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smalldy bigla
4/20 Mock draft (Round 1, 2 in progress)
Published at 4/23/2020 6:53:31 PM

Trying to be more realistic on this one. Watched tape myself but also used draft network, walt, pff, and my own judgement. Might use this for the competition.

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Round 1

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

Easy choice, Burrow is like Pat Mahomes combined with Daniel Jones.

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

Another easy choice, Young is an athletic freak. We all want the Redskins to pick Tua, but it's not going to happen.

3. Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa, Quarterback, Alabama

TRADE. The Dolphins cleared Tua medically, so they have no reason not just to draft him, but to move up to get him, as they don’t want to give the Chargers an opportunity to jump them.

4. Giants: Tristan Wirfs, Offensive Tackle, Iowa

Wills is more NFL ready, but Wirfs showed more potential via the combine, and the Giants may be willing to wait. Wirfs had an insane 40 time, he has a great combo of power and speed, he just needs to learn to not use those skills to make up for mistakes, he needs to play smarter in the nfl. But he is already good enough to start and has very high potential, he could anchor this Giants offensive line for years to come.

5. Lions: Derrick Brown, Defensive Tackle, Auburn

Via MIA: Detroit can feel better about picking a dt since they traded back. Brown is very talented to be fair, he’s obviously super powerful but he can pass rush too, if you watch his tape you’ll see he’s surprisingly nifty.

6. Chargers: Justin Herbert, Quarterback, Oregon

LA claims that Tyrod Taylor is not a stopgap. Call me crazy, but I smell bullshit. MAYBE they will tank for Trevor and just pick Andrew Thomas for now, but this seriously feels like a smokescreen. I could be wrong though, it's a tricky spot for a franchise that needs to set the tone for it's rebuild. Herbert has incredible potential but needs to become a better decision-maker fast.

7. Panthers: Jeff Okudah, Cornerback, Ohio State

Simmons would be perfect for restarting the Panthers defense, he is versatile and fast which Matt Rhule likes.

8. Falcons: C.J. Henderson, Cornerback, Florida

TRADE. Arizona is looking to move back, if Henderson is available by then, Atlanta will certainly pull the trigger. Henderson is fantastic in coverage, some say it’s the one thing he has over Okudah, and that’s a corner’s main prerogative.

9. Jaguars: Isaiah Simmons, Outside Linebacker, Clemson

The Jags need to replace Telvin Smith who may never play again. Simmons can do that and more, he can fill in at many spots for the Jags, he’s versatile as hell and the Jags don’t have much on defense anymore.

10. Browns: Andrew Thomas, Offensive Tackle, Georgia

The Browns apparently love Ezra Miller and Andrew Thomas. If they can't get a solid trade offer from say Philly, Thomas makes sense, he’s a powerful tackle who thrives in the run game, which would be great for Nick Chubb.

11. Jets: Jedrick Wills, Offensive Tackle, Alabama

The Jets need to protect Sam Darnold and open holes for Leveon Bell. Wills might be the most nfl ready OT in this draft class, he has awesome balance and wields both power and mobility. He also has great technique.

12. Raiders: CeeDee Lamb, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma

Word is the Raiders like Lamb. They could be smokescreening to get a different receiver like Henry Ruggs, but I’ll take the bait, Lamb has the best hands in this class, he’s also got good length and while he’s not as fast as Ruggs or Jeudy, he’s no slouch either. The Raiders offense needs another element in the offense, they were too bland last year, especially when the running game crapped out.

13. 49ers: Jerry Jeudy, Wide Receiver, Alabama

Like the Raiders, the 49ers offense can be bland when the running game slows down. Jeudy would make an excellent spark plug to the offense, he’s a big play threat, with excellent route-running and speed/acceleration.

14. Buccaneers: Mekhi Becton, Offensive Tackle, Louisville

I would think the Bucs are willing to look past Becton’s diluted drug test in exchange for a shot at the super bowl. Becton is maybe a bit raw, but he’s still the best option available now that free agency is pretty much done. Becton is both huge and fast, he’s a freak. I believe he could switch to RT no problem.

15. Broncos: Henry Ruggs, Wide Receiver, Alabama

Ruggs would open up the field for Drew Lock quite a bit. Combining the speedy option with the physical Courtland Sutton would be picture perfect. Ruggs is a bit raw, but he’s far ahead of a John Ross or Tavon Austin type, he’s a real football player.

16. Cardinals: Patrick Queen, Linebacker, LSU

Via ATL: Queen is very inexperienced, but he also just won a championship. Furthermore, he has virtually no weaknesses, he just needs some playing time. Arizona could use new linebackers, they cover safeties extremely poorly.

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