With the BGN mock draft in full swing, I feel left out since I forgot to sign up in time. So here's my round 1 of the 2020 NFL mock draft. This is not the direction I think teams WILL go, but the direction I think that they SHOULD. Might post more rounds if this goes well.
#1. Cincinnati Bengals - Joe Burrow (QB) (LSU)
Burrow is the consensus #1 overall pick. There's been some noise that Cincinnati may take Tua first overall, but I can't imagine a scenario where they pass on the guy that threw 5600 yards and 60 TDs.
#2. Washington Redskins - Chase Young (EDGE) (Ohio State)
Chase Young is the best player in the draft, and although Washington already has a stacked front 7, and a hole to fill vacated by Josh Norman's departure, I doubt they would pass on a generational talent. Young is a better prospect than either of the Bosa bros. or Bradley Chubb coming out.
#3. Detroit Lions - Jeffrey Okudah (CB) (Ohio State)
Detroit shipped 3x pro bowler Darius Slay to the Eagles for a 3rd and 5th, then signed Desmond Trufant on the low after a down year. They still need another outside pass defender though, and Okudah is the next best prospect in the draft after Young.
#4. New York Giants - Jedrick Wills (OT) (Alabama)
I've seen some mocks with the Giants taking Tristan Wirfs or even Isaiah Simmons. That said, the Giants have been trying to shore up their offensive line for what seems like a decade now, and Wills is the best right tackle prospect in the draft.
#5. Miami Dolphins - Tua Tagavailoa (QB) (Alabama)
Miami has had their eye on Tua since the end of 2018 and even stopped tanking after his injury. I would be amazed if they too anybody else in this spot.
#6. Los Angeles Chargers - Justin Herbert (QB) (Oregon)
Los Angeles has quite a few positions of need. They could fill the hole at left tackle by taking Andrew Thomas and let Tyrod Taylor run the ship until next season. But their future QB is available for the taking right here in the draft. Herbert is the ideal candidate for a franchise quarterback, he has all the size, measurables, and talent. There's concern over his soft-spoken demeanor, but his teammates at Oregon have emphasized he leads by example instead, and they trusted him as their leader.
#7. Carolina Panthers - Derrick Brown (DT) (Auburn)
Carolina is now preparing for life without Cam Newton and Ron Rivera. They signed Teddy Bridgewater as a stop-gap quarterback and drafted Will Grier in the 3rd round last year. A good place to start their rebuild is to find a long term replacement for Gerald McCoy. Derrick Brown has great size and tons of upside, he disrupts the interior, and if not for there being QB needy teams early on he would be a top 5 pick.
#8. Arizona Cardinals - Jerry Jeudy (WR) (Alabama)
I originally had the Cardinals selecting Andrew Thomas to protect Kyler Murray's blindside, but I don't think Kliff Kingsbury will be able to resist the temptation of placing a receiving talent like Jeudy next to DeAndre Hopkins in his air raid offense. Larry Fitzgerald is a future HOFer for sure, but he'll be retiring soon, and Arizona is going to ned a replacement for the years to come.
#9. Jacksonville Jaguars - Isaiah Simmons (LB) (Clemson)
Jacksonville has been in a state of disarray, with many of the key members of the "Sacksonville" era choosing to test free agency or asking for trades. That said, they still have a lot of talent on that side of the ball, having taken Josh Allen in the first round last year, and Taven Bryan the year before. Simmons can play both LB and S, and fills two needs for the Jaguars.
#10. Cleveland Browns - Andrew Thomas (OT) (Georgia)
The Browns shored up the right side of their offensive line by signing Jack Conklin in free agency, now they can protect Baker Mayfield's blind side with the best left tackle prospect in the draft. Thomas was a force on the line for the Bulldogs, he's a high floor low ceiling player who can step in and play immediately at a high level.
#11. New York Jets - Tristan Wirfs (OT) (Iowa)
The Jets signed George Fant in the offseason and drafted Chuma Edoga in the 3rd last season, but that shouldn't keep them from adding talent to one of the worst offensive lines in 2019. Wirfs was a combine superstar in all measurements, as well as running a lightning fast 40 (4.85). He needs to refine some technical aspects of his game, especially his footwork against speed rushers on the edge, but he'd be a reliable blocker for Sam Darnold from day one.
#12. Las Vegas Raiders - CeeDee Lamb (WR) (Oklahoma)
The newly minted Las Vegas Raiders tried to bring in Antonio Brown last year but that didn't exactly work out. CeeDee Lamb is the jelly to Jeudy's peanut butter as the next best receiving prospect in the draft. Jon Gruden could rally put a bow on his offseason after signing Tyrell Williams and Nelson Agholor, by giving Derek Carr tons of weapons to throw to.
#13. San Francisco 49ers - Henry Ruggs (WR) (Alabama)
Using the pick the Colts shipped over for Deforest Buckner, the 2019 NFC champions take the next of the big 3 wideouts to replace Emmanuel Sanders in their lineup. Ruggs ran a 4.27 at the combine and would give Kyle Shanahan another weapon to utilize.
#14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Mekhi Becton (OT) (Louisville)
The Bucs have A LOT of needs and with a 42 year old Tom Brady at the helm, the window is closing fast. Becton is a first round talent and can play both tackle positions. He is a monster at 6'7" / 357, but ripped a blazing fast 5.10 40 yard dash at the combine, and plays with great athleticism for a player of his size.
#15. Denver Broncos - Laviska Shenault Jr. (WR) (Colorado)
A lot of teams have soured on Shenault due to his injury issues in college and having core muscle surgery after the combine. That aside, I think John Elway won't be able to resist drafting the hometown hero, who can be used in a variety of plays to spark plug an offense.
#16. Atlanta Falcons - Javon Kinlaw (DT) (South Carolina)
The Falcons shipped off Vic Beasley and De'Vondre Campbell as they transition to a 4-3 defense. This means they now have a need on the interior of the defensive line next to Grady Jarrett. Tyeler Davison who is the current starter in that position is better off as a depth piece. Javon Kinlaw out of South Carolina is a top 10 talent with speed and athleticism in spades. He would be a great compliment to a line that already features Takk McKinley, Dante Fowler, and Allen Bailey.
#17. Dallas Cowboys - C.J. Henderson (CB) (Florida)
I previously had Xavier McKinney mocked to the Cowboys as they had been searching for a safety for some time now. That changed after they signed Ha Ha Clinton-Dix during free agency. Now they need to fill the void left by Byron Jones, and Henderson is the next best corner in the draft after Okudah. He's great in both man coverage and zone, ran a 4.39 40 at the combine, and some team sources say he reminds them of Marcus Peters coming out of Washington.
#18. Miami Dolphins - Grant Delpit (S) (LSU)
Once considered to be a top 10 pick, Delpit's draft stock has slid due to a poor 2019 season. That said, I think Miami will bank on the abilities he showed as a sophomore in 2018 and take him to replace Minkah Fitzpatrick in their secondary.
#19. Las Vegas Raiders - Xavier McKinney (S) (Alabama)
I originally had the Raiders taking Kenneth Murray in this spot, but after signing Corey Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski, and McKinney falling to the back half of the first, this pick just makes sense. There are questions surrounding Johnathan Abram's ability to return from shoulder surgery, and currently Jeff Heath is the starter at free safety. McKinney provides sideline to sideline speed up top, as well as the ability to play in the box and in the slot.
#20. Jacksonville Jaguars - Kristian Fulton (CB) (LSU)
How the mighty have fallen. There was a time when the Jags were starting Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye at cornerback, now they have neither. Kristian Fulton is a solid athletic defensive prospect with a high ceiling. He displayed some bad tape against Texas and Clemson, but I think teams will like his upside.
#21. Philadelphia Eagles - Justin Jefferson (WR) (LSU)
It's well documented that the Eagles have a major need at wide receiver. With two aging receivers on the outside, and a vacancy at slot, Jefferson presents an opportunity for Howie Roseman to draft for the future. Justin Jefferson had a superb 2019 campaign, recording 111 catches for 1540 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also helped himself by posting a 4.43 40 yard dash at the combine. He fills an immediate need for the Eagles in the slot, and has the versatility to play on the outside when the time comes.
#22. Minnesota Vikings - Tee Higgins (WR) (Clemson)
I originally had the Vikings taking A.J. Epenesa here to fill the void left by Everson Griffen, then they shipped Stefon Diggs to Buffalo. Now with only Adam Thielen to throw to, the Vikings offense has a big need. Tee Higgins is a serious downfield threat with prowess in the red zone, standing at 6'4" / 216, and catching 59 passes for 1167 yards and 13 TDs in 2019.
#23. New England Patriots - A.J. Epenesa (EDGE) (Iowa)
Right now, the Patriots three starting level defensive ends had 12.5 sacks between them in 2019, that has to change. A.J. Epenesa is a high upside physical and athletic edge rusher who recorded 49 tackles and 11.5 sacks in 2019 for Iowa. He has the flexibility to play as a 3 technique in a 4-3 or as a 5 technique in a 3-4, and would give them another young talent on the line to play next to Chase Winovich.
#24. New Oreans Saints - Patrick Queen (LB) (LSU)
The Saints have a need at linebacker with Demario Davis and Craig Robertson getting older, and Alex Anzalone returning from injury. Patrick Queen is a smooth defender in the open field, with good sideline-to-sideline speed, and tackling. He needs to bulk up for the NFL currently sitting at 6'1" / 229, but projects as an immediate three-down defender who is a plus in coverage.
#25. Minnesota Vikings - Damon Arnette (CB) (Ohio State)
Three picks ago the Vikings took Tee Higgins to fill the space left by Stefon Diggs. Now they take the next best corner available to take over for Xavier Rhodes. Arnette is an instinctive, tough, and versatile corner who has a very physical and fiesty style of play. On top of having cover skills to stay with top receivers as evidenced by his games against Wisconsin and Clemson, he is also a very good tackler who doesn't hesitate to hit.
#26. Miami Dolphins - D'Andre Swift (RB) (Georgia)
I originally had Miami taking Swift at #18, but figured he would last between then and how based on the needs of the teams that preceded this pick. Miami has filled a lot of needs this offseason so far, and although they signed Jordan Howard in FA and have 2018 4th rounder Kalen Ballage, D'Andre Swift is a talent hard to pass up on. Swift was so talented that he forced his way onto the field despite Georgia sporting both Nick Chubb and Sony Michel in 2018.
#27. Seattle Seahawks - K'Lavon Chaisson (EDGE) (LSU)
Seattle has a lot of ways they can go here. I initially had them taking OT Trey Adams in this spot, since Duane Brown is getting older and Germain Ifedi is gone, but his draft stock has slid after a poor injury riddled 2019 campaign. On the other side of the ball, the Seahawks are in dire need of more pass rush power coming from their defensive line. Jadaveon Clowney is gone, and they got almost nothing from 2019 1st rd pick L.J. Collier, who had been drafted to replace Frank Clark. K'Lavon Chaisson has a ton of upside to develop into a dangerous edge rusher. He has an explosive first step, great speed for a man of his side, and a great arsenal of moves to get off blocks. He can also be used in coverage, as evidenced by how LSU lined him up all over the field. He'll need to fill out his frame to play effectively at the next level, but sources say he could be the next Aldon Smith.
#28. Baltimore Ravens - Kenneth Murray (LB) (Oklahoma)
The Ravens had a great year behind 2019 MVP Lamar Jackson, and sport one of the best rosters in the NFL, but they still need a viable replacement for C.J. Mosley. L.J.Fort played well for them, but UDFA Chris Board holds down the other outside LB position opposite Matthew Judon. Kenneth Murray is the best pure LB prospect in the draft, and was a heat-seeking missile for the Sooners in 2019, recording 102 tackles, 4 sacks, and 4 passes defended. He's an immediate three down starter and difference maker on defense, with the ability to blitz and drop into coverage.
#29. Tennessee Titans - Trevon Diggs (CB) (Alabama)
Logan Ryan has gone the ways of free agency, and now Tennessee has a need at corner to play next to Malcolm Butler and Adoree Jackson. Trevon Diggs is a corner that's a little rough around the edges, having played wide receiver previous to switching to corner. Despite that rawness, he's a solid cover corner, who projects to start either on the outside or in the slot on day 1.
#30. Green Bay Packers - Jalen Reagor (WR) (TCU)
Somehow Aaron Rodgers dragged the Packers into the 2019 playoffs, throwing passes to Davanta Adams and a bunch of nobodies. Jalen Reagor is a speed demon that would open up Matt LaFleur's playbook and give Aaron Rodgers a deep threat. Reagor's numbers suffered from god awful QB play, but he's a true homerun threat every time the ball is snapped.
#31. San Francisco 49ers - A.J. Terrell (CB) (Clemson)
Scouts are mixed on Terrell's value as a solid yet unspectacular prospect. Personally, I think Terrell belongs in the late 1st early 2nd conversation as a high floor low ceiling player that can step in and contribute immediately. The 49ers are one of the top teams projected to compete for a SB appearance, so they don't have time for a developmental prospect. Terrell is a day 1 starter, who gives them flexibility in the secondary, given concerns over Jimmie Ward's health and ability to stay on the field.
#32. Kansas City Chiefs - Tyler Biadasz (C/G) (Wisconsin)
The current superbowl champions don't have a lot of holes on their roster. That said, they do have some needs on the interior of their offensive line. 2019 3rd rd pick Martinas Rankin is an unknown at guard going into the 2020 season, and the center position is left vacant with Stefen Wisniewski headed to Pittsburgh. Tyler Biadasz is the best interior o-line prospect in the draft, who is a polished blocker with the strength to take on bull rushes, and the athleticism to blast open holes in the run game.
If you made it to the end, thanks! Let me know what you think in the comment section and what changes you would make. Do you approve of the Eagles pick?