in the third round of this year for Carolina’s #7 overall pick.
The Raiders addressed their defense early in free agency this year, signing both Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski to deals as well as Jeff Heath as a veteran depth option at safety. They already added two stud defensive ends last year during the draft, so now they address their biggest weak spot: cornerback. Jeff Okudah is an elite talent and showed he’s capable of shadowing a team’s #1 WR. In a division where you play the Chiefs twice a year, having at the minimum ONE single player capable of just slowing down Tyreek Hill is a huge advantage.
While the Cardinals could add an elite player like Derrick Brown to their defense, I’m going to assume that they’re learning from the mistake the Browns made last year. In an eerily-similar way, both teams added an undersized, Oklahoma Heisman-winner with the number one overall pick, and then traded for arguably the NFL’s best WR the next offseason. The Browns made the mistake of not protecting their QB, and here the Cardinals learn from that mistake by selecting Andrew Thomas. Thomas can play either tackle spot, and was arguably the best offensive lineman in the SEC.
While they lost both Ramsey and Bouye, the Jags could easily select a CJ Henderson here. However, after losing Calais Campbell and Ngakoue on his way out, they need to try to maintain their pass rush. Kinlaw gets the nod here over Derrick Brown for just that, as he’s a force to be reckoned with as an interior rusher, and will fit in nicely with Josh Allen and Taven Bryan.
Classic Browns pick, the most hit-or-miss player on the board is headed to Cleveland. Becton can either be a homerun pick and develop into a top left tackle, or be a Jamarcus Russell-esque bust if he gets out of shape once making it to the pros. Becton is huge at 6’8/380 and has all the tools to both protect Baker Mayfield and open up running lanes for their talented backs.
While everyone is expecting to see one of Alabama’s wide receivers go off the board first, here the Jets get a big-bodied #1 WR for Sam Darnold. The Jets are in dire need of another OL and DB as well, so don’t be surprised if a tackle or cornerback are taken here. Lamb is the type of tall WR that Adam Gase typically likes to build his passing game around.
The Panthers turn out to get lucky and despite trading back out of the top ten- they land Brown. He has the ability to make an instant impact on the interior of Carolina’s defense, and is a super-safe pick here for Matt Rhule. Brown isn’t as polished of a rusher as Kinlaw, but is still going to help knock Matt Ryan, Drew Brees and newcomer Tom Brady out of rhythm.
This pick is a toss-up. I obviously am a fan of CJ Henderson and the 49ers really need a cornerback. But, Henry Ruggs is still on the board. When the 49ers traded Buckner to the Colts, they must have had a plan in mind for this pick. They probably counted on a guy like Henderson still being around at the point in the draft. Ruggs could go anywhere from late 10’s to mid-20’s. After seeing how uncoverable a player with Tyreek Hill’s speed is firsthand in the Super Bowl, Kyle Shanahan goes with the “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” approach here. Having him design plays specifically to get the ball in Ruggs’ hands will make the WR an instant-impact rookie, much like Deebo Samuel was last season.
While drafting an OL to protect their new lead man is a smart idea, the Buccaneers opt for a different approach: keep Brady from having to throw for 500 yards a game just to stay in the game. Safety is a position that rookies can have a substantial impact early-on, and McKinney would slide in as a starter. Alabama routinely churns out solid pros at safety (Fitzpatrick, Collins, Clinton-Dix just to name a few recent ones) and McKinney has the tools to follow in their footsteps.
Jeudy is right there! Take him! Not so fast, this draft class is loaded with talented receivers. Instead, Vic Fangio looks to transform his defense into what he had in Chicago. Right now, he has the great rusher (Von Miller instead of Khalil Mack) but he doesn’t have the sideline-to-sideline tackling machine. Queen is physically a carbon copy of Roquan Smith from a height/weight/speed standpoint.
TRADE! The Raiders give up #19 overall, plus #121 in the fourth round this season and a fourth round pick in 2021 in exchange for Atlanta’s #16 overall selection.
While the Raiders came into this draft with a huge arsenal of picks, they’ve parlayed them into the consensus top CB and arguably the top WR prospect in this draft. Jeudy lasting this long is the perfect opportunity for the Raiders to give themselves a true do-it-all WR who is a bonafide #1. Tyrell Williams and Darren Waller are great jump-ball guys, Renfrow is a slot superstar, and Jeudy is a polished route runner from both the outside and inside and is lethal with the ball in his hands. Derek Carr officially has no excuses this year.