Reader Mock by Gxd333

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2020 NFL Draft Grades
Published at 4/27/2020 3:10:04 PM

NFL success is built on these priorities: QB, pass coverage, pass protection, playmakers and pass rush. RB's and DT's just don't have much value. You should never surrender major draft capital for anything other than a potential franchise QB.

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Round 1

1. Bengals: Joe Burrow, Quarterback, LSU

This was an easy pick and a perfect fit as Cincy needed a franchise QB and Burrow had the best college QB season ever. Everyone should have gotten this right in their mock draft. Grade = A+

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

Young will be a stud edge rusher similar to Nick Bosa last year but possibly better. Young was arguably the best player in this draft so he was the clear 2nd choice to a team that already has a QB. Grade = A+

3. Lions: Jeff Okudah, Cornerback, Ohio State

Jeff Okudah was built in a lab to play CB. He has great size, good speed, and 34 in arms! He dominated for a top flight program. He is also a perfect fit for Detroit as they run as much man coverage as anyone in the NFL which is what Okudah excels at. Personally I would have gone with Isaiah Simmons because I think is ability to impact pass coverage is higher than Okudah's but this is still a great pick. Grade = A

4. Giants: Andrew Thomas, Offensive Tackle, Georgia

I have been saying all along that Thomas was the best of the OT's to play at LT. Thomas played 3 years of OT in the SEC including 2 at LT. He had improvement in his PFF grade every year. Outstanding pick to protect your franchise QB. I personally would have picked Isaiah Simmons because of his impact on pass coverage which is more important than pass protection. Grade = A-

5. Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa, Quarterback, Alabama

Congrats to the Dolphins for staying pat and getting a franchise QB. Tua is a franchise caliber QB when healthy. The health is the big question mark as he has had 3 surgeries in the past 2 years. Other than injuries he has all the tools and showed what he is capable off by leading Alabama to multiple playoffs and a national championship. Grade = A+

6. Chargers: Justin Herbert, Quarterback, Oregon

I have not been a fan of Justin Herbert being a top 10 pick. I just don't think he has shown what it takes to carry a franchise. He could develop into that kind of a player. He has size, experience, and athleticism but not the ability to carry a team. However, the Chargers don't have a long term QB option on their roster so they need to get one. Grade = B

7. Panthers: Derrick Brown, Defensive Tackle, Auburn

If you have read my. mock drafts then you know how I feel about this pick. Defensive tackles do NOT have high enough value to be top 15 picks unless they are major impacts on the pass rush. Brown is a dominate run stopper but you can find those in the 3rd and 4th rounds. Brown has shown he is a decent pass rusher but not elite. Look at all the DT's taken in last year's first round, NONE of them had more than 3 sacks. The value just isn't there. Everyone is excited about this pick, but in a 5 years when Brown only has 15-20 sacks over a 5 year period it will not have been worth it. Once again, I would have taken Simmons because he will have a tremendous impact on pass coverage. Grade = D

8. Cardinals: Isaiah Simmons, Outside Linebacker, Clemson

What a steal. Simmons should have been the 3rd or 4th pick with the way he can impact pass coverage as a safety, slot CB hybrid. He has great size and speed to cover any TE, RB, and most WR's. The Cardinals benefited from other team's mistakes. Simmons will have a Derwin James type impact but better in my opinion. Grade = A+

9. Jaguars: C.J. Henderson, Cornerback, Florida

I had this pick in my latest mock draft. Henderson is a stud cover CB with great size and production from an SEC school. He as the #1 CB on some teams draft boards over Okudah. I don't think that because of overall production and Henderson's tackling issues. Regardless, this is a great pick because the Jags have traded away all of the top CB's and elite defenses have 3 good ones. Henderson should be a day one starter and potential lock down CB. Grade = A+

10. Browns: Jedrick Wills, Offensive Tackle, Alabama

As a Browns fan I am SUPER excited about our new front office, they had the best draft of any Brown's team in the last decade. Wills was arguably the best LT available as Wirfs was a RT and Becton had the drug issue. Since Cleveland has two quality CB's and a major hole at LT this was a huge need. Wills has great feet and was the blindside protector for Tua. He should be able to move over to the left side. Grade = A+

11. Jets: Mekhi Becton, Offensive Tackle, Louisville

The Jets needed pass protection and playmakers for their franchise QB. While pass protection is above playmakers you have to consider the caliber of the prospects. At this junction, I would have considered Jeudy and Lamb higher caliber prospects to Becton and picked one of them. Also, Becton had the drug issue at the combine as well as the fact that he is a long term project. I still think he is a massive human being with incredible strength and agility that SHOULD develop into a quality OT. Grade = B-

12. Raiders: Henry Ruggs, Wide Receiver, Alabama

The Raiders were definitely in need of playmakers so this is the right position. However, I never imagined a scenario where Ruggs would be selected before Juedy and Lamb. Ruggs does have elite athleticism and physical traits but Juedy and Lamb are both more polished, better route runners, and capable of being #1 WR's from day one. Ruggs seems more like a compliment WR with big play skills that needs some fine toning to his game. Grade = C

13. Buccaneers: Tristan Wirfs, Offensive Tackle, Iowa

The Bucs received #13 & #245 from the 49ers for picks #14 & #117. Overall trade value is fine as the Bucs MUST get a RT to protect their old QB. I can't believe Wirfs was still on the board. Wirfs is the best of the OT's still available and he as a RT. This is a perfect fit and a slam dunk that the Super bowl or bust in 2 years Bucs had to land. Grade = A+

14. 49ers: Javon Kinlaw, Defensive Tackle, South Carolina

I understand that the 49ers traded a stud DT for the #13 pick and that they value defensive line but that carried them to the Super Bowl but they couldn't win it because they didn't have enough playmakers. The fact that Juedy and Lamb are still on the board really deflates the grade. Kinlaw is a solid prospect and I had him above Brown on my big board because I think Kinlaw can impact pass rush more. However, the 49ers could have come away with a #1 WR with this pick. A DT could have been picked up in the later rounds and still had good value. Grade = F

15. Broncos: Jerry Jeudy, Wide Receiver, Alabama

What a steal. I can't imagine that the Broncos thought that Jeudy would ever fall into the laps at #15. Jeudy is the #1 WR in this class because of his solid size, speed, elite route running, and elite hands. Jeudy is a #1WR and the Broncos already have Courtney Sutton. Drew Lock should have jumped for joy and shouted at the top of his lungs after this pick. Grade = A+

16. Falcons: A.J. Terrell, Cornerback, Clemson

Pass coverage is vital to NFL success so I like the focus of trying to impact it. The issue is that Terrell was a fringe 1st round prospect for me. He really struggled with the NFL caliber WR's he faced in the college football playoffs. Their size really seemed to bother him. Terrell does have good height but is kinda light and needs to bulk up to cover NFL WR's. Grade = C


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