1. Cincinnati Bengals – Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
It’s time for the Bengals to cut ties with Andy Dalton. The Bengals can save $17.7M by cutting Dalton before next season. We’ve seen several quarterbacks come in this season and have moderate success, so head coach Zac Taylor could lean that way, too.
2. Miami Dolphins – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
In my previous mock draft, I had the Dolphins taking EDGE rusher Chase Young with their first selection, but that was before they chose to bench Josh Rosen and go back to Ryan Fitzpatrick. The franchise is all over the place and appears to be full of dysfunction. Reaching a bit for Justin Herbert could be the right move here as the Dolphins could look to build around Herbert long-term.
3. Washington Redskins – Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
Washington lost Jamison Crowder to free agency over the offseason as he signed with the Jets. While the Redskins are looking for a new head coach, they could look to pair Terry McLaurin, the lone bright spot for the Redskins offense, with another talented receiver in Jerry Jeudy.
4. Atlanta Falcons – Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
Dan Quinn is likely done at some point this season as head coach of the Falcons, so change is inevitable in Atlanta. The Falcons will have to look easy at upgrading their defense, and there’s not a better defensive prospect in this draft class than Chase Young. Fellow Buckeye Jeffrey Okudah could also be an option here, as could Notre Dame LB Julian Okwara.
5. New York Jets – Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
The Jets can go several different directions with this pick. However, I think it can come down to just a few options with offensive tackle, edge rusher, and wide receiver leading the way.
With that being said, this draft class is talent-heavy with wide receivers and edge rushers. Andrew Thomas is the best tackle in this draft class, talented enough to start from day one, and gives the Jets offensive line flexibility to keep Sam Darnold upright.
6. New York Giants – CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
The Giants need to find an eventual replacement for Odell Beckham Jr. I don’t know if CeeDee Lamb will be able to replicate the same level of production, but he is able to play outside the numbers and isn’t afraid to go up for contested catches.
7. Los Angeles Chargers – Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
The Chargers must address inconsistencies on the offensive line if they want to get back to competing for the division. I don’t know if Wirfs will be able to play at tackle to start the season, but he will give the Chargers some versatility and should help them move the ball on the ground more consistently.
8. Denver Broncos – Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
With Thomas and Wirfs off the board, the Broncos have to look elsewhere in this scenario. Finding some youth and talent in the secondary isn’t the worst idea for Denver. I really like what Okudah brings to the table, and come April, he could be highly coveted.
9. Cleveland Browns – Grant Delpit, S, LSU
Grant Delpit is a phenomenal safety that pays with instincts and has incredible range. I’d like to see him tackle better, but Delpit would be a nice addition to the Browns. They could look to beef up the interior of their offensive line with this pick instead.
10. Miami Dolphins (Via Pittsburgh Steelers) – A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
The Dolphins will essentially have to rebuild their team from the ground up. With their franchise QB already off the board in Justin Herbert, the Dolphins can find a franchise defensive piece to build around in A.J. Epenesa. I’m a big fan of Epenesa’s upside and versatility, which the Dolphins desperately need moving forward.
11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Julian Okwara, EDGE, Notre Dame
As bad as Jameis Winston has been at quarterback for the Buccaneers, and it’s been pretty bad, Tampa Bay has other needs that they must address here. Julian Okwara could move to defensive end in Tampa Bay and give the Bucs a little versatility and depth as they look to improve their pass rush.
12. Detroit Lions – Tyler Biadasz, IOL, Wisconsin
I believe that the Lions could move Biadasz to guard and beef up their offensive line with this pick. They could also look to add depth in the secondary by way of Paulson Adebo or Kristian Fulton.
13. Jacksonville Jaguars – Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
Whether the Jaguars stick with Gardner Minshew or go back to Nick Foles, they’ll still have to find offensive weapons intros draft. Ruggs III will likely soar up draft boards with his athleticism on full display at the NFL Combine. Finding a receiver to stretch the field and make plays downfield, or in the short and intermediate game as a shifty slot receiver, is certainly a priority for Jacksonville.
14. Philadelphia Eagles – Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford
Defense has to be a priority for the Eagles in the 2020 NFL Draft. Paulson Adebo is a good CB that would be a nice upgrade for Philadelphia. If an edge rusher rises up draft boards and is available here, look for the Eagles to take a long look at upgrading their pass rush instead.
15. Tennessee Titans – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
Joe Burrow has seen his stock rise sharply this season with the Tigers. If LSU continues to win, and the offense continues to shine, then Burrow could make his way into the top ten. Until then, let’s assume that the Titans could look for their new quarterback here in the first round.
16. Oakland Raiders – Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State
The Raiders have looked better this season, but still need to improve in several areas, one of which is pass rush. I like Weaver’s abilities to get after the quarterback and disrupt the pocket. After an ankle injury ended his season, Bryce Hall could be an option if he’s able to get back onto the field for the NFL Combine and his Pro Day.
17. Arizona Cardinals – Creed Humphrey, IOL, Oklahoma
The Cardinals have looked better than I thought they would at this point in the season. Finding offensive line depth could go a long way in improving this team even further as the Cardinals look to get better in the trenches.
18. Oakland Raiders (Via Chicago Bears) – Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
Isaiah Simmons is fantastic linebacker for Clemson, and should translate really well for a team like the Raiders. Oakland addressed their pass rush last year in Clelin Ferrell, and could come back this year to plug the middle of the field.
19. Jacksonville Jaguars (Via Los Angeles Rams) – Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia
Bryce Hall is coming off ankle surgery that prematurely ended his college career, but should he be able to recover in time, Hall could find himself headed to the Jaguars here. Jacksonville just sent Jalen Ramsey to the Rams and now have an extra pick in the first round. Having a little patience in finding his replacement could be very rewarding for Jacksonville.
20. Carolina Panthers – Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
Upgrading the secondary is an easy decision for Carolina. They could look elsewhere, but with a talent drop at cornerback coming, I don’t think they can necessarily wait to address their need.
21. Dallas Cowboys – Derrick Brown, IDL, Auburn
Derrick Brown is tenth on my big board, but it was extremely difficult finding him a team to fit into. The Cowboys would be getting a steal here, but I shouldn’t that I don’t believe it will happen. If they really want to address the interior defensive line, I’d recommend that they move up to get Derrick Brown or stand pat for Raekwon Davis.
22. Miami Dolphins (Via Houston Texans) – D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
I have the Dolphins coming back in the latter half of the first round to take some pressure off Herbert and address their run game. D’Andre Swift is an explosive player that could provide the Dolphins a bit of patience to address wide receiver.
23. Indianapolis Colts – Raekwon Davis, IDL, Alabama
I’m still not Sold on the Colts not addressing quarterback, especially with Jake Fromm and Jacob Eason still on the board, but I am wiling to look elsewhere. With Raekwon Davis available, the Colts can solidify the interior, which should open up their pass rush.
24. Minnesota Vikings – Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
Similar to the Colts, the sexy decision would be to target one of the quarterbacks that are available, but I don’t believe that they will. Instead, I have them upgrading a secondary that’s mediocre against the pass.
25. Baltimore Ravens – Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado
Lamar Jackson won’t likely be able to run all over NFL defenses forever. Finding him a reliable receiver could go a long ways in keeping the Ravens competitive in a talented AFC. I really like what Shenault Jr. has been able to do at Colorado, despite poor quarterback play.
26. Seattle Seahawks – Alton Robinson, EDGE, Syracuse
Head coach Pete Carroll has several expiring contracts coming up on the defensive side of the ball, so it’s likely that Seattle will be looking at pass rush in the 2020 NFL Draft. Not only do the Seahawks get one of the best available players in this draft, but they’re also getting one of the better pass rushers in this draft.
27. Buffalo Bills – Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
The Buffalo Bills have been much better than I think anyone really expected them to be. More importantly, quarterback Josh Allen has taken a leap forward in his development. Finding him a playmaker at receiver should be a priority for Buffalo in this draft.
28. Green Bay Packers – Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
The Packers have looked much better on offense under new head coach Matt LaFleur. I believe that the success they’ve had on offense can give them a little bit of patience in terms of addressing needs on offense. Rather, let’s give them the best available edge rusher here.
29. Kansas City Chiefs – Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
I don’t know if Trevon Diggs is going to be the answer for the Chiefs woes in the secondary, but they’ve certainly got to address the issue early in this draft. I like what Diggs has been able to do at Alabama, but this might be a bit too early to pick him up here.
30. New Orleans Saints – Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
It’s amazing what the Saints have been able to do under Teddy Bridgewater, but this is Drew Brees’ team. Regardless, they’ll have to address receiver in the offseason. Finding a player like Jalen Reagor, where New Orleans can have some patience in bringing him along, will pay dividends down the line, even after Drew Brees hangs up his cleats.
31. San Francisco 49ers – Lucas Niang, OT, TCU
I have Lucas Niang listed as an offensive tackle, but I think the 49ers can shift him inside rather easily. This should open up the 49ers offense even more so, which is music to Kyle Shanahan’s ears.
32. New England Patriots – Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue
I typically try to stay away from mocking such an obvious need for the New England Patriots, but if Brycen Hopkins is available for them, I think it just makes too much sense for them not to pull the trigger. It’s a stretch to assume that he can be as productive as Rob Gronkowski, but I do see several of the same traits on the field.