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2020 NFL Mock Draft by Mr. Matts Sports Blog - 4.23
Published at 4/23/2020 4:43:06 PM

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Round 1

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

NFL Comparison: Jim Kelly/Troy Aikman/David Carr
After having arguably the greatest season by a QB in college football history, Joe Burrow is set to be the clear #1 pick in the 2020 draft. The Bengals will hope the Ohio native can take them to the playoffs within 4 years.

He compares to Kelly in toughness and size. Like both Kelly and Aikman he does no one thing great (other than win) but does everything well. Aikman had similar size and the only knock on him was the lack of an elite arm. However, he could also end up like Carr, who like Burrow had one year of monster production in college. Carr was picked #1 overall by a bad team and struggled in his career.

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

NFL Comparison: John Abraham/Michael Strahan
Young is a generational he best pass rush prospect. He averaged 13.5 sacks and 17.75 tackles for loss the past two seasons. He has Hall of Fame potential and his floor is probably that of former All Pro John Abraham. Barring injury, this guy will be a star. He also ends up in an ideal place. New coach Ron Rivera is a defensive guru that can get the best out of Young.

3. Lions: Jeff Okudah, Cornerback, Ohio State

6-1/205/4.48/40 inch vert
NFL Comp: Champ Bailey/Stephon Gilmore

The Lions will try to trade down. If they stay Okudah is the smart choice. He is a true press man corner that can mirror a top end receivers. In a division where you face Davante Adams and Mike Evans twice a year, having a true #1 corner is a game changer. Matt Patricia can use him similar to how the Patriots use Gilmore.

4. Giants: Tristan Wirfs, Offensive Tackle, Iowa

NFL Comp: Tyron Smith/Brandon Scherff
The Giants invest in QB Daniel Jones and RB Saquon Barkley the past two draft. Now they need to protect them. New OC Jason Garrett wants great athletes for his blocking scheme. Wirfs is an incredible athlete that is in the Tyron Smith mold. Like Smith coming out of college in 2011, Wirfs has not played left tackle but possess the raw tools to make the transition.

5. Dolphins: Andrew Thomas, Offensive Tackle, Georgia

NFL Comp: Ronnie Stanley/Jake Matthews
The Dolphins could easily take a QB here but the smart move may be to take the two time All American tackle at #5 then trade back up to get a QB. They could possibly stay put at #18 and get Jordan Love. Thomas is probably the safest player in this class. He started as true Freshman for a team that made it to the title game. He is also a high character guy that coach Brian Flores covets.

6. Chargers: Tua Tagovailoa, Quarterback, Alabama

NFL Comp: Mark Brunell/Matt Leinart
Tua has all of the intangibles you look for in a QB. He is smart, has great poise, is an accurate passer and is a proven winner. He is also an undersized lefty with many injury questions. The Chargers have great players to surround him with so he could have similar success to what he had in college as long as he stays healthy. At #6 he is worth the risk.

7. Panthers: Isaiah Simmons, Outside Linebacker, Clemson

6-4/239/4.39/39 inch vert
NFL Comp: Brian Urlacher/Kam Chancellor/Jack Ham
Goodbye Luke Kuechly and welcome version Luke 2.0 Like the former All Pro, Simmons is a freak athlete that matches his athletic traits with physical play. Simmons is Mr. Versatility, as he played linebacker, safety and slot corner while he was at Clemson. Carolina needs a ton of help on defense.

8. Cardinals: Derrick Brown, Defensive Tackle, Auburn

NFL Comp: Akiem Hicks/Kevin Williams
The Cardinals could go offensive tackle here but lets not forget this team was DEAD LAST in total defense lat year. The should start up front by getting the space eating Brown. He has proven he can lineup anywhere on the line and have an impact. DC Vance Joseph can use him in many ways to disrupt the great offenses of the NFC West.

9. Jaguars: Jerry Jeudy, Wide Receiver, Alabama

NFL Comp: Chad Johnson/Marvin Harrrison
Jacksonville get the most polished route runner to come out of college in quite some time. Jeudy alongside big bodied DJ Chark and speedster Dede Westbrook would give Jacksonville a dynamic young WR core

10. Browns: Jedrick Wills, Offensive Tackle, Alabama

6-5/312/34.25 arms
NFL Comp: Anthony Castonzo/Evan Mathis
Jack Conklin was a great signing but they need a better bookend than Chris Hubbard, Baker was under a lot of pressure in 2019. Wills is a physical beast that would be an instant starter. The Kentucky native goes north one state to give the emerging Browns another key piece on the offense.

11. Jets: CeeDee Lamb, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma

NFL Comp: Greg Jennings/Torry Holt
The Jets will either give QB Sam Darnold more protection or a weapon. Lamb fits the mold as a true #1 WR. Lamb would instantly be the most talented WR on the roster. He can beat you deep and on intermediate routes. Darnold just needs to get line help in the 3rd round.

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

NFL Comp: Byron Jones/Quentin Jammer
With Jeudy and Lamb off the board the Raiders consider the small speed demon Henry Ruggs but ultimately go with Henderson. He is a long athletic press man corner that is only a notch below Okudah. Pairing Henderson with Trayvon Mullen give the Raiders a young corner duo to help contend with Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs

13. Dolphins: Justin Herbert, Quarterback, Oregon

NFL Comp: Blake Bortles/Brady Quinn
I only project one trade and only because it makes too much sense for both teams. The Dolphins want a young QB and the 49ers have no picks in rounds 2-4 so it make sense. Herbert is a reach in the top 10 but is worth the risk at 13. He has all of the physical tools and is known for his high IQ. However those tools have not always led to success on the field. If given time he can be successful but he must improve a lot.

14. Buccaneers: Josh Jones, Offensive Tackle, Houston

NFL Comp: Laremy Tunsil/Eugene Monroe
Tampa is in win now mode after signing Tom Brady and trading for Gronk. They cannot afford to take an injury risk with Mekhi Becton. His loss is Jones' gain. The other advantage Jones has over Becton is that he is older and more NFL ready. Tampa needs an plug and play OT to protect Mr. Brady

15. Broncos: Henry Ruggs, Wide Receiver, Alabama

NFL Comp: Mike Wallace/Santana Moss
Ruggs is fastest man in the draft. Drew Lock has a big arm and could use this speedster to help him in year two. Ruggs can be used in many ways and can be a matchup problem for AFC West defensive coordinators

16. Falcons: Mekhi Becton, Offensive Tackle, Louisville

NFL Comp: Leonard Davis/Cordy Glenn
Pretty easy decision for the Falcons to take the best player on the board an improve one of the worst offensive lines in the league. Becton is a mountain of a man that can play tackle or guard. The Falcons must protect Matt Ryan.

Picks 1-16


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