2020 Full 1st-round NFL mock draft heading into Super Bowl Sunday
By Nick Ellis
23. New England Patriots: Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
Yetur Gross-Matos from Penn State has the size and explosiveness that the New England Patriots need, and unless they are adding an offensive weapon, the Patriots could use a pass rusher to help out their elite secondary. There will be a ton of questions surrounding this franchise this offseason, including what to do with Tom Brady, and that decision will weigh heavily on what the do in the 2020 NFL Draft.
24. New Orleans Saints: CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
CJ Henderson is a long, tall, athletic corner that could help the New Orleans Saints secondary immediately. Many mocks have the Saints taking a quarterback here, but with Drew Brees likely being brought back, as well as Taysom Hill, they appear to be set there for at least the next few years.
25. Minnesota Vikings: Neville Gallimore, DL, Oklahoma
The Minnesota Vikings were horrible against the run this season and a player like Neville Gallimore could help them in that department in 2020. Not only is Gallimore a solid run-stopper, but he is also a great pass rusher, making him my sleeper of the first round.
26. Miami Dolphins: Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
With the Miami Dolphins final pick of the first round, they add a tackle to protect their rookie quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa. The Dolphins start their rebuild off with a new quarterback, safety, and Louisville offensive tackle Mekhi Becton, three players who could be the cornerstones of this franchise moving forward.
27. Seattle Seahawks: Tristan Wirfs, OL, Iowa
The Seattle Seahawks biggest issue over the years has been their inability to protect Russell Wilson, who is still playing at an MVP level. They finally address that issue with Iowa lineman Tristan Wirfs, who has the ability to play both right or left tackle for the team, and it is about time the franchise starts protecting their No. 1 asset.