NFL Mock Draft v.1
By: Tommy Mo
February 27, 2020
This is the first mock for the 2020 NFL Draft and just in time for the NFL Combine to start. This mock was conducted prior to any Combine testing that can shake up Big Boards with players that surprised or disappointed in the 40 yard dash, had great interviews, or simply have hands "too small" to be a Pro Bowl QB. This mock draft is based on off-season player rankings taking into account film review, statistical analysis, and aggregating evaluations from multiple draft and Devy scouts.
Also, while no trades are included in this mock, which most likely will happen during the real NFL Draft, I speculate on which teams are most likely to trade up or down in the first round. As the off-season continues up until Draft day, I'll run through several versions of this mock draft as I continue with player evaluations and factor in workout data from the Combine and individual Pro Days. Thanks for reading and as always let me know what you think on Twitter @2on1FFB.
Team Needs: QB, EDGE, WR, LB, IOL, OT, IDL, CB, TE
Joe Burrow - QB - LSU
6'4" / 216
This pick has not been a surprise to anyone once Burrow made his run for the Heisman trophy and solidified that assumption when he won the National Championship. Whether they decide to keep Dalton or not (most likely not) Burrow is a franchise QB that would fit perfectly in Zac Taylor's offense.
Team Needs: EDGE, OT, WR, CB, RB, S, TE, IOL, LB, QB
Chase Young - Edge - OSU
6'5" / 265
I wouldn't be surprised to see the Redskins to trade out of this pick, but with a talent like Young it would be hard to pass on the potential DROY in Chase Young who may be even better than Nick Bosa coming out of Ohio State last year. Young was super dominant in place of Bosa and Young is the type of player that turn a franchise.
Team Needs: CB, LB, EDGE, IOL, S, WR, OT, RB, IDL, TE
Jeffrey Okudah - CB - OSU
6'1" / 200
I expect the Lions to trade out of this pick to either the Dolphins or Chargers looking to secure their next franchise QB. But if they don't, they can draft a possible Pro Bowl CB in Okudah. With Darius Slay most likely being traded away, they can replace him right away with Okudah who is the clear cut CB1 of this class.
4. New York
Team Needs: OT, EDGE, LB, S, WR, CB, IOL, TE, QB
Jedrick Willis - OT - Alabama
6'4" / 312
The Giants need some serious help at their tackle positions as Daniel Jones was the 12th most sacked QB and their tackles allowed a combined 97 pressures, the most in the NFL per PFF. Willis is one of the best OT in this class, but it's his versatility to play on either side that gets him the pick here.
Team Needs: QB, EDGE, OT, IOL, RB, CB, S, LB, WR, TE
Tua Tagovailoa - QB - Alabama
6'1" / 219
The Dolphins could trade up to 2 or 3 to secure their Tua pick. If not for his injury last year Tua would be headed to Cincinnati as the clear cut QB1 but his time out last year drops him to at worst QB2 which is perfectly fine for the Dolphins who aren't settled at their franchise QB spot. Drafting Tua gives them a ton of options and one of the purest passers NCAA football has ever seen.
6. Los Angeles
Team Needs: QB, IOL, OT, CB, RB, WR, LB, TE, IDL
Justin Herbert - QB - Oregon
6'6" / 227
Rivers is officially out in LA after a lackluster final season. While they still have Tyrod Taylor, they can draft a young gun who has had a successful college career and never threw more than 8 INTs in 4 years with significant playing time. Herbert can make plays with his arm and legs as he showed off at the Senior Bowl and the past 2 seasons at Oregon. I could see the Chargers trading up if they have eyes for Tua or Burrow.
Team Needs: IDL, QB, CB, IOL, LB, S, IDL, TE, EDGE, OT
Derrick Brown - IDL - Auburn
6'5" / 318
It's looking like Cam Newton will be back at the helm for the Panthers, which allows them to get a stud on the interior D LIne who has great hands and a great first punch to control blockers. He can play over center or slide into the gaps during pass rush, and he's big enough to take up 2 or 3 blockers. Plus what other prospect used the RG to sack Joe Burrow.
Team Needs: WR, IDL, OT, IOL, LB, RB, EDGE, TE, CB, S
Jerry Jeudy - WR - Alabama
6'1" / 192
Kyle Murray won the OROY award last year and began the start of a successful career in Kingsbury's air raid offense. To continue that success Kliff can get himself another young stud WR as Larry Fitz is almost done, Kirk has battled injuries, and Isabella/Butler haven't broke out yet. Jeudy will give them an explosive playmaker who can stretch the field, aka a better Christian Kirk.
Team Needs: LB, CB, S, IDL, WR, EDGE, QB, IOL, RB, TE
Isaiah Simmons - LB - Clemson
6'1" / 200
The Jaguars are losing LB depth this off-season and can make a significant upgrade by drafting the best and most versatile LB in this class. Simmons played all over the field on defense for Clemson and could be an every down linebacker at multiple positions for the Jags. Simmons and Jack would be beasts in their 2nd line of defense, and improve upon an already stellar defense. The most versatile playmaker in one of the most dominant defenses would be scary.
Team Needs: OT, S, IOL, OT, LB, IDL, CB, EDGE, TE
Andrew Thomas - OT - Georgia
6'5" / 320
The Browns offensive line ranked 23rd in 2019 per PFF, and now need a new LT since Greg Robinson just got caught with 157 pounds of cannabis! Thomas is your prototypical LT, the guy you want protecting a QB's blind side. On film he's a beast with super quick feet. He has a great kickstep and keeps his shoulders square, using his long arms to keep edge rushers at bay. The only area I could see improvement is in his run blocking but he's excellent in pass pro.
11. New York
Team Needs: OT, IOL, EDGE, WR, CB, LB, TE, RB, IDL, QB
Tristian Wirfs - OT - Iowa
6'5" / 322
The Jets have needs at both tackle positions as both Beachem and Shell may not be resigned and they haven't given too much reason to get resigned. Wirfs is a big and physical RT who is also athletic with good feet. He does a great job passing off rushers running stunts and you'll find him running downfield on multiple plays to keep plays alive for the runner. This athleticism is why I think he can play either tackle position if he needed too, or even slide into guard, giving the Jets options.
12. Las Vegas
Team Needs: WR, LB, CB, QB, S, IDL, IOL, EDGE, TE
CeeDee Lamb - WR - Oklahoma
6'0" / 200
Since Jon Gruden took over as Head Coach he's said that he wants the best WR corps in the league. He can take one step closer to that goal by drafting the arguably best WR in this class in CeeDee Lamb. Lamb was dominant for the Sooners the last 2 years, showing a knack for YAC, catching the deep ball, and making tacklers miss as his tape is full of big plays and amazing catches. He's the complete package with speed and strength.
Team Needs: WR, QB, IDL, IOL, EDGE, OT, TE, CB, LB, S
Jalen Reagor - WR - TCU
5'11" / 195
The Colts miss Lamb by 1 pick but can grab the next best WR on my Big Board who has been rising this offseason. With reports of the Colts landing a QB in free agency (Rivers?) they'll need another WR to open their offense up as TY is aging, Parris has been hurt, and Funchess is most likely done. Jalen is a multi-talented WR that is fast, hungry to prove himself, and can bring a lot of energy to an offense that sputtered last year.
14. Tampa Bay
Team Needs: IDL, QB, OT, IOL, EDGE, RB, CB, S, TE, LB
Javon Kinlaw - IDL - South Carolina
6'5" / 315
Tampa Bay has a few needs on both sides of the ball. With Ndamukong Suh heading back to free agency there's a monster hole in the D line. Good thing Kinlaw is excellent and plugging holes, as he demonstrated against every SEC team and at the Senior Bowl where he stood out the most. He's constantly pushing the LOS back, even on double teams, but he's a 'get in the backfield' type player.
Team Needs: WR, OT, CB, LB, IDL, IOL, S, EDGE, QB, RB
Justin Jefferson - WR - LSU
6'1" / 202
Justin Jefferson is a high volume WR who helped Joe Burrow win the Heisman and National Championship last year. With a huge workload he racked up over 1,500 yards and 18 TDs off of 111 receptions. We know college production doesn't guarantee NFL production but this guy reminds me of a shorter Michael Thomas the way he's constantly snatching the ball out of the air. He would be a great fit to run alongside Sutton and give Lock another sure handed WR.
Team Needs: EDGE, TE, CB, IDL, RB, OT, LB, IOL, S, QB,
K'Lavon Chaisson - Edge - LSU
6'4" / 250
Atlanta is desperate for a pass rush as they ranked 29th last year in sacks. Chaisson is a standup edge rusher who can drop into coverage and be a force on the edge on both run and pass plays. He doesn't have excellent get off but he does a great job of getting his hands on the blocker and bends the corner very well. His line stunts are excellent so getting him on the move is the best use of his talent.
Team Needs: CB, S, IDL, EDGE, WR, TE, IOL, OT
Kristian Fulton - CB - LSU
6'0" / 200
The Cowboys are going to have a lot of salary cap issues this off-season with multiple high profile players needing new contracts. Byron Jones most likely has to walk because there's just not enough to go around. If this happens and Fulton is still available, the Cowboys would significantly improve their secondary with one of the best CBs in this class. He's equally as good in man and zone coverage, is a ballhawk that gets INTs, and isn't afraid to make a tackle.
Team Needs: EDGE, OT, IOL, RB, CB, S, LB, WR, TE
Mekhi Becton - OT - Louisville
6'7" / 369
While the Dolphins need some serious pass rush help, they also just drafted a new franchise QB that needs protection and with limited elite tackles in the draft, grabbing Becton at 18 would be a steal. This kid is HUGE and has quick feet, which makes him deadly in run blocking as he regularly tosses defenders. But also he's a hell of a pass blocker with a good kick step, keeping his shoulders square, and using his long arms.
19. Las Vegas
Team Needs: LB, CB, QB, S, IDL, IOL, EDGE, TE
Kenneth Murray - LB - Oklahoma
6'2" / 234
The most glaring area of need for the Raiders this past two season has been at linebacker where they lost guys due to injury and suspension. Murray is a big, physical linebacker who can run sideline to sideline. He's the perfect size for the new NFL prototype linebacker who can hit with speed. He's good in coverage but can can caught staring into the backfield at times but he accelerates to the ball and lays the wood.
Team Needs: CB, S, IDL, WR, EDGE, QB, IOL, RB, TE
Xavier McKinney - S - Alabama
6'1" / 200
The Jaguars could go in a couple different ways with their 2nd pick of the 1st round as CB and IDL is also an area they can improve on and add depth. But if they grab the best safety in the class at this spot, they get a significant boost to their secondary. McKinney is a hard hitting safety that makes plays all over the field. Drafting Simmons and McKinney would give the Jags the most versatile defensive playmakers.
Team Needs: CB, LB, WR, S, IOL, EDGE, QB, RB, IDL
C.J. Henderson - CB - Florida
6'1" / 202
Philadelphia is another team with a few spots to fill on the defense, but one of the biggest is at CB with Ronald Darby hitting the free agent market. Henderson and Diggs are close in ranking but I'll go with Henderson here because he's a ballhawk who can also lay the wood. He's almost like a safety who has great coverage skills in both man and zone coverage. I'm curious what his 40 time at the Combine will be because on the field he can run with any WR.
Team Needs: EDGE, WR, CB, IDL, RB, IOL, LB, OT, TE
AJ Epenesa - Edge - Iowa
6'6" / 280
There's not too many elite edge rushers in this year's draft class, which was what 2019's class was all about, but AJ Epenesa is one of them. He's a big and long edge rusher who led the Big Ten in sacks and was the Holiday Bowl Defensive MVP. Buffalo would be getting a stud here at 22 who would start right away opposite Jerry Hughes and next to Ed Oliver, making that front 4 one of the most dangerous in the league.
23. New England
Team Needs: EDGE, OT, TE, IOL, IDL, S, WR, LB, QB, CB
Yetur Gross-Matos - Edge - Penn State
6'5" / 266
Man, can you say Chandler Jones 2.0? Gross-Matos would be a great fit for the Patriots as he is built like and plays like Jones. He is equally as good at run defense as he is rushing the passer. He uses his long arms to control blockers, and has strength to work down the line, and quickness to bend the edge. He played both outside and inside at Penn St. so his versatility on the line would be great for Belichick, if they don't trade back.
24. New Orleans
Team Needs: IOL, WR, LB, CB, IDL, QB, S, EDGE, TE
Henry Ruggs III - WR -
6'0" / 190
While IOL is a need, grabbing a true WR compliment to Thomas may be too hard to pass up to give whomever is the QB a deep threat weapon they haven't had since Cooks. If Ruggs is still available this is a premiere landing spot for him as he would thrive in Payton's offense who would use his speed all over the field. Ruggs is dangerous with the ball in his hands and even without as he's a distraction for defenders, which is even better for Thomas.
Team Needs: CB, IOL, IDL, OT, WR, S, LB
Trevon Diggs - CB - Alabama
6'2" / 207
Besides this being a good fit for the Vikings, how cool would it be to have both Trevon and Stefon Diggs on the same team? Minnesota does need an excellent CB to play opposite Xavier Rhodes, as Trae Waynes is a Free Agent. Trevon looks just like his brother when it comes to ball handling, and he knows how to find the ball and if he's not catching it, he's disrupting it. The Vikings would get another weapon who can score on the defensive side of the ball.
Team Needs: EDGE, IOL, RB, CB, S, LB, WR, TE
Zack Baun - Edge - Wisconsin
6'3" / 240
Zack Baun is an Edge defender that might be more of a linebacker than defensive end. But when he's on the line he does an excellent job of beating blocks and bending the edge to get after the QB. His closing speed in the backfield is phenomenal. The best thing about Baun is he can play either on the line or in the alley covering the flats, but his best trait is his pass rush, he's relentless and reminds me of Clay Mathews.
Team Needs: EDGE, OT, CB, IOL, IDL, S, WR, TE, RB, LB
Austin Jackson - OT - USC
6'5" / 322
This was a tough one for me as the Seahawks need help at a few spots and while an edge rusher is a huge need, they may have just missed out on the last 1st round talented player. And while Jackson is on the cusp of a 1st or 2nd round pick, choosing Jackson here would significantly help the O Line, giving Wilson some additional time to throw the ball to his two stud WRs. Jackson is very athletic with good knee bend and has the USC connection with Pete Carroll.
Team Needs: EDGE, LB, IDL, WR, S, IOL, CB, OT, RB
Patrick Queen - LB - LSU
6'1" / 227
Some people have knocked Queen's size and ability to play linebacker right now at the next level, as he could've stayed at LSU to refine his skills. But Queen knows he's ready and if he lands at one of the best defensive development teams, he could be a game changer for the Ravens. He's also what you want now in an NFL LB, someone that can cover and run. Queen plays with passion and is all over the field on tape, especially getting to the QB on blitzes.
Team Needs: EDGE, IOL, IDL, TE, QB, OT, LB, CB
Neville Gallimore - IDL - Oklahoma
6'2" / 304
With the best edge defenders and interior O Lineman off the board the Titans may need to turn their attention to one of the last first round talented big guys. Scouting reports are all over the place with Gallimore but he's shown that he can be a disruptive force in the middle of a defensive line that grabbing him at 29 wouldn't be a stretch. He plays equally well at the nose or at the 3-tech who has a high motor and will get after the QB. He jumps out on tape as he's in the backfield quite often.
30. Green Bay
Team Needs: OT, WR, TE, LB, IOL, IDL, CB, RB
Tee Higgins - WR - Clemson
6'3" / 216
The Packers need to get Aaron Rodgers another big time WR to play alongside Davante Adams. Tee Higgins would be an amazing fit in Green Bay as he's got great size and catches everything. He has a huge wingspan and reminds me of another Clemson Tiger, Deandre Hopkins. Getting Higgins here would give the Packers one of the best WR duos in the league instantly. His deep ball skills would be perfect for a QB like Rodgers who likes to chuck it downfield.
31. San Francisco
Team Needs: CB, IOL, S, OT, LB, IDL, WR, RB, EDGE
Grant Delpit - S - LSU
6'2" / 203
If Jimmie Ward does not get resigned and hits the free agent market, then safety becomes a much higher priority for last year's runner-up. And while CB is also a need, the 49ers can get one of the best safeties in the draft in Delpit. He's a long and rangy safety that is adept at playing in the box, but is probably even better in coverage as he drapes over a WR to breakup passes. He has good timing for interceptions and will high point the ball.
32. Kansas City
Team Needs: CB, IOL, RB, LB, EDGE, IDL, S, OT, WR
Damon Arnette - CB - Ohio St.
5'11" / 195
The Chiefs showed they can win it all with a commitment to offense and an improved defense thanks to the Honey Badger. To continue that improvement they need an upgrade at CB and unless they move up to get a premiere DB, they can grab a solid CB in Damon Arnette who was overshadowed at times playing opposite Okudah. Arnette is a tough CB who has the skill set to line up against outside WRs or move into the nickel as the Buckeyes used him.