2020 NFL Draft First-Round Mock Draft
April 22, 2020
By Tony Mejia
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1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
The good times roll on for one of the few people in the world who can say that they've truly enjoyed the past eight months. Barring injury, the rookie should start for the Bengals in Week 1.
2. Washington Redskins: Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
The Ron Rivera regime should start with taking the top defensive player in the draft, upgrading a defensive front seven that gives the 'Skins their best shot at competing immediately.
3. Detroit Lions: Jeffrey Okudah, Ohio State
Although it wouldn’t surprise me to see the evening’s first trade come in this spot, the need to move up to get your man doesn’t look to be as pressing. If the Lions stay put, selecting the top corner in the draft to help rebuild a secondary that just lost Darius Slay would be the right move.
4. New York Giants: Tristan Wirfs, T, Iowa
Although Clemson’s Isaiah Simmons is the best player on the board, upgrading the team’s talent up front to help recent top picks Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley operate more effectively means they’ll go with the soundest option.
5. Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
Miami should pull the trigger in getting the guy they’ve wanted all along, taking the risk that the ‘Bama star and former presumptive No. 1 pick will be able to stay healthy and be worth the gamble. He’s too talented to pass on.
6. Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
The Pac-12 star has accuracy issues but tremendous upside. With Philip Rivers gone and a QB to apprentice under in place with Tyrod Taylor set to step up, this should be a good situation for all involved.
7. Carolina Panthers: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
The Panthers have a lot of work to do on the defensive side of the ball, making this a no-brainer. With Luke Kuechly having retired, Matt Rhule lands one of the draft’s top athletes and most versatile defensive player to help usher in the new era.
8. Arizona Cardinals: Jedrick Wills, T, Alabama
The Cardinals have a number of options to consider as they look to upgrade an offensive line that needs to give Kyler Murray time to work. Most teams have Wills or Wirfs atop their draft boards.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars: C.J Henderson, CB, Florida
The Falcons are a candidate to move into this spot and covet the top available corner. If the Jags stay put, grabbing the Gators’ standout to help is a strong possibility too since they moved on from Jalen Ramsey last season and cut A.J. Bouye.
10. Cleveland Browns: Andrew Thomas, Georgia
Tackle run! Having already added former Titans standout Jack Conklin to play right tackle, the Browns will look to upgrade the left side as they seek to keep Baker Mayfield’s jersey from getting as dirty as it has over his first two seasons. Thomas gets the nod over Becton, who may have a higher ceiling but is far more raw and had a drug test flagged at the combine.
11. New York Jets: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
Sam Darnold should have some input considering the options New York has on the board in what is arguably the deepest receiving crop ever. Lamb may not be the fastest of the bunch, but he’s special.
12. Las Vegas Raiders: Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
Although he won’t get to take a boat ride to the stage at the Bellagio as originally planned, Las Vegas’ first pick will pack plenty of sizzle. Ruggs gets the nod over Jeudy due to a lingering knee issue teams are worried about.
13. San Francisco 49ers: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
The reigning SEC Defensive Player of the would be a tremendous piece for a defensive line that’s already a strength but would greatly benefit by a Top-10 talent slipping to this spot to help replace DeForest Buckner, who John Lynch traded to Indianapolis.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
Kinlaw can really play and would be a nice fit in a Todd Bowles’ defense as a 3-4 end next to 2018 top pick Vita Vea.
15. Denver Broncos: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
Getting QB Drew Lock another young weapon to pair with No. 1 option Courtland Sutton and tight end Noah Fant would be a good idea.
16. Atlanta Falcons: K’Lavon Chaisson, DE, LSU
The Falcons will likely try and move up to address holes in the secondary, but if they stay put in this spot and the draft works out like this, improving the pass rush would also be a priority.
17. Dallas Cowboys: Grant Delpit, S, LSU
The Cowboys can use a cover corner since Byron Jones just left for Miami but are also in the market for a safety since they just added Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and have projected starter Xavier Woods entering free agency. Delpit was banged up last season but is the top safety available.
18. Miami Dolphins: Mekhi Becton, T, Louisville
The Dolphins badly need help up front. Seeing Becton slip here would make for a great night for Miami’s front office, who get great value in this spot in the most impressive physical specimen available in a solid tackle class.
19. Las Vegas Raiders: Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
Jon Gruden knows his defense needs playmakers outside and appreciates guys who get in there and mix it up. Gladney, tough and a sound tackler despite being on the smaller side, checks a lot of boxes.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars: Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State
With the defense basically being completely rebuilt, adding the top pass-rusher on the board would be a great idea for a Jags’ squad that looks like it will be in contention for the 2021 Draft’s No. 1 pick.
21. Philadelphia Eagles: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
It would be criminal not to get Carson Wentz more help considering how depleted that Eagles’ receiving corps wound up last season. Following 111 catches and 18 TD’s in winning a national title last season, Jefferson comes off the board.
22. Minnesota Vikings: Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
After a fantastic combine and a terrific career helping Baylor rise back up from the ashes, Mims will be tasked with helping replace Stefon Diggs.
23. New England Patriots: Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
Trading out of the first round is an option, but there are too many solid receivers and linebackers to pass on here. Murray has a lot of admirers and is the prototypical Pats’ LB to add to Bill Belichick’s arsenal.
24. New Orleans Saints: Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
Who dat Bayou Bengal still available here? Queen not only addresses a need at linebacker but also appeases the fan base? Queen is fast and really came on last season after serving in an apprentice role under Devin White early in his stint in Baton Rouge. The small-town kid from Ventress getting to stay in his home state would be a nice story.
25. Minnesota Vikings: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
Teams willing to take a flier on Love’s vast potential despite his rough junior season should find a willing trade partner in moving up to select him here.
26. Miami Dolphins: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
The Dolphins could use safety help and spot significant value here in grabbing another Crimson Tide standout to try and groom after dealing Minkah Fitzgerald to aid last season’s tank job.
27. Seattle Seahawks: Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU
The Big 12 should continue seeing their best prospects selected as the Horned Frogs join the Sooners in seeing multiple first-rounders selected.
28. Baltimore Ravens: A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
The Ravens get pass rushers with Epenesa available after slipping following a tough combine showing. Fortunately for him, Baltimore’s brain trust relies on film and have an excellent body of work to study.
29. Tennessee Titans: Josh Jones, T, Houston
Th Titans snag the best offensive tackle remaining on the board and can use a talent infusion after losing Conklin.
30. Green Bay Packers: D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
I don’t see the Packers making this pick, which makes this a great spot for a team to sneak into the first to select the top running back on the board.
31. San Francisco 49ers: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
The Niners select the decorated Tigers’ corner to help add youth to a secondary that could be in for a facelift after the season. Alabama’s Travon Diggs and Utah’s Jaylon Johnson would also be options here.
32. Kansas City Chiefs: Austin Jackson, T, USC
There are contrasting opinions on the 6-foot-6 former prep All-American, but he’s got the athleticism to fit in up front since the defending champs’ can use some depth along the offensive line.
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