Will West’s Final 2020 NFL Mock Draft 2.0
1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow, QB LSU
No reason to overthink it. Burrow’s the guy and they aren’t trading down.
2. Washington Redskins: Chase Young, Edge Ohio State
There’s talk of the Skins trading out here but the virtual draft paradigm probably limits trades on draft night. Washington lands the best player in the draft.
3. Detroit Lions: Jeff Okudah, CB Ohio State
The Lions are open for business but I’m betting the Dolphins and Chargers stand pat and wait for a QB to fall to them.
4. NY Giants: Tristan Wirfs, OT Iowa
The Giants reportedly spent time with Wirfs last week and already addressed the defensive side of the ball in last year’s draft and free agency. Wirfs should start immediately at RT.
5. Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa, QB Alabama
It feels like the negative news surrounding Tua in the last few weeks has been strategically placed. The Dolphins put their chips in the middle of the table last year to be in this position. They aren’t going to change course now. Tua’s a generational talent as a passer.
6. LA Chargers: Justin Herbert, QB Oregon
Herbert might have been the top pick in the draft has he not returned to school last year. For all the bellyaching about Herbert’s struggles he still completed 66% of his passes for 32 TD’s to just 6 INT’s in a more traditional pro system.
7. Carolina Panthers: Isaiah Simmons, LB Clemson
Derrick Brown could be the pick here but there’s a more pressing need in the back 7. Simmons is the latest “where does he play prospect” who could replace Eric Reid at S on early downs and Luke Keuchly at LB on passing downs.
8. Arizona Cardinals: Andrew Thomas, OL Georgia
RT Marcus Gilbert is only under contract for 1 more year. Thomas fits in at RT opposite DJ Humphries for the foreseeable future.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars: CJ Henderson, CB Florida
Someone has to play corner for Jacksonville next year, right? Adding Henderson along with free agent signings Rashaan Melvin and Darqueze Dennard will help stop the bleeding for a secondary that lost both Jalen Ramsey and AJ Bouye.
10. New Orleans Saints: Jordan Love, QB Utah State
The Saints trade up with Cleveland to land their QB of the future. Cleveland could use this pick to land a LT if they stay put.
11. NY Jets: Jerry Jeudy, WR Alabama
A number of mocks have Jeudy slipping below both Cee Dee Lamb and teammate Henry Ruggs III. I don’t see it. Jets have signed 4 OL in free agency and they must replace Robby Anderson.
12. Las Vegas Raiders: Cee Dee Lamb, WR Oklahoma
The Raiders need a WR. Lamb will jump right into Gruden’s system giving Derek Carr the target that he needs.
13. San Francisco 49ers: Derrick Brown, DL Auburn
The Niners replacement for DeForest Buckner falls into their lap with the pick they acquired in his trade to Indy
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mekhi Becton, OL Louisville
RT Demar Dotson remains unsigned and the Bucs are in win now mode with Tom Brady under center.
15. Denver Broncos: Henry Ruggs III, WR Alabama
Ruggs should fit perfectly extending defenses opposite Courtland Sutton. Elway chooses to help his young QB over adding depth to Vic Fangio’s defensive front.
16. Atlanta Falcons: Javon Kinlaw, DL South Carolina
The Falcons could use this pick to land a CB or an edge but putting Kinlaw opposite All-Pro Grady Jarrett helps improve a porous front 7.
17. Dallas Cowboys: Kristian Fulton, CB LSU
Dallas made the right move not making Byron Jones the highest paid corner in the game. Now they have to replace him. Fulton may not have prototypical size or speed but he allowed opposing QB’s to only complete 43.6% of their passes against him in college.
18. Miami Dolphins: Jedrick Wills Jr., OL Alabama
Wills started every game his sophomore and junior seasons at Bama. He’ll fill one of the two open tackle positions for the Fins.
19. Las Vegas Raiders: AJ Terrell, CB Clemson
Raiders filled their biggest hole at WR earlier in the draft. They fill the next biggest after the Eli Apple trade fell through by drafting a Clemson CB for the 2nd year in a row.
20. Baltimore Ravens: Kenneth Murray, LB Oklahoma
In a mock trade with Jacksonville the Ravens find their replacement for CJ Mosely
21. Philadelphia Eagles: Joshua Jones, OL Houston
Philly could use WR help here as well after losing two OL this offseason they can’t afford to pass on an elite OL prospect.
22. Minnesota Vikings: Justin Jefferson, WR LSU
The Vikings replace Stefon Diggs with the pick they traded him for.
23. New England Patriots: Patrick Queen, LB LSU
With all of the Brady news the Patriots losing 4 starters in their front 7 has flown under the radar. Queen is, in my opinion, the best LB in this draft.
24. Cleveland Browns: Austin Jackson, OL USC
The Browns trade back and still land a tackle with a first round grade. It will be a big win if Cleveland can pull this off.
25. Minnesota Vikings: Jaylon Johnson, CB Utah
The Vikings lost 3 CB’s in free agency this year.
26. Miami Dolphins: Xavier McKinney, S Alabama
The Fins could go RB here but one of D’Andre Swift and Jonathan Taylor will probably be on the board when they pick early in the 2nd round.
27. Seattle Seahawks: K’Laivon Chaisson, Edge LSU
Chaisson’s slide finally ends as the Seahawks look to upgrade a pass rush that ranked next to last in the League in sacks even with Jadaveon Clowney.
28. Jacksonville Jaguars: Marlon Davidson, DL Auburn
The Jags trade back and still land a quality DL. Davidson played as a big edge at Auburn last year but moves to the interior where he shined in Senior Bowl practices.
29. Tennessee Titans: AJ Epenesa, Edge Iowa
The Titans might be the biggest beneficiary if edge rushers fall in this year’s draft. Epenesa is a skilled rusher but does struggle against the run. Jordan Elliott from Mizzou could be an option here if the Titans look to replace Jurrell Casey with this pick.
30. Green Bay Packers: Tee Higgins, WR Clemson
The Packers finally give Aaron Rodgers help on the outside.
31. San Francisco 49ers: Laviska Shenault Jr., WR Colorado
The Niners passed on Emmanuel Sanders’ replacement earlier but still land a nice compliment to Deebo Samuel and George Kittle here.
32. Kansas City Chiefs: Trevon Diggs, CB Alabama
The Chiefs lost 2 corners and 2 linebackers in free agency this year. Expect them to take the best player available at one of those positions.