As we get closer to the end of the College Football season, and get a clearer picture of what the NFL playoffs will look like, it’s time to take a another look at an NFL Mock Draft. It has been several weeks since I’ve released one publicly, so there may be a few surprises on this list. I hope you enjoy!
1. Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
The Bengals are winless this season, despite trying out Ryan Finley at quarterback for three games. As bad of a season as this has been for Cincinnati, they’re in a fantastic position heading into the 2020 NFL Draft.
Joe Burrow has been stellar this season as the Tigers offense transformed into a spread-style of play. Burrow could very well win the Heisman Award as well, only boosting his draft stock. If the Bengals pass on a quarterback here, look for them to take a long look at Ohio State EDGE Chase Young.
2. New York Giants – Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
The Giants seem to have found their quarterback of the future in Daniel Jones, although there are some serious ball security issues there. Finding him offensive weapons that allow him to get the ball out quicker should be a solid priority for New York.
Jerry Jeudy has elite traits and abilities as a playmaker along the sidelines, although not as prolific as Odell Beckham Jr. was. Nonetheless, he’s a day one starter that should alleviate the pressure on Daniel Jones.
3. Miami Dolphins – Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
Finding playmakers to build the franchise around should be number one on the list for the Miami Dolphins in the2020 NFL Draft. They have three draft picks in the first round, which is plenty of ammunition as they start to turn this team around.
Chase Young is easily the most talented prospect on the defensive side of the ball. He has showed throughout his Ohio State career the ability to make plays across the defensive line. The Dolphins obviously have a need at the quarterback position, but I believe the talent that Young possesses is enough for them to be able to address quarterback later in this round.
4. Washington Redskins – Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
Washington most likely won’t be able to remedy the Trent Williams situation, as the left tackle looks poised to play elsewhere. Meanwhile, the Redskins have the opportunity to draft an anchor at left tackle here in Andrew Thomas. Thomas is a stud on the offensive line for the University of Georgia and would be a massive talent upgrade for Washington.
5. Denver Broncos – Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
John Elway and the Broncos are going to have to find immediate talent upgrades in this year’s draft class. With this pick, I’m going to have them draft some much needed offensive line help. Tristan Wirfs would be a bit overdrafted here in my opinion, but it fits the need for Denver. I also believe there’s quite a bit of a talent drop on the offensive line from the first round to the second. The team could also look to improve their secondary, looking at CB Jeffrey Okudah or S Grant Delpit.
6. Atlanta Falcons – A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
The Atlanta Falcons need to find talent on both sides of the ball this offseason. A.J. Epenesa is a talented EDGE prospect that has the athleticism and abilities to play defensive end or outside linebacker. Drafting a pass rusher will also give the Falcons some flexibility to address other needs on the offensive side of the ball.
7. Detroit Lions – CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
I’m a big fan of CeeDee Lamb, and it’s not just because we share the same last name. Rather, I believe that Lamb is the top pure outside receiver in this draft class. Drafting Lamb here will take the top off the defense, and as a result, will take pressure off the offense. The Lions have several role players on their receiving core, but missing the home run type of prospect that CeeDee Lamb could turn out being.
8. Arizona Cardinals – Derrick Brown, IDL, Auburn
The Cardinals have been much more competitive that I certainly expected, especially on offense. With that being said, the Cardinals are last against the pass in the NFL. Finding someone to plug the interior defensive line, and put pressure on the quarterback, could go a long ways in improving their secondary, too. Or at the very least, at least give the front office some flexibility in addressing the secondary.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars – Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
The Jaguars need to find their playmaking receiver in this draft class. There isn’t a better athlete in this draft class than Henry Ruggs III. As stated in my scouting report, I’m still unsure where Ruggs III fits into an NFL offense, but he’d be the fastest slot receiver in this draft class. This pick would give Jacksonville a safety net on offense, as well as a downfield threat to stretch the defense.
10. New York Jets – Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
The Jets are currently ranked first against the rush, only allowing 78.1 yards per game. However, they’re below the league average against the pass. The team has been hit with the injury bug, especially against QB Sam Darnold, but all other things considered, they’ve played pretty well this season.
Jeffrey Okudah has had a breakout year this season for the Buckeyes, which could end up earning him a spot in the top ten here. New York could very well play themselves out of the top ten in this year’s NFL Draft, but there’s no denying that they need to upgrade the talent in their secondary.
11. Los Angeles Chargers – Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
Based on his play this season, I don’t see much of a future for Philip Rivers with the Chargers. He’ll turn 38 next month, which means that his best days aren’t ahead of him. If the Chargers are smart, they’ll invest an early pick in their quarterback of the future.
Tua Tagovailoa‘s hip injury still concerns me, although it is fantastic news that he’ll be able to begin throwing in the Spring. He throws with excellent accuracy and anticipation, although I’m not very high on his poise inside the pocket. With that being said, the Chargers would be able to sit Tagovailoa for a year, and whether it’s Philip Rivers under center or another quarterback, they’ll be able to take their time as they groom Tua for the future.
12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
I can say with complete honesty that I don’t know how the Buccaneers would be able to bring back Jameis Winston back next season. At the very least, they wouldn’t be able to do it without a quarterback of the future waiting in the wings.
Justin Herbert hasn’t had a particularly great season this year, but his talent-level is one of the best in this class. I’d like to see Bruce Arians, and potentially Byron Leftwich, work their magic and refine his skills.
13. Philadelphia Eagles – Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
The Philadelphia Eagles will need to focus on surrounding quarterback Carson Wentz with talented playmakers. Tee Higgins has good height for the receiver position and excels in traffic. I do have some mild concerns about his ability to create separation on his routes, but I do believe that it’s something that can be fixed.
14. Oakland Raiders (Via Chicago Bears) – Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado
The Raiders are 6-5 this season, which is much better than I expected them to be. They seem to have found playmakers from last year’s draft in Josh Jacobs and Maxx Crosby, both of whom get better each and every week.
I’m a huge fan of Laviska Shenault Jr. and what he would bring to an NFL offense. He’s a competitive receiver that fights hard for extra yardage. He’s also a great route runner with good explosiveness and acceleration, which the Raiders need to find in this draft.
15. Cleveland Browns – Grant Delpit, S, LSU
The season began poorly for the Browns, despite high hopes for their season. Fortunately for them, they’re on a three-game winning streak, as well as a weak remaining schedule. As it stands, Cleveland has a mid-round draft pick.
The Browns need to find an outside tackle for their depleted offensive line, but are out of position to do so here. Rather, I’m going to have them drafting my top safety in this year’s NFL Draft in Grant Delpit. He has elite range and closing ability, as well as excellent read and diagnose ability. I’d like to see him shore up his tackling, which hasn’t been good this season.
16. Carolina Panthers – Creed Humphrey, IOL, Oklahoma
The writing is on the wall that Cam Newton has likely played his last game for the Carolina Panthers. Quarterback Kyle Allen has played well for the Panthers, although there are some mistakes that need to be limited moving forward.
Given the strong play from Kyle Allen this season, I think the Panthers can show patience in drafting a quarterback. Instead, I have them beefing up the interior offensive line by selecting Creed Humphrey here. This gives them the flexibility to both protect Kyle Allen, giving him more time to make reads downfield, as well as opening up running lanes for Christian McCaffrey.
17. Oakland Raiders – Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
As I stated above, the Raiders have been much better this season, thanks in part to finding playmakers in the 2019 NFL Draft. I have them drafting Isaiah Simmons here to play linebacker for them. The Raiders need to improve their passing defense, and finding a linebacker to roam the middle of the field can go a long ways in doing so.
18. Indianapolis Colts – Javon Kinlaw, IDL, South Carolina
Indianapolis has played remarkably well with Jacoby Brissett under center this season, which gives them some much needed flexibility in the first round here. I’m really high on Javon Kinlaw and his ability to plug the center of the line and disrupt the pocket.
19. Tennessee Titans – Julian Okwara, EDGE, Notre Dame
I’ll admit that the Titans are much better than I expected them to be under head coach Mike Vrabel, thanks in part to Ryan Tannehill now playing at quarterback for them. The easy choice would be to mock them a franchise quarterback here, but I think that they can continue to run with Ryan Tannehill, or at least bring in a veteran for a season or two.
Instead, I’ll have them draft Julian Okwara with their first round pick. I’m a fan of his pass rushing abilities, although I’d like to see more in his tool box.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars (Via Los Angeles Rams) – Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue
The Jaguars haven’t looked the same under head coach Doug Marrone since he led them to the AFC Championship game in 2017, which could lead the Jaguars to clean house and search for a new head coach. Nonetheless, Brycen Hopkins is an athletic tight end that does very well as a receiver. He might be the best pure tight end in this draft class, which is why I have him off the board in the first round.
21. Dallas Cowboys – Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia
The Cowboys could be another team looking for a new head coach in the offseason, which makes this pick a little difficult to project. However, Dallas could certainly use depth in the secondary. Bryce Hall suffered a season-ending ankle injury this season at Virginia, which does worry me a bit. He also needs to improve is technique in man coverage as well.
22. Miami Dolphins (Via Pittsburgh Steelers) – Jacob Eason, QB, Washington
Jacob Eason hasn’t had a particularly successful senior season at the University of Washington, which has disappointed many scouts. However, I think this could be the perfect fit for him. I don’t think he’s pro-ready right now, and the Dolphins will have to show patience in bringing him into the fold, but he does have tremendous upside. He has the best arm velocity in this draft class Making this decision would setup the Dolphins long-term to be able to move the ball downfield with some consistency.
23. Kansas City Chiefs – D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
Consider me a huge fan of D’Andre Swift. I project him to be an elusive three-down back that can contribute from the backfield or flexed out as a receiver. The Kansas City Chiefs need to improve their defense in this year’s draft, but I don’t see how they could pass up drafting a prospect like D’Andre Swift if he’s available here.
24. Minnesota Vikings – Lucas Niang, OT, TCU
The Minnesota Vikings have been much better than I anticipated them to be this season. Drafting offensive line depth here will go a long way in improving Kirk Cousin’s consistency. I can also see them addressing the secondary to improve their pas defense.
25. Miami Dolphins (Via Houston Texans) – Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn
In this mock draft, the Dolphins have found a cornerstone pass rusher, as well as a potential franchise quarterback. With this pick, let’s protect Eason and replace the void left by the Laremy Tunsil trade to Houston.
Prince Tega Wanogho has solid footwork to play the tackle position in the NFL, as well as a solid ability to anchor and drive through the defensive front. If the Miami Dolphins truly want to rebuild through this year’s draft, they’ll have to find an offensive tackle earlier rather than later.
26. Buffalo Bills – Jabari Zuniga, EDGE, Florida
The Buffalo Bills seem to be headed in the right direction on offense under quarterback Josh Allen. Drafting a pass rusher like Zuniga adds depth on the defensive front and provides much needed versatility and talent.
27. Green Bay Packers – Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
Head coach Matt LaFleur has the Packers playing good football this season in a revamped offense. Adding an offensive weapon like Jalen Reagor to stretch the field and give Aaron Rodgers a reliable deep threat will open up this offense.
28. Seattle Seahawks – Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford
The Seahawks are playing some great football this season. Adding some depth in the secondary is a huge need for Seattle in this year’s draft. I’m a big fan of Paulson Adebo and believe that he can help get the Seahawks back to their ‘Legion Of Boom’ days.
29. New Orleans Saints – Collin Johnson, WR, Texas
Collin Johnson recently accepted his invitation to the Reese’s Senior Bowl, which is why I have him as a fringe first-round prospect. A solid week of practices in Mobile can pay dividends to a prospect’s draft stock. The New Orleans Saints won’t have Drew Brees under center forever, so drafting a wide receiver early in the NFL Draft could pay off in a the coming years.
30. Baltimore Ravens – K.J. Hill, WR, Ohio State
I was a big fan of K.J. Hill heading into this season, but there are just better prospects in this draft class. With that being said, I don’t think there’s a better pure slot receiver in the NFL Draft than Hill. They may be able to wait until the second round to draft him, but they’re playing so well that I believe they can stretch to draft him, and provide quarterback Lamar Jackson a safety net once NFL defenses find a way to limit him.
31. New England Patriots – Jared Pinkney, TE, Vanderbilt
Once again, I hate mocking a tight end to New England to replace the void left by Rob Gronkowski. However, their Tight End depth is poor and it’s a position that they’ll have to address this offseason. Jared Pinkney is the type of player that looks for contact and excels at making catches in traffic, using his large frame to highpoint the ball. I’d like to see him improve his blocking technique, but I think this is the perfect situation for him to be able to do so.
32. San Francisco 49ers – Tyler Biadasz, IOL, Wisconsin
Tyler Biadasz is a huge reason why Jonathan Taylor has been so successful on the ground at Wisconsin. Adding depth to the interior offensive line will open up running lanes and keep the 49ers in the hunt for the playoffs next season, too.