The 2020 NFL Draft is over three months away, but it is time to unveil our first full first-round mock draft after Wild Card weekend.
The 2020 NFL Draft will take place in Las Vegas this year, and for the local team, the Raiders, they once again hold multiple first round picks. Last year, the Raiders utilized all three of their first rounders to bring in impact players, including Josh Jacobs, who should be the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year.
With the 2019 season wrapping up, the draft scouting process is in full swing. Today, we look at our very first full first-round mock draft for next April.
1. Cincinnati Bengals: QB Joe Burrow, LSU
The Cincinnati Bengals are in the best spot of the 2020 NFL Draft, as they have the No. 1 overall pick and can choose anyone they want. This pick is a no-brainer, as they will pick a franchise quarterback that they hope can lead them to the Super Bowl.
Joe Burrow, the Heisman winner in 2019, is the consensus No. 1 pick. He threw for over 5,200 yards and 55 touchdowns to only six interceptions in 2019. If you didn’t watch him throw seven touchdowns against Oklahoma in the first half of the opening round of the College Football Playoffs, then you must go back and watch.
The IQ of Burrow is his biggest asset. He knows what to do in every situation, and what not to in bad ones. He can make every read and throw. His arm talent is there. The only knock that some scouts will have on him is his arm strength, but that shouldn't stop the Bengals from drafting him.
2. Washington Redskins: DE, Chase Young, Ohio State
If the positional value didn't matter, Chase Young would be the No. 1 overall pick. He is that talented. However, since it does matter, he will be the number 2 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. When you look at a prospect, he should be able to do a certain number of things correctly, and in Young's case, he checks every single box.
If drafted, Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio will be thanking both Rivera and owner Daniel Snyder, because Del Rio can coach rookie defensive linemen and help them become Hall of Famers, especially ones selected with the second overall pick. Just take a look back at his history.
3. Detroit Lions: CB Jeffrey Okudah, Ohio State
Some mock drafts will have the Lions taking an offensive tackle and possibly a quarterback, but that will not happen in 2020. The Lions have three offensive tackles under contract and all of them can possibly start; Taylor Decker, Tyrell Crosby, Ricky Wagner. Matthew Stafford is also a capable quarterback with some good players helping him.
The two positions that the Lions really need to address are defensive line and cornerback, but since they paid Trey Flowers and Mike Daniels, traded for Damon Harrison, and spent draft picks on multiple defensive linemen over the past few years, they will go with a corner.
Fill in Jeffrey Okudah, who although isn't as much of a sure thing as Young, does check pretty much every box you want to see at the position. He has very good size and length. Also, for his size, he’s very quick with his hips and feet, he can close on any wide receiver very quickly.
In 2019, he allowed a passer rating of 37.6. It also helps when you can press as effective as Okudah. He hasn't allowed 50 or more yards in any single game this season. The Lions would be wise to take Okudah here.
4. New York Giants: OT Andrew Thomas, Georgia
A lot of fans laughed at the Daniel Jones pick last year, but not anymore, as he threw for over 300 yards in five of his 12 games. In addition, he threw for four or more touchdowns in three of those 12 games. Jones and Saquon Barkley can lead this team offensively, but in order to do that, you must protect the future of your team.
The Giants will take the best offensive linemen coming out of college football, and that player is Georgia's Andrew Thomas. He is super consistent and has been one of the most dominant players this past year. In 746 total snaps, he gave up one sack. If that doesn't convince his dominance, watch his matchups against Julian Okwara, Khalid Kareem and Jonathan Greenard.
5. Miami Dolphins: QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
The Dolphins need their future quarterback, and this year is the year you pull the trigger. Unless a quarterback-needy team jumps in front of them, the pick here should be Tua Tagovailoa, who is declaring early after a record-breaking career at Alabama.
The hip injury is a concern, but it's not as if the Dolphins need Tua to see the field day one, as they can see what they have with Josh Rosen, and possibly trade him, or stick with Ryan Fitzpatrick for another year while Tua gets back to 100% health. Fitzpatrick did a nice job leading this team down the stretch, so why not give him another season.
2800 yards, 33 touchdowns to three interceptions, and a 71.4 completion percentage in nine games is why he should be taken as the second overall quarterback. If he is able to get fully healthy, he will pay off huge to whichever team takes him.
6. Los Angeles Chargers: QB Justin Herbert, Oregon
The Phillip Rivers era is coming to an end in Los Angeles. If you watched him play last year, you saw what was seen in Peyton Manning prior to his last season. The end is coming, and unless the Chargers want to try to tank one more year for Trevor Lawrence, then they’d be wise to take Justin Herbert.
This pick might be a bit of a reach at this point, but a lot can happen prior to the draft. Herbert will also have to really sell himself in the draft process. The 6’6” 237-pound Quarterback has a huge arm, but since he plays in the Ducks quick passing offense, making his second read isn’t something that he has to do a lot. Some scouts have concerns about him not being able to consistently make his second or third read.
7. Carolina Panthers: DE/DT A.J. Epenesa, Iowa
The Panthers need help on offense but can wait to fill that side of the ball in the later rounds. With the 7th pick, the Panthers should focus on fixing that defense. Although taking Brian Burns with the 17th pick in last year’s draft was a great move, the Panthers still need help, and A.J. Epenesa would help them instantly.
Epenesa is a physical defensive end and could easily play on the inside, based on his size, where he comes in at 6’6” 280 pounds. Epenesa is a different type of player than Brian Burns, who uses speed and his quickness to win at the point of attack.
8. Arizona Cardinals: DT Derrick Brown, Auburn
The Arizona Cardinals have a few needs, including wide receiver, offensive tackle, and defensive line. However, Derrick Brown from Auburn is way too good a player to pass up here at No. 8, and I believe they pull the trigger on a guy who could have went in the first round last year.
Last year, Chandler Jones had 19 sacks, which is more than every other defensive lineman combined on this roster. Fill in Derrick Brown, the best interior defensive linemen coming out. Brown plays with great technique and has a powerful initial punch. He has the potential to be one of the best defensive players in the NFL early on.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars: OLB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
The Jacksonville Jaguars have a big decision to make this offseason after firing the executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin. Whoever is calling the shots, he will have to fix a few gaping holes, including that horrendous Jaguars defense.
They were the second-worst run-stopping defense, giving up 5.1 yards per carry. Points per game weren’t great either for this team, as they gave up the 11th most points last year. To fix that defense, in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Jags should take Clemson’s game-changing linebacker, Isaiah Simmons.
Although Simmons lined up all over the place in his three seasons at Clemson, he has outgrown his original position of Safety. The 6’4”, 235-pound hybrid defensive player will make an instant impact for that defense. He is quick and smart and paired up with Myles Jack and Calais Campbell should make that front-7 deadly.
10. Cleveland Browns: OT Jedrick Wills Jr, Alabama
John Dorsey is out, so the Browns have a few decisions to make. This year's draft will be an interesting one for this team. This team isn’t that far away from being a playoff contender, but they do need to fix up their offensive line issues. Baker Mayfield was consistently under pressure in 2019, and not protecting your quarterback is the recipe for disaster.
Luckily for the Browns, the second-best offensive tackle is still on the board in this mock and he will be an instant upgrade. Jedrick Wills has shot up draft boards this season, and for good reason. He was tasked with protecting Tua Tagovailoa’s blind spot.
Over the course of the season, Wills improved his game and showed what he can do. He allowed a total of 11 pressures all season long. His best trait, however, is his run blocking, and Nick Chubb, one of the best backs in the NFL will see the advantages of having him in there.
11. New York Jets: OT Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
The New York Jets need to protect their young quarterback. When protected, Sam Darnold has looked very impressive. Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs fits perfectly with this offense. His strength is something that has impressed a lot of scouts. Some say he is the best offensive tackle coming out. He should be a day one starter.
12. Las Vegas Raiders: WR CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
The Oakland Raiders are a few pieces away from having a really good offense. Darren Waller, Josh Jacobs, Hunter Renfrow, and Tyrell Williams have made some big plays over the past year, but quarterback Derek Carr hasn’t had a true number 1 Wide Receiver that can take the top off a defense, and at the same time catch a short pass and take it to the house.
Fill in Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb. Lamb's blend of size and production as an outside receiver makes him the top wide receiver in the 2020 draft class. Some like Jerry Jeudy, but my issue with him in this Raiders offense is he doesn’t show the toughness that is needed to be a true number 1 threat.
On the other side, Lamb is a true number 1 who can physically beat defensive backs. The 6’2.5” 200-pound wide receiver has broken an absurd 25 tackles on 58 catches this season. He will fit right in opposite of Tyrell Williams, giving the Raiders a strong top-3, with Hunter Renfrow in the slot.
13. Indianapolis Colts: DT Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
The Colts defense doesn’t give up many big plays, but they did regress this past season. One of the reasons is because they are not that great on that defensive line. Fill in Javon Kinlaw, who, at 6-foot-6, 300 pounds, has all the physical traits you could want.
Kinlaw can not only stuff the run, but he is a very solid pass rusher. Last year he totaled 40 pressures and was given a pass-rush grade of 90.7 by Pro Football Focus, making him an elite pass rusher. Pair up Kinlaw with Darius Leonard, and you have two building blocks of the future.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: FS Grant Delpit, LSU
Given that the Buccaneers gave up the fourth-most points and second-most catches on defense, but were the No. 1 defense against the run, they need to fix that balance. LSU’s Grant Delpit is considered the best safety in this draft class with an emphasis on coverage. He has given up nine catches on 17 targets but has gotten his hands on the ball six times.
Delpit is a playmaker in coverage but will need to sure up his tackling. Last year he had 20 missed tackles. But given this is the best run-stopping defense and he is one of the best in coverage, he might not need to tackle a whole lot.
15. Denver Broncos: WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
The Denver Broncos have a very good young offense, starting with their quarterback Drew Lock, who went 4-1 as a starter in 2019. To take it to the next level, they have surrounded him with some good young players including Dalton Risner, Phillip Lindsey, Noah Fant, Courtland Sutton, and Royce Freeman.
If this team can add another playmaker, like Jerry Jeudy, this offense can take a huge step forward and could push for a playoff spot. The Alabama wide receiver is considered one of the best coming out of college. Some have him going as high as the 4th overall pick, however, since wide receivers are not valued too high in the draft, I don’t think he will go in the top-10.
Jeudy is a great playmaker and runs very crisp routes. But like some recent Alabama wide receivers, including Amari Cooper, Jeudy had a little bit of a drop issue. He dropped seven passes on 78 targets or 9% of his targets. This will need to be cleaned up, and if he does, he could be a fantastic complementary route runner inside to Sutton‘s outside ability.
16. Atlanta Falcons: CB Kristian Fulton, LSU
The Atlanta Falcons drafted for need last year, taking two offensive linemen in the first round. This year, they will follow that up with taking another position of need, cornerback. Last season, the Falcons were the tenth-worst defense in points and the 11th-worst in passing yards.
Since today's NFL is a passing league, they will need to fix that secondary. Although the Falcons have spent a 5th, 4th, and 2nd round pick on corners the past two years, they're not there yet. Fill in LSU’s Kristian Fulton, who was the highest-graded cornerback in SEC play this season by PFF.
Fulton is a great man to man player with quick feet. He should be able to translate to a good slot corner for the Falcons, leaving Desmond Trufant and Isaiah Oliver on the outsides. With Fulton, the Falcons shouldn’t need to draft another corner.
17. Dallas Cowboys: CB Trevon Diggs, Alabama
The Dallas Cowboys are moving on from Jason Garrett and upgraded to one of the league's winningest coaches, Mike McCarthy. With Dak Prescott coming off his best season, throwing for over 4900 yards, that offense won’t be needing much more help.
Instead, they should focus on a need, drafting players in the secondary who can force turnovers, as last year they had the fewest in the league with seven. Alabama’s Trevon Diggs will be a great fit for this Cowboys team.
In 2019, he allowed 22 catches from 52 targets for 309 yards and a passer rating of 44.5, which is as close of a dominant season you will see. Diggs should come in and be able to win a starting spot right away.
18. Miami Dolphins (f/PIT): DE Julian Okwara, Notre Dame
The Dolphins tanked last season to get a top quarterback and stock draft picks. Since they took a quarterback earlier in the day, they can turn their focus to the defensive side of the ball. With this pick, defensive end Julian Okwara is their guy.
By taking an edge player on defense, this will help the Dolphins get after the opposing quarterbacks in the division. Okwara is a lengthy defensive end who can get after the quarterback. He has an explosive quick step and will need to work on certain parts of his game, but his ceiling might be the highest in this draft class.
19. Las Vegas Raiders (f/CHI): LB Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma
The Raiders have two big needs heading into the 2020 NFL Draft depending on who you ask, and those two needs are linebacker and wide receiver. With the 12th pick, they took wide receiver CeeDee Lamb from Oklahoma, so with the 19th pick, they will take the best true linebacker and Lamb's teammate, Kenneth Murray.
A lot of people want Isaiah Simmons, who will be a great player. However, the Raiders need a true middle linebacker, and I don’t think Simmons is that. Even if he is around at pick No. 12, I don’t like him as much as I like Murray here at 19.
Murray had 155 total tackles in 2018, and 102 in 2019. He also had 17 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks in 2019. If the Raiders want to get Paul Guenther the type of playmaker on defense that can make a difference, Murray is his guy.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars (f/LAR): CB C.J. Henderson, Florida
Earlier in this draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars took Isaiah Simmons. With there second pick in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Jaguars will take another spot of need, cornerback. Fill in Florida corner C.J. Henderson.
Henderson had a great 2018 campaign but unfortunately followed that up with a bad 2019 season. His playmaking ability is there, as since the start of 2018, he’s broken up 11 passes on 66 targets.
That is an insane rate. If he is able to get back on track, the pick the Jaguars acquired from trading Jalen Ramsey could essentially replace him.
21. Philadelphia Eagles: WR Jalen Reagor, TCU
The Eagles are one of the hardest teams to watch, as they are so good on defense but are really bad on offense. Not that they don’t have some good players, but because they don’t have enough good players. Philly is lacking at wide receiver, so fill in the fastest wide receiver coming out of college, TCU’s Jalen Reagor.
Reagor doesn’t have the same stats as some other first-round wideouts, but his film speaks for itself. The speedster is a playmaker, making 15 of 31 contested catches last year. He will be a nice weapon for Carson Wentz and should allow this offense to take deep shots downfield.
22. Buffalo Bills: WR Henry Ruggs III, Alabama
The Bills have one of the NFL's best defenses, and it was on full display in their close loss to the Houston Texans in the Wild Card round this past Saturday. In this draft class, they should focus on their offense, and should give their franchise quarterback, Josh Allen, some needed help at wide receiver.
Ruggs is a yards after catch monster, and is most definitely slated for the first round this April. If Reagor is off the board, I expect the Bills to take him, as he has the type of speed that I'm not sure even Josh Allen could overthrow.
23. New England Patriots: WR Tee Higgins, Clemson
A lot of people will have the New England Patriots taking a quarterback in this draft, especially with their first pick, as they may move on from Tom Brady this offseason. However, even if they did, who would he throw it to?
I don’t think Tom Brady is done with the Patriots, especially the way he lost. The New England defense was one of the best I’ve seen in a while, and if that defense can stay healthy and play the same way they did this past season, then a wide receiver will do wonders for this offense.
Tee Higgins is a 6’4” mammoth with a huge wingspan. The junior is averaging 20.8 yards per catch and has the highest receiving grade of any Power-5 receiver per PFF. Although the Patriots did take a wideout last year, they need to keep on improving the talent around Brady.
24. New Orleans Saints: DT Jordan Elliott, Missouri
The Saints just came off a tough loss to a really good defensive team in the Minnesota Vikings in the Wild Card round. That loss is an indicator that unless you have a really good defense to match the Vikings, San Francisco 49ers and the improving Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, you will lose in the first round again next year.
Fill in Jordan Elliott of Missouri, and incredibly gifted defensive tackle. After Derrick Brown, Elliott is the next best interior defensive lineman in this draft class. He should help the Saints get much better on the inside of that defense.
25. Tennessee Titans: OT Austin Jackson, USC
This team has impressed so many people this season, and are still dancing, after beating the New England Patriots in the Wild Card round on the road. Ryan Tannehill looks like the real deal, but he does need better protection.
That would lead the Titans to select USC's Austin Jackson, one of the best offensive tackles in this draft class. Jackson is a great athlete with very quick feet. He excels in pass protection and should only get better as a run blocker.
26. Minnesota Vikings: CB Paulson Adebo, Stanford
The Vikings could easily take an offensive tackle here, but with the shocking decline of Xavier Rhodes this past season, the Vikings should take the best corner available here, Paulson Adebo. Adebo brings to the table excellent instincts, a history of really good ball skills with both pass breakups and interceptions.
27. Miami Dolphins (f/HOU): OT Mekhi Becton, Louisville
The Dolphins traded away their starting offensive tackle, so to replace him, they will take Mekhi Becton from Louisville. If the Dolphins want a quarterback to succeed in this system, they will have to protect him, and Becton has the talent to be a Day 1 starter at the NFL level.
The 6’7” 350-pound offensive tackle is surprisingly very quick with his feet and is a dominating run blocker. Per PFF, Becton had the second-most big-time blocks of any offensive tackle in the FBS.
28. Seattle Seahawks: DE Curtis Weaver, Boise State
The Seahawks traded a 3rd round pick for Jadeveon Clowney, but he wasn’t as great as they’d hope since heading to the Northwest. Even if they retain Clowney, they will still need to fill the other edge spot. Curtis Weaver of Boise State is not very stout against the run but does need to improve his pass-rushing skills.
Although his combined sacks (14) and hits (12) are three more than anyone else in college football, he doesn’t have the flexibility and bend that you need at the next level. If he can improve this part of his game, he can be a really solid piece for this defense.
29. Kansas City Chiefs: RB J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State
The Kansas City Chiefs have improved tremendously on defense over the past year and although they could draft to keep improving, one of the biggest disappointments of this team has been their lack of explosiveness in the run game. If they decide to upgrade there, might as well get the best running back in college football, Ohio State's JK Dobbins
The Raiders drafted Josh Jacobs, and he was an instant game-changer for the organization. Dobbins will have the same impact. Dobbins rushed for over 2000 yards in 2019, to go along with 21 rushing touchdowns. The explosiveness is there, and he will take this Chiefs offense to the next level.
30. Green Bay Packers: DL Marvin Wilson, FSU
The Green Bay Packers have the Smith Brothers on the outside who have been a force to reckon with, but their inside hasn’t provided the same energy. Kenny Clark has been decent, but this defensive unit is lacking some real power on the inside, so it would make sense to draft Marvin Wilson out of Florida State.
In 2019, Wilson had 44 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, four passes defended and a forced fumble. He has been a disruptive presence, showing pass-rushing potential, strength, quickness, and athleticism. If this unit can get more production out of 2019 first-round DE Rashaan Gary, the 5-man rotation with Wilson would be deadly.
31. San Francisco 49ers: TE Hunter Bryant, Washington
The San Francisco 49ers are one of the league's best teams, but they can definitely upgrade their offense by selecting the best tight end in this draft, Hunter Bryant from Washington. Kyle Shanahan runs an offense that uses multiple tight ends, and Bryant would be a nice fit alongside George Kittle. At 6-foot-3, 250 pounds Hunter moves more like a wide receiver than a tight end but can still block.
32. Baltimore Ravens: WR Laviska Shenault Jr, Colorado
What more could you do if you are the Baltimore Ravens? You have one of the best offenses and one of the best defenses. But there are some improvements that this team can make on offense. Lamar Jackson will most likely not put up his 2019 numbers again in 2020.
Like teams started to do towards the end of the year, they will force him to throw it more and keep two safeties over the top to eliminate big plays. In order to stay ahead, the Ravens should draft another wide receiver, one that can make the same catches across the middle of the field that his tight ends do.
One player slated for the first round is Laviska Shenault Jr. from Colorado. Shenault didn't produce quite like he did in 2018, however, he was in the conversation for the Biletnikoff Award as a true sophomore, after hauling in 87 passes for 1,019 yards and breaking 29 tackles in the process. He should fit right into this offense on the outside of Hollywood Brown.