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2020 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Switch up at the top?

With the season over and draft positions solidified, we now know where teams are slotted to pick. Multiple guys helped their draft stock at the Senior Bowl as a few climbed up into the top 15.

1. Cincinnati Bengals: Justin Herbert QB, Oregon

Head coach Zac Taylor and his staff got to work with Herbert at the Senior Bowl where he was talked about highly by the entire staff on his way to winning Senior Bowl MVP. At 6’6, don’t be surprised if Taylor falls in love with Herbert and makes him the number 1 pick.

2. Washington Redskins: Chase Young DE, OSU

If the Bengals didn’t have a need at quarterback, Young would go number 1. Because they do, he should be taken second by the Redskins as they add another front seven piece in the first round for the fourth straight year. Young joins Montez Sweat as the Redskins look to fix a unit that finished the season bottom ten in points allowed, yards allowed, and rushing yards allowed. 

3. Miami Dolphins (Trade 5 and 18 to DET for 3): Joe Burrow QB, LSU

With a surprise pick at number 1 overall, the Dolphins take advantage as they send their first and second selections in the first round to jump up to 3 and take Burrow. Burrow steps into an offense that already has three solid weapons in Devante Parker, Preston Williams, and Mike Gesicki.

4. New York Giants: Jedrick Wills OT, Alabama

This should be a no brainer pick for Dave Gettleman. There is absolutely no reason he should mess this up. Get a lock down tackle for your franchise QB and franchise RB to play behind. Wills is a refined pass blocker and a mauler in the run game to protect Daniel Jones and open holes for Saquon Barkley.

5. Detroit Lions (Trade 3 to MIA for 5 and 18): Jeffrey Okudah CB, Ohio State

The Lions trade back and pick up another first round selection while head coach Matt Patricia takes Okudah to be the eventual successor to Darrius Slay. Okudah is one of the best CB prospects in a while with prototypical size and speed at the CB position drawing comparisons to Jalen Ramsey.

6. Los Angeles Chargers: Tua Tagovailoa QB, Alabama

With Phillip Rivers “permanently” moving across the country, the Chargers and Anthony Lynn take Tagovailoa, as long as his medicals check out. Tua can sit for a year behind Tyrod Taylor if needed but should be able to step in as starter on Day 1 as long as he is healthy.

7. Carolina Panthers: Derrick Brown DT, Auburn

Same pick as last time. Brown is explosive inside and consistently wins. He should be a day one starter for the Panthers and a potential All Pro at the NFL level.

8. Arizona Cardinals: CeeDee Lamb WR, Oklahoma

With this pick, Kliff Kingsbury reunites the Kyler Murray-CeeDee Lamb pairing, this time in Arizona. Lamb does everything well and doesn’t really lack in any area. He is able to learn from Fitzgerald while also being a top target on a team lacking playmakers in the passing game.

9. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jerry Juedy WR, Alabama

Because Lamb went off the board a pick earlier, the Jaguars select Jeudy, an exceptional route runner out of Alabama. He came into this year with high expectations but had an average year by his standards. That doesn’t hurt him as he is still selected in the top 10 and will pair well with D.J. Chark out wide.

10. Cleveland Browns: Tristan Wirfs OT, Iowa

Wirfs is a RT for the Hawkeyes but is smart and athletic enough to swing over to LT. He is a decent blocker in both the run and pass games but can stand to be a bit more refined. However, the Browns take the Hawkeye tackle to protect franchise QB Baker Mayfield’s blindside after a disappointing sophomore campaign.

11. New York Jets: Mekhi Becton OT, Louisville

Becton was one of the biggest winners at the Senior Bowl as he has shot up draft boards across the scouting community. The Jets have had issues protecting Sam Darnold but Adam Gase makes the smart pick and picks up the big LT from Louisville to protect his franchise QB.

12. Las Vegas Raiders: Isaiah Simmons LB, Clemson

Simmons is so versatile that he can really play anywhere on defense. That helps on a Raider defense that is lacking at multiple positions.

13. Indianapolis Colts: Jordan Love QB, Utah State

Chris Ballard attended a few of Love’s last games at Utah State and the QB helped his case at the Senior Bowl. I see the resemblance to Patrick Mahomes with the big arm as Love threw a deep ball in the Senior Bowl like it was nothing. If Love can be half of what Mahomes is, this is a great pick for the Colts.

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Javon Kinlaw IDL, South Carolina

The Bucs lost Gerald McCoy last year as a cap casualty last year but replace him with Kinlaw this year. Kinlaw, another big Senior Bowl winner, could not be stopped in Mobile, winning almost every rep.

15. Denver Broncos: Henry Ruggs III WR, Alabama

Elway adds Ruggs to Courtland Sutton and Noah Fant to help Drew Lock take big strides in his second year. The only way to beat the division rival Chiefs is to outscore them and the Broncos get closer with the burner from Alabama.

16. Atlanta Falcons: A.J. Epenesa EDGE, Iowa

With struggles in the passing game last year and the announcement that Vic Beasley will not be back, Dan Quinn replaces the pass rusher with Epenesa, a dynamic play maker from Iowa. Epenesa is an explosive playmaker, racking up 22 sacks over 2 years for the Hawkeyes.

17. Dallas Cowboys: Kristian Fulton CB, LSU

The Cowboys could lose Byron Jones in FA but replace him here with Fulton out of LSU. Fulton is smart and has elite man coverage skills but could stand to be better down the field as he tends to get a little handsy.

18. Detroit Lions (Trade 3 to MIA for 5 and 18): K’Lavon Chaisson EDGE, LSU

The Lions got their CB earlier in the draft and now they address the pass rush. Chaisson is so explosive off the edge for the Tigers and the Lions hope he can replicate it on the other side of the line from big FA signing Trey Flowers.

19. Las Vegas Raiders: Tee Higgins WR, Clemson

After getting Simmons from Clemson at 12, the Raiders go back to the well again, this time for the big-bodied Higgins. Higgins needs to be a bit better at getting seperation but can be a great downfield threat for Derek Carr in his prove-it year.

20. Jacksonville Jaguars: C.J. Henderson CB, Florida

After trading away Ramsey last year, the Jaguars pick up Henderson out of Florida. A long corner, Henderson is a ball hawk that will instantly improve the Jaguars pass defense.

21. Philadelphia Eagles: Justin Jefferson WR, LSU

If all of the injuries showed the Eagles one thing, it is that they need more receivers. Injuries combined with drops made it difficult for Carson Wentz to be successful. In comes Jefferson who was big part of Joe Burrow’s success.

22. Buffalo Bills: Laviska Shenault Jr. WR, Colorado

Josh Allen gets a big bodied target to help improve the passing game for the next few years with an already very good defense.

23. New England Patriots: Xavier McKinney S, Alabama

The secondary of the Patriots is aging so they address that group with McKinney. The safety prospect is coming out of Alabama where guys like Landon Collins, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Eddie Jackson were produced.

24. New Orleans Saints: Patrick Queen LB, LSU

Queen is a do it all linebacker for the national champion Tigers and he stays in Louisiana to play his home games where the National Championship was held. He pairs with Demario Davis to make an extremely solid LB pairing.

25. Minnesota Vikings: Andrew Thomas OT, Georgia

The Vikings spent a ton of money on Kirk Cousins and he needs protection in the passing game. Thomas brings that from Georgia as he was a good pass protector as well as a mauler in the run game.

26. Miami Dolphins: D’Andre Swift RB, Georgia

After taking Burrow early, they give him the top RB in this class with Swift. Adding an explosive back like Swift to Parker, Williams and Gesieki, the Dolphins have one of the better collection of weapons in the AFC East.

27. Seattle Seahawks: Yetur Gross-Matos EDGE, Penn State

Gross-Matos played extremely well for Penn State on the edge this year and with the Seahawks losing Clowney to free agency and first rounder L.J. Collier flopping, this should be a no-brainer.

28. Baltimore Ravens: Kenneth Murray LB, Oklahoma

The Ravens defense was very good this year but one place they struggled with consistency was in the linebacking corp. Murray instantly fixes it as a 3-down linebacker.

29. Tennessee Titans: Neville Gallimore IDL, Oklahoma

Jurrell Casey isn’t getting any younger and Mike Vrabel loves his defensive prospects. Gallimore is an explosive interior defensive lineman and I don’t think the Titans pass this up.

30. Green Bay Packers: Jalen Reagor WR, TCU

Same pick as last time. Reager gives Rodgers a deep threat and takes pressure off Adams as he is one of the most explosive receivers in this class and has the speed to take the top off the defense at any given time.

31. San Francisco 49ers: Damon Arnette CB, Ohio State

Richard Sherman got exposed in the Super Bowl by all of the Chiefs weapons out wide. If the 49ers want to be back, they need to address the secondary and they do here with Arnette.

32. Kansas City Chiefs: Jeff Gladney CB, TCU

At the time of this writing, the Chiefs only have Rashad Fenton and Charvarious Ward under contract for next year. They add to that young group with Gladney, an exceptional man coverage corner.

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