The Las Vegas Raiders have two first round picks in the 2020 NFL Draft, and in our latest first round mock, they add to both sides of the ball.
We are now one week into the new league year and teams have been busy signing players to their rosters in hopes of improving their teams for the upcoming 2020 season. For the Las Vegas Raiders, they have done a nice job bolstering both sides of the ball, bringing in quality players who can help them immediately.
The Raiders have been one of the busier teams signing several players including Marcus Mariota, Cory Littleton, Maliek Collins, Eli Apple, and Nelson Agholor just to name a few. They look like a much better team on paper, and this April, they have a ton of draft capital, including two first round picks, and five selections in the first 91 slots.
The next step for the Raiders in their pursuit of the playoffs in 2020 is to put together another productive draft class. After some trades and free agent acquisitions things look a little different in this version 2.0, and it will continue to evolve as we inch closer to April 23.
With that being said the 2020 NFL draft is now open. The Cincinnati Bengals are on the clock with pick No. 1 overall.
1. Cincinnati Bengals: QB, Joe Burrow, LSU
Previous Pick: Joe Burrow
No change at the top. Don't let anyone try to fool you, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow was the pick in January, he is the pick now, and he will be the pick in April. Coming off a monster year for the Tigers, Burrow is going to get a chance to start right away, especially with the team moving on from Andy Dalton.
The Bengals may as well just start selling Joe Burrow jerseys in team stores because this pick is a slam dunk. Zac Taylor had this team playing hard all last season, and the hope is that Burrow can finally get this team to actually win a playoff game.
2. Washington Redskins: DE, Chase Young, Ohio State
Previous Pick: Tua Tagovailoa
On Monday, the Washington Redskins traded a fifth round pick to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for quarterback Kyle Allen. This signals the Redskins will go forward and try to develop second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins with Allen there to push him.
Allen is familiar with Washington's new offensive coordinator, Scott Turner's offense. Turner served as the quarterback coach in each of Allen's two seasons in Carolina. Ron Rivera keeps it simple by drafting the best player in the class in Chase Young from Ohio State.
3. Detroit Lions: CB, Jeff Okudah, Ohio State
Previous Pick: Jeff Okudah
As I mentioned in my mock draft 1.0, I still believe this is a potential trade spot if one was to occur. That is especially true in this case with Tua Tagovailoa still on the board. The Dolphins and Chargers, both teams that are expected to be in the business for a quarterback could be looking to leap frog each other to nab their guy.
Of course, this mock does not include trades and in this case the pick is Jeffrey Okudah from Ohio State. Darius Slay was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for a third and fifth round pick this week, and Okudah immediately steps in and fills a need for the Lions.
4. New York Giants: OT, Jedrick Wills Jr, Alabama
Previous Pick: Chase Young
The two biggest needs on the roster for the New York Giants still remain edge rusher and offensive tackle, and they use the No. 4 overall pick to fix one of them. Jadeveon Clowney is still available as a free agent, so the Giants could still go that route if they choose, but he has already turned down a monster offer from Miami, and who knows if the Giants would want to spend that kind of cash on him.
Regardless, the pick is Alabama's mauler of an offensive tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. If the plan is for Daniel Jones to become their next franchise quarterback, then they need to start by protecting him, and Wills is widely regarded as the best overall player at his position group in this draft class.
5. Miami Dolphins: QB, Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
Previous Pick: Justin Herbert
The Miami Dolphins were big time spenders in free agency but still need to address the quarterback position in the long term. The news on Tua Tagovailoa's hip has all been positive, and he even went as far as posting a video of himself throwing on social media. He looks to be moving really well.
That being said he might still need some extra time before he is game ready. Ryan Fitzpatrick will hold the fort down until the torch is ready to be passed, and in Tua, they could be getting the player who turns out to be the best of the bunch in terms of the quarterback group when all is said and done.
6. Los Angeles Chargers: QB, Justin Herbert, Oregon
Previous Pick: Mekhi Becton
This is a much more ideal scenario for the Los Angeles Chargers compared to my mock draft 1.0. Phillip Rivers is now a member of the Indianapolis Colts and there is a major need at quarterback, and they have yet to address it in free agency.
The Chargers may have a decision to make if the board falls this way. Do they play it safe with Justin Herbert or go with the upside pick in Utah State's Jordan Love? Herbert has all the tools to be successful in the league including a combination of size, mobility, and a big time arm, and would be the long-term successor to Rivers as the team opens their new stadium.
7. Carolina Panthers: DT, Derrick Brown, Auburn
Previous Pick: Derrick Brown
There are several directions the Panthers could go in with this pick, as help is needed at all three levels of the defense. Luke Kuechly retired, James Bradberry left in free agency, and Eric Reid was released. First-year head coach, Matt Rhule has his work cut out for him in terms rebuilding this defense.
A good place to start is along the front lines with a dominant force like Auburn's Derrick Brown. Brown is considered a top-five talent by many in this class, though I could also see a scenario where Isaiah Simmons is the pick, especially with Kuechly gone.
8. Arizona Cardinals: OT, Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
Previous Pick: Tristan Wirfs
Prior to free agency, you could have made the case this pick would have been CeeDee Lamb, former teammate of Kyler Murray. That all changed when the Cardinals made a trade with the Houston Texans to acquire three-time first team all-pro, DeAndre Hopkins, solidifying the wide receiver group.
With that trade, you can almost guarantee the pick will be an offensive tackle. Tristan Wirfs is an athletic freak and will fit in nicely with Kliff Kingsbury high octane, spread offense. Wirfs dominated the NFL Scouting Combine, and is a guy who can come in and start right away opposite of D.J. Humphries.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars: LB, Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
Previous Pick: Isaiah Simmons
The Jacksonville Jaguars will be tempted to take one of the elite offensive tackles still available with this pick but when push comes to shove, Clemson linebacker/safety Isaiah Simmons will be the pick. Yes, they did sign Joe Schobert in free agency but Simmons is a generational talent, with a skill set so unique, it's unlike anything the league has seen in many years.
He possess the ability to play linebacker, slot corner, and safety, making him the most versatile defensive player in this draft class. The Jaguars are loaded with 12 picks in the draft,but Isaiah Simmons will be the centerpiece.
10. Cleveland Browns: OT, Andrew Thomas, Georgia
Previous Pick: Jedrick Wills
The Cleveland Browns already added the best offensive tackle available in free agency, Jake Conklin. Now they can solidify the other tackle spot by drafting Andrew Thomas, a dominating lineman from the University of Georgia.
The poor play of the offensive line was one of the reasons for Baker Mayfield's regression in his second year. New head coach Kevin Stefanski will not allow that to happen under his watch. Thomas was a three-year starter at Georgia and will be a day one starter for the Browns.
11. New York Jets: WR, CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
Previous Pick: Andrew Thomas
The New York Jets have made it their top priority during free agency to shore up the offensive line. In the first week of free agency Jets GM, Joe Douglas signed tackle George Fant, guard Alex Lewis, and center Connor McGovern.
Because of this they can now get Sam Darnold a playmaker at the outside. There is a debate to be had of who the top wide receiver in this class is. CeeDee Lamb isn't a blazer but he can do it all. He is explosive with the ball in his hands, he has ball skills for days, and is a big play waiting to happen.
12. Las Vegas Raiders: WR, Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
Previous Pick: Jerry Jeudy
The Las Vegas Raiders have been adding big time players in free agency thus far landing one of the big fishes on this years market in linebacker, Cory Littleton. They also added a second linebacker in Nick Kwiatkoski, cornerback Eli Apple, defensive tackle Maliek Collins, and edge rusher Carl Nassib.
Nelson Agholor, a former first round pick was added at wide receiver but a dominant threat at wideout is still on Mike Mayock's wishlist. Welcome Jerry Jeudy, a smooth, do it all receiver, who is polished well beyond his years. Use him out wide, in the slot, underneath, or as a deep threat. Jon Gruden will love his shiny new toy.
13. San Francisco 49ers: DL, Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
Previous Pick: Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers agreed to a blockbuster trade that will send DeForest Buckner to the Colts in return for their 13th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. The 49ers will now use that pick to replace the void left by Buckner. Javon Kinlaw steps in and that 49ers defensive line does not miss a beat.
Kinlaw dominates with a combination of size, length, and power. He has an explosive first step and heavy hands. In addition, many believe he is the most versatile defensive linemen in this draft class, as he can play on the inside, but also get the edge, and the 49ers are built on strong defensive line play.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: OT, Mekhi Becton, Louisville
Previous Pick: Austin Jackson
With Tom Brady now the quarterback in Tampa Bay they have a very short window to win a Super Bowl. The best way to do that is on the shoulders of your six-time Super Bowl champ who has been in the league for 20 years.
Brady has plenty of weapons surrounding him so the goal for the Bucs now is to keep him upright. Mekhi Becton is a mammoth, but is surprisingly nimble and quick on his feet for a man who weighs 364 pounds. As long as Becton keeps his weight in check he should have a long career in the league.
15. Denver Broncos: WR, Henry Ruggs III, Alabama
The Denver Broncos have quietly made some very good moves to build their roster in free agency, despite letting Chris Harris walk. Melvin Gordon and Phillip Lindsay form one of the better backfields in the league, Graham Glasgow was added to bolster the offensive line and the trades for Jurrell Casey and A.J. Bouye will help on defense.
The roster still has two glaring needs, one is left tackle and another is a wide receiver to pair with Courtland Sutton. John Elway sees the difference a speedster like Tyreek Hill makes for a young quarterback. The combination of Drew Lock's big arm and the deep speed of Henry Ruggs III is a scary thought.
16. Atlanta Falcons: DE, A.J. Epenesa, Iowa
Previous Pick: Javon Kinlaw
Vic Beasley signed with the Tennessee Titans and Desmond Trufant was released, so there is work to do on defense for the Atlanta Falcons. Beasley was replaced with the signing of Dante Fowler but I think there is still a need for a second pass rusher.
A.J. Epenesa had a disappointing combine which may have some teams concerned but just pop in his tape and you will see a highly disruptive player with a developed array of pass rush moves. At 280 pounds he has the size and strength to kick inside on passing downs to get more speed on the field to rush from the edge.
17. Dallas Cowboys: CB, C.J. Henderson, Florida
Previous Pick: C.J. Henderson
No change with this pick for the Cowboys. There were a lot of mouths to feed in big D, as a result they could not retain everyone. Robert Quinn, Maliek Collins, Bryon Jones, and Jeff Heath were all allowed to hit the open market, so the defense will need some upgrades via the 2020 NFL Draft this April.
C.J.Henderson will step in as the immediate replacement for Bryon Jones. After Jeffrey Okudah, Henderson is the clear cut number two corner in the draft. Henderson can mirror and match with the best of them and at 6'1, 204 pounds has the size to defend taller receivers.
18. Miami Dolphins: OT, Josh Jones, Houston
Previous Pick: Josh Jones
The Dolphins grab their franchise quarterback in Tua Tagovailoa with the No. 5 overall pick, and the next priority is to protect that investment. This is a draft class that is loaded at the offensive tackle position, and if Tua is going to do anything at the NFL level, the Dolphins have to upgrade along the offensive line.
There are only two tackles on the board worthy of being taken in the spot, Josh Jones had a tremendous week at the Senior Bowl, dominating in one on one drills. He is a bit of a developmental player as he is not as polished as the tackles selected before him.
19. Las Vegas Raiders: CB, Kristian Fulton, LSU
Previous Pick: Kenneth Murray
The Las Vegas Raiders addressed their linebacker issues in free agency, finding key pieces in Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski, but lost in a bidding war for cornerback, Bryon Jones. They also made offers to Chris Harris and tried to trade for Darius Slay, but they eventually settled on signing Eli Apple. Apple has starting experience but has been up and down throughout his career.
In 2019, Mayock made it a priority to bring in players with from programs with a tradition of winning. Kristian Fulton excels as a physical, press man corner. Over his final 25 games with the Tigers he registered 25 PBU's, and would be an excellent compliment to youngster Trayvon Mullen in 2020.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars: CB, A.J. Terrell, Clemson
Previous Pick: Kristian Fulton
The Jacksonville Jaguars are in the midst of a rebuild. There are many different positions they could address with this pick. Left tackle and wide receiver will also get serious consideration at pick 20, but in this mock, they add to a cornerback spot that has seen their top two starters from last season go elsewhere.
Having already picked up Isaiah Simmons the run on cornerbacks continues with A.J. Terrell. Terrell has the length teams covet and is very fluid in coverage. His ball skills are very good, over the last two seasons he had five interceptions, including a pick six in the 2018 title game versus Alabama.
21. Philadelphia Eagles: WR, Justin Jefferson, LSU
Previous Pick: Henry Ruggs III
Justin Jefferson surprised many by running a blazing 4.43 forty at the combine, which really helped his cause. His 111 catches last season led all of college football, and his four touchdown performance in the college football playoff semifinal versus Oklahoma was epic, proving he comes up big in the biggest moments.
His strengths are his toughness, body control, and ball skills. Bottom line Jefferson does not drop passes. He will be Carson Wentz's new best friend, and after the team traded away Nelson Agholor, they have an immediate need for someone to come in and start right away on a team looking to repeat as NFC East champions.
22. Minnesota Vikings: WR, Tee Higgins, Clemson
Previous Pick: Buffalo Bills
The Minnesota Vikings traded disgruntled wide receiver Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills, and in return, the Vikings received the Bills 22nd overall pick. The Vikings will take advantage of a strong receiver group in this years draft and select Tee Higgins from Clemson.
At 6 foot 4 inches, Higgins is a big target with a huge catch radius. In three years at Clemson Higgins scored 27 touchdowns. Because of the talent at the position in this years draft he gets lost in the shuffle, but don't be fooled Higgins is a big time player.
23. New England Patriots: QB, Jordan Love, Utah State
Previous Pick: A.J. Epenesa
It's been two decades since the New England Patriots have been in the need for a quarterback. With the Tom Brady era over, the Patriots must plan for life after Brady. Cam Newton was just released by the Panthers, and it's possible the Patriots have interest in the one-time MVP. Jameis Winston is the other former starter that is available.
Instead, Bill Belichick goes with the upside of Jordan Love as his quarterback of the future. Love has the arm strength and athletic ability that many of the younger quarterbacks in the league possess. His decision making needs to improve if he wants to play for Bill Belichick.
24. New Orleans Saints: CB, Trevon Diggs, Alabama
Previous Pick: Xavier McKinney
Eli Apple moved on to the Las Vegas Raiders in free agency. He started all 16 games for the Saints last season so a replacement is needed, especially in a division with Matt Ryan and now Tom Brady. Trevon Diggs is a converted wide receiver so his ball skills are extremely good. His uses his length at 6 foot 2 inches to match up with longer receivers.
He will match up well with big, physical receivers like Mike Evans, who he will face twice a year. Because he is a former pass catcher himself he has a very good understanding of route concepts. The NFC South is going to be a pass-happy division in 2020, and the Saints cannot afford to get worse in the secondary.
25. Minnesota Vikings: CB, Jeff Gladney, TCU
Previous Pick: A.J. Terrell
Mike Zimmer is a defensive-minded head coach and his secondary for the 2020 NFL season just lost Trae Waynes, Mackensie Alexander, and Xavier Rhodes. They are going to have to use one of their two first round picks on the defensive backfield, and they do so here with the No. 25 overall selection.
In steps Jeff Gladney, a feisty, 5-foot-11 inch corner who plays like a junkyard dog with a chip on his shoulder. He plays much bigger than what his height tells you. In 2019 he was a first team all-Big 12 selection and led the conference with 14 pass breakups.
26. Miami Dolphins: RB, D'Andre Swift, Georgia
Previous Pick: D'Andre Swift
The Miami Dolphins put in some work thus far in free agency and also spent a lot of cash to bring in the likes of Byron Jones, Kyle Von Noy, Shaq Lawson, Elandon Roberts and Emmanuel Ogbah. Those additions are all on defense, so it would make sense that they would use all three first round picks in April on the other side of the ball.
Through this mock draft the are addressing the offense, and they continue to do so here. Tua has his blind side tackle and now gets a featured back in Georgia's D'Andre Swift. This kid is a three-down back who can be a threat both as a runner and receiver. In three years at Georgia his largest workload as a runner was 197 touches, so there is little wear and tear on his body.
27. Seattle Seahawks: DE, Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State
Previous Pick: K'Lavon Chaisson
Tough spot here in this mock draft because the Seattle Seahawks are one of the teams who are in the running to sign Jadeveon Clowney. Even if the Hawks are able to retain Clowney they could still use another pass rusher off the edge, and they get one from Penn State.
Yetur Gross-Matos is raw but has a high ceiling. He will need some time to fill out physically but has the tools to work with. You are drafting Gross-Matos for what he could be, not for what he is right now, and in the end, he could become one of the steals of this draft.
28. Baltimore Ravens: LB, Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma
Previous Pick: Zack Baun
The Baltimore Ravens bolstered their defensive line by trading for Calais Campbell but a hole still remains in the middle of the defense. Ever since C.J. Mosley left for the New York Jets in free agency last offseason, they have been looking for their next franchise middle linebacker, and they get one here at the bottom of the first round.
The Ravens have always been known for their stellar play at the linebacker position. Kenneth Murray is a tackling machine, can run sideline to sideline, and has the leadership characteristics to anchor the Ravens defense for the next ten years.
29. Tennessee Titans: OT, Austin Jackson, USC
Previous Pick: Yetur Gross-Matos
Right tackle, Jake Conklin left town to join the Cleveland Browns leaving a massive need, and luckily, this draft class will yield starting offensive tackles even this late in round one. The Tennessee Titans want to continue to play a physical brand of football and that all starts in the trenches.
Austin Jackson is the sixth offensive tackle to come off the board in this mock draft. He is a work in progress but he isn't even 21-years old yet. He has all the traits needed to play the position but might not be an immediate contributor early on.
30. Green Bay Packers: WR, Denzel Mims, Baylor
Previous Pick: Tee Higgins
Tackle, linebacker, and tight end are also high on the priority list but not as high as getting Aaron Rodgers another weapon besides Davonte Adams at the wide receiver position. Denzel Mims has ascended up draft maybe more than any prospect in this years draft after a standout week at the Senior Bowl and outstanding combine.
He is an athletic freak at 6'3, 207 pounds, runs a 4.38, has a vertical of 38.5 inches and broad jump of nearly 11 feet. The Packers made it all the way to the NFC title game with very little weapons for Rodgers, and with his window slowly starting to close, they cannot afford to do that again in the 2020 season.
31. San Francisco 49ers: WR, Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State
Previous Pick: Grant Delpit
Emmanuel Sanders was a spark for the San Francisco 49ers offense when he was brought in last season at the trade deadline. However, Sanders hit free agency and signed with the New Orleans Saints, leaving the 49ers with a lack of talent at the position.
Deebo Samuel was a steal for the 49ers last year but Jimmy G needs another option. Brandon Aiyuk is similar to Samuel in that they are both great after the catch. He is one of the most exciting receivers in this deep class. He is very good in the screen game and on underneath routes but can get it done down the field as well.
32. Kansas City Chiefs: LB, Patrick Queen, LSU
Previous Pick: Trevon Diggs
The Kansas City Chiefs defense really turned it around down the stretch but if they want to sustain their success they need to add to the unit. They could use a playmaker at linebacker and corner. The way the board has fallen to this point Patrick Queen is the best player available and happens to fill a need.
Queen is your ideal modern day linebacker. He can run, cover, and blitz. He played his best ball in LSU biggest games, capped by winning defensive most valuable player in the national title game. The Chiefs have all the talent they need on the offensive side of the ball, and in Queen, they get a guy who could eventually be the leader of the defense.