Will West’s 2020 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

Will West’s 2020 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

  1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow, QB LSU: There’s no reason to overthink this. Burrow is a local kid coming off of statistically the best season in CFB history.

 

  1. Washington Redskins: Chase Young, DE Ohio State: There’s talk the Dolphins could trade up to nab Tua with this pick but the Skins stay put and take the consensus best player in the draft. Washington has bigger needs but Young is a generational talent and Ryan Kerrigan turns 32 this year.

 

  1. Detroit Lions: Jeff Okudah, CB Ohio State: Darius Slay is now an Eagle and that leaves a massive whole at the corner position. With no clear cut number 2 corner in this draft the Lions take the surest thing at the biggest position of need.

 

  1. New York Giants: Isaiah Simmons, LB Clemson: As a Giants fan I’m working under the presumption that Dave Gettleman screws this up. The pick should be Tristian Wirfs the freak OT from Iowa. Gettleman has the reputation for loving OL but has never drafted one in the 1st round.

 

  1. Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa, QB Alabama: The Dolphins stay put and still land the QB they want. The Fins didn’t decimate their roster for draft equity to give it up for a two spot move. Their patience is rewarded as Tanking for Tua works.

 

  1. Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Herbert, QB Oregon: The Chargers could absolutely trade up to get in front of Miami for Tua’s services. Here’s betting teams have Herbert closer to Tua on their draft boards than most people realize.

 

  1. Carolina Panthers: Derrick Brown, DL Auburn: The Panthers have glaring holes all over the defensive side of the ball and Brown might be the only defensive player left in this draft worthy of a top 10 pick.

 

  1. Arizona Cardinals: Jedrick Wills Jr., OT Alabama: The Cards need to protect their investment in Kyler Murray and Wills is the tackle most ready to start immediately on the right side.

 

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Tristian Wirfs, OT Iowa: The Jags have bigger needs on the defensive side of the ball but can’t pass on Wirfs to protect Gardner Minshew.

 

  1. Cleveland Browns: Mekhi Becton, OL Louisville: Last season the Browns had a lot of sizzle but very little steak. Getting better on the OL is a priority so Cleveland keeps the run at OT going.

 

  1. New York Jets: Jerry Jeudy, WR Alabama: The Jets could look at OT Andrew Thomas from Georgia with this pick but I can’t see them passing on a chance to give Sam Darnold an elite target after Robby Anderson’s departure.

 

  1. Las Vegas Raiders: CeeDee Lamb, WR Oklahoma: After the Antonio Brown debacle last year, the Raiders need help at WR. Al Davis would have taken the speedier Henry Ruggs III but Gruden goes with the safer prospect.

 

  1. San Francisco 49ers: Henry Ruggs III, WR Alabama: From 3 straight OL to 3 straight WRs. The Niners need someone to replace Emmanuel Sanders opposite Debo Samuel and they get it with the pick acquired from Indy in the DeForest Buckner trade.

 

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Andrew Thomas, OT Georgia: At the time of this writing incumbent RT Demar Dotson is still unsigned. Thomas immediately fits in as his replacement as Tampa looks to give the GOAT the best OL he’s worked with in years.

 

  1. Denver Broncos: Kristian Fulton, CB LSU: John Elway would love to grab a WR or OL to help out Drew Lock but with the top players at those positions off the board Denver helps out Vic Fangio’s defense by taking the 2nd best corner in this draft.

 

  1. Atlanta Falcons: CJ Henderson, CB Florida: Atlanta needs help at every level of the defense. They elect to go with a corner to line up opposite Isaiah Oliver.

 

  1. Dallas Cowboys: AJ Epenesa, Edge Iowa: Dallas could use a center and a CB to replace Byron Jones. Instead they land an edge defender to replace the departed Robert Quinn opposite DeMarcus Lawrence

 

  1. Miami Dolphins: Javon Kinlaw, DL South Carolina: With three 1st round picks the Fins can afford to take the best player available here with the pick they acquired in the Minkah Fitzpatrick trade. Kinlaw impressed in Senior Bowl practices but slides still slides a bit to Miami here.

 

  1. Las Vegas Raiders: Patrick Queen, LB LSU: The Raiders would have loved Kinlaw to have fallen into their laps here but they still land a player who helps solidify the middle of the defense.

 

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars: K’Lavon Chaisson, Edge LSU: Someone eventually has to play corner for the Jags this season but they can’t afford to pass on Chaisson if he falls in their laps here.

 

  1. Philadelphia Eagles: Tee Higgins, WR Clemson: Philly can’t count on DeSean Jackson staying healthy this late in his career. Higgins is the big play WR Carson Wentz has been lacking.

 

  1. Minnesota Vikings: Xavier McKinney, S Alabama: Anthony Harris could be on his way out after being franchise tagged this off-season. McKinney fits the mold for Mike Zimmer’s defense.

 

  1. New England Patriots: Kenneth Murray, LB Oklahoma: It’s flown under the radar this off-season with all of the Brady news but New England lost 4 starters from the front 7 in free agency. Murray helps replace Elandon Roberts who left for Miami.

 

  1. New Orleans Saints: Jordan Love, QB Utah State: I find it impossible to believe New Orleans is married to the idea of Taysom Hill taking over for Drew Brees in a year. With Teddy Bridgewater in Carolina, Sean Payton drafts Brees’ eventual replacement.

 

  1. Minnesota Vikings: Justin Jefferson, WR LSU: The Vikings traded Stefon Diggs to Buffalo this off-season. Here they give Kirk Cousins a replacement

 

  1. Miami Dolphins: Josh Johnson, OT Houston: The Fins invested in the QB position earlier. Now they use the pick acquired in the Laremy Tunsil trade to give their QB some protection.

 

  1. Seattle Seahawks: Yetur Gross Matos, Edge Penn State: Even with Jadaveon Clowney the Seahawks ranked next to last in sacks last year. They add the best edge left on the board.

 

  1. Baltimore Ravens: Zack Baun, LB Wisconsin: The Ravens could use help on the edge and a replacement for Marshall Yanda as well but the need at LB is just too big a hole not to fill with this pick.

 

  1. Tennessee Titans: Neville Gallimore, DL Oklahoma: The departure of Jurell Casey leaves a gaping hole in the front 7. There’s no edge worthy of a 1st round pick available so Jon Robinson gives Jeffery Simmons a running mate.

 

  1. Green Bay Packers: Denzel Mims, WR Baylor: Green Bay threw loads of cash at the defensive side of the ball last year. They finally give Aaron Rodgers another target.

 

  1. San Francisco 49ers: Austin Jackson, OL USC: The Niners replaced Emmanuel Sanders with their earlier pick. Now they land Joe Staley’s eventual replacement.

 

  1. Kansas City Chiefs: AJ Terrell, CB Clemson: The Chiefs need a corner and Terrell is the best player available at the position. KC needs to replace 3 corners as of this writing.

 

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