2020 NFL full first round mock draft: Raiders add a cornerback at 12
By Nick Ellis
25. Minnesota Vikings: Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado
The Vikings lost Stefon Diggs in a trade with the Buffalo Bills, as they sent the Pro Bowler to the AFC for a first round pick. At pick No. 25, they fill that void, adding Laviska Shenault Jr. from Colorado.
Shenault is a wideout with elite speed and yard-after-catch abilities, and would be a perfect compliment to Adam Thielen. Shenault’s stats fell a bit this season, but the skillset and abilities are still there, and he will be a star in Minnesota.
26. Miami Dolphins (From Houston Texans): Josh Jones, OT, Houston
The Miami Dolphins use their third pick of the first round, the one they got from the Houston Texans for Laremy Tunsil on adding protection for their rookie quarterback. If the concern with Tua is his injuries, the Dolphins are going to have to do everything they can to not only protect him but to make him comfortable and put him in a position to succeed.
Josh Jones is an absolute monster, and along this Dolphins offensive line, he will be able to come in and wreck havoc right away. Miami spent a ton of money on their defense this offseason in free agency, so it would make sense that they bolster the offense via the draft.
27. Seattle Seahawks: A.J. Epenesa, Edge, Iowa
The Seattle Seahawks may not be bringing back Jadeveon Clowney, so they add one of the best pass rushers in the draft here to replace him. A.J. Epenesa’s draft stock has taken a hit as of late, but his film and game play speaks for itself.
Epenesa recorded double-digit sacks in back to back seasons for Iowa, and the Seahawks could use that type of a pass rush, especially if Clowney leaves. Remember, this is a team that overcame a lot of odds to make it all the way to the NFC Divisional Round in 2019, and they have improved their roster this offseason.
28. Baltimore Ravens: Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
The Baltimore Ravens have an overall solid team, but they make it even better adding impressive speed in the middle of the field. Patrick Queen made a name for himself late in the season last year for LSU, and has been rising on draft boards as of late.
Queen not only is a speedy, consistent tackler that can play coverage, but he can also create a pass rush. On a team with very little holes, the Ravens have been looking for a replacement for C.J. Mosley, and they get their guy by adding Queen late in the first round.