Roberts’ All-Knowing 2020 NFL Mock Draft

Now entering Week Thirteen of the college football season, the 2020 NFL Draft landscape is becoming more and more clear. You know what that means. It is mock draft time!

Entering Week 13 of the college football season, the college football landscape is becoming clearer and clearer. As is the state of the 2020 NFL Draft.

With players stock constantly falling an rising, and Senior Bowl invites in the air, it is almost everyone’s favorite time of the year again. So let’s get you all through this slight lull in NFL Draft season with another 2020 NFL Mock Draft.

Now of course, every pick is going to be one hundred percent correct considering I am a fortune teller of sorts.

So sit back, grab your cup of coffee, and enjoy this new edition of “Roberts’ All-Knowing 2020 NFL Mock Draft”.

 

  1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

“Zac Taylor is in search of his franchise signal caller moving forward. Andy Dalton isn’t it. Ryan Finley isn’t it. With the injury to Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is the unquestioned favorite to be the top quarterback. Pocket presence, toughness, impeccable ball placement/accuracy and a sublime command, let the Joe Burrow era commence.”

 

2. Washington Redskins: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia 

“The Trent Williams saga has been an absolute mess. No surprise for a Washington Redskins franchise that has questions throughout, specifically at the top. We can assume that Dwayne Haskins is going to get an opportunity to prove his worth. So the Redskins find their replacement at the left tackle position in Georgia’s Andrew Thomas. Thomas is one of the cleaner left tackle prospects in recent years, equally as dominant in the run and pass game.” 

 

3. New York Giants: Chase Young, Edge, Ohio State

“The meteoric rise for Ohio State edge Chase Young has been something to watch. We all knew he was good, but this good? He has taken his game to a whole new level so far in 2019. Even a questionable suspension can’t slow down the 6’5” 265 pound defensive end. The Giants find their premier outside pass rusher to couple with their rock solid interior defensive line.”

 

4. Miami Dolphins: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

“This would be a dream scenario for the Miami Dolphins with Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa still on the board. Unfortunately, the injury to Tua may have derailed that train of thought. The situation is too much of a question mark to wager the fourth overall selection for now. Instead, the Dolphins will add the best player available, Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy. The junior playmaker presents the most dynamic piece in the 2020 class, presenting the ability to threaten all levels of the field for whomever is playing quarterback for the Dolphins.”

 

5. New York Jets: Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa

“I almost wish I could draft a new head coach for the New York Jets. The fact that Adam Gase still roams the sidelines for an NFL franchise is troublesome. So if the coaching isn’t going to help quarterback Sam Darnold, let’s add a stud offensive lineman to protect their long term investment. The battle between Thomas and Wirfs as the top offensive tackle is going to be fascinating one. The refinement and all around game of Thomas ultimately won out. Fortunately for the Jets, Wirfs isn’t a bad consolation prize.”

 

6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Derrick Brown, IDL, Auburn

“Offensive line is a huge need for this Buccaneers time. With Thomas and Wirfs already coming off the board, this isn’t an ideal spot to be in. So would they consider a quarterback in this spot with Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama) and Justin Herbert (Oregon) on the board? Potentially, but there seem to be quite a few who believe Jameis Winston is going to get a second year under Head Coach Bruce Arians. Apparently the 18 interceptions so far this season isn’t enough for them to finally close the page on this chapter. So instead we will look to strengthen the interior of the defensive line where second year pro Vita Vea has shown a ton of growth this season. I have decided to pair Vea with Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown. Brown has had a tremendous senior season, profiling as a potential top five selection. And with Vea and Brown positioned inside, good luck to opposing rushing offenses.” 

 

7. Denver Broncos: Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State 

“It wasn’t long ago that All-Pro cornerbacks Aquib Talib and Chris Harris Jr. provided the Denver Broncos one of the outstanding cornerback tandems across the NFL landscape. Well Talib left before last season to reunite with his former defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. Harris Jr. also has now been rumored to be on his way out for the Broncos for some time now. So that leaves the Broncos entering 2020 with Isaac Yiadom as their best potential outside cornerback. Yeah, no thanks. With the seventh pick, the Broncos are able to find their stud cornerback in Ohio State’s Jeffrey Okudah. Okudah has experienced one of the largest rises this season, profiling as a potential shutdown cornerback that every team desires.”

 

8. Atlanta Falcons: Grant Delpit, S, LSU

“The Atlanta Falcons defense is a mess despite a couple solid performances in back to back weeks. On the surface, safety seems like a position of strength with players like Keanu Neal, Ricardo Allen and Damontae Kazee. Allen and Kazee have played well in spurts but have been pretty inconsistent for most of the year. Both players can also do some work in the nickel, adding to potential versatility and freeing up possibilities. The big issue is with Keanu Neal. When healthy, Neal is one of the best strong safeties in the entire league. The problem is that he has only been able to suit up for four football games over the last two seasons. When absent, the team not only lacks his presence as a player, but his leadership skills as well. Adding a player like LSU safety Grant Delpit attempts to fill that void left. In many cases, this can be viewed as picking the best player available. Plus a team can never have too many versatile playmakers.”

 

9. Arizona Cardinals: A.J. Epenesa, Edge, Iowa

“Another spot where an offensive lineman would make a ton of sense. I just don’t love this spot for anyone on the board. So let’s strengthen the defensive front where football games are often won or lost. We add a bookend to play on the other side of star pass rusher Chandler Jones. Iowa defensive A.J. Epenesa has lost a little steam towards the early part of the season. His game against the University of Minnesota demonstrated the type of upside that Epenesa possesses. The 6’6” 280 pounder has some desirable traits that can be used both inside and outside as a chess piece of sorts. His style is the perfect counter for the speed/bend of a player like Chandler Jones. Quarterbacks beware.”

 

10. Detroit Lions: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson

“All of a sudden, there are some intriguing defensive players on the Lions roster for them to build on for the future. One group that is not as exciting is the linebacker group that includes Jarrad Davis, Jahlani Tavai, Devon Kennard and Christian Jones. The ladder two of the list are very replaceable players who shouldn’t be counted on moving forward. Tavai is an interesting piece that should be given more opportunity as they continue to build. Jarrad Davis on the other hand has just not been good during his tenure. And while I don’t think he is replaced this off season, adding a versatile piece to this group should be a point of emphasis this off season. After spending time with the New England Patriots, head coach Matt Patricia should be foaming at the mouth to get this more athletic version of Jaime Collins clone at this juncture in the first round. Clemson linebacker/safety Isaiah Simmons has all the tools to play all over the defense. He fits the modern day NFL perfectly. Consider this a home run pick at the end of the top ten.”

 

11. Jacksonville Jaguars: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

“What a season Jacksonville Jaguars second year wideout D.J. Chark is having. He has asserted himself as the unquestioned number one receiver for the team, presenting a ton of optimism moving forward. Behind him, guys like Deedee Westbrook and Chris Conley leave a lot to be desired. We are, instead, going to pair Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb with Chark to create a noteworthy duo for the future. Lamb is having a phenomenal season, boasting some of the best ball skills you will find anywhere. He is a dynamic weapon that will be able to make plays just about anywhere on the field.” 

 

12. Cleveland Browns: Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama 

“The inability of the Cleveland Browns to rebuild the offensive tackle position since Joe Thomas retired is appalling. It is our job to fix that the best we can. Coming into the 2019 season, Alabama’s Alex Leatherwood was the Crimson Tide offensive tackle that everyone was talking about, and deservedly so. We will be getting into him a bit later in this mock draft. However it is his counterpart at right tackle, Jedrick Wills, that has me beyond excited. Wills is an plus athlete that could potentially project to either side of the offensive line. Regardless of where he ultimately lines up, he is an immediate upgrade for a line that is starved for tackle help.”

 

13. Los Angeles Chargers: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU

“Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward is still a rock solid football player, but is beginning to slow down a tad over the last two years. Opposite Hayward is a huge question mark moving forward. With eyes towards the future, the Chargers get their future number one corner in Kristian Fulton from LSU. Fulton is a super smooth player, who is able to stay in phase with different types of wide receivers in all areas of the field. He screams as a high floor prospect who should be counted on to lock up half the field for some time now.”

 

14. Oakland Raiders: Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama 

“The Oakland Raiders have exceeded expectations so far in 2019, proving that General Manager Mike Mayock and Head Coach Jon Gruden have this team heading in the right direction. Derek Carr should be viewed at least as the quarterback of the immediate future. He has been rock solid this year, and with a solid supporting class, can be more than capable of leading this Raiders franchise back to the playoffs. So we are going to continue to build around Carr, giving him a fantastic wide receiver prospect that has a ton of Odell Beckham Jr. in his game. Alabama’s Henry Ruggs III is often overlooked on a Crimson Tide offense that boasts some of the most talented playmakers in all of college football. Make no mistake about it however, Ruggs is about as high upside a wide receiver you will find anywhere. After he clocks in the 4.2s in Indy, this spot may end up being far too low for the talented speedster.”

 

15. Philadelphia Eagles: Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama 

“The state of the back seven for the Philadelphia Eagles is bound for some shakeup this off season. This potentially could be a nice spot for a cornerback, perhaps a wide receiver as well. There is one position that could use a major upgrade that hasn’t been talked about enough up until this point. The linebacker position has been a major area of weakness so far in 2019. Nigel Bradham is still a serviceable option for one spot, but Kamu Grugier-Hill and Nathan Gerry leave a lot to be desired. If not for the leg injury to junior Dylan Moses prior to the start of the season, we might have been talking about Moses somewhere in the top ten. A big compliment to any off ball linebacker in today’s NFL. With Moses suffering from his injury early, look for him to test out of his mind after the season and get back on the radar quickly.”

 

16. Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama 

“I’m not sure what to do with Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. The recent reports seem to be very promising for a full recovery, but this hip injury is just something we aren’t familiar enough with. Not to mention his durability issues that have been popping up more and more recently, even before this latest injury. Still, taking a chance on a potential franchise changing quarterback in the middle of the first round is an advantageous chance to take. If he returns to full health, we have a signal caller who was very deserving of being selected first overall in this particular mock draft.”

 

17. Tennessee Titans: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

“In reality, Justin Herbert is almost a sure bet to land somewhere inside the top ten. Unfortunately, trades are not something I can project in this particular mock draft. Instead, the Tennessee Titans get their quarterback of the future in the middle of the field round. Some have questioned Herbert’s personality and work ethic, as well as some inability to consistently read defenses post snap. Despite these types of concerns, this amount of physical tools is rare. First round quarterbacks are always a mixed bag. So if you are going to potentially miss, at least swing for the fences.” 

 

18. Carolina Panthers: Creed Humphrey, IOL, Oklahoma 

“The Carolina Panthers offensive line has been a problem for some time now. Just ask Cam Newton. They recently invested a second round pick in left tackle Greg Little, so that spot will at least be temporarily filled for the time being. So we look to the interior of the offensive line with University of Oklahoma center Creed Humhrey. Humphrey has some position versatility to play guard in a pinch. He presents a plug and play interior offensive lineman who should be a rock solid addition to an offensive line for a long time.”

 

19. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama 

“After the trade of All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey to the Los Angeles Rams, the Jaguars should be in the market for the cornerback position early in the draft to find his replacement opposite A.J. Bouye.They are fortunate enough to have Alabama cornerback Trevon Diggs fall right into their lap. The senior has had a strong safety, flashing the ball skills and body control you would expect from a former wide receiver. He is a high upside pick who is just starting to scratch the surface of how good he can be. Put him on his island and watch him work.”

 

20. Oakland Raiders: Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia 

“May I present to you my preseason cornerback one. I was enthralled with Virginia’s Bryce Hall’s 2018 tape. He has a well rounded game that combines a solid athletic profile, length and competitiveness throug the catch point. Hall was again having a nice season but had it cut short due to a left ankle injury. If healthy, Hall would still be a big player to be my top ranked cornerback. The Oakland Raiders get a huge steal with Hall, adding to their ever improving secondary of Karl Joseph, Trayvon Mullen and the injured Jonathan Abram.”

 

21. Dallas Cowboys: Javon Kinlaw, IDL, South Carolina 

“The Dallas Cowboys have gotten some very good production out of their defensive ends this season. The interior defense line, on the other hand, has been pretty average. Adding a potential playmaker inside who can line up anywhere from a 0 to a 5 technique should be very attractive. That is what you are getting with South Carolina’s Javon Kinlaw. A freakish athlete at 6’6” 310 pounds, he is another player who is far from a finished product. If he is able to continue his current progression however, we could be looking at Chris Jones 2.0.”

 

22. Indianapolis Colts: Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado 

“Jacoby Brissett has done enough over the majority of this season to warrant more opportunity as the Indianapolis Colts starting quarterback moving forward. There is currently a huge hole in this roster at the wide receiver position. Pro Bowler T.Y. Hilton has had an injury plagued season and could be due for some attention to be taken off him in hopes of preserving his body. We give them a big bodied target who has all the tools to become the number one option down the road. Colorado wide receiver Laviska Shenault is a well built receiver that moves like a man of much smaller stature. With inside-outside versatility, Shenault has big time ability to threaten the defense at all levels of the field.”

 

23. Kansas City Chiefs: D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia

“Damien Williams is currently the starting running back of the Kansas City Chiefs. That is something that needs to change, and quick. With incredible depth at wide receiver, offensive tackle and defensive back up top, the running back position takes a little slide. Worth the wait for the Chiefs who are able to select the top running back in the 2020 NFL Draft. Georgia running back D’Andre Swift presents the perfect weapon for the Chiefs high octane offense. We could be looking at the early favorite for offensive rookie of the year.”

 

24. Minnesota Vikings: Tyler Biadasz, IOL, Wisconsin 

“I know what you are thinking. “Back to back first round picks on centers, is this guy crazy?” Well possibly, but I am still not a believer in Pat Elflein at offensive guard. Tyler Biadasz has more than enough functional athleticism and length to transition over to the guard position. At the end of the day you can never have enough good offensive lineman. And that is exactly what the Minnesota Vikings are getting here.”

 

25. Miami Dolphins: Julian Okwara, Edge, Notre Dame 

“The Miami Dolphins went to the well twice so far in this mock draft to the offensive side of the football. For a football team that has holes to fill everywhere, it is time to select the best player on the board. Notre Dame defensive end Julian Okwara is a high upside pass rusher who possesses every tool to become a dominant player at the NFL level. Blessed with fantastic bend and length at 6’5” 240 pounds, Okwara could end up being one of the better value picks down the line as he continues to grow into his body.”

 

26. Buffalo Bills: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson 

“At the juncture in the first round, we get to the third tier of pass catchers in what projects as a phenomenal class. I admittedly am not the biggest fan of Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins, but the Buffalo Bills are in some serious need of adding some size to this wide receiver corp that boasts sub 6’0” options in John Brown and Cole Beasley. With fantastic length and ability to win in the air, Higgins immediately provides quarterback Josh Allen with some red zone and 50-50 ball opportunities early on in his career. With refinement in his ability to run routes, it is my hope that Higgins can make up for some of his lack of separation.”

 

27. Green Bay Packers: Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama 

“The Green Bay Packers have one of the better offensive tackle pairings in the NFL. David Bakhtiari has become one of the premier left tackles in all of football, and Bryan Bulaga has been rock solid for a decade. Bulaga is in the final year of contract which could end his tenure with the Packers franchise. This could put them in the market for a new starting right tackle this off season. With their late first round selection, they find just that in Alabama’s Alex Leatherwood. Currently manning the blindside for the Crimson Tide, Leatherwood is a super talented offensive lineman who can still get a whole lot better moving forward. A pick that makes a lot of sense, Leatherwood also has a background playing inside at guard to add to his versatility.”

 

28. Seattle Seahawks: K’Lavon Chaisson, Edge, LSU

“Jadeveon Clowney is really starting to make his presence known for the Seahawks of late. He is a player I would imagine the Seahawks would want to keep in town for the foreseeable future. As of now however, Clowney is set to hit the free agent market after the season. The rest of the defensive end group is murky if he does not return. We should expect a huge opportunity to be given to first round pick L.J. Collier. But like many, I was not a fan of the selection when it was made. The Seakawks love their versatile defenders, so I give them LSU edge K’Lavon Chaisson. Chaisson is an ultra athletic player who could potentially take some reps as an off ball linebacker. He fits the Seahawks mold perfectly.”

 

29. Baltimore Ravens: Curtis Weaver, Edge, Boise State

“This has been a consistent landing spot Curtis Weaver in my mocks. I absolutely love the fit with the Baltimore Ravens. Weaver has been a pleasure to watch on film. He has such an effortless approach as a pass rusher, maintaining constant speed while turning the corner. In a similar mold to current Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett, Weaver may lack any wow trait. What he does have is a well rounded game that will provide an impact on Sundays.”

 

30. New Orleans Saints: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

“Utah State quarterback Jordan Love has experienced a disappointing season so far and could stand to stay another year in college, or explore graduate transfer options. He just isn’t ready. Fortunate enough for him, the New Orleans Saints present a perfect opportunity for him to sit back and learn for a year from one of the all time greats in quarterback Drew Brees. With that year of watching and soaking in knowledge from Brees and Head Coach Sean Payton, Love could be in the perfect position to show off his tantalizing skill set to its highest degree.” 

 

31. New England Patriots: Yetur Gross-Matos, Edge, Penn State 

“Penn State defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos might be the most “New England Patriots end of the first round draft pick” of all time. Belichick has made a living off of these big bodied edge rushers who have the ability to reduce surface area quickly up the arc. That fits Gross-Matos to the tee. At 6’5” 265 pounds, he presents long limbs with surprising flexibility for a man his size. A high upside edge presence, Gross-Matos is just starting to scratch the surface of how good he can be.”

 

32. San Francisco 49ers: Richard LeCounte III, S, Georgia 

“The secondary has been a huge improvement so far this season for the 49ers. Richard Sherman and Co. has done a tremendous job to alleviate some of the naysayers during this 9-1 campaign. One spot they could afford to upgrade is at the free safety spot, currently filled by former first rounder Jimmie Ward. Ward just has not been a very good player for the majority of his 49ers career. Georgia’s Richard LeCounte III immediately provides an upgrade at the position, while also contributing some in the nickel from Day One.”

 

That concludes this addition of “The All-Knowing Mock Draft”. Please, an applause is not necessary. On a serious note, feel free to comment your thoughts below. Do you agree with my picks? Are you happy with your favorite team’s future outlook? Let’s talk!

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