Fanspeak’s 2020 NFL Mock Drafts

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Updated: 4/23

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1. Cincinnati Bengals: QB Joe Burrow, LSU

-The Bengals have a fairly easy call with this selection as Burrow is coming off a fantastic college season, where he dominated at the highest level. If Cincinnati can add tool around him, there is no reason to think that Burrow can’t develop into a Franchise QB by year two and completely change the trajectory of this team.

2. Washington Redskins: EDGE Chase Young, Ohio State

-The Redskins could see a number of interesting trade offers and they will need to weigh the value in moving back or landing the best non-QB in this draft class. For most teams drafting Chase Young would be a no-brainer, but the Redskins don’t actually “need” pass rush help as they were top 5 in the league in pass rushing last year. Adding Young to a unit that already has Montez Sweat and Ryan Kerrigan is going to make Ron Rivera’s job much easier.

3. Detroit Lions: CB Jeffery Okudah, Ohio State

-Defense is the name of the game for the Lions as they should consider one of many elite defensive prospects in this draft class. While any of the top prospects would make sense, Okudah can fill the need for a number 1 corner after Detroit traded away Slay this offseason.

4. New York Giants: OT Tristan Wirfs, Iowa

-The Giants could go a few directions with this selection, but the two most obvious options are Simmons or a premier LT like Tristan Wirfs or Jedrick Wills. While it will be tempting to draft Simmons, landing a top LT should be their selection here. Maximizing Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley should be the Giants top priority and to do that they have to protect them.

5. Miami Dolphins: QB Justin Herbert, Oregon

-It’s quite possible that Miami looks to trade up with Washington or Detroit to ensure they land their signal caller. If they can stay here at 5 and still end up with a franchise QB, that is a major win for the franchise. He can give the Dolphins the smart, talented QB to build around with all of the cap room and draft picks they’ve acquired. While they could go with Tua instead, I think Herbert might be a better fit for the team.

6. LA Chargers: QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama 

-With the Philip Rivers era over for the Chargers, a new QB to build around makes a lot of sense. In addition the Chargers are opening a new stadium and desperately need to win over the fan base in Los Angeles. Adding a young star QB can go a long way to doing that.

7. Carolina Panthers: DL Derrick Brown, Auburn

-The Panthers look to be in a bit of a rebuild mode as they lost numerous starters on defense and parted ways with Cam Newton on offense. They did sign Teddy Bridgewater at QB, but this is a team that needs to rebuild. Adding a star caliber interior defender could help. Brown had a fantastic career at Auburn and while some might knock his Combine numbers, he’s an impact player at the next level, and a guy to build their defense around.

8. Arizona Cardinals: LB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson

-Cardinals could take an offensive tackle here, but landing a star defensive player to help rebuild the defense might be too tempting to pass up. Simmons gives the Cards a linebacker capable of covering George Kittle, and other top notch TEs.

9. Jacksonville Jaguars: DL Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina

-The Jaguars have a pair of first round picks so they could go a few directions. I think they look to rebuild their defensive line which has taken a few losses these past twos seasons. Kinlaw is nearly on par with Derrick Brown and looks to be a major disruptor in the middle.

10. Cleveland Browns: OT Jedrick Wills, Alabama

-One of the clearest draft needs this year is the Browns and their massive hole at LT. They signed Jack Conklin in free agency, but still need to find a blindside protector for Baker Mayfield. Wills is an elite LT option and would be a number 1 LT in most draft classes.

11. New York Jets: WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama

-The Jets have to add some weapons on the outside for Sam Darnold. Jeudy is the top receiver in the class making this a steal for New York.

12. Las Vegas Raiders: WR Henry Ruggs III, Alabama

-The Antonio Brown experiment didn’t work last season, leaving the Raiders thin at WR. Ruggs gives Jon Gruden a big play option on the outside and adds a different element to this offense.

13. San Francisco 49ers (via Colts): WR CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma

-The 49ers have a chance to add a big play weapon with this pick, as they hope to improve their passing attack in 2020.

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: OT Andrew Thomas, Georgia

-Protecting Tom Brady has to be a priority for the Bucs. Tampa has a decent interior OL, but they need help at tackle.

15. Denver Broncos: OT Mekhi Becton, Louisville

-The Broncos could go offensive tackle or receiver with their first round pick. With the top 3 WRs off the board, they can focus on LT and add a receiver in the 2nd round.

16. Atlanta Falcons: EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State

-The Falcons need to make major upgrades on defense. Honestly they could look at any position, but generating pass rush off the EDGE is always a smart start for rebuilding a defense.

17. Dallas Cowboys: CB CJ Henderson, Florida

-The Cowboys will likely focus on defense with their draft, and could go a few different ways. With Henderson sliding to this spot, Dallas can fill the void with the loss of Byron Jones.

18. Miami Dolphins (via Steelers): EDGE K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU

-The Dolphins should focus much of their draft on the offensive side of the ball, but grabbing a pass rusher here makes sense.

19. Las Vegas Raiders (via Bears): EDGE Zack Baun, Wisconsin

-The Raiders could utilize a utility defender like Baun who can help on the edge and as a stand-up LB.

20. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Rams): QB Jordan Love, Utah State 

-The Jaguars need a franchise QB. As good as Minshew was as a late round rookie, he doesn’t have the upside that Jacksonville needs. Love gives them that, and they don’t need to rush him as a rookie.

21. Philadelphia Eagles: WR Denzel Mims, Baylor 

-The Eagles need to add a weapon on the outside for Carson Wentz. They are returning Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson, but neither factor in the plans long term.

22. Minnesota Vikings (via Bills): WR Justin Jefferson, LSU

-The Vikings need to replace Diggs, and find a nice slot/outside receiver who should contribute significantly as a rookie.

23. New England Patriots: WR Tee Higgins, Clemson

-The Patriots need to move on from Tom Brady, but there aren’t any QBs worth taking at this spot. That leaves receiver as the biggest team need outside of QB.

24. New Orleans Saints: WR K.J. Hamler, Penn State

-The Saints time to win is now, and they have to add more receiving talent to Michael Thomas.

25. Minnesota Vikings: CB Kristian Fulton, LSU

-The Vikings lost multiple corners in free agency this offseason and could use a corner like Fulton who can start as a rookie.

26. Miami Dolphins (via Texans): OT Josh Jones, Houston

-With their QB now set, the Dolphins need to protect him. Jones might not have the upside of Tunsil, but he should be a good starting LT.

27. Seattle Seahawks: S Antoine Winfield, Minnesota

-Seahawks need to rebuild their secondary and could use a ball-hawking safety like Winfield.

28. Baltimore Ravens: LB Patrick Queen, LSU

-The Ravens don’t have many pressing needs so they can go upside with this pick. Queen broke out late in the season and looks like a potential star off-ball linebacker.

29. Tennessee Titans: OT Ezra Cleveland, Boise State

-Tennessee can find a replacement for Jack Conklin with this selection.

30. Green Bay Packers: LB Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma

-Packers could consider WR with this pick, but I think they will continue to focus on building their defense. Murray is a guy who can anchor their defense going forward.

31. San Francisco 49ers: EDGE A.J. Espenesa, Iowa

-With trading Buckner the 49ers could use some help along their defensive line. Espenesa can play as a big 4-3 DE, or move inside in nickel situations. He may not be the dynamic athlete you want as a pass rusher, but he gets the job down.

32. Kansas City Chiefs: CB Jeff Gladney, TCU

-The Chiefs offense is basically set, so adding more to their defense makes sense.


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