Now that the Calendar has rolled over to October, or Mocktober as we call it around here, it’s time to shift into gear and focus on the 2020 NFL Draft. It’s also time to release my first Mock Draft of the year. We’re still working on scouting reports and player profiles, but take a look below and check out the player that I have mocked to your favorite team.
1. Miami Dolphins – Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
Let’s go a bit unconventional here and give the Dolphins a playmaker on defense. Quarterback is the sexy choice here, but with two additional picks in the first round, Miami has opportunities to grab their Quarterback of the future later in this draft.
Chase Young would be a nice addition to a depleted Dolphins roster, and it the front office can play their cards right, Young would be a nice anchor for a rebuild.
2. Cincinnati Bengals – Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
The Bengals have a mess on their hands offensively. Andy Dalton has yet to prove that he’s a franchise player, and head coach Zac Taylor and the Bengals front office could look for their next signal caller. The Bengals could opt to let Dalton start the season in 2020 and spell him with a rookie QB as the season progresses.
I have serious concerns about Tagovailoa’s ability to pickup pressure and make multiple reads downfield, as he’d be asked to do in an NFL offense, but sitting behind Dalton for a bit should help him adjust accordingly.
3. Washington Redskins – Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
Washington looks poised to make a change at head coach, which could happen sooner rather than later, so I’ll go with a no-brainer and give them an anchor on the offensive line. Andrew Thomas might be one of the best offensive line prospects in the past few years, and would certainly go a long ways to shore up protection issues as Quarterback Dwayne Haskins takes the helm.
4. Denver Broncos – Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
This isn’t an immediate need for the Broncos, but Jeudy is a phenomenal receiver that just makes sense here. The Broncos would be smart to give Drew Lock, the Quarterback of the future for Denver, as many offensive weapons as possible.
5. New York Jets – A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
With Jerry Jeudy off the board, look for the Jets to shift focus to improving their defensive pass rush. Epenesa is a fantastic prospect with the tools to succeed at the next level. He may not be as talented as Chase Young, but this would be a solid get for New York.
6. Arizona Cardinals – Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
As the Cardinals look to rebuild around Kyler Murray, a franchise Offensive Tackle is a pressing need for them. Wirfs may not be able to protect Murray’s blindside in 2020, but there’s no doubt that he’ll be able to contribute at a high-level on the interior.
7. Miami Dolphins (Via Pittsburgh Steelers) – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
With the current order, the Dolphins are able to circle back around to address their glaring need at Quarterback. I don’t believe that there is a large gap from Tagovailoa to Herbert, but the Dolphins will have to mold their offensive scheme around him, which isn’t something I’m confident that they’ll be able to do in 2020.
8. Atlanta Falcons – Derrick Brown, IDL, Auburn
If the Falcons aren’t able to dig themselves out of a 1-3 hole, the franchise could be looking for a new Head Coach in 2020. Derrick Brown would be a nice piece as the Falcons look to rebuild their pass rush.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars – Grant Delpit, S, LSU
Delpit struggled mightily against the University of Texas earlier this season, but he’s still a top-ten prospect in this draft class. If the Jaguars do in fact move CB Jalen Ramsey, they could opt to fill that hole here, so Paulson Adebo or Jeffrey Okudah are options.
10. Indianapolis Colts – Julian Okwara, EDGE, Notre Dame
Put me on the list of those that don’t believe that the Indianapolis Colts have to look at Quarterback this offseason. Brissett is due for a hefty payday next season as his guaranteed money hits in 2020, but they can still show some patience here. I like Julian Okwara as an option for the Colts to shore up concerns with their pass rush.
11. Baltimore Ravens – Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford
The Ravens front office needs to address their secondary early the 2020 NFL Draft. Paulson Adebo is my top corner on my big board, so being able to grab him at eleven is a steal.
12. New York Giants – CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
Having traded Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns, the New York Giants will have to find a prolific receiver to replace him. CeeDee Lamb has been a standout player for the University of Oklahoma and should be able to fill Beckham’s shoes easily.
13. Oakland Raiders – Tyler Biadasz, IOL, Wisconsin
Jon Gruden and the Raiders ended up with a hell of a haul in the 2019 NFL Draft, finding several players that can contribute right away. This year, they’ll have to address needs that aren’t quite as sexy. Picking up Biadasz here will allow the Raiders to open up run lanes, as well as improve their pass blocking.
14. Philadelphia Eagles – D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
The Eagles have found success with a ‘Running Back by committee’ mentality, so it may be a bit contrarian to mock them D’Andre Swift. With that being said, Swift can fill multiple roles for the Eagles as a versatile offensive weapon.
15. Tennessee Titans – Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
With Marcus Mariota facing free agency next season, it appears unlikely that the Titans will bring him back. I’m really impressed with Jordan Love’s upside and potential, although he may not be able to start right away.
16. Carolina Panthers – Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
Eric Reid has been a solid player for the Panthers, but finding another playmaker to pair him with would be a solid plan for Carolina. With Cam Newton struggling, the Panthers could look to replace him, although I don’t believe that they’ll have to do so right away.
17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jabari Zuniga, EDGE, Florida
Much like the Panthers above, I think the Buccaneers can have some patience as they look to find their next franchise Quarterback. I like Zuniga’s ability to rush the passer and disrupt the pocket. Tampa Bay has quietly built a nice core on their defensive front, and by selecting Zuniga with this pick, that would just elevate their pass rushing ability.
18. Minnesota Vikings – Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
As one of the fastest players in all of college football, Henry Ruggs III is going to skyrocket up draft boards as we get through the NFL Combine and Pro Days, especially if he can set a new record with his 40-yard dash time. Ruggs III operates best between the numbers, mainly out of the slot. Giving Kirk Cousins a speedy slot receiver as a check down could go a long ways in improving their offensive output.
19. Detroit Lions – Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
The Lions have been lackluster on defense under Head Coach Matt Patricia. Look for Detroit to address their secondary and find long-term answers to their ongoing problems. Okudah has been phenomenal for the Buckeyes this season in the secondary, which is something that the Lions are missing.
20. Seattle Seahawks – Creed Humphrey, IOL, Oklahoma
Let’s address the Seahawks need on the interior of the offensive line with Creed Humphrey. Finding a player that can perform at a high-level in the interior will allow the Seahawks the ability to do so much more offensively, especially in terms of opening up their run game.
21. Cleveland Browns – Lucas Niang, OT, TCU
The Browns will have to improve their offensive line in this year’s NFL Draft. It’s better that they do it earlier rather than later, and certainly before the talent level drops drastically. Drafting a player like Niang will give the Browns some flexibility and versatility in terms of finding the right mix of offensive line starters.
22. Los Angeles Chargers – Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
I don’t expect Simmons to fall this far in the NFL Draft, but if he does, the Chargers should sprint to the podium to call his name. Simmons has a wide tackle range and does a solid job of stretching his body to make plays, which the Chargers could certainly use. I also think it should be noted that the Chargers could be a dark horse as a team to draft a Quarterback here in the first round, such as Jake Fromm or Jacob Eason.
23. Dallas Cowboys – Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue
The Cowboys have tried several times to find the eventual replacement for Jason Witten, but without much success. Hopkins is a fantastic Tight End that does very well in all facets of the position.
24. Green Bay Packers – Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado
By addressing their need at Wide Receiver, the Packers can open up their passing game quite a bit, especially with a prospect like Laviska Shenault. Shenault is a versatile receiver that fights for yards by any means possible.
25. Miami Dolphins (Via Houston Texans) – Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
With their third pick in the first round, the Dolphins can once again find a franchise Running Back. Etienne has proven to be explosive at Clemson, both in the backfield and out in space. Etienne can bring some playmaking ability to a Dolphins roster that is struggling to stay competitive in games.
26. Buffalo Bills – Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State
The Bills seem to finally be headed in the right direction, but in order to stay competitive in the division, they’ll need to find players to disrupt the pocket and get after the Quarterback.
27. Los Angeles Rams – Alton Robinson, EDGE, Syracuse
The Rams have worked their magic in finding experienced veteran players to contribute to on defense. With that being said, they’ll have to eventually commit to finding a franchise Edge rusher to build around, especially if they want to hang toe-to-toe with the Patriots.
28. Oakland Raiders (Via Chicago Bears) – Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
The Antonio Brown experiment ended before it even began. While Tyrell Williams has been a bright spot for the Raiders, they’ll still need to find a receiver to stretch the defense. With Ruggs III off the board, Oakland will have to look towards Jalen Reagor, who could run a sub-4.3 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.
29. New Orleans Saints – Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia
New Orleans has been in the bottom third of defensive rankings. By addressing their needs at Cornerback, the Saints could look to improve their secondary and keep the opponents off the scoreboard.
30. New England Patriots – Jared Pinkney, TE, Vanderbilt
Pinkney is by no means a viable replacement for Rob Gronkowski, but he can hold his own and contribute as a receiver and a blocker, which Gronkowski did extremely well. If the Patriots address this now, Jared Pinkney could be well adjusted to the NFL once Brady retires.
31. San Francisco 49ers – Brandon Jones, S, Texas
With Jimmy Garoppolo healthy and playing at a high level, the 49ers can address needs on the defensive side of the ball, such as their secondary. Brandon Jones is a ballhawk on defense that makes plays all over the field.
32. Kansas City Chiefs – Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn
The Chiefs look to be a team that can compete for the foreseeable future under Quarterback Pat Mahomes. By adding offensive line depth, it gives Kansas City some versatility and options in terms of opening up the running game and taking pressure off Mahomes.