2020 NFL Mock Draft Central

This is your one-stop shop for mock drafts from NFL.com analysts leading up to the NFL Scouting Combine (Feb. 27-March 1 in Indianapolis) and 2020 NFL Draft (April 23-25 in Las Vegas).

Mock Draft Round 1

1
Cincinnati Bengals
2
Washington Redskins
3
Detroit Lions
4
New York Giants
5
Miami Dolphins
6
Los Angeles Chargers
7
Carolina Panthers
8
Arizona Cardinals
9
Jacksonville Jaguars
10
Cleveland Browns
11
New York Jets
12
Oakland Raiders
13
Indianapolis Colts
14
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
15
Denver Broncos
16
Atlanta Falcons
17
Dallas Cowboys
18
Miami Dolphins
19
Oakland Raiders
20
Jacksonville Jaguars
21
Philadelphia Eagles
22
Buffalo Bills
23
New England Patriots
24
New Orleans Saints
25
Minnesota Vikings
26
Miami Dolphins
27
Seattle Seahawks
28
Baltimore Ravens
29
Tennessee Titans
30
Green Bay Packers
31
San Francisco 49ers
32
Kansas City Chiefs
  1. Bucky Brooks

    Full Analysis

    February 25, 2020

    1. Joe Burrow

      QB

      LSU

      Despite Burrow's idle threats, the Bengals select the Ohio native to be their new franchise quarterback.
    2. Chase Young

      DL

      Ohio St.

      Ron Rivera's defensive background won't allow him to bypass the best pass rusher in the draft.
    3. Isaiah Simmons

      LB

      Clemson

      The Lions have a pressing need at cornerback but the opportunity to land a Swiss Army knife playmaker with explosive traits wins out in this scenario.
    4. Jedrick Wills

      OL

      Alabama

      Dave Gettleman's affinity for the "hog mollies" could lead the Giants to add an edge blocker to protect their young quarterback.
    5. Tua Tagovailoa

      QB

      Alabama

      The Dolphins need a young QB1 to build around. Despite Tagovailoa's injury history, he is the most talented quarterback prospect in the class.
    6. Justin Herbert

      QB

      Oregon

      The departure of Philip Rivers puts the Chargers in the QB market. Herbert could be a nice fit as an athletic, high-IQ passer with intriguing physical tools.
    7. Derrick Brown

      DL

      Auburn

      Adding a monster in the middle of the Panthers' defense is essential to Matt Rhule's rebuilding plan.
    8. Tristan Wirfs

      OL

      Iowa

      Upgrading the protection around Kyler Murray is a top priority for the Cardinals.
    9. Jeff Okudah

      CB

      Ohio St.

      The Ohio State standout fills the void created by Jalen Ramsey's departure a season ago.
    10. Andrew Thomas

      OL

      Georgia

      The Browns need another rock-solid edge blocker in the starting lineup.
    11. Mekhi Becton

      OL

      Louisville

      Ultra-athletic edge blocker with the size, length and skill to blossom into an elite NFL offensive tackle.
    12. Jordan Love

      QB

      Utah St.

      After watching their division rivals hoist the Lombardi Trophy due to a draft day quarterback gamble that changed the course of the franchise, the Raiders could roll the dice on an ultra-talented prospect with MVP potential.
    13. Jerry Jeudy

      WR

      Alabama

      The ultra-smooth route runner from Alabama would give the Colts a Reggie Wayne-like playmaker opposite T.Y. Hilton.
    14. Javon Kinlaw

      DL

      South Carolina

      As a big, physical interior defender with extraordinary length and strength, Kinlaw is an ideal building block at the point of attack.
    15. C.J. Henderson

      CB

      Florida

      The likely departure of Chris Harris Jr. makes the cornerback position a top priority. Henderson is an aggressive cover corner with size, speed and athleticism to blanket top receivers with ease.
    16. K'Lavon Chaisson

      LB

      LSU

      The LSU standout is the kind of urgent athlete Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff prefer on defense.
    17. CeeDee Lamb

      WR

      Oklahoma

      The Cowboys could let Amari Cooper walk as a free agent and replace him a rugged WR1 with dynamic playmaking skills or simply add another explosive piece to the offensive puzzle.
    18. Trevon Diggs

      CB

      Alabama

      Brian Flores could use another long, rangy athlete to match up with big-bodied WR1s around the league.
    19. Kenneth Murray

      LB

      Oklahoma

      Swift linebacker with legit sideline-to-sideline range as a run-and-chase linebacker.
    20. Patrick Queen

      LB

      LSU

      Re-tooling the defense with explosive athletes could get the Jaguars playing like the unit that nearly won the AFC a few years ago.
    21. Henry Ruggs III

      WR

      Alabama

      The Eagles need more speed on the outside. Ruggs is a burner with outstanding hands and ball skills.
    22. A.J. Epenesa

      DL

      Iowa

      Hard-hat-and-lunch-pail player with enough pass-rush skills to make immediate contributions as a rookie starter.
    23. Xavier McKinney

      S

      Alabama

      McKinney's combination of toughness, instincts and athleticism would add a dimension to the Patriots' defense.
    24. Kristian Fulton

      CB

      LSU

      Fulton is a playmaking cornerback with the size and athleticism to thrive opposite Marshon Lattimore.
    25. Grant Delpit

      S

      LSU

      Despite questions about his tackling ability, Delpit would upgrade the speed and athleticism in the Vikings' secondary.
    26. D'Andre Swift

      RB

      Georgia

      Swift would add some pop to the Dolphins' RB room. He's a true three-down back, possessing explosive skills as both a runner and receiver.
    27. Yetur Gross-Matos

      DL

      Penn St.

      The ex-Penn State standout has the length, athleticism and burst Seattle covets in an edge rusher.
    28. Zack Baun

      LB

      Wisconsin

      Baun's versatility and pass-rush skills could make him an enticing option for the Ravens.
    29. Austin Jackson

      OL

      USC

      Jackson is a dependable edge blocker with the combination of length, power and athleticism to hold up well as a young starter.
    30. Jacob Eason

      QB

      Washington

      With Aaron Rodgers entering the twilight of his career, the Packers could snag their quarterback of the future and let him spend a few years as an apprentice before taking over the franchise.
    31. Cameron Dantzler

      CB

      Mississippi St.

      It's time to find an eventual successor to Richard Sherman on the island. The Mississippi State product is a perfect fit for the 49ers' Cover 3 scheme as a long, rangy athlete with a high IQ and good ball skills.
    32. Marlon Davidson

      DL

      Auburn

      The Chiefs need a young edge defender with pass-rush skills and run-stopping ability to align opposite Frank Clark. Davidson is a stout defender with strong hands and a high-revving motor.
  2. Chad Reuter

    Full Analysis

    February 21, 2020

    1. Joe Burrow

      QB

      LSU

      The Ohio native comes home to provide the leadership required to lift this franchise out of the doldrums.
    2. Chase Young

      DL

      Ohio St.

      The shocker here could be Washington giving away Dwayne Haskins after one year like the Cardinals did with Josh Rosen. Barring that move, Ron Rivera and Co. pick Young to attack opponents' quarterbacks.
    3. Tua Tagovailoa

      QB

      Alabama

      Projected trade to Dolphins
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH LIONS. Tua wants to play in Miami and the Dolphins should want Tua's accuracy from the pocket. If his medical checks are satisfactory, it would not be a surprise to see Miami trade up to avoid losing the young passer to the Chargers, Panthers, Raiders or Colts.
    4. Justin Herbert

      QB

      Oregon

      Projected trade to Chargers
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH GIANTS. In the 2016, '17 and '18 drafts, three teams pulled off trades to get a future signal-caller. Philip Rivers' departure means the Chargers are in the market, and there are multiple teams also in the hunt for Herbert's services.
    5. Jeff Okudah

      CB

      Ohio St.

      Projected trade to Lions
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH DOLPHINS. Detroit, at No. 3 overall, is in a great spot to grab multiple quality draft picks because several QB-needy teams could be looking to move up to get their guy. In this mock, I see the Lions moving down to No. 5 in exchange for a first- and second-rounder from Miami this year as well as an early-round 2021 pick. Detroit gets a hefty bounty and still lands Okudah, the outstanding corner the franchise might've taken in the original draft slot.
    6. Mekhi Becton

      OL

      Louisville

      Projected trade to Giants
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH CHARGERS. GM Dave Gettleman moves down two spots to re-gain the third-round pick he sent to the Jets for Leonard Williams, plus a 2021 second-round selection. An additional asset could be included in this deal, as well, like in the Bears-49ers trade from three years ago, when Chicago gave up two third-rounders and a fourth to move up one spot and select Mitchell Trubisky. The Giants' choice between Becton, Jedrick Wills and Andrew Thomas will be one of the more interesting storylines in the early part of the draft.
    7. Derrick Brown

      DL

      Auburn

      Brown would meet a great need for the Panthers up front, as fellow big men Vernon Butler and Gerald McCoy are set to be free agents.
    8. Javon Kinlaw

      DL

      South Carolina

      Extending D.J. Humphries allows the team to focus on its offensive line later in the draft. The Cards can now pick the top defender on the board to play the 5-technique.
    9. Isaiah Simmons

      LB

      Clemson

      The Jaguars really missed Telvin Smith in 2019. Simmons is a similar player who could fill multiple linebacker spots.
    10. K'Lavon Chaisson

      LB

      LSU

      Projected trade to Falcons
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH BROWNS. GM Thomas Dimitroff is willing to make a deal for a player he covets. If Chaisson looks fluid in linebacker drills at the combine, the Falcons could consider him a replacement for Vic Beasley or De'Vondre Campbell.
    11. CeeDee Lamb

      WR

      Oklahoma

      Projected trade to Broncos
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH JETS. It's unclear whether GM John Elway will prefer Lamb or Jerry Jeudy with his top pick, but either way, I could see him jumping ahead of his division rival to land his explosive wideout of choice for Drew Lock.
    12. Jerry Jeudy

      WR

      Alabama

      Between Lamb and Jeudy, head coach Jon Gruden and GM Mike Mayock would be happy with whichever receiver is available to them at this pick.
    13. Jacob Eason

      QB

      Washington

      Eason's combine workout could really help him secure a first-round spot. If the ball comes out as well as expected, it will be tough for teams to ignore him.
    14. A.J. Epenesa

      DL

      Iowa

      Even if Shaq Barrett returns, as is expected, the Bucs could use another big body like Epenesa on the defensive line.
    15. Jedrick Wills

      OL

      Alabama

      Projected trade to Jets
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH BRONCOS. Wills lived up to the recruiting hype in 2019, showing nice athleticism in pass pro and destroying his man in the run game. The Jets pick up third- and fourth-round picks from the Broncos in this trade scenario.
    16. Andrew Thomas

      OL

      Georgia

      Projected trade to Browns
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH FALCONS. The Browns find a nice value at a position they need to upgrade even after moving down the board. The trade with Atlanta nets them a second-round selection and a late-round "sweetener" pick. I suspect they'll use one of their second-round picks on a receiver if they decide to move Odell Beckham Jr. before or during the draft.
    17. Xavier McKinney

      S

      Alabama

      Dallas needs to find a playmaker at safety, as the team averaged just over one takeaway per game in 2019 to finish among the lower third of the league in that category.
    18. Tristan Wirfs

      OL

      Iowa

      Wirfs may get a shot at left tackle for the Dolphins, who traded Laremy Tunsil last year for a bounty.
    19. Kenneth Murray

      LB

      Oklahoma

      Murray recognizes plays quickly and attacks with all-out effort. Gruden and Mayock will love his talent.
    20. Cole Kmet

      TE

      Notre Dame

      Adding the pro-sized, athletic Kmet should aid Nick Foles, Gardner Minshew or whoever is Plan C at quarterback for the Jaguars.
    21. Henry Ruggs III

      WR

      Alabama

      Ruggs could become the new DeSean Jackson-type deep threat for the Eagles' offense.
    22. Cesar Ruiz

      OL

      Michigan

      The Bills' guard play was less than stellar in 2019. Ruiz started at guard early in his career at Michigan, but moved to center with Ben Bredeson and Michael Onwenu manning either side of him.
    23. Jordan Love

      QB

      Utah St.

      Projected trade to Panthers
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH PATRIOTS. If Matt Rhule liked Charlie Brewer -- the passer who showed ability to make plays with his feet during Rhule's three years at Baylor -- he's going to love Love. The Panthers could probably convince the Patriots to move out of the first round for a 2021 second-rounder, as Washington did with Indy last year in order to draft Montez Sweat.
    24. Brandon Aiyuk

      WR

      Arizona State

      Drew Brees recently announced he'll be returning in 2020. Giving him Aiyuk to pair with Michael Thomas would be dangerous for opposing defenses.
    25. Trevon Diggs

      CB

      Alabama

      I just love the idea of the Diggs brothers battling in Vikings practices. (Of course, that would require big brother Stefon staying put.) The elder Diggs might win a bunch early, but Trevon will eventually learn his tricks.
    26. Tee Higgins

      WR

      Clemson

      Projected trade to Lions
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH DOLPHINS. With Higgins in the fold, Kenny Golladay should have more freedom downfield.
    27. Ross Blacklock

      DL

      TCU

      Free agency could gut the Seahawks' front four. Blacklock is an active player with a mean streak that would fit in right away.
    28. Yetur Gross-Matos

      DL

      Penn St.

      If Matt Judon does not return to the Ravens, the team could replace one No. 99 with another.
    29. Joshua Jones

      OL

      Houston

      The Titans will want a tough-minded right tackle to replace free agent Jack Conklin if he changes addresses. Jones plays nasty and could easily swing to that side of the line.
    30. Patrick Queen

      LB

      LSU

      Queen fills a big hole in the middle of the Packers' defense, assuming they lose Blake Martinez in free agency.
    31. Grant Delpit

      S

      LSU

      Delpit's combine workout will be huge -- a good performance may allow teams to overlook some of the missed plays that put a damper on his draft stock last year.
    32. D'Andre Swift

      RB

      Georgia

      I don't even want to think about how good the Chiefs' offense will be with Swift in the fold.
  3. Charley Casserly

    Full Analysis

    February 18, 2020

    1. Joe Burrow

      QB

      LSU

      Going back to the days of Paul Brown, the Bengals have always believed in the need for a franchise QB, making Burrow the crucial building block for this franchise.
    2. Chase Young

      DL

      Ohio St.

      Plain and simple: Young's the best player in this draft class. Perfect pick for the Redskins as they transition to a 4-3 defense under Ron Rivera. DE Ryan Kerrigan is a free agent after the 2020 season. Young and 2019 first-rounder Montez Sweat give Washington a fine young tandem rushing off the edges.
    3. Jeff Okudah

      CB

      Ohio St.

      Detroit needs to upgrade the pass rush, and Derrick Brown is the best D-lineman on the board. That said, I gave them Okudah because I have him rated higher than Brown. Not to mention, the Lions have a need at CB (even more so with the uncertainty surrounding Darius Slay). And of course, better coverage helps the pass rush get home.
    4. Mekhi Becton

      OL

      Louisville

      Rebuilding the offensive line -- especially at tackle -- is essential to protecting second-year QB Daniel Jones. Won't surprise me if the G-Men take Alabama OT Jedrick Wills instead.
    5. Tua Tagovailoa

      QB

      Alabama

      It will depend on how his hip checks out with team doctors. Do the Dolphins have to trade up to make sure they get him? Are they interested in Justin Herbert?
    6. Justin Herbert

      QB

      Oregon

      With the Philip Rivers era now in the rearview, the Bolts are looking for their next franchise QB. Are they comfortable with Herbert here? Is he the QB they want to lead the team? Would they have to trade up for him? Or might they address the position in free agency?
    7. Derrick Brown

      DL

      Auburn

      With a number of defensive starters set to hit the open market next month, Carolina has heavy needs on that side of the ball.
    8. Javon Kinlaw

      DL

      South Carolina

      Arizona has needs at OLB and DT. At this point, Kinlaw is the best player available at either of those two positions.
    9. Isaiah Simmons

      LB

      Clemson

      Is he a better Tyrann Mathieu? What is his best position. Anything in the back seven will help the Jags' defense.
    10. Jedrick Wills

      OL

      Alabama

      Along with safety, offensive tackle is one of the Browns' major needs. They need to find out if Wills can play on the blind side or whether Georgia's Andrew Thomas could be a better fit.
    11. Andrew Thomas

      OL

      Georgia

      Gang Green must protect their third-year quarterback. At this point, who's the best offensive lineman left on the board? Two other big needs: pass rusher and wide receiver. Is WR Jerry Jeudy too good to pass on? They need to be ready for him.
    12. Jerry Jeudy

      WR

      Alabama

      Jeudy is a top-10 value who could fall because of teams in front having more pressing needs at other positions. But the Raiders could use a WR1. They could also go defense with this pick, though.
    13. CeeDee Lamb

      WR

      Oklahoma

      D-line and wideout are the Colts' top needs. If they can solve their QB question in free agency, the aerial attack could take off in a hurry, given the immense talent at receiver in this draft class. A 1-2 punch of T.Y. Hilton and Lamb sounds pretty potent.
    14. Tristan Wirfs

      OL

      Iowa

      I believe the QB question will be solved before the draft, either by retaining Jameis Winston or bringing in another veteran signal-caller in free agency. Regardless of who ends up under center, the Bucs need help at right tackle.
    15. Henry Ruggs III

      WR

      Alabama

      Denver has many needs, but speed at receiver is high on the list.
    16. A.J. Epenesa

      DL

      Iowa

      Atlanta needs help at corner and along the D-line. Florida CB C.J. Henderson might be the highest-rated prospect in those areas at this juncture, but the Falcons will have to study the DEs hard, because they may not get an instant-impact pass rusher in the second round.
    17. Xavier McKinney

      S

      Alabama

      A versatile player who can excel in man and zone defense. McKinney fills a need the Cowboys have had for quite some time.
    18. C.J. Henderson

      CB

      Florida

      The Dolphins have many needs and could go a lot of different ways in this slot. The strongest prospect at this point in the draft is a corner.
    19. Trevon Diggs

      CB

      Alabama

      The defense needs help at all levels. The Raiders believe they have one good CB to build around in 2019 second-rounder Trayvon Mullen, but with Patrick Mahomes in the division, one good CB is not enough.
    20. Kristian Fulton

      CB

      LSU

      The back seven is where the Jags must get better. Coming out of this first round with Isaiah Simmons and Fulton, they improve their coverage ability dramatically.
    21. Justin Jefferson

      WR

      LSU

      It became quite evident down the stretch last season: Philadelphia needs more juice in its receiving corps.
    22. Tee Higgins

      WR

      Clemson

      Buffalo needs to score more points, and I'm sure Josh Allen wouldn't mind having a big-bodied jump-ball specialist at his disposal.
    23. K'Lavon Chaisson

      LB

      LSU

      I doubt New England will double down with another receiver in Round 1, and there isn't a tight end or center who merits this high of a selection. The Pats could target a pass rusher like Chaisson or a safety.
    24. Laviska Shenault Jr.

      WR

      Colorado

      A playmaking receiver opposite Michael Thomas would boost an already-explosive offense.
    25. Austin Jackson

      OL

      USC

      Minnesota needs reinforcements on the O-line, especially at the edges. Jackson would be the fifth offensive tackle selected. Is he worth this pick?
    26. J.K. Dobbins

      RB

      Ohio St.

      The Dolphins need a running back, and Dobbins has the modern tools to thrive at the position in today's NFL.
    27. Yetur Gross-Matos

      DL

      Penn St.

      Jadeveon Clowney is a free agent. The Ziggy Ansah experiment did not work. Seattle's defensive scheme truly relies on having a good pass rush.
    28. Kenneth Murray

      LB

      Oklahoma

      The Ravens could use a WR1 and help in the front seven. Murray fills a need at ILB. Of course, they could trade down, too.
    29. Jonathan Taylor

      RB

      Wisconsin

      Derrick Henry is set to hit free agency. I'm sure the Titans will look to keep him around, but it could be on the franchise tag. And given how much this team relies on the ground game, Tennessee has to think about a backup plan.
    30. Raekwon Davis

      DL

      Alabama

      Green Bay's run defense needs a lot of help. With WR as another position of need, the Pack could also target someone like TCU's Jalen Reagor.
    31. Damon Arnette

      CB

      Ohio St.

      San Francisco's relentless pass rush covers up some question marks at the corner position.
    32. A.J. Terrell

      CB

      Clemson

      The defending champs could go OL, DE or WR (if Sammy Watkins is a cap casualty), but CB is a definite need.
  4. Maurice Jones-Drew

    Full Analysis

    February 19, 2020

    1. Joe Burrow

      QB

      LSU

      The Bengals and Burrow are a match made in heaven. The Heisman Trophy winner is a confident, well-rounded quarterback who could elevate Zac Taylor's offense.
    2. Chase Young

      DL

      Ohio St.

      The Redskins add a homegrown monster -- he's a Hyattsville, Maryland, native -- to help this defense get to the quarterback. His impact will be immediately felt.
    3. Jeff Okudah

      CB

      Ohio St.

      Detroit gets the most talented cornerback in this draft class to pair with three-time Pro Bowler Darius Slay, assuming he remains a Lion this offseason.
    4. Andrew Thomas

      OL

      Georgia

      Thomas played both left and right tackle at Georgia. He will help fix Big Blue's O-line issues.
    5. Tua Tagovailoa

      QB

      Alabama

      Tua is a fit for what the Dolphins want to do on offense. Plus, he's a proven winner who will only enhance the culture Brian Flores is building.
    6. Jordan Love

      QB

      Utah St.

      Love has amazing arm talent, and his athleticism allows him to elude pressure, which is something he'll be asked to do a lot, unless the Chargers make major upgrades to the O-line.
    7. Derrick Brown

      DL

      Auburn

      Panthers get the best interior defensive lineman in the draft to help lift a defense in need of a boost.
    8. Tristan Wirfs

      OL

      Iowa

      Protecting Kyler Murray should be the Cardinals' top priority this offseason.
    9. Isaiah Simmons

      LB

      Clemson

      He's a freak athlete who can cover and rush the passer.
    10. Mekhi Becton

      OL

      Louisville

      Becton is a big, strong, athletic lineman who will help protect Baker Mayfield.
    11. Jedrick Wills

      OL

      Alabama

      Keeping Sam Darnold upright is paramount, and Wills fits the bill.
    12. Jerry Jeudy

      WR

      Alabama

      Jeudy has the ability to score from anywhere on the field. He's also a precise route runner who will fill a big need for the Las Vegas Raiders.
    13. Justin Herbert

      QB

      Oregon

      Herbert's big arm and high football IQ will allow him to make smart decisions while stretching the field for the Indy offense.
    14. Javon Kinlaw

      DL

      South Carolina

      Kinlaw is a man among boys. This will be a value pick for the Bucs, and they can't pass on this type of talent -- keep in mind that Ndamukong Suh is a pending free agent.
    15. CeeDee Lamb

      WR

      Oklahoma

      Courtland Sutton is great and all, but Drew Lock needs more weapons. Lamb is a big-time playmaker.
    16. K'Lavon Chaisson

      LB

      LSU

      He is the perfect fit for the Falcons' defense. Chaisson will bring crazy speed off the edge.
    17. Trevon Diggs

      CB

      Alabama

      Diggs is a big cornerback with tremendous ball skills and could replace Byron Jones if he departs in free agency.
    18. A.J. Epenesa

      DL

      Iowa

      The Dolphins ranked dead last in sacks last season, but I'm expecting Epenesa to come in and create pressure right away.
    19. Patrick Queen

      LB

      LSU

      Queen will be an immediate upgrade at the position, with his speed and great instincts showing up the minute he takes the field.
    20. Tee Higgins

      WR

      Clemson

      Higgins reminds me of DeAndre Hopkins, as he routinely high-points the ball and wins against defenders by being physical.
    21. Henry Ruggs III

      WR

      Alabama

      After all of the injuries to the Eagles' receiving corps last season -- and all of the dropped passes -- Ruggs could come in and be a dominant player for Doug Pederson.
    22. Justin Jefferson

      WR

      LSU

      Jefferson has the size to go up and get the ball, and he's willing to cross over the middle of the field to make plays.
    23. Xavier McKinney

      S

      Alabama

      McKinney is a cerebral safety who is versatile and fundamentally sound. That sounds like a Patriot to me.
    24. Collin Johnson

      WR

      Texas

      I know selecting Johnson here will raise some eyebrows, but think of former Saints WR Marques Colston with this pick. Johnson is more athletic than Colston was, and he will thrive opposite Michael Thomas.
    25. C.J. Henderson

      CB

      Florida

      Mike Zimmer loves his cornerbacks. Henderson excels in press coverage and is battle-tested.
    26. D'Andre Swift

      RB

      Georgia

      Swift should have plenty of tread left on the tires after averaging less than 150 carries per season with the Bulldogs. He's an explosive runner.
    27. Kristian Fulton

      CB

      LSU

      Fulton has size and is good in press coverage. His best attribute is the fact that he doesn't shy away from contact.
    28. Kenneth Murray

      LB

      Oklahoma

      Murray's a run-and-hit linebacker with good coverage skills, but his play speed is what jumps off the tape.
    29. J.K. Dobbins

      RB

      Ohio St.

      He's a compact running back with good balance, instincts and ability to break tackles. With Derrick Henry due to reach free agency, Dobbins could be the guy for Tennessee.
    30. KJ Hamler

      WR

      Penn St.

      Hamler is one of the fastest receivers in this draft. He could be used like Tyreek Hill as a receiver who can stretch the field, and he has value as a returner on special teams, too.
    31. Grant Delpit

      S

      LSU

      Delpit is a perfect fit for this Niners defense as a player who boasts Earl Thomas-like range.
    32. Marlon Davidson

      DL

      Auburn

      He's a versatile player who can rush inside and off the edge.
  5. Lance Zierlein

    Full Analysis

    February 21, 2020

    1. Joe Burrow

      QB

      LSU

      Burrow will need the scheme fit to be right, but his pinpoint accuracy and elite intangibles are hard to resist.
    2. Chase Young

      DL

      Ohio St.

      It's just a no-brainer here. Based upon pure talent and upside, Young is the clear front-runner in my book.
    3. Jeff Okudah

      CB

      Ohio St.

      Easy slot to fill with the Lions needing help opposite Darius Slay and Okudah possessing all the traits Matt Patricia could want.
    4. Isaiah Simmons

      LB

      Clemson

      Rare height, weight, speed and versatility to be deployed in a variety of positions. He's only scratching the surface of his upside.
    5. Tua Tagovailoa

      QB

      Alabama

      Obviously the medicals need to check out, but if they do -- race the card up to the podium.
    6. Justin Herbert

      QB

      Oregon

      Herbert certainly helped himself during Senior Bowl week, and the Chargers are in desperate need of finding their next QB1.
    7. Derrick Brown

      DL

      Auburn

      Brown is one of the draft's most talented players and is a need fit as well in Matt Rhule's first season as head coach.
    8. Jedrick Wills

      OL

      Alabama

      Tackle depth in this draft allows the Cardinals an opportunity to let their free agents at the position walk and feel safe about landing a quality OT here.
    9. Javon Kinlaw

      DL

      South Carolina

      Defense must be addressed. While CB and LB make sense, Kinlaw's freakish size, strength and Chris Jones-like upside is appealing.
    10. Tristan Wirfs

      OL

      Iowa

      It might be tempting to take a receiver here and prepare to move on from Odell Beckham Jr., but receivers can be found outside the top 10 and Wirfs helps protect Baker Mayfield.
    11. Mekhi Becton

      OL

      Louisville

      Built like a barn and possessing jarring power, Becton needs to keep his weight in check but has the feet to stay at left tackle.
    12. Jerry Jeudy

      WR

      Alabama

      The Raiders have a couple of selections in the first round and one of them has to be spent on a receiver. Why not take your pick of WR1s in this spot?
    13. K'Lavon Chaisson

      LB

      LSU

      If Indy loves Jordan Love, he could be the guy here, but Chaisson fits the rush profile the Colts covet. The redshirt sophomore has exciting potential.
    14. Jacob Eason

      QB

      Washington

      Tampa might trade back, but Eason could still be the target. While I expect him to be taken later than this pick, his stature and arm strength will give Bruce Arians some Carson Palmer vibes.
    15. Andrew Thomas

      OL

      Georgia

      Thomas doesn't always look pretty doing it, but guys get blocked. He's an instant upgrade over Garett Bolles and is a tough competitor.
    16. Zack Baun

      LB

      Wisconsin

      Baun has rare athletic skills to play 4-3 outside linebacker on early downs and rush from the edge on passing downs.
    17. Xavier McKinney

      S

      Alabama

      Assuming Dallas locks up pending free agent Byron Jones, McKinney would give the 'Boys a versatile, interchangeable safety who can also line up over the slot.
    18. D'Andre Swift

      RB

      Georgia

      Tagovailoa might need a redshirt in Year 1, but Swift could give the Dolphins' offense an instant boost similar to what we saw with Josh Jacobs and the Raiders.
    19. Patrick Queen

      LB

      LSU

      The latest in a recent string of speedy linebackers from LSU, Queen helps fill a gaping hole in the Raiders' defense.
    20. C.J. Henderson

      CB

      Florida

      Smooth cover corner with good size and speed to help fortify a secondary in need of another CB after Jalen Ramsey's departure.
    21. CeeDee Lamb

      WR

      Oklahoma

      Lamb has the ability to play inside or outside and is an instant playmaking option who should help alleviate pressure on Carson Wentz.
    22. Tee Higgins

      WR

      Clemson

      What do you give a big-armed quarterback with spotty accuracy? I suggest a big, downfield wideout with good ball skills and an incredible catch radius.
    23. Cesar Ruiz

      OL

      Michigan

      Intelligent and athletic with center/guard flexibility, Ruiz could take over pending free agent Joe Thuney's guard spot right away and stabilize New England's interior pass protection.
    24. Henry Ruggs III

      WR

      Alabama

      Ruggs will come into the NFL as one of the fastest players in the game. He can take the top off defenses or hurt them on catch-and-runs.
    25. Jaylon Johnson

      CB

      Utah

      Johnson is a long, man-cover cornerback who could make both Xavier Rhodes (due to count $12.9 million against the cap in 2020) and Trae Waynes (pending free agent) expendable.
    26. Joshua Jones

      OL

      Houston

      How's this for a twist? The Dolphins draft a tackle from the University of Houston using the first-round pick they received from the Houston Texans for Laremy Tunsil.
    27. A.J. Epenesa

      DL

      Iowa

      The Seahawks must decide whether they want to be in the Jadeveon Clowney business. If not, Epenesa is way less explosive, but more skilled as a big rush end.
    28. Kenneth Murray

      LB

      Oklahoma

      Speedy linebacker with sideline-to-sideline range and third-down coverage ability who could challenge for a starter's role immediately.
    29. Cameron Dantzler

      CB

      Mississippi St.

      Tall, thin cornerback who plays with an abundance of toughness and confidence. He allowed three catches for 21 yards vs. LSU and Alabama combined.
    30. Justin Jefferson

      WR

      LSU

      The Packers' Aaron Rodgers window won't be open forever, so adding a talented inside/outside target with excellent ball skills makes sense.
    31. Trevon Diggs

      CB

      Alabama

      Diggs is a big, physical corner with outstanding ball skills who might be able to slide to free safety. Checks needed boxes for the 49ers.
    32. Jonathan Taylor

      RB

      Wisconsin

      It almost doesn't seem fair to give the Chiefs another talented player at a skill position, but that's the way it goes in this mock.
  6. Daniel Jeremiah

    Full Analysis

    February 21, 2020

    1. Joe Burrow

      QB

      LSU

      Burrow doesn't have elite arm strength, but he checks every other box, and he's a beautiful fit in the Bengals' offense.
    2. Chase Young

      DL

      Ohio St.

      The Redskins already have some talented pieces on the defensive line, but Young is a once-in-a-decade talent.
    3. Jeff Okudah

      CB

      Ohio St.

      Detroit could easily auction off this slot to those teams in search of a quarterback. If the Lions stick and pick, Okudah would provide a much-needed upgrade in their secondary.
    4. Mekhi Becton

      OL

      Louisville

      Dave Gettleman loves big, physical football players, and they don't get any bigger than Becton (listed at 6-foot-7, 369 pounds). He is a mauler in the run game, and he's shockingly nimble in pass protection.
    5. Tua Tagovailoa

      QB

      Alabama

      Tua does come with durability concerns, but it's a risk worth taking for the QB-starved Dolphins. He can sit behind Ryan Fitzpatrick for a season while he recovers from hip surgery.
    6. Jedrick Wills

      OL

      Alabama

      The Chargers are in the QB market, but they also have a desperate need to upgrade the OL. Wills is a rock-solid player, and he'll start from Day 1 at right tackle for the Bolts.
    7. Derrick Brown

      DL

      Auburn

      Matt Rhule will be given the time to build this team the right way, and that starts with upgrading in the trenches. Brown is one of the top three or four talents in this draft class.
    8. Tristan Wirfs

      OL

      Iowa

      The Cardinals need to protect their investment in Kyler Murray. Some believe Wirfs will stay at tackle in the NFL, but I see him as an All-Pro-caliber guard at the next level.
    9. Isaiah Simmons

      LB

      Clemson

      Pairing Simmons with last year's first-round pick, Josh Allen, will give the Jaguars two elite defensive athletes to build around. He can play linebacker or safety.
    10. Andrew Thomas

      OL

      Georgia

      The Browns must upgrade their offensive tackle situation. Thomas has some areas for improvement, but he'll be too tempting to pass up.
    11. K'Lavon Chaisson

      LB

      LSU

      General manager Joe Douglas is desperate to upgrade the OL, but in this scenario, the run at the position has already taken place. Chaisson is an outstanding athlete and would fit smoothly into the Jets' scheme.
    12. CeeDee Lamb

      WR

      Oklahoma

      The Raiders need more playmakers. I believe Lamb is the best receiver in this draft class.
    13. Jordan Love

      QB

      Utah St.

      The Colts haven't publicly committed to Jacoby Brissett as their starter in 2020, and Love is simply too intriguing to pass up. He might need to sit for a year, but the payoff could be huge.
    14. Justin Herbert

      QB

      Oregon

      Teams are all over the map on Herbert. However, he does fit the profile for Bruce Arians -- he's big, strong and smart.
    15. Jerry Jeudy

      WR

      Alabama

      Jeudy would give the Broncos one of the most exciting collections of young skill-position players in the league. Adding him to a group that already includes Drew Lock, Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant and Phillip Lindsay would strike fear into opposing defensive coordinators.
    16. A.J. Epenesa

      DL

      Iowa

      The Falcons have tried and failed to land a consistently productive edge rusher. Epenesa doesn't have the highest ceiling, but I believe he'll be a dependable 8-to-10-sack performer at the next level.
    17. Xavier McKinney

      S

      Alabama

      McKinney is the best safety in the draft, and he addresses a glaring need for the Cowboys.
    18. D'Andre Swift

      RB

      Georgia

      Swift is a special player and would team with Tua to create some excitement in Miami.
    19. Patrick Queen

      LB

      LSU

      The Raiders need to get faster and more dynamic on defense. Queen plays sideline to sideline, and he's outstanding in coverage.
    20. C.J. Henderson

      CB

      Florida

      The Jaguars have a need at cornerback, and Henderson is widely viewed as the second-best player at the position in this draft class.
    21. Henry Ruggs III

      WR

      Alabama

      Speed! The Eagles are focused on getting faster this offseason, and Ruggs is the most explosive player in the draft.
    22. Tee Higgins

      WR

      Clemson

      The Bills need to add a big-bodied playmaker. Higgins is a jump-ball specialist.
    23. Grant Delpit

      S

      LSU

      The Patriots could look at an offensive lineman here (see: Michigan center Cesar Ruiz), but they need to add some youth and athleticism at the safety position, as well.
    24. Justin Jefferson

      WR

      LSU

      Jefferson is very precise as a route runner, and I love his toughness. He'll fit perfectly next to Michael Thomas.
    25. Javon Kinlaw

      DL

      South Carolina

      I have Kinlaw rated very high, and this would be too much value to pass up at this spot. He is a physical freak.
    26. Austin Jackson

      OL

      USC

      The Dolphins' offensive overhaul continues with a very athletic offensive tackle. Jackson is only 20 years old, and he has tremendous upside.
    27. Ross Blacklock

      DL

      TCU

      Blacklock is one of my favorite prospects in the class. He's a much better player than former teammate L.J. Collier, whom the Seahawks selected in the first round last year.
    28. Kenneth Murray

      LB

      Oklahoma

      The Ravens love shopping at Oklahoma. Murray is a dynamic athlete, and Baltimore needs an upgrade at the linebacker position.
    29. Marlon Davidson

      DL

      Auburn

      Davidson has inside/outside versatility, and he plays extremely hard. He would join Jeffery Simmons to give the Titans two young building blocks up front.
    30. Laviska Shenault Jr.

      WR

      Colorado

      The Packers don't pick WRs in the first round, but Shenault is more than just a receiver. He can line up in the backfield and move around the formation to create mismatches in Green Bay's favor.
    31. A.J. Terrell

      CB

      Clemson

      Terrell had a rough game vs. LSU in the national championship, but the rest of his tape is very good. He has size, length and instincts.
    32. Zack Baun

      LB

      Wisconsin

      Baun can play on the edge or off the ball. His athletic ability and versatility would fit well in Steve Spagnuolo's defense.

2019 NFL Mock Draft

2019 NFL Mock Draft