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NFL Mock Draft 2020

NFL Mock Draft 2020

04/05/2020
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Mock Draft Originally Published by CBSSports.com (4/5/20)

 

NFL MOCK DRAFT
ROUND 1
 
 
Round 1 - Pick 1
 
LSU • SR • 6'4" / 221 LBS
PROJECTED TEAM
Cincinnati
PROSPECT RNK
2nd
POSITION RNK
1st
 
The Bengals are taking the best player in this draft and their next franchise quarterback. This isn't Akili Smith. Cincinnati gets this pick right and has its generational quarterback for the next decade.
Round 1 - Pick 2
 
OHIO STATE • JR • 6'5" / 264 LBS
PROJECTED TEAM
Washington
PROSPECT RNK
1st
POSITION RNK
1st
 
Ron Rivera is the Redskins' new head coach. He didn't draft Dwayne Haskins, which gives him every reason to select Tua Tagovailoa in this spot. But it's hard to see Washington pass up on Young when Jack Del Rio is the defensive coordinator. The Redskins get the generational pass rusher needed in a division with the Eagles and Cowboys offensive lines.
Round 1 - Pick 3
 
OHIO STATE • JR • 6'1" / 205 LBS
PROJECTED TEAM
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
4th
POSITION RNK
1st
 
The Lions traded Darius Slay to the Eagles and could use a cornerback on their revamped defense. Okudah has the makeup of a shutdown corner, continuing the new tradition of having one in Detroit.
Round 1 - Pick 4
 
ALABAMA • JR • 6'4" / 312 LBS
PROJECTED TEAM
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
6th
POSITION RNK
1st
 
The Giants need an offensive tackle to protect Daniel Jones. Nate Solder is getting paid a lot of money to be average and New York needs another tackle anyway. Dave Gettleman takes the best lineman available in Wills.
Round 1 - Pick 5
 
ALABAMA • JR • 6'0" / 217 LBS
PROJECTED TEAM
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
5th
POSITION RNK
2nd
 
The Dolphins don't have to trade any of their first-round picks to move up and get Tua. He'll be there at No. 5, and Miami will use 2020 to develop the most talented quarterback the franchise has employed since Dan Marino (sorry, Ryan Tannehill).
Round 1 - Pick 6
 
OREGON • SR • 6'6" / 236 LBS
PROJECTED TEAM
L.A. Chargers
PROSPECT RNK
20th
POSITION RNK
4th
 
The Chargers appear to have no interest in Jameis Winston or Cam Newton, and I find it hard to believe they will roll into the season with Tyrod Taylor having no competition. Herbert goes over Love here and will compete with Taylor for the starting job.
Round 1 - Pick 7
 
CLEMSON • JR • 6'4" / 238 LBS
PROJECTED TEAM
Carolina
PROSPECT RNK
3rd
POSITION RNK
1st
 
The Panthers seem to always have an excellent linebacker (is that what we're calling Simmons?) fall into their lap. He's perfect for what Phil Snow will want to run in Carolina, especially since he can play slot cornerback and safety as well.
Round 1 - Pick 8
 
LOUISVILLE • JR • 6'7" / 364 LBS
PROJECTED TEAM
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
11th
POSITION RNK
3rd
 
The Cardinals are loaded with offensive weapons, but Kyler Murray will be running for his life. Becton has the most upside of the "big four" offensive tackles in this draft and his athleticism fits what Arizona does on offense.
Round 1 - Pick 9
 
ALABAMA • JR • 6'1" / 193 LBS
PROJECTED TEAM
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
12th
POSITION RNK
2nd
 
The Jaguars need interior defensive line and cornerback help more than a wide receiver, but they make the draft go sideways with the selection of Jeudy. Jacksonville has solid wideouts outside of D.J. Chark, but still want to make Gardner Minshew a thing. Jeudy gives Minshew the best chance to succeed as the starter.
Round 1 - Pick 10
 
IOWA • JR • 6'5" / 320 LBS
PROJECTED TEAM
Cleveland
PROSPECT RNK
9th
POSITION RNK
2nd
 
The Browns send a "thank you" card to the Jaguars for taking Jeudy, as that enables them to land Wirfs. They solidify the right side of the line with Wirfs and Jack Conklin, as Cleveland can plug Wirfs at guard to start before an eventual move to tackle if they find another answer on the blindside this offseason.
Round 1 - Pick 11
 
OKLAHOMA • JR • 6'2" / 198 LBS
PROJECTED TEAM
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
8th
POSITION RNK
1st
 
The Jets lost Robby Anderson in free agency and signed Breshad Perriman to replace him. They still need to add a receiver, even with Derrick Brown still on the board. Joe Douglas has demonstrated he prioritizes the trenches, but there's no way he passes on Lamb.
Round 1 - Pick 12
 
ALABAMA • JR • 5'11" / 188 LBS
PROJECTED TEAM
Las Vegas
PROSPECT RNK
14th
POSITION RNK
3rd
 
The Raiders badly need a wide receiver. With Jeudy and Lamb off the board, they have no choice but to draft Ruggs. Tough to pass on Derrick Brown, but Derek Carr needs someone to throw the ball to.
Round 1 - Pick 13
 
AUBURN • SR • 6'5" / 326 LBS
PROJECTED TEAM
San Francisco
PROSPECT RNK
7th
POSITION RNK
1st
 
The 49ers traded DeForest Buckner for the No. 13 pick. Brown falls into San Francisco's lap and the team adds him to an already stacked defensive line. The 49ers get one of the best picks in the draft.
Round 1 - Pick 14
 
GEORGIA • JR • 6'5" / 315 LBS
PROJECTED TEAM
Tampa Bay
PROSPECT RNK
15th
POSITION RNK
4th
 
The Buccaneers see Thomas fall to No. 14 after the top wide receivers come off the board. They get their tackle to protect Tom Brady, which is what the franchise desperately needs in order for Brady to win another Super Bowl.
Round 1 - Pick 15
 
SOUTH CAROLINA • SR • 6'5" / 324 LBS
PROJECTED TEAM
Denver
PROSPECT RNK
10th
POSITION RNK
2nd
 
Denver needs help at wide receiver and cornerback, but there's no point in reaching for one at No. 15. Vic Fangio loves his defensive linemen and with Kinlaw still on the board, it's a no-brainer.
Round 1 - Pick 16
 
LSU • SOPH • 6'3" / 254 LBS
PROJECTED TEAM
Atlanta
PROSPECT RNK
13th
POSITION RNK
2nd
 
Injuries and all, there's no denying Chaisson's ability to get to the quarterback. The Falcons addressed their pass-rushing deficiency with Dante Fowler and add another sack master in Chaisson. C.J. Henderson is tempting here, but there are corners to be had later.
Round 1 - Pick 17
 
FLORIDA • JR • 6'1" / 204 LBS
PROJECTED TEAM
Dallas
PROSPECT RNK
18th
POSITION RNK
2nd
 
Dallas has a tough call choosing between Henderson and Xavier McKinney, but the Cowboys can't go wrong either way. They get a cornerback who should start Week 1.
Round 1 - Pick 18
 
ALABAMA • JR • 6'0" / 201 LBS
PROJECTED TEAM
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
17th
POSITION RNK
1st
 
This is the pick the Dolphins got for Minkah Fitzpatrick and they select -- a safety?! Miami needs help behind Byron Jones and Xavien Howard, and McKinney will lead the safety position on South Beach for years to come.
   From Chicago Bears
Round 1 - Pick 19
 
LSU • SR • 6'0" / 197 LBS
PROJECTED TEAM
Las Vegas
PROSPECT RNK
22nd
POSITION RNK
3rd
 
The Raiders could have traded up to land Henderson (no trades in this mock, remember), but they settle for Fulton. Getting a good cornerback isn't a bad consolation prize for a team that desperately needs a starter here.
   From Los Angeles Rams
Round 1 - Pick 20
 
IOWA • JR • 6'5" / 275 LBS
PROJECTED TEAM
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
16th
POSITION RNK
3rd
 
Jacksonville drafts the best player available. The Jaguars could use an edge rusher and Yannick Ngakoue isn't playing for them anymore. Jordan Love is tempting, but the Jaguars are still hoping for a first-round pick for Ngakoue at this stage. Plus they are convinced Minshew is going to work (at least this year).
Round 1 - Pick 21
 
PENN STATE • JR • 6'5" / 266 LBS
PROJECTED TEAM
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
21st
POSITION RNK
4th
 
The Eagles love their pass rushers, especially with Jim Schwartz putting a premium on rushing four. Gross-Matos is the long-term solution behind Brandon Graham. Besides, the Eagles don't have much depth behind Graham and Derek Barnett at defensive end. They can get their wide receiver in the second round.
   From Buffalo Bills
Round 1 - Pick 22
 
ALABAMA • SR • 6'1" / 205 LBS
PROJECTED TEAM
Minnesota
PROSPECT RNK
28th
POSITION RNK
4th
 
Mike Zimmer has picked a cornerback in the first round twice in the past six drafts. He takes another corner, and Minnesota could use one.
Round 1 - Pick 23
 
UTAH STATE • JR • 6'4" / 224 LBS
PROJECTED TEAM
New England
PROSPECT RNK
19th
POSITION RNK
3rd
 
How fortunate are the Patriots to have Love still on the board at No. 23? They get a year to develop him in the offense while finding out if Jarrett Stidham is the truth. Unfortunately, there are no tight ends worth taking in the first round this year.
Round 1 - Pick 24
 
LSU • JR • 6'0" / 229 LBS
PROJECTED TEAM
New Orleans
PROSPECT RNK
34th
POSITION RNK
3rd
 
Don't see how the Saints pass on a linebacker here, especially since they could use a starter to go with an oft-injured group that includes Kiko Alonso and Alex Anzalone. New Orleans should hope Queen is better than Kenneth Murray.
Round 1 - Pick 25
 
LSU • JR • 6'1" / 202 LBS
PROJECTED TEAM
Minnesota
PROSPECT RNK
31st
POSITION RNK
5th
 
No point to reach for Jefferson at No. 22 when the Vikings can land their wide receiver at No. 25. Jefferson is no field stretcher like Stefon Diggs, but he already is a polished wide receiver. The Vikings could use one of those.
   From Houston Texans
Round 1 - Pick 26
 
WISCONSIN • JR • 5'10" / 226 LBS
PROJECTED TEAM
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
24th
POSITION RNK
1st
 
Miami really needs a running back to pair with Jordan Howard. The Dolphins were last in rush yards and 31st in yards per carry in 2019. Why wait until the second round, hoping Taylor falls to them? Taylor is the best player on the board.
Round 1 - Pick 27
 
HOUSTON • SR • 6'5" / 319 LBS
PROJECTED TEAM
Seattle
PROSPECT RNK
32nd
POSITION RNK
5th
 
Jones needs to polish on his footwork and needs to improve in pass protection. The Seahawks can't pass up his potential, especially if they can develop Jones as Brown's successor at left tackle.
Round 1 - Pick 28
 
OKLAHOMA • JR • 6'3" / 241 LBS
PROJECTED TEAM
Baltimore
PROSPECT RNK
25th
POSITION RNK
2nd
 
Murray is a perfect fit for the Ravens, who struggled to find an adequate replacement for C.J. Mosley last year. Murray models his game after Ray Lewis, so he'll fit right in.
Round 1 - Pick 29
 
GEORGIA • JR • 5'8" / 212 LBS
PROJECTED TEAM
Tennessee
PROSPECT RNK
41st
POSITION RNK
2nd
 
The Titans are trying to win a Super Bowl this year. They get the best player on the board in Swift, who will be an excellent change-of-pace back to Henry (who is playing under the franchise tag this year). Swift can also be a long-term solution in case the Titans decide to move on from Henry.
Round 1 - Pick 30
 
BAYLOR • SR • 6'3" / 207 LBS
PROJECTED TEAM
Green Bay
PROSPECT RNK
43rd
POSITION RNK
8th
 
Green Bay has its pick at the wide receiver it wants between Mims, Brandon Aiyuk and Tee Higgins. Mims fits the Packers offense the best of the three, even though they could use a burner on the outside.
Round 1 - Pick 31
 
ARIZONA STATE • SR • 6'0" / 205 LBS
PROJECTED TEAM
San Francisco
PROSPECT RNK
38th
POSITION RNK
7th
 
The 49ers didn't take a wide receiver at No. 13. They get their man at No. 31 in Aiyuk, who is excellent in yards after the catch. Jimmy Garoppolo will be pleased with his new target.
Round 1 - Pick 32
 
CLEMSON • JR • 6'1" / 195 LBS
PROJECTED TEAM
Kansas City
PROSPECT RNK
30th
POSITION RNK
5th
 
The Chiefs badly need a cornerback, someone who can start Week 1. Enter Terrell, who isn't a ball hawk but has experience shadowing No. 1 wide receivers.
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