2020 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

In January, we received a glimpse of what would have been the most unique NFL Draft experience we had seen to this point as plans for the elaborate presentation to emanate from the Las Vegas Strip were revealed.

Three months later, Commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to announce selections from his basement while front office staffs operate from distributed war rooms and top picks celebrate from the comforts of home—all as part of a virtual draft event that’s equal parts ambitious and ridiculous, and comes laden with so many points of potential failure that it could have been a plot device for HBO’s now-defunct series Silicon Valley.

Suffice to say, starting Thursday night, we are indeed getting the NFL Draft like we’ve never seen it before. Just not like anyone could have possibly expected. And now, the emerging narrative surrounding the actual selection of players seems to be trending toward the unexpected as well.

But, ultimately, there are still the same, two distinct paths to complete this final exercise as there are every year for a one-man war room like me—playing for field position with the consensus until contacts and clout inevitably win out, or launching a 50/50 ball on 4th down on the off chance that chaos becomes chalk.

With that being said, my score may suffer, but in the immortal words of the legendary Roger Staubach: “Hail Mary.”

Thus, I present my final 2020 NFL Mock Draft. These first-round projections are based on the current draft order and my impression of team needs heading into the draft, with consideration given to potential trade scenarios.

Enjoy the draft!

FIRST ROUND


1 | Cincinnati Bengals — Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
This has been locked in since the season’s end. The official selection Thursday night is but a mere formality.

2 | Washington Redskins — Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
I’m sure they’ve entertained the possibilities of not taking the best player in the draft, but let’s not overthink it.

3 | Detroit Lions — Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
The Lions are ideally positioned to take the second defender off the board or do business with a team chasing a quarterback. In either case, CB1 should be the pick.

4 | New York Giants — Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama
They can consider a stud defender or explore a trade back, but the Giants can’t expect Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley to be successful trotting out their offensive line in the shape it is now.

5 | Miami Dolphins — Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
The Dolphins were rumored to have settled on drafting Justin Herbert to be their next quarterback—until they weren’t. So, let’s dismiss the draft week conjecture entirely and say they take Tua. They can still try tanking for Trevor Lawrence if it doesn’t work out.

6 | Los Angeles Chargers — Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
The Chargers have a bridge quarterback on the books for one season, just invested heavily in their offensive line, and need a new face of the franchise. It’s rich for Herbert, in my opinion, but it makes sense by draft logic.

7 | Carolina Panthers — Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
Cornerback and defensive tackle are both strong possibilities, but Simmons is a unique talent that the Panthers can (re)build around.

8 | Arizona Cardinals — Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
Offensive tackle is on the table, but the Cardinals could also beef up their defensive front to compete in a division with two of the strongest rushing attacks in the game.

9 | Jacksonville Jaguars — C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida
The buzz around Henderson has been growing and the Jaguars have a clear need at cornerback. Whether he stays in-state or relocates, the Florida product now projects as a Top-10 selection.

10 | Cleveland Browns — Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
Thomas has gained steam late in the process for being the plug-and-play left tackle option in this class. The Browns would love to see him still on the board here.

11 | New York Jets — Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
The Jets are certainly a contender to take the first receiver off the board, but they might not get another chance at one of the top offensive tackles.

12 | Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
* PROJECTED TRADE WITH LAS VEGAS RAIDERS * If the run on offensive tackles starts and the Buccaneers are within reasonable striking distance, look for a trade up.

13 | Denver Broncos — Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
* PROJECTED TRADE WITH SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS * The Broncos are reportedly targeting a wide receiver and willing to move up. Jumping ahead of their division rival to take their pick of the top pass catchers is an added bonus.

14 | Las Vegas Raiders — CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
* PROJECTED TRADE WITH TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS * In my mind, I hear Mike Mayock gushing over Jerry Jeudy, but I now see CeeDee Lamb in the silver and black. The Broncos trading up makes the decision easy.

15 | San Francisco 49ers (via IND) — Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
* PROJECTED TRADE WITH DENVER BRONCOS * The 49ers cut the heart out of their defensive line by shipping DeForest Buckner and his contract to the Colts. Kinlaw would fill the void.

16 | Atlanta Falcons — K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
The Falcons have been linked to Henderson, Kinlaw, and Chaisson. If they don’t rise up in a trade, the high-upside pass rusher might be the only one of those names left on the board at #16 as he is here.

17 | Dallas Cowboys — Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
This is where I came to the crossroads of my final mock draft. I fully expect the Cowboys to draft for an obvious need (CB or EDGE), a sneaky need (LB), or trade back. I don’t personally see the value here at cornerback or pass rusher. I couldn’t bring myself to mock them a linebacker. And I simply couldn’t find a logical trade partner. I don’t think Dallas would draft Ruggs because of the holes on defense—but they don’t have a third receiver, their offense has long lacked a legitimate deep threat, and they are about to pay the quarterback. I expect to be wrong here, but I couldn’t force my way out of making this pick.

18 | Miami Dolphins (via PIT) — Josh Jones, OT, Houston
Regardless of who they end up drafting at quarterback, he will need protection. Jones is generally considered the next-best edge blocker beyond the tier-one tackles.

19 | Las Vegas Raiders (via CHI) — A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
Terrell’s stock is apparently higher in league circles than it has been in the draft community. Among the rumored suitors are the Raiders, who could once again tap into the Clemson pipeline.

20 | Jacksonville Jaguars (via LAR) — Austin Jackson, OT, USC
The Jaguars are among the teams in the market for an offensive tackle. Jackson would be drafting the position with an eye toward the future as he’s not necessarily ready to go right now.

21 | Philadelphia Eagles — Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
Wide receiver is the sexy pick for Philadelphia at #21. Linebacker is the more glaring need and the pool isn’t nearly as deep. Queen it is.

22 | Minnesota Vikings (via BUF) — Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
The Vikings have choice needs to address, but if they take a corner first, the window between #22 and #25 might be wide enough for another team to sneak in and steal Jefferson.

23 | New England Patriots — Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
The Patriots could be interested in drafting a new quarterback—it just happens to be the one on defense.

24 | Baltimore Ravens — Cesar Ruiz, OL, Michigan
* PROJECTED TRADE WITH NEW ORLEANS SAINTS * In it to win it and with extra picks to work with, the Ravens might consider moving up to secure the top interior offensive lineman in the draft.

25 | Minnesota Vikings — Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
Despite receiver being the priority, cornerback is arguably the most urgent need for the Vikings. Fulton seems to be firmly in the first-round conversation despite draft circles cooling on him during the process.

26 | Miami Dolphins (via HOU) — Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
The Dolphins were active in free agency and their defense is starting to look formidable on paper. McKinney would be another pillar.

27 | Seattle Seahawks — Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
Seattle always seems to be the wildcard late in the first round. Diggs feels like an uncharacteristically sensible pick and should compete for a starting role.

28 | New Orleans Saints — Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State
* PROJECTED TRADE WITH BALTIMORE RAVENS * The Saints have a loaded roster, but are light on picks. They could trade back to acquire an asset or two, and still be in range of an offensive weapon like Aiyuk or TCU’s Jalen Reagor.

29 | Tennessee Titans — Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia
At this point, the Titans taking Wilson to be their new right tackle is considered a foregone conclusion. We’ll see if it plays out that way.

30 | Green Bay Packers — Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
The Packers have a number of tall trees populating their receiver depth chart. Reagor would bring a different dimension to their offense and return game.

31 | Philadelphia Eagles — Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
* PROJECTED TRADE WITH SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS * Late in the first round expects to be a sweet spot for the second wave of receivers. If San Francisco shops their pick at #31, Mims could be in play for a team like the Eagles, who aren’t afraid to make a move up for a player they covet.

32 | Kansas City Chiefs — Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU
The Chiefs have done well to fill holes this offseason and could certainly entertain offers to move back. If they hold, Edwards-Helaire has an all-around skillset that would be fun in Andy Reid’s offense.


Jason Pruett
DRAFTPLEX

2020 NFL Draft Super Mock

Here it is. All 32 teams. All seven rounds. All 255 selections.

This is my 2020 NFL Draft Super Mock.

Projections are based on the official draft order and my impression of team needs heading into the draft, and do not reflect any potential trade scenarios.

The full mock draft from pick #1 to pick #255 is below, followed by per-team draft classes.


ROUND 1

1.  BENGALS — Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
2.  REDSKINS — Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
3.  LIONS — Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
4.  GIANTS — Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
5.  DOLPHINS — Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
6.  CHARGERS — Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
7.  PANTHERS — Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
8.  CARDINALS — Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama
9.  JAGUARS — Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
10. BROWNS — Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
11. JETS — CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
12. RAIDERS — Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
13. 49ERS — Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
14. BUCCANEERS — Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
15. BRONCOS — Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
16. FALCONS — C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida
17. COWBOYS — K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
18. DOLPHINS — Josh Jones, OT, Houston
19. RAIDERS — Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
20. JAGUARS — Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
21. EAGLES — Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
22. VIKINGS — Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
23. PATRIOTS — Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
24. SAINTS — Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State
25. VIKINGS — Austin Jackson, OT, USC
26. DOLPHINS — Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
27. SEAHAWKS — Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
28. RAVENS — Josh Uche, EDGE, Michigan
29. TITANS — Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia
30. PACKERS — Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
31. 49ERS — A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
32. CHIEFS — Cesar Ruiz, C, Michigan

ROUND 2

33. BENGALS — Zack Baun, LB, Wisconsin
34. COLTS — Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
35. LIONS — D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
36. GIANTS — Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
37. CHARGERS — Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
38. PANTHERS — Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah
39. DOLPHINS — Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU
40. TEXANS — Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama
41. BROWNS — Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois
42. JAGUARS — A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
43. BEARS — Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn
44. COLTS — Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame
45. BUCCANEERS — J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
46. BRONCOS — Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State
47. FALCONS — Willie Gay Jr., LB, Mississippi State
48. JETS — Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
49. STEELERS — Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
50. BEARS — John Simpson, G, Clemson
51. COWBOYS — Grant Delpit, S, LSU
52. RAMS — Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado
53. EAGLES — Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State
54. BILLS — Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State
55. RAVENS — Robert Hunt, G, Louisiana-Lafayette
56. DOLPHINS — Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota
57. RAMS — Bradlee Anae, EDGE, Utah
58. VIKINGS — Ross Blacklock, DL, TCU
59. SEAHAWKS — Marlon Davidson, DL, Auburn
60. RAVENS — Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio State
61. TITANS — Jordan Elliott, DL, Missouri
62. PACKERS — Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech
63. CHIEFS — Cam Akers, RB, Florida State
64. SEAHAWKS — Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn

ROUND 3

65. BENGALS — Lucas Niang, OT, TCU
66. REDSKINS — Michael Pittman Jr., WR, USC
67. LIONS — Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame
68. JETS — Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State
69. PANTHERS — Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir-Rhyne
70. DOLPHINS — Van Jefferson, WR, Florida
71. CHARGERS — K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn State
72. CARDINALS — Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia
73. JAGUARS — Jacob Eason, QB, Washington
74. BROWNS — Jonah Jackson, G, Ohio State
75. COLTS — Justin Madubuike, DT, Texas A&M
76. BUCCANEERS — K.J. Hill, WR, Ohio State
77. BRONCOS — Matt Hennessy, C, Temple
78. FALCONS — Lynn Bowden Jr., WR, Kentucky
79. JETS — Saahdiq Charles, OT, LSU
80. RAIDERS — Darrynton Evans, RB, Appalachian State
81. RAIDERS — Amik Robertson, CB, Louisiana Tech
82. COWBOYS — Troy Pride Jr., CB, Notre Dame
83. BRONCOS — Ashtyn Davis, S, California
84. RAMS — Akeem Davis-Gaither, LB, Appalachian State
85. LIONS — Julian Okwara, EDGE, Notre Dame
86.  BILLS — Zack Moss, RB, Utah
87. PATRIOTS — Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton
88. SAINTS — Logan Wilson, LB, Wyoming
89. VIKINGS — Jonathan Greenard, EDGE, Florida
90. TEXANS — Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma
91. RAIDERS — Terrell Burgess, DB, Utah
92. RAVENS — Lloyd Cushenberry III, C, LSU
93. TITANS — Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma
94. PACKERS — Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama
95. BRONCOS — James Lynch, DL, Baylor
96. CHIEFS — Darrell Taylor, EDGE, Tennessee
97. BROWNS — Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan
98. PATRIOTS — Jason Strowbridge, DL, North Carolina
99. GIANTS — Matt Peart, OT, Connecticut
100. PATRIOTS — Anfernee Jennings, EDGE, Alabama
101. SEAHAWKS — Reggie Robinson II, CB, Tulsa
102. STEELERS — Jabari Zuniga, EDGE, Florida
103. EAGLES — K’Von Wallace, DB, Clemson
104. RAMS — Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
105. VIKINGS — Bryan Edwards, WR, South Carolina
106. RAVENS — Antonio Gibson, RB, Memphis

ROUND 4

107. BENGALS — Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR, Liberty
108. REDSKINS — Michael Ojemudia, CB, Iowa
109. LIONS — Ben Bredeson, G, Michigan
110. GIANTS — Alton Robinson, EDGE, Syracuse
111. TEXANS — Joshua Kelley, RB, UCLA
112. CHARGERS — Eno Benjamin, RB, Arizona State
113. PANTHERS — Khalid Kareem, EDGE, Notre Dame
114. CARDINALS — Brandon Jones, S, Texas
115. BROWNS — Markus Bailey, LB, Purdue
116. JAGUARS — Darnay Holmes, DB, UCLA
117. BUCCANEERS — McTelvin Agim, DL, Arkansas
118. BRONCOS — John Hightower, WR, Boise State
119. FALCONS — Kenny Robinson Jr., S, West Virginia
120. JETS — Alohi Gilman, S, Notre Dame
121. RAIDERS — Ben Bartch, OL, St. John’s
122. COLTS — Jacob Phillips, LB, LSU
123. COWBOYS — Davon Hamilton, DT, Ohio State
124. STEELERS — Collin Johnson, WR, Texas
125. PATRIOTS — Troy Dye, LB, Oregon
126. RAMS — Tyler Biadasz, C, Wisconsin
127. EAGLES — Jauan Jennings, WR, Tennessee
128. BILLS — Kenny Willekes, EDGE, Michigan State
129. RAVENS — Tyre Phillips, OL, Mississippi State
130. SAINTS — Anthony McFarland Jr., RB, Maryland
131. CARDINALS — Harrison Bryant, TE, Florida Atlantic
132. VIKINGS — Geno Stone, S, Iowa
133. SEAHAWKS — Kevin Dotson, G, Louisiana-Lafayette
134. RAVENS — Alex Highsmith, EDGE, Charlotte
135. STEELERS — Damien Lewis, G, LSU
136. PACKERS — Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri
137. BRONCOS — Davion Taylor, LB, Colorado
138. CHIEFS — Josiah Scott, CB, Michigan State
139. BUCCANEERS — Logan Stenberg, G, Kentucky
140. JAGUARS — Shane Lemieux, G, Oregon
141. DOLPHINS — Leki Fotu, DT, Utah
142. REDSKINS — Cameron Clark, OL, Charlotte
143. FALCONS — Lamical Perine, RB, Florida
144. SEAHAWKS — Justin Strnad, LB, Wake Forest
145. EAGLES — Nick Harris, C, Washington
146. EAGLES — Ke’Shawn Vaughn, RB, Vanderbilt

ROUND 5

147. BENGALS — Joe Bachie, LB, Michigan State
148. PANTHERS — Hakeem Adeniji, OL, Kansas
149. LIONS — Larrell Murchison, DL, North Carolina State
150. GIANTS — Keith Ismael, C, San Diego State
151. CHARGERS — D.J. Wonnum, EDGE, South Carolina
152. PANTHERS — A.J. Dillon, RB, Boston College
153. DOLPHINS — Netane Muti, G, Fresno State
154. DOLPHINS — Harrison Hand, CB, Temple
155. VIKINGS — John Reid, CB, Penn State
156. 49ERS — Jack Driscoll, OL, Auburn
157. JAGUARS — L’Jarius Sneed, DB, Louisiana Tech
158. JETS — James Morgan, QB, Florida International
159. RAIDERS — Isaiah Hodgins, WR, Oregon State
160. COLTS — Antoine Brooks Jr., S, Maryland
161. BUCCANEERS — Tyler Johnson, WR, Minnesota
162. SEAHAWKS — Jake Luton, QB, Oregon State
163. BEARS — Josh Metellus, S, Michigan
164. COWBOYS — Devin Duvernay, WR, Texas
165. JAGUARS — Francis Bernard, LB, Utah
166. LIONS — Charlie Heck, OT, North Carolina
167. BILLS — Quintez Cephus, WR, Nebraska
168. EAGLES — Stanford Samuels III, CB, Florida State
169. SAINTS — Javaris Davis, CB, Auburn
170. RAVENS — Hunter Bryant, TE, Washington
171. TEXANS — Shaquille Quarterman, LB, Miami
172. PATRIOTS — Evan Weaver, LB, California
173. DOLPHINS — Cohl Cabral, C, Arizona State
174. TITANS — Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue
175. PACKERS — Alex Taylor, OT, South Carolina State
176. 49ERS — Clay Johnston, LB, Baylor
177. CHIEFS — A.J. Green, CB, Oklahoma State
178. BRONCOS — Carter Coughlin, EDGE, Minnesota
179. COWBOYS — Dane Jackson, CB, Pittsburgh

ROUND 6

180. BENGALS — Khalil Davis, DT, Nebraska
181. BRONCOS — Lamar Jackson, CB, Nebraska
182. LIONS — Braden Mann, P, Texas A&M
183. GIANTS — Quartney Davis, WR, Texas A&M
184. PANTHERS — Devin Asiasi, TE, UCLA
185. DOLPHINS — Rashard Lawrence, DT, LSU
186. CHARGERS — Gabriel Davis, WR, UCF
187. BROWNS — Broderick Washington Jr., DT, Texas Tech
188. BILLS — Nate Stanley, QB, Iowa
189. JAGUARS — Colby Parkinson, TE, Stanford
190. EAGLES — Jon Runyan, OL, Michigan
191. JETS — Isaiah Coulter, WR, Rhode Island
192. PACKERS — Anthony Gordon, QB, Washington State
193. COLTS — Danny Pinter, OL, Ball State
194. BUCCANEERS — Chauncey Rivers, EDGE, Mississippi State
195. PATRIOTS — Darryl Williams, OL, Mississippi State
196. BEARS — Raequan Williams, DL, Michigan State
197. COLTS — James Proche, WR, SMU
198. STEELERS — DeMarkus Acy, CB, Missouri
199. RAMS — DeeJay Dallas, RB, Miami
200. BEARS — James Robinson, RB, Illinois State
201. VIKINGS — Treymayne Anchrum, OL, Clemson
202. CARDINALS — Josiah Coatney, DL, Ole Miss
203. SAINTS — Josiah Deguara, TE, Cincinnati
204. PATRIOTS — Thaddeus Moss, TE, LSU
205. VIKINGS — JaMycal Hasty, RB, Baylor
206. JAGUARS — Trey Adams, OT, Washington
207. BILLS — Jalen Elliott, S, Notre Dame
208. PACKERS — Julian Blackmon, S, Utah
209. PACKERS — Javon Leake, RB, Maryland
210. 49ERS — Dalton Keene, TE, Virginia Tech
211. JETS — Trevis Gipson, EDGE, Tulsa
212. PATRIOTS — Kalija Lipscomb, WR, Vanderbilt
213. PATRIOTS — Justin Herron, OL, Wake Forest
214. SEAHAWKS — Michael Warren II, RB, Cincinnati

ROUND 7

215. BENGALS — Stantley Thomas-Oliver III, CB, Florida International
216. REDSKINS — Jared Pinkney, TE, Vanderbilt
217. 49ERS — J.R. Reed, S, Georgia
218. GIANTS — Solomon Kindley, G, Georgia
219. VIKINGS — Cale Garrett, LB, Missouri
220. CHARGERS — Michael Onwenu, G, Michigan
221. PANTHERS — Bravvion Roy, DT, Baylor
222. CARDINALS — Xavier Jones, RB, SMU
223. JAGUARS — Lawrence Cager, WR, Georgia
224. TITANS — Kindle Vildor, CB, Georgia Southern
225. RAVENS — Grayland Arnold, DB, Baylor
226. BEARS — Branden Bowen, OT, Ohio State
227. DOLPHINS — Kendrick Rogers, WR, Texas A&M
228. FALCONS — Benito Jones, DT, Ole Miss
229. REDSKINS — Calvin Throckmorton, OL, Oregon
230. PATRIOTS — Nick Coe, DL, Auburn
231. COWBOYS — Tanner Muse, LB, Clemson
232. STEELERS — Casey Toohill, LB, Stanford
233. BEARS — Quez Watkins, WR, Southern Miss
234. RAMS — Madre Harper, CB, Southern Illinois
235. PATRIOTS — Malcolm Perry, WR, Navy
236. PACKERS — Joe Gaziano, DL, Northwestern
237. BRONCOS — Steven Montez, QB, Colorado
238. GIANTS — Jordan Fuller, S, Ohio State
239. BILLS — Terence Steele, OT, Texas Tech
240. TEXANS — Javelin Guidry, CB, Utah
241. PATRIOTS — Rodrigo Blankenship, K, Georgia
242. PACKERS — Levonta Taylor, DB, Florida State
243. TITANS — Benny LeMay, RB, Charlotte
244. BROWNS — Joe Reed, WR, Virginia
245. 49ERS — Jonathan Garvin, EDGE, Miami
246. DOLPHINS — Cameron Brown, LB, Penn State
247. GIANTS — Rico Dowdle, RB, South Carolina
248. TEXANS — Colton McKivitz, OL, West Virginia
249. VIKINGS — Cole McDonald, QB, Hawaii
250. TEXANS — Daniel Thomas, S, Auburn
251. DOLPHINS — Charlie Taumoepeau, TE, Portland State
252. BRONCOS — John Molchon, OL, Boise State
253. VIKINGS — Derrek Tuszka, EDGE, North Dakota State
254. BRONCOS — John Penisini, DT, Utah
255. GIANTS — Trevon Hill, EDGE, Miami


SELECTIONS BY TEAM

Arizona Cardinals
1.8 — Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama
3.72 — Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia
4.114 — Brandon Jones, S, Texas
4.131 — Harrison Bryant, TE, Florida Atlantic
6.202 — Josiah Coatney, DL, Ole Miss
7.222 — Xavier Jones, RB, SMU

Atlanta Falcons
1.16 — C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida
2.47 — Willie Gay Jr., LB, Mississippi State
3.78 — Lynn Bowden Jr., WR, Kentucky
4.119 — Kenny Robinson Jr., S, West Virginia
4.143 — Lamical Perine, RB, Florida
7.228 — Benito Jones, DT, Ole Miss

Baltimore Ravens
1.28 — Josh Uche, EDGE, Michigan
2.55 — Robert Hunt, G, Louisiana-Lafayette
2.60 — Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio State
3.92 — Lloyd Cushenberry III, C, LSU
3.106 — Antonio Gibson, RB, Memphis
4.129 — Tyre Phillips, OL, Mississippi State
4.134 — Alex Highsmith, EDGE, Charlotte
5.170 — Hunter Bryant, TE, Washington
7.225 — Grayland Arnold, DB, Baylor

Buffalo Bills
2.54 — Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State
3.86 — Zack Moss, RB, Utah
4.128 — Kenny Willekes, EDGE, Michigan State
5.167 — Quintez Cephus, WR, Nebraska
6.188 — Nate Stanley, QB, Iowa
6.207 — Jalen Elliott, S, Notre Dame
7.239 — Terence Steele, OT, Texas Tech 

Carolina Panthers
1.7 — Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
2.38 — Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah
3.69 — Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir-Rhyne
4.113 — Khalid Kareem, EDGE, Notre Dame
5.148 — Hakeem Adeniji, OL, Kansas
5.152 — A.J. Dillon, RB, Boston College
6.184 — Devin Asiasi, TE, UCLA
7.221 — Bravvion Roy, DT, Baylor

Cincinnati Bengals
1.1 — Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
2.33 — Zack Baun, LB, Wisconsin
3.65 — Lucas Niang, OT, TCU
4.107 — Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR, Liberty
5.147 — Joe Bachie, LB, Michigan State
6.180 — Khalil Davis, DT, Nebraska
7.215 — Stantley Thomas-Oliver III, CB, Florida International

Chicago Bears
2.43 — Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn
2.50 — John Simpson, G, Clemson
5.163 — Josh Metellus, S, Michigan
6.196 — Raequan Williams, DL, Michigan State
6.200 — James Robinson, RB, Illinois State
7.226 — Branden Bowen, OT, Ohio State
7.233 — Quez Watkins, WR, Southern Miss

Cleveland Browns
1.10 — Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
2.41 — Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois
3.74 — Jonah Jackson, G, Ohio State
3.97 — Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan
4.115 — Markus Bailey, LB, Purdue
6.187 — Broderick Washington Jr., DT, Texas Tech
7.244 — Joe Reed, WR, Virginia

Dallas Cowboys
1.17 — K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
2.51 — Grant Delpit, S, LSU
3.82 — Troy Pride Jr., CB, Notre Dame
4.123 — Davon Hamilton, DT, Ohio State
5.164 — Devin Duvernay, WR, Texas
5.179 — Dane Jackson, CB, Pittsburgh
7.231 — Tanner Muse, LB, Clemson

Denver Broncos
1.15 — Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
2.46 — Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State
3.77 — Matt Hennessy, C, Temple
3.83 — Ashtyn Davis, S, California
3.95 — James Lynch, DL, Baylor
4.118 — John Hightower, WR, Boise State
4.137 — Davion Taylor, LB, Colorado
5.178 — Carter Coughlin, EDGE, Minnesota
6.181 — Lamar Jackson, CB, Nebraska
7.237 — Steven Montez, QB, Colorado
7.252 — John Molchon, OL, Boise State
7.254 — John Penisini, DT, Utah

Detroit Lions
1.3 — Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
2.35 — D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
3.67 — Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame
3.85 — Julian Okwara, EDGE, Notre Dame
4.109 — Ben Bredeson, G, Michigan
5.149 — Larrell Murchison, DL, North Carolina State
5.166 — Charlie Heck, OT, North Carolina
6.182 — Braden Mann, P, Texas A&M

Green Bay Packers
1.30 — Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
2.62 — Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech
3.94 — Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama
4.136 — Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri
5.175 — Alex Taylor, OT, South Carolina State
6.192 — Anthony Gordon, QB, Washington State
6.208 — Julian Blackmon, S, Utah
6.209 — Javon Leake, RB, Maryland
7.236 — Joe Gaziano, DL, Northwestern
7.242 — Levonta Taylor, DB, Florida State

Houston Texans
2.40 — Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama
3.90 — Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma
4.111 — Joshua Kelley, RB, UCLA
5.171 — Shaquille Quarterman, LB, Miami
7.240 — Javelin Guidry, CB, Utah
7.248 — Colton McKivitz, OL, West Virginia
7.250 — Daniel Thomas, S, Auburn

Indianapolis Colts
2.34 — Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
2.44 — Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame
3.75 — Justin Madubuike, DT, Texas A&M
4.122 — Jacob Phillips, LB, LSU
5.160 — Antoine Brooks Jr., S, Maryland
6.193 — Danny Pinter, OL, Ball State
6.197 — James Proche, WR, SMU

Kansas City Chiefs
1.32 — Cesar Ruiz, C, Michigan
2.63 — Cam Akers, RB, Florida State
3.96 — Darrell Taylor, EDGE, Tennessee
4.138 — Josiah Scott, CB, Michigan State
5.177 — A.J. Green, CB, Oklahoma State                                    

Las Vegas Raiders
1.12 — Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
1.19 — Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
3.80 — Darrynton Evans, RB, Appalachian State
3.81 — Amik Robertson, CB, Louisiana Tech
3.91 — Terrell Burgess, DB, Utah
4.121 — Ben Bartch, OL, St. John’s
5.159 — Isaiah Hodgins, WR, Oregon State

Los Angeles Chargers
1.6 — Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
2.37 — Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
3.71 — K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn State
4.112 — Eno Benjamin, RB, Arizona State
5.151 — D.J. Wonnum, EDGE, South Carolina
6.186 — Gabriel Davis, WR, UCF
7.220 — Michael Onwenu, G, Michigan

Los Angeles Rams
2.52 — Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado
2.57 — Bradlee Anae, EDGE, Utah
3.84 — Akeem Davis-Gaither, LB, Appalachian State
3.104 — Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
4.126 — Tyler Biadasz, C, Wisconsin
6.199 — DeeJay Dallas, RB, Miami
7.234 — Madre Harper, CB, Southern Illinois

Jacksonville Jaguars
1.9 — Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
1.20 — Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
2.42 — A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
3.73 — Jacob Eason, QB, Washington
4.116 — Darnay Holmes, DB, UCLA
4.140 — Shane Lemieux, G, Oregon
5.157 — L’Jarius Sneed, DB, Louisiana Tech
5.165 — Francis Bernard, LB, Utah
6.189 — Colby Parkinson, TE, Stanford
6.206 — Trey Adams, OT, Washington
7.223 — Lawrence Cager, WR, Georgia

Miami Dolphins
1.5 — Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
1.17 — Josh Jones, OT, Houston
1.26 — Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
2.39 — Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU
2.56 — Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota
3.70 — Van Jefferson, WR, Florida
4.141 — Leki Fotu, DT, Utah
5.153 — Netane Muti, G, Fresno State
5.154 — Harrison Hand, CB, Temple
5.173 — Cohl Cabral, C, Arizona State
6.185 — Rashard Lawrence, DT, LSU
7.227 — Kendrick Rogers, WR, Texas A&M
7.246 — Cameron Brown, LB, Penn State
7.251 — Charlie Taumoepeau, TE, Portland State

Minnesota Vikings
1.22 — Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
1.25 — Austin Jackson, OT, USC
2.58 — Ross Blacklock, DL, TCU
3.89 — Jonathan Greenard, EDGE, Florida
3.105 — Bryan Edwards, WR, South Carolina
4.132 — Geno Stone, S, Iowa
5.155 — John Reid, CB, Penn State
6.201 — Treymayne Anchrum, OL, Clemson
6.205 — JaMycal Hasty, RB, Baylor
7.219 — Cale Garrett, LB, Missouri
7.249 — Cole McDonald, QB, Hawaii
7.253 — Derrek Tuszka, EDGE, North Dakota State

New England Patriots
1.23 — Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
3.87 — Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton
3.98 — Jason Strowbridge, DL, North Carolina
3.100 — Anfernee Jennings, EDGE, Alabama
4.125 — Troy Dye, LB, Oregon
5.172 — Evan Weaver, LB, California
6.195 — Darryl Williams, OL, Mississippi State
6.204 — Thaddeus Moss, TE, LSU
6.212 — Kalija Lipscomb, WR, Vanderbilt
6.213 — Justin Herron, OL, Wake Forest
7.230 — Nick Coe, DL, Auburn
7.235 — Malcolm Perry, WR, Navy
7.241 — Rodrigo Blankenship, K, Georgia

New Orleans Saints
1.24 — Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State
3.88 — Logan Wilson, LB, Wyoming
4.130 — Anthony McFarland Jr., RB, Maryland
5.169 — Javaris Davis, CB, Auburn
6.203 — Josiah Deguara, TE, Cincinnati

New York Giants
1.4 — Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
2.36 — Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
3.99 — Matt Peart, OT, Connecticut
4.110 — Alton Robinson, EDGE, Syracuse
5.150 — Keith Ismael, C, San Diego State
6.183 — Quartney Davis, WR, Texas A&M
7.218 — Solomon Kindley, G, Georgia
7.238 — Jordan Fuller, S, Ohio State
7.247 — Rico Dowdle, RB, South Carolina
7.255 — Trevon Hill, EDGE, Miami

New York Jets
1.11 — CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
2.48 — Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
3.68 — Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State
3.79 — Saahdiq Charles, OT, LSU
4.120 — Alohi Gilman, S, Notre Dame
5.158 — James Morgan, QB, Florida International
6.191 — Isaiah Coulter, WR, Rhode Island
6.211 — Trevis Gipson, EDGE, Tulsa

Philadelphia Eagles
1.21 — Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
2.53 — Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State
3.103 — K’Von Wallace, DB, Clemson
4.127 — Jauan Jennings, WR, Tennessee
4.145 — Nick Harris, C, Washington
4.146 — Ke’Shawn Vaughn, RB, Vanderbilt
5.168 — Stanford Samuels III, CB, Florida State
6.190 — Jon Runyan, OL, Michigan

Pittsburgh Steelers
2.49 — Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
3.102 — Jabari Zuniga, EDGE, Florida
4.124 — Collin Johnson, WR, Texas
4.135 — Damien Lewis, G, LSU
6.198 — DeMarkus Acy, CB, Missouri
7.232 — Casey Toohill, LB, Stanford

San Francisco 49ers
1.13 — Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
1.31 — A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
5.156 — Jack Driscoll, OL, Auburn
5.176 — Clay Johnston, LB, Baylor
6.210 — Dalton Keene, TE, Virginia Tech
7.217 — J.R. Reed, S, Georgia
7.245 — Jonathan Garvin, EDGE, Miami

Seattle Seahawks
1.27 — Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
2.59 — Marlon Davidson, DL, Auburn
2.64 — Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn
3.101 — Reggie Robinson II, CB, Tulsa
4.133 — Kevin Dotson, G, Louisiana-Lafayette
4.144 — Justin Strnad, LB, Wake Forest
5.162 — Jake Luton, QB, Oregon State
6.214 — Michael Warren II, RB, Cincinnati

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1.14 — Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
2.45 — J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
3.76 — K.J. Hill, WR, Ohio State
4.117 — McTelvin Agim, DL, Arkansas
4.139 — Logan Stenberg, G, Kentucky
5.161 — Tyler Johnson, WR, Minnesota
6.194 — Chauncey Rivers, EDGE, Mississippi State

Tennessee Titans
1.29 — Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia
2.61 — Jordan Elliott, DL, Missouri
3.93 — Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma
5.174 — Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue
7.224 — Kindle Vildor, CB, Georgia Southern
7.243 — Benny LeMay, RB, Charlotte

Washington Redskins
1.2 — Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
3.66 — Michael Pittman Jr., WR, USC
4.108 — Michael Ojemudia, CB, Iowa
4.142 — Cameron Clark, OL, Charlotte
7.216 — Jared Pinkney, TE, Vanderbilt
7.229 — Calvin Throckmorton, OL, Oregon


Jason Pruett
DRAFTPLEX

2020 NFL Mock Draft: 1.0 Edition

I took a different path to get this point than in previous years. You could say the same thing about the 2020 NFL Draft.

By now, I’m usually getting ready to drop my third mock draft of the season, but alas, this is only my first. I took the long, slow road to rolling out this year’s content, partly by circumstance, partly by choice. Meanwhile, the rapidly developing global healthcare crisis of COVID-19 has impacted our communities, our nations, and our ways of life dramatically. The draft process and indeed the NFL Draft itself is among the figurative collateral damage incurred in the wake of governmental and organizational efforts to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus.

It’s safe to say we’ve not seen a draft season like this before. We were fortunate to power through bowl season, the all-star game circuit, and the NFL Scouting Combine more or less like normal before the process came to a screeching halt prior to most college pro days. And to that end, you can best believe that the 32-team machine that is annually operating on all cylinders isn’t quite humming in the way we’re all used to come April—and we should expect the lingering effects of that anomaly to continue right on through the presentation of the selection meeting in three weeks’ time.

But, even with sea of change that’s currently washing over society, the mocks roll on in advance of draft day.

With that being said, I am pleased to present my 2020 NFL Mock Draft 1.0. These first-round projections are based on the current draft order and my impression of team needs as of April 3, and do not reflect any potential trade scenarios.


1 | Cincinnati Bengals — Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
After capping off perhaps the greatest single-season performance of any college quarterback ever by earning the Heisman Trophy and winning the College Football Playoff National Championship, the trendily anointed ‘Tiger King’ takes yet another top spot—the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

2 | Washington Redskins — Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
If not for the intersection of need and value between the Bengals and Burrow, Young would be the first player of any position drafted—easy. But, the board falls in the favor of the Redskins, who have the rare opportunity to draft a generational talent beyond the first pick.

3 | Detroit Lions — Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
The Lions could be a candidate to bail if the right offer comes in from the field for the chance to draft Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. But, since I’m not mocking trades in this edition, they address their deficient secondary with the selection of Okudah.

4 | New York Giants — Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
The prospect of choosing their pick of the top-tier offensive tackles has to be tempting for the Giants. But, the do-everything ability of Simmons would be hard to pass up for franchise that lacks an impact player on defense.

5 | Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
The alleged “Tanking for Tua” plan didn’t work to perfection for either the Dolphins or the former Crimson Tide signal caller. But, his medicals have checked out and it looks like this seemingly destined match could end up just waiting until pick #5—unless Miami has intentions of moving up for their prospective prime target.

6 | Los Angeles Chargers — Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
A quarterback, either Oregon’s Justin Herbert or Utah State’s Jordan Love, is a strong possibility at #6, but I personally think that’s a little rich and maybe a little reckless for an offense that wouldn’t provide much help. Instead, they roll with Tyrod Taylor as a bridge for a year and start building a better foundation for the next QB with the mountainous Mekhi Becton.

7 | Carolina Panthers — C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida
With a new coach, a new quarterback, and a lot of familiar faces departing from their defense, the Panthers are currently about as close as you can get to a clean slate. In this scenario, they tap talented coverman C.J. Henderson as their new cornerstone outside to help combat a division chock full of top receivers.

8 | Arizona Cardinals — Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
An improved Cardinals team with Kyler Murray behind center was expected to covet a receiver at #8 until they fleeced the Texans for DeAndre Hopkins. So, now they turn their attention to the offensive line, where adding the highly athletic Wirfs would be an immediate upgrade.

9 | Jacksonville Jaguars — Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
The Jaguars as they stand hardly resemble the team that seemed to be on the verge of joining the AFC’s elite just two seasons ago. But, they might start earning a reputation as a good drafting team if their good fortune of getting a great player to fall right into their lap continues with Brown.

10 | Cleveland Browns — Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
Stocks were booming for the Browns heading into the season, but they came back down to earth by the end of the campaign. It’s sort of a similar story for Thomas, a talented blocker who was highly thought of throughout the year, then slid down the board really through no fault of his own. He gets the nod over fellow SEC stud Jedrick Wills Jr. here for being a left tackle by trade.

11 | New York Jets — CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
The Jets are lacking elite talent in multiple areas, but without a top-flight weapon opposing defenses have to account for in the passing game, they’ll continue to struggle scoring points. Lamb is instant offense for a team that desperately needs it.

12 | Las Vegas Raiders — Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
The Antonio Brown experiment was a bust in Oakland, leaving the Raiders wanting for a WR1 in their final season by the Bay. Now residing in Sin City, the NFL’s resident bad boys hope to hit the jackpot with Alabama ace Jerry Jeudy.

13 | San Francisco 49ers (via IND) — Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
The 49ers forged an incredible single-season turnaround thanks to a stifling defense, a hard-charging ground game, and a potent short passing attack. Adding the blazing-fast Ruggs to stretch the field could be the piece to put them over the top.

14 | Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama
With TB12 taking his talents to Tampa for what expects to be the twilight of his career, the first order of business for the Buccaneers should be fortifying the offensive line. Wills is an enforcer on the offensive edge.

15 | Denver Broncos — Josh Jones, OT, Houston
The Broncos appear to have the requisite pieces in place behind center and at the skill positions, but their offensive line still requires an overhaul. Jones is a riser in a deep tackle class and would take care of one urgent need up front.

16 | Atlanta Falcons — Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
I thought long and hard about the possibility of Atlanta drafting a successor to the aging Matt Ryan, and if they were picking deeper in the draft, I might have considered it. That said, while I don’t think they’re quite in the market for a quarterback yet, I do think they would welcome the opportunity to draft the dominating Kinlaw into their defensive front.

17 | Dallas Cowboys — K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
With their solid, if unspectacular, offseason moves, Dallas is effectively in a position to draft the best player available at #17. With the top defensive tackles and cornerbacks off the board, the high-upside Chaisson expects to be in the mix to fill a crucial role where the Cowboys are currently heavy on hope and light on options.

18 | Miami Dolphins (via PIT) — Zack Baun, LB, Wisconsin
Back on the clock for the second time, the Dolphins add to their collection of former Badgers, bringing in versatile linebacker Zack Baun to be part playmaker, part pass rusher for a defense that could use both.

19 | Las Vegas Raiders (via CHI) — Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
With their second call into the commissioner, the Raiders will likely look at addressing their defense. After double-dipping last year with pass rushers and pass defenders, securing a second-level standout in Murray makes sense.

20 | Jacksonville Jaguars (via LAR) — Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
Upstart sophomore Gardner Minshew is the projected starter, but you wonder if Jacksonville is actually sold on him as the quarterback of the future—or as just a serviceable option for right now. If this scenario were to play out and they were to select Herbert, the answer would be clear.

21 | Philadelphia Eagles — Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
Philadelphia is a popular landing spot for a receiver in most mocks I’ve seen, but they don’t always address first what the consensus declares the most obvious need. With that in mind, pencil in Patrick Queen at #21 as the Eagles start shoring up an alarmingly inadequate linebacker corps.

22 | Minnesota Vikings (via BUF) — Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
With the mass exodus of cornerbacks from the Minnesota secondary this offseason—Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes, Mackensie Alexander—the Vikings need to backfill with a pro-ready presence on the boundary. Gladney is a fierce competitor and fearless in coverage.

23 | New England Patriots — A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
With the door effectively closed on their two-decade dynasty with the departure of Tom Brady, the Patriots could begin anew with a young quarterback like Jordan Love. But, consider they ride with second-year signal caller Jarrett Stidham or opt for a late free-agent signing such as Cam Newton or Jameis Winston. Then a powerful pressure generator with position flex could be on the table for a defense short its two top sack leaders from last season.

24 | New Orleans Saints — Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
Where some teams force a to reach to fill a need with their top pick, the Saints have the luxury of rounding out a depth chart with theirs—they’re pretty well stocked across the board. Diggs is the choice here, because no team ever has enough quality corners.

25 | Minnesota Vikings — Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
With their second selection in the first round, the Vikings should look fill the void created by trading receiver Stefon Diggs to the Bills. Justin Jefferson has been steadily climbing draft boards and would be a nice fit for SKOL Nation’s favorite sons.

26 | Miami Dolphins (via HOU) — Austin Jackson, OT, USC
After shipping former left tackle Laremy Tunsil to the Texans, the Dolphins might use the 2020 first-round pick acquired from Houston to draft a replacement. Austin Jackson trades SoCal for South Florida, making it six edge blockers off the board in this first-round scenario.

27 | Seattle Seahawks — Marlon Davidson, DL, Auburn
Offensive line seems like a pressing need for Seattle every year. But, looking at the names on their roster, I feel like they are going to try and patch the holes again using former starters turned spare parts. Alternatively, a disruptive inside-outside addition like Davidson could be in the cards to boost their defensive line rotation.

28 | Baltimore Ravens — Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
The Ravens have expended a considerable cache of draft capital in recent years to find their next great edge rusher. But, their latest candidate, Matt Judon, is currently on the franchise tag and might only be around for one more season. Gross-Matos could be groomed as a replacement or make for a complementary bookend if Judon sticks around.

29 | Tennessee Titans — Ross Blacklock, DL, TCU
Career Titan Jurrell Casey was traded to Denver in March, leaving a large vacancy in their defensive front line and big veteran shoes to fill. Blacklock is worthy of first-round consideration and might be viewed as a suitable successor.

30 | Green Bay Packers — Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
Baylor receiver Denzel Mims has been a popular pick for the Pack after making a huge splash at the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine. But, the electric Reagor would provide a different kind of skillset for an offense that is already loaded with big, athletic receivers.

31 | San Francisco 49ers — Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota
With their designated first-round pick, a defensive tackle prospect to replace the traded DeForest Buckner might be the obvious direction. But, I’ll offer the left-field selection of stud safety Antoine Winfield Jr. to push veteran Jaquiski Tartt and role player Tarvarius Moore for starting snaps.

32 | Kansas City Chiefs — Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
Closing out the first round, the Super Bowl Champions pluck an accomplished pass defender from the College Football Playoff National Champions. Fulton would expect to be a day-one starter at corner as the Chiefs set out to defend their crown.


Jason Pruett
DRAFTPLEX

2019 NFL Mock Draft: Day 2 Bonus Edition

The first round of the 2019 NFL Draft is officially closed and what a night it was! But, we still have two full days of picks to come. With that in mind, I am pleased to present my 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Day 2 Bonus Edition. These Round 2 and Round 3 projections are based on the draft order as it currently stands and my impression of remaining team needs.

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Jason Pruett
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2019 NFL Mock Draft 4.0: Final Edition

After months of evaluation and speculation, click-bait and hot takes, the 2019 NFL Draft will finally go live from Nashville on Thursday night. As much as we all want to think we know heading in, we all understand that once teams officially go on the clock, the entire game changes. There will be prospects that unexpectedly rise and slide, trades that make perfect sense and none at all, and selections that surprise no one and shock everyone. It’s what makes the draft fun as a fan and compelling as an evaluator.

With that being said, I am pleased to present my 4.0 and final 2019 NFL Mock Draft. These first-round projections are based on the current draft order and my impression of team needs as of April 23, with consideration given to potential trade scenarios.

Enjoy the draft!

FIRST ROUND


1 | Arizona Cardinals — Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
I started the process projecting Kyler Murray to the Cardinals when virtually no one else was and despite recent reports that the Arizona front office is still weighing its options in the eleventh hour, I will finish the process with that projection.

2 | San Francisco 49ers — Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama
The 49ers may consider Nick Bosa here, but I think the Raiders might make a play to move up for the Ohio State end. That said, whether they sit at #2 or bump down to #4 in a trade, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that San Francisco prefers Quinnen Williams regardless.

3 | New York Jets — Ed Oliver, DL, Houston
I’ve liked the fit, but I’ve hesitated projecting Ed Oliver to the Jets because I couldn’t confidently say they would draft him at #3. I still can’t say for sure, but I could see a trade-back situation where they drop down a few spots and are still able to land him.

4 | Oakland Raiders — Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
With scenarios on the table that include them standing in to draft the third of the three top defenders, taking the first LB off the board, and potentially coveting a QB, the Oakland war room has gone dark at #4. I’ll venture that the Raiders will attempt to work a deal with the 49ers, jumping up to #2 to draft their pass rusher.

5 | Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Devin White, LB, LSU
The Buccaneers could look at drafting Josh Allen here, but I feel like they might make a go of it with their edge defenders as they are. Instead, I’ll follow the smoke that’s been wafting around Tampa Bay all draft season and project them to take Devin White.

6 | New York Giants — Josh Allen, RSH, Kentucky
There’s no way to tell if the Giants are truly interested in drafting a QB at #6 — until they don’t. If Josh Allen remains on the board after the top five cards have been turned in, I think there’s a strong chance he goes from one Big Blue to another.

7 | Jacksonville Jaguars — Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
Jawaan Taylor to Jacksonville has been a popular prospect-team projection. The fit and value makes sense, so I’m maintaining the pick I made for the Jaguars in my seven-round Super Mock.

8 | Detroit Lions — Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama
I’m not sure the Lions don’t look for defensive help or possibly trade out of #8, but Jonah Williams to Detroit has been gaining steam in recent days. He’d be an immediate upgrade and long-term solution for an offensive line in need of both.

9 | Buffalo Bills — Brian Burns, RSH, Florida State
The Bills spent millions of dollars in free agency to improve their offense, which leads me to believe this pick will be on defense — specifically a pass rusher. Brian Burns has the tools and traits to develop into an incredibly disruptive force off the edge for Buffalo.

10 | Denver Broncos — Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
While they traded for former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco, John Elway and the Broncos clearly love Drew Lock — they might even trade up to guarantee they get their latest QB of the future. That said, if they choose to ride with their veteran signal caller, expect one of the next two picks to become a Bronco instead.

11 | Cincinnati Bengals — Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
I think Dwayne Haskins would make sense for the Bengals with Andy Dalton as the bridge, but Cincinnati might not have the opportunity to draft the former Buckeye if Miami or Washington moves up. Devin Bush would make an excellent alternative for a team that seemingly has an annual offseason need at LB.

12 | Green Bay Packers — T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
The Packers have veteran options at tight end in Jimmy Graham and Marcedes Lewis, but both are past their prime and neither is long for Lambeau for more than a season at best. If T.J. Hockenson lasts until #12, I expect him to be bound for Titletown.

13 | Miami Dolphins — Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson
Christian Wilkins would be a quality player, leader, and locker room presence for a franchise starting over. I could also see the Dolphins trading back, as they desperately need picks to help rebuild a roster that might be the most devoid of talent in the league.

14 | Atlanta Falcons — Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma
The Falcons will look hard at adding another edge rusher, but I don’t think Ty Sambrailo is their first choice to fill the vacancy at right tackle. I do think they like Cody Ford, though, and I think he steps right into the starting role.

15 | Washington Redskins — Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
The Redskins appeared to be a suitor for Josh Rosen and they still might be. However, they might be content to draft a QB and I think their guy, if available, is Dwayne Haskins. I’d venture they’d even consider chasing him up the board into the top ten if they could strike a deal.

16 | Carolina Panthers — Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
Drafting an edge rusher like a sliding Montez Sweat or high-floor Clelin Ferrell is a definite possibility for the Panthers, but I think it’s time they finally drafted a left tackle. Andre Dillard would be the target.

17 | New York Giants (via CLE) — Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
The word is that the NFL likes Daniel Jones more than those of us in the draft community and that the Giants covet him the most. That’s enough for me to assume that if he’s on the board at #17, he will be drafted as the eventual successor to Eli Manning.

18 | Minnesota Vikings — Chris Lindstrom, OL, Boston College
The Vikings offensive line has the potential to be a game of musical chairs before the season begins and they project to introduce another player early. I would expect Chris Lindstrom to come in and start at guard or possibly right tackle.

19 | Tennessee Titans — Jeffery Simmons, DL, Mississippi State
I feel like the Titans are one of the hardest teams to read in the first round because they can realistically go in any direction. That said, they were linked to Jeffery Simmons before his ACL injury and might still value him enough to draft him at #19.

20 | Pittsburgh Steelers — D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
Everyone expects D.K. Metcalf to be drafted in the first round and I think Pittsburgh is a potential landing spot. He has the size and straight-line speed that they tend to employ outside and he would enter into a situation where he can develop instead of dealing with the pressure to be WR1 right out of the gate.

21 | Seattle Seahawks — Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
The Seahawks were able to flip Frank Clark to the Chiefs, the key piece in return being Kansas City’s first-round selection at #29, but that makes Seattle’s first order of business drafting his replacement at #21. Clelin Ferrell may not have Clark’s ceiling, but he’s ready-made for a starting role in the NFL.

22 | Baltimore Ravens — Garrett Bradbury, C, North Carolina State
The Ravens could pursue an edge rusher or wide receiver here, but I venture their priority will be protecting QB Lamar Jackson and strengthening their running game now led by Mark Ingram. Garrett Bradbury would project to be their new starter at the pivot.

23 | Houston Texans — Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
The two glaring weaknesses for the Texans are the offensive line and the secondary. The cornerback position should stretch until their back-to-back selections in the second round, but offensive tackle will not. If they don’t attempt to trade up for one of the top three tackles, Little is the consolation prize.

24 | Oakland Raiders (via CHI) — Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
The Raiders don’t have much in the way of a weapon at the tight end position and Fant is exactly that. The Iowa product would fit in nicely as a matchup player alongside their remade receiving corps that now includes Antonio Brown, Tyrell Williams, and Ryan Grant.

25 | Philadelphia Eagles —Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan
With a lingering shoulder issue, questions about his positional fit, and his lack of college production, I expect Gary will be drafted lower than his athletic profile would suggest. But, I feel like the Eagles might be the team to swoop in, bank on his potential, and attempt to groom him into an impact professional.

26 | Indianapolis Colts — Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State
The Colts could be in the market for another front-line defender, but they’ve also been connected to Johnathan Abram, who would pair with Malik Hooker to give Indianapolis one of the better young safety tandems in the NFL.

27 | Oakland Raiders (via DAL) — Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
I expect cornerback to be a target for the Raiders early, which could put any of the top prospects in play. While Mike Mayock’s voice as an analyst has been absent from draft coverage, I can just hear him raving about Rock Ya-Sin and jumping at the chance to drape him in the silver and black.

28 | Los Angeles Chargers — Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
If they don’t look to escape the first round with an offensive tackle, cornerback looks to be where need and value line up for the Chargers. Greedy Williams could be a steal for San Diego with his measurables and coverage skills.

29 | Seattle Seahawks (via KC) —Montez Sweat, RSH, Mississippi State
I have a feeling the Seahawks might elect to parlay the pick acquired from the Chiefs in a trade down to procure more draft assets. But if they stand in, I could see them double-dip at edge by taking Montez Sweat, whose stock is rumored to have fallen due to concerns about his known heart condition.

30 | Green Bay Packers (via NO) — A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
The Packers will probably give consideration to drafting an offensive or defensive lineman with their second first-round selection, but they could also choose to upgrade their pedestrian receiving corps by pairing A.J. Brown with Davante Adams.

31 | Los Angeles Rams — Dexter Lawrence, DL, Clemson
The Rams have multiple positions of reasonable need, including their offensive line and virtually every level of their defense. Seeing they’re short a second-round pick, trading out of the first round is also a possibility. If they stand in and pick, Dexter Lawrence makes sense to line up next to Aaron Donald, where he can draw double-team blocks and push the pocket with his power.

32 | New England Patriots — Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
The Patriots are loaded with draft capital, but I don’t expect them to make twelve picks over the course of seven rounds. Look for them to wheel and deal, possibly shooting up the board in the first round to draft a playmaker — perhaps the electric Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown.


Jason Pruett
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