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2020 NFL Draft Second-Round Mock

NFL Draft second-round features deep crop

33. Cincinnati Bengals: Josh Jones, T, Houston

Cincinnati badly needs help up front to protect likely Week 1 starter Joe Burrow and pick up a tackle that many teams had a first-round grade on.

34. Indianapolis Colts: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

The Colts can go in a number of directions and are a threat to take a QB but badly need to upgrade their receiving corps and go for Higgins’ size as an asset in the red zone to play tiebreaker at a very deep position.

35. Detroit Lions: Ezra Cleveland, T, Boise State

The Lions are best served moving newly-signed human turnstile Halapoulivaati Vaitai inside instead of using him at tackle, so coming up with a talented versatile rookie to help protect Matthew Stafford would make for a nice haul.

36. New York Giants: Zack Baun, DE, Wisconsin

The edge rusher may have slipped due to a drug test coming up diluted at the combine but he’s definitely one of the best value picks available and is versatile enough to help immediately.

37. New England Patriots: Jacob Eason, QB, Washington

Jarrett Stidham has a leg up, but getting some competition for him is a priority for Bill Belichick as post-Tom Brady life begins. Eason is the best quarterback on the board.

38. Carolina Panthers: Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah

Another potential first-rounder who fills a need, Johnson is likely going to be better than a couple of the corners who were taken ahead of him.

39. Miami Dolphins: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama

The Dolphins have their choice of the top safeties on the board and go with another Crimson Tide standout to continue an excellent draft.

40. Houston Texans: Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State

Most can’t wait to see how Bill O’Brien screws this up after a run of questionable decisions, but the need for a pass rusher to help take pressure off J.J. Watt and Gross-Matos falling to this spot makes this a no-brainer.

41. Cleveland Browns: Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU

The Browns go best available with the third Horned Frosgs’ player to be drafted. Blacklock is disciplined and physical, making him a candidate to play immediately.

42. Jacksonville Jaguars: D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia

After addressing a couple of defensive needs on Day 1, the Jags could go a number of directions here but can protect themselves with the best running back in the draft since they’re shopping Leonard Fournette.

43. Chicago Bears: Grant Delpit, S, LSU

This is the pick Chicago got in the Khalil Mack deal, which makes it ironic since they’re going to continue to get the better of the Raiders on it by picking one of the best defensive players in the entire draft. Delpit slipped, but will be a difference-maker if he can stay healthy.

44. Indianapolis Colts: A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa

Once considered a Top-10 pick, the Hawkeyes’ standout should see his slide end and will get a chance to stay in Big Ten country and prove critics wrong.

45. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma

After upgrading the offense with most of their offseason moves, the Bucs address their defensive line though this athletic 300-pounder.

46. Denver Broncos: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU

The Bayou Bengals see another from their championship group selected in a corner that fits an area of need for Vic Fangio and the Broncos.

47. Atlanta Falcons: Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

The Falcons reached for a corner in round 1 after failing to move up and land a second option in addition to top pick A.J. Terrell in Stephon Diggs’ little brother.

48. New York Jets: Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor

New York has to get Sam Darnold some receiving talent to work with and has their choice of a number of talented option, ultimately picking the guy who most impressed at the combine.

49. Pittsburgh Steelers: Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado

Although they could try and draft another QB for Ben Roethlisberger to mentor, it’s more important to get their veteran another target as a welcome-back gift.

50. Chicago Bears: Lloyd Cushenberry, C, LSU

One of the top interior linemen available, Cushenberry would be the eighth Tiger selected if things go to form.

51. Dallas Cowboys: Julian Okwara, DE, Notre Dame

Jerry Jones was giddy that CeeDee Lamb slipped to their spot in the first round, but the Cowboys have to get some holes filled on their defense. A pass rusher would help most.

52. Los Angeles Rams: Michael Pittman, Jr., WR, USC

With Brandin Cooks gone and Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds in the final year of their rookie deals, L.A. has to get Jared Goff another weapon and don’t have to look far with Pittman available.

53. Philadelphia Eagles: Josh Uche, DE, Michigan

The Eagles addressed their most pressing need by adding a receiver and will look to improve their pass rush with the best available option.

54. Buffalo Bills: Terrell Lewis, DE, Alabama

Injury-related concerns have seen his stock dip, but he’s got a high ceiling at a position where the Bills can use a boost.

55. Baltimore Ravens: Bradlee Anae, DE, Utah

Baltimore is looking to infuse its defense with playmakers and did a nice job adding a speedy linebacker in Patrick Queen. The long, athletic Anae gets after it.

56. Miami Dolphins: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin

With so many options available, it’s hard to see Miami passing on improving their backfield and go for the record-setting Wisconsin star over FSU’s Cam Akers and Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins.

57. Los Angeles Rams: Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State

You can never have enough corners, and unless L.A. uses this pick to move up, they’ll add a player who fared well against SEC competition.

58. Minnesota Vikings: Antoine Winfield, Jr., S, Minnesota

This would be a dream scenario for all parties since Winfield is going to be a terrific asset and the Vikings are familiar with his skills.

59. Seattle Seahawks: Curtis Weaver, DE, Boise State

The Seahawks went for the best available player after being unable to trade out of Round 1 and may shop this pick too. Adding the top pass-rusher on the board is a solid fall-back plan.

60. Baltimore Ravens: Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame

The Ravens traded Hayden Hurst and really make use of the tight end well in their offense as a top option for Lamar Jackson. Kmet would be the first at the position off the board.

61. Tennessee Titans: Marlon Davidson, DE, Auburn

The Titans may still be looking to upgrade along the offensive line despite going that route in Round 1 but can also improve their pass rush by staying in SEC country for this selection.

62. Green Bay Packers: Lucas Niang, T, TCU

Green Bay needs to get Aaron Rodgers weapons after that puzzling Thursday night move but choose to upgrade their protection instead, looking to find a replacement for Bryan Bulaga.

63. Kansas City Chiefs: Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois

Don’t let the small-school tag fool you. The FCS standout has long been considered one of the top defensive backs in this draft.

64. Seattle Seahawks: Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame

Getting Russell Wilson another weapon would be ideal, so a big physical receiver to complement DK Metcalf in the red zone would be a strong move.

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