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NFL 2020 MOCK DRAFT #1
In this Mock Draft, Chris Dailey gives you his first 32 to go off the board and an added comment on each pick! Please note their are no trades in this mock draft!
1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow QB LSU
The obvious number one pick, Joe Burrow has ‘it’. Do I think he will turn around the Bengals franchise? No. However, I cannot see a way that the Bengals don’t take the Heisman winner after his historic, National Championship winning season.
2. Washington Redskins: Chase Young EDGE Ohio State
Well Giants fans, soak it in. This man will be ripping apart offensive lines in the NFL for years to come. If Young bulls up a bit more, he may just be the next JJ Watt. Despite missing two games, Young racked up 16.5 animals. He’s a force to be reckoned with and the obvious number 2 pick.
3. Detroit Lions: Jeff Okudah CB Ohio State
After losing All-Pro CB Darius Slay, it would be hard to imagine the Lions not getting their hands on the best corner in the draft, Jeff Okudah. Another OSU talent, Okudah will be a big boost to a struggling Lions defense. Don’t be surprised to see a trade here with the Dolphins as Miami is doing everything they can to get Tua Tagovailoa.
4. New York Giants: Tristan Wirfs OT Iowa
Wirfs is a freak of nature. The right tackle stands at 6’5 and weighs 320 pounds. When you see the big man run, he looks like an Olympic track star. Athletically, he has it all and inside reports have said Dave Gettleman is very high on the kid from Iowa. The Giants have drafted franchise-altering players in Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones the last two drafts and now they need to protect those stars by drafting Wirfs.
5. Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa QB Alabama
Tua Tagovailoa or just ‘Tua’ may be the most talented quarterback in this draft class. Without the lingering injuries Tua sustained in college, he would be the front-runner for the number one pick. I think any team that drafts him should give him the Pat Mahomes treatment and let him sit for a year and then start playing to ensure he is back to 100% health.
6. Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Herbert QB Oregon
Justin Herbert fits what you want in an NFL quarterback. Herbert is 6’6 and can escape the pocket and use his legs to make a play. Herbert can be a real threat in the NFL. Although I’m not all in on Justin Herbert, he has all of the intangibles to make it to the top.
7. Carolina Panthers: Derrick Brown DT Auburn
The new man Matt Rhule is in town and the Panthers are paying him big bucks for a reason, to win football games. I think this year will be a nice bridge year for the Panthers and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them tank for Trevor (but we will get to that next year). Derrick Brown out of Auburn plays on the inside, and the Panthers are in desperate need of an interior defender. 6’5 and 318 pounds Brown is the perfect fit for the Panthers franchise.
8. Arizona Cardinals: Jedrick Wills OT Alabama
Although Isiah Simmons may be the overall better prospect, the Cardinals need a blocker big time. If Kliff Kingsbury wants his air raid system to work with young quarterback Kyler Murray and star wideout DeAndre Hopkins, he (Kingsbury) has to strengthen the offensive line. Wills is the most pro-ready prospect in the draft and will make be a day one starter in Arizona.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars: Isiah Simmons LB Clemson
The Jaguars need everything. The front-office down in Jacksonville has been noticeably tanking, and the whole league is in awe. A team that was in the AFC Championship two years ago is one of the worst teams in the NFL. Isiah Simmons is the best athlete in the entire draft and certainly the most versatile. I see Simmons as a huge hit or miss prospect. More people know Simmons as the athlete rather than the football player, and in the NFL you need a mix of both and it shall be interesting to see how he translates his game to the NFL.
10. Cleveland Browns: Mekhi Becton OT Louisville
Mehiki Becton is huge. At 6 foot 7 and 369 pounds with a seven-foot wingspan, Becton is physically a monster. The Dawg Pound in Cleveland will be foolish not to draft Becton if he's still around here at the 10 spot.
11. New York Jets: Cedee Lamb WR Oklahoma
Cedee Lamb makes the ball stick to his hand as if he has glue on his glove. The Jets need to improve many things in this draft, the other big position being the offensive line. However, with Robby Anderson gone I can’t picture the Jets not drafting a big-time playmaker for Darnold here.
12. Oakland Raiders: Jerry Jeudy WR Alabama
A premier and polished route runner, Jerry Jeudy managed to rack up 1,163 and ten touchdowns while playing with another first-round receiver last season. Jeudy can make a positive impact right away and it’s going to be tough for Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden to pass on the Alabama receiver if he falls to the 12 spot.
13. San Francisco 49’ers: CJ Henderson CB Florida
Very good in the backfield, Henderson proves to be the top corner in the draft. While the Niners may lean forwards a receiver with this pick, it was apparent that their defense needs to be fixed. Richard Sherman isn’t good anymore and it was shown in the playoffs. CJ Henderson, welcome to San Francisco.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Andrew Thomas OT Georgia
Tom Brady doesn’t like to be sacked. If you’re Bruce Arians right now everything is about building around the six-time SuperBowl Champion. Thomas is a huge blocker that provides stable protection for Brady. The Georgia Bulldog will jump in the Buccaneers offense as a day one starter.
15. Denver Broncos: Henry Ruggs III WR Alabama
Henry Ruggs III is the third receiver in a very deep class to be taken off the board. A teammate of Jeudy, Ruggs will go to Mile High and be a nice compliment to an offense that is in desperate need of another wideout.
16. Atlanta Falcons: Javon Kinlaw DT South Carolina
A great pass rusher, the best in the draft excluding Chase Young, Kinlaw will be playing in the nicest stadium in America. After losing Vic Beasley, the Falcons need somebody who can hit the quarterback. Kinlaw is that guy and will fill a big hole in the Falcons defense.
17. Dallas Cowboys: K'Lavon Chassion OLB LSU
The Dallas Cowboys took a big hit when they lost Robert Quinn. Chaisson, an interior defensive pass-rusher will be a big-time player for the Cowboys.
18. Miami Dolphins: Xavier McKinney S Alabama
Brian Flores is building a great team in Miami and this draft will only bolster the team. McKinney is a great, athletic player and will fill a big hole in the Dolphins defense at the safety spot.
19. Las Vegas Raiders: Grant Delpit S LSU
A very talented player. Delpit was a huge reason why LSU went undefeated and won a National Championship. Similar to Brian Flores and the Dolphins, the Raiders are building a great, young team and Delpit will be another big addition to the silver and black’s defender.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jeff Gladney CB TCU
After losing Jalen Ramsey and nearly every other star on the team, the Jaguars are in full rebuild mode. After getting Isiah Simmons at 9, Gladney would be a smart and safe pick here for Jacksonville.
21. Philadelphia Eagles: Justin Jefferson
The Eagles need hands. Hands that can catch a ball from Carson Wentz. Jefferson has those hands as will make an immediate impact with Philly. A no brainer pick here for the Eagles.
22. Minnesota Vikings: Kristian Fulton
This class is filled with depth in the wide receiver position, so the Vikings are going to pass on that position right now and grab one of the best corners in the draft, Kristian Fulton. Fulton is a productive and consistent player that is one of the most underrated players in this draft class.
23. New England Patriots: Denzel Mims
No Jordan Love for the Patriots. Before ASR’s song the quarterback situation, the Pats need to get a good wideout for whoever the quarterback of the future may be. I see the Patriots going with Jake Fromm in the third round and grabbing the explosive Denzel Mims while he’s still around.
24. New Orleans Saints: Patrick Queen
Yet another LSU player taken off the board. Queen is tough and has a great football IQ, everything Sean Payton is looking for. Plus his ties with the city are already a big plus.
25. Minnesota Vikings: Jalen Reagor
A very dynamic and flexible receiver, Reagor is a fun guy to work with. I can see the Vikings using Reagor as the replacement of Stegen Diggs. Adam Thielen is already in Minnesota, so Reagor will also have a veteran to work and learn from.
26. Miami Dolphins: Isiah Wilson
Wilson is a huge guy that is very light on his feet. If he fixes up a few of his flaws he can be huge for the Miami offense that will be powered by the Hawaiian native himself, Tua Tagavailoa.
27. Seattle Seahawks: Yetur Gross-Matos
20 tackles for loss doesn’t lie. Yetur Gross-Matos is the definition of a football player. Gross-Matos will be a great pickup for the Seahawks and I am sure Pete Caroll will make the most of Gross-Matos.
28. Baltimore Ravens: Kenneth Murray
Kenneth Murray is a raw talent that was great for the Oklahoma Sooners. The Ravens desperately need a linebacker and they’re going to get one for the future in Kenneth Murray.
29. Tennessee Titans: Zack Baun
I love watching Zack Baun play. The pass rusher has a great nose for the ball and just loves the game. Very versatile, Baun can also play linebacker. Add that to a great football IQ and Baun is a premier NFL defender.
30. Green Bay Packers: Laviska Shealnut Jr.
Laviska Shealnut Jr. is known as the ‘swiss-army-knife’ for a reason. Shealnut Jr. plays wide receiver and some tight end on the side. Two positions the Packers need to fill. With Aaron Rodgers throwing him the ball, Shealnut Jr. can make a huge impact in the NFL.
31. San Francisco 49’ers: Cesar Ruiz
The NFL is all about the right fit. With this being said, Cesar Ruiz is the right fit for the 49’ers. Ruiz will bring an infusion of youth to the Niners offensive line.
32. Kansas City Chiefs: D’Andre Swift
Alright, I know the Chiefs need a corner. However, Swift will be a tough player to pass up on for Andy Reid and the Chiefs. Another guy I see being picked here is Damon Arnette, the most underrated player in the draft, hands down .
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