2020 full 1st-round mock draft after the Scouting Combine
By Evan Groat
17. Dallas Cowboys: CB, C.J. Henderson, Florida
With Amari Cooper and Dak Prescott still needing to get paid, star cornerback Bryon Jones is the odd man out. It was reported this week that the Cowboys will let the corner test the free agent market, and with the No. 17 overall pick, they do their best to fill the void of him leaving.
C.J. Henderson will step in as a starter on day one, and for this Dallas Cowboys defense, they cannot afford to take a step back in the secondary with Jones leaving. Henderson showed out at the NFL Scouting Combine, and outside of Jeffrey Okudah from Ohio State, he is the best cornerback in this draft class.
18. Miami Dolphins: OT, Josh Jones, Houston
The Miami Dolphins picked up their quarterback with the first of three first rounds picks, and now they pick up a left tackle to replace Laremy Tunsil, who they traded away last year. The good news for the Dolphins is the fact that this draft class is loaded with talent at the offensive tackle position, and they get a cornerstone player at pick No. 18.
Josh Jones from Houston, like Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert, had a good showing at the Senior Bowl. He is not a finished product like some of the other tackles drafted ahead of him but he has the tools to be a future starter, and this is a Dolphins football team that is building for the long run.
19. Las Vegas Raiders: LB, Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma
Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock are again faced with a decision, but this time they turn their attention to the defensive side of the ball. Is it Kenneth Murray or Patrick Queen to be drafted at pick No. 19 to be their franchise linebacker, which this franchise has been lacking for some time.
The Las Vegas Raiders continue to build to their already strong foundation from the 2019 NFL Draft class with another high character, alpha male, who loves the game of football. Kenneth Murray has sideline to sideline speed, the athleticism to match up against tight ends, and oozes leadership.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars: CB, Kristian Fulton, LSU
As I mentioned earlier, cornerback A.J. Bouye was traded earlier this week, so there is a major void at cornerback for the Jacksonville Jaguars heading into next season. There are a handful of cornerbacks who are worthy of first round consideration this year, and one happens to come from the national champs.
Kristian Fulton showed his dominance all season for the LSU Tigers, and is someone who can come in and fill the void left by not only Bouye, but also Jalen Ramey. Fulton excels in press man coverage but needs to clean up his tackling, and on a Jaguars defense that will have a brand new look in 2020, he becomes a leader in the secondary.