The NFL Off-season is always one of the most exciting times of the year as teams are looking to sign new free agents, resign their own player, add coaches, and scout NFL Draft prospects. Well today here on www.genaosportbuzz.com we will be looking at where the top 2020 NFL Draft Prospects will go on Draft night.
This 2020 NFL Mock Draft will be based on where a player is projected to go and not necessarily whether or not I believe that said player should be taken at their aforementioned draft slot of this 2020 NFL Mock Draft.
So without further the Bengals are now on the clock........
1) Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU-
The reports of Joe Burrow not wanting to play for the Bengals are mute until he actually comes out and refuses to play for them himself. It doesn't help that Burrow is being coached by Jordan Palmer, the brother of Carson Palmer whom recently had some not so nice things to say about the Bengals. This won't stop the Bengals from taking Burrow. Burrow is one of the more overrated prospects coming out this year, I personally don't see him as a worthy number 1 pick. He lacks strong arm strength, and moves too slow with his footwork, and release. I think what he got away with in college will be exposed in the NFL.
2) Washington Redskins: Chase Young, DE, Ohio State-
Washington could look to trade down if the right offer is there. They don't need Chase Young, although he is close to being a can't miss prospect. However unless they're blown away by an offer they may just stand pat and take the Ohio State standout here.
3) Detroit Lions: Tua Tagvailoa, QB, Alabama-
Surprise surprise! Detroit takes a QB. To be honest this is long over do. Matthew Stafford's leash as the "Franchise guy" for Detroit has lasted too long. In 11 seasons he's guided the Lions to the playoffs 3 times and has yet to win a playoff game. It's time to move on. Though I'm not on the Tua bandwagon, I honestly wouldn't be shocked to see him come off the board here if he's available. This would actually be an ideal spot for Tua, especially with the injury concerns as Stafford can start until Tua is ready to take over the reigns.
4) New York Giants: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson-
The dawn of a new era is upon us Giants nation after the recent retirement of legendary Quarterback, Eli Manning. This is now Daniel Jones' squad and with a new coaching staff in place, the Giants are ready to start anew. Giving their up and coming Quarterback a true number 1 wide receiver would be a great place to start here in the 2020 NFL Draft. Tee Higgins is projected to go behind CeeDee Lamb and Jerry Jeudy. However, Higgins without question is the best of the trio and would not shock me one bit if he is the pick here. The Giants could also go Offensive Tackle and take Andrew Thomas from Georgia.
5) Miami Dolphins: Justin Herbert, QB Oregon-
It's crazy how obvious people thought it was that the Dolphins were "tanking for Tua". Ironically they end up with a different Quarterback whom they'd probably prefer anyway. Justin Herbert looks like a solid and safe prospect. He doesn't really wow you though, but he has a good enough arm, mobility, and accuracy. There seems to be something missing though, that "it" factor or intangible, he doesn't seem like a great leader. He kind of reminds me of Marcus Mariota. My gut tells me he's a bust.
6) Los Angeles Chargers: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State-
Another Surprise in this exciting first round 2020 NFL Draft. With the Chargers moving on from Philip Rivers this off-season, the team will look to head into a new direction at Quarterback early in the 2020 NFL Draft. The Jordan Love, love affair (pun intended) by scouts has been strange to me. This is a guy who threw 17 interceptions compared to just 20 touchdowns this past season and for some reason is getting high praise despite the fact that he's inaccurate, a bad decision maker, and gets easily rattled in the pocket with no pocket awareness. Granted when this guy has time he's ok but even then he's still a mediocre Quarterback prospect. Nonetheless the Chargers have to address the position, and maybe sitting a year behind a veteran will help Love develop his talent and potential because he's certainly not NFL ready at this time.
7) Carolina Panthers: Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State-
All signs point to the Panthers wanting to move on from Cam Newton. With new ownership and coaching staff the new Regime may want "their own guy". Unfortunately the projected top Quarterback prospects are off the board here. If Carolina was smart though they would take Jacob Eason (who in fact is the best Quarterback prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft). However, being that Eason isn't projected to go this high, I don't see Carolina taking him here. Instead they take the stud Corner who falls a bit down the board because of the early run on Quarterbacks.
8) Arizona Cardinals: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma-
With their Quarterback of the future seemingly in place after a rookie of the year award season, the Cardinals will look to add more weapons for their "golden boy". CeeDee Lamb is a great speedy receiver that can get yards after catch, and is a big play threat on almost any play he gets his hands on.
9) Jacksonville Jaguars: Isaiah Simmons, OLB, Clemson-
The Jaguars are a perfect example of a team that can fade quickly without the right Quarterback at the helm. They went from having one of the most talented rosters in the NFL to a team looking to rebuild in a matter of a few years. The failed Blake Bortles experiment has really held this team back for years. It's time for the Jags to hit the reset button and find a Quarterback of the future. With that being said they need to build this once promising roster back up. A relentless, and versatile player like Simmons would be a good start.
10) Cleveland Browns: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia-
After a disappointing 2019 NFL season, lots of changes have, and still need to be made in Cleveland. Baker Mayfield regressed during his sophomore campaign and a lot of the had to do with the Offensive Line also taking a major step back. Addressing the Offensive Line is a priority the Browns must address early in the 2020 NFL Draft if they're serious about turning things around. Andrew Thomas is in my opinion the safest Offensive Tackle prospect in this Draft. He is a well balanced blocker in both the run and pass game, and will never lose in the trenches because of his technique and mechanics. He has great foot work for a big guy, and he's very technically sound. He's a safe pick because he doesn't just rely on overpowering people, he uses clean footwork and technique when coming off blocks, and follows through on his blocks until the whistle blows. A max effort guy, and someone Cleveland will look to Draft if he's available to them here with this pick.
11) New York Jets: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama-
Getting Sam Darnold some more downfield weapons will open up the run game for Le'veon Bell and the Jets Running-backs, which in turn will take some pressure off of their young Quarterback. Jeudy is a smooth route runner with lots of speed and can get down the field to make big plays.
12) Las Vegas Raiders: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn-
Brown could've been a 1st rounder in last years NFL Draft but elected to return back to school. Nothings changed. He's still a top prospect and a team like the Raiders, who are looking to rebuild their D-Line would be a place Brown could end up going to.
13) Indianapolis Colts: Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama-
The Colts may think about pulling the trigger on Jacob Eason if he's available here, but ultimately I think they'll foolishly pass and take a top Offensive Tackle prospect instead. Many may be surprised to still see Wills Jr. still on the board here but many analysts (including myself, see him as more of Guard or right tackle at the NFL level rather than a Franchise Left Tackle). With that in mind he'd still be a solid pick within this range here for the Colts, who need to start rebuilding their Offensive Line.
14) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa-
One of the bigger questions the Buccaneers will have to address this off season is who will they bring in at Quarterback? Will they Resign Jameis? Will they sign a veteran? Will they Draft Jameis' replacement in the 2020 NFL Draft? My gut tells me they'll commit to Jameis, and hope he cuts down on the interceptions. However, Bruce Arians has a track record of falling for strong armed Quarterbacks, and none in the 2020 NFL Draft class have a stronger arm than Jacob Eason who is still available here. My guess is it will be a hard pass for Arians and the Bucs as they take the talented pass rusher instead to help beef up the defense on the front end.
15) Denver Broncos: Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado-
Courtland Sutton is a talented young wide receiver that the Broncos have to be excited about for years to come. Imagine how much better he'll be with another threat on the other side. Getting Drew Lock another weapon at his disposal will help this team Quietly build one of the more exciting offenses to watch. Shenault, much like Sutton, can get down the field, and with a strong armed young stud Quarterback like Lock would seemingly be good fit here in Denver.
16) Atlanta Falcons: Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina-
This pick is a no-brainer for the Falcons especially if Kinlaw falls down this far (which is certainly possible do to the early run on Quarterbacks). Kinlaw is NFL ready and can make plays in both the run, and pass game. He's a versatile Defensive Tackle that can also get to the Quarterback.
17) Dallas Cowboys: C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida-
Henderson and Kristian Fulton will both fight to try being the 2nd Corner-back prospect to be taken. The Cowboys have needed to upgrade their Defensive backfield for quite some time.
18) Miami Dolphins (Via Pittsburgh Steelers): Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa-
A lot of scouts and analysts love Wirfs. If you ask me he is a project. Still, the Dolphins have to continue to rebuild their offensive Line for whomever they plan to put out at Quarterback in the near future.
19) Las Vegas Raiders (Via Chicago Bears): Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama-
With their second 1st rounder in the 2020 NFL Draft the Raiders will look to add some weapons on offense as their receiving core is amongst the bottom half of the league. Ruggs is more of a second round prospect but fills a position of need.
20) Jacksonville Jaguars (Via Los Angeles Rams): Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU-
Fulton finally flies of the board here for the Jags to snag up. After the Jalen Ramsey trade the Jags will look to add some more talent at the Cornerback position. In my opinion Fulton is an underrated prospect who could very well end up being the best Cornerback when we look back at the 2020 NFL Draft 5 years from now.
21) Philadelphia Eagles: Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama-
I was very high on Sidney Jones going into the 2017 NFL Draft. Even with the injury that would make him miss his entire rookie season I still thought the Eagles drafted a gem in the second round. It turns out Jones is looking more and more like a bust these days which means the Eagles have to go back to the drawing board here at the Cornerback position in the 2020 NFL Draft. Diggs is a hard working athletic Corner who can fight for playing time as a rookie, and make an impact at a position of need for the Eagles.
22) Buffalo Bills: J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State-
Throughout his first two seasons in the NFL, the Bills have done a commendable job in putting together a solid defense around their new Franchise Quarterback Josh Allen. Now it's time to work on the Offensive side of the ball. Getting a young Running back will be crucial in the continued development of Allen, and will open up the down field play action throws that he thrives on.
23) New England Patriots: Jacob Eason, QB, Washington-
A shocker here in the 2020 NFL Draft. Whether the Patriots resign Tom Brady or not I think this would be a fantastic pick. They get the best Quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft class, and they don't even have to play him right away. Eason has the prototypical size, arm strength, accuracy, and leadership qualities that you want in a young signal caller. He has a great feel for the position, is very poised, has good pocket presence, and will stand in, and deliver the ball with accuracy while taking a hit. He'd be a great fit for Bill Belichick and the Patriots.
24) New Orleans Saints: Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma-
The Saints quietly have one of the worst Line-backing cores in the entire NFL. Look for them to address the position here in the Draft. Murray is one of the better Linebackers in this class. I think he's much better than Patrick Queen (who also may be a possibility here for the Saints).
25) Minnesota Vikings: Grant Delpit, S, LSU-
Delpit had a rough 2019 season which in turn made his draft stock slip a bit. However, he's still arguably the best Safety Prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft class, and the Vikings would run to the podium to draft him if he slid this far to them. Delpit is too talented to fall any further and would fill a much needed void for the Vikings.
26) Miami Dolphins (Via Houston Texans): D'Andre Swift, RB, Georgia-
The Dolphins continue to build on offense here and draft a talented potential number one, 3 down running-back.
27) Seattle Seahawks: Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State-
Seattle has been linked to Curtis Weaver here in the 2020 NFL Draft. I'm not buying it. Gross-Matos was once looked at as a potential top 5-10 pick for the 2020 NFL Draft. I think he's one of the most underrated prospects in this class and has star potential. He fills a need here for the Seahawks, and it wouldn't surprise me if he ends up being a steal.
28) Baltimore Ravens: Terell Lewis, OLB, Alabama-
This pick is simple for the Ravens as they could use more help in the pass rush. Terell Lewis has talent but his talent didn't always match his production at the college level, which is why he's viewed as a late first rounder rather than a top ten pick. His lack of production may scare some teams off. But he's be worth the gamble for a championship caliber team like the Ravens who are good with or without him. It's a smart risk here for Baltimore.
29) Tennessee Titans: Austin Jackson, OT, USC-
With Jack Conklin being set to be a highly sought after free agent this NFL off-season, the Titans will have to add some insurance to possibly replace Conklin if they're unable to retain him. Austin Jackson is a late first round candidate who figures to start his career on the right side.
30) Green Bay Packers: Tyler Baidasz, C, Wisconsin-
The offensive Line play on the inside of Green-bay's O-line has been inconsistent at best. Baidasz would be an instant upgrade and could make an impact for the team his rookie season.
31) San Francisco 49ers: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama-
The secondary of the 49er's gets exposed at times as one of the weaknesses on this team. Specifically at Safety. McKinney would come in and immediately help at the position.
32) Kansas City Chiefs: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin-
When you have just won the Superbowl and you have a generational talent like Patrick Mahomes at Quarterback, there aren't many things your team needs. However, getting a Running-back that can fit the way Andy Reid likes to utilize the position would be a great way to end the first round. Taylor has had some injury concerns in the past but with the last pick of the first round being taken by the Superbowl Champs will take the pressure off of him having to produce right away.
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