2020 NFL Mock Draft Central

This is your one-stop shop for mock drafts from NFL.com analysts leading up to the 2020 NFL Draft (April 23-25).

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
Las Vegas Raiders
13
San Francisco 49ers
14
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
15
Denver Broncos
16
Atlanta Falcons
17
Dallas Cowboys
18
Miami Dolphins
19
Las Vegas Raiders
20
Jacksonville Jaguars
21
Philadelphia Eagles
22
Minnesota Vikings
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. Charles Davis

    Full Analysis

    April 2, 2020

    1. Joe Burrow

      QB

      LSU

      There will be offers and plenty of discussion about teams wanting to move up to No. 1 overall, but the Bengals will rightly resist and select the young man who's straight out of central casting for them.
    2. Chase Young

      DL

      Ohio St.

      Arguably the best player in the 2020 draft, Young will fortify an already good, burgeoning defensive front.
    3. Jeff Okudah

      CB

      Ohio St.

      Not only does Okudah fit a screaming need for the Lions with Darius Slay now in Philadelphia, but he is also the best CB in this draft. The Lions might also consider using this pick on DT Derrick Brown from Auburn.
    4. Isaiah Simmons

      LB

      Clemson

      It would make sense if the Giants decide to draft one of the top offensive tackles here, but they're in great need of help on defense, and Simmons is the most versatile defender in the draft.
    5. Tua Tagovailoa

      QB

      Alabama

      Tagovailoa is the most discussed player in this year's class, thanks to his tremendous talent and his recovery from a severe, season-ending hip injury from which he only recently was fully cleared. Turns out the Dolphins didn't have to "Tank for Tua" after all.
    6. Justin Herbert

      QB

      Oregon

      With Philip Rivers gone to Indianapolis, the Chargers use the sixth overall pick on their leader of the future. However, if Cam Newton signs with the Bolts in the coming weeks, they could easily use this pick on an offensive tackle.
    7. Derrick Brown

      DL

      Auburn

      The Panthers need to replenish their usually stout defensive front, and Brown will create rubble inside. An offensive tackle to help new QB Teddy Bridgewater is also a possibility.
    8. Andrew Thomas

      OL

      Georgia

      After trading for DeAndre Hopkins, adding to the O-line became an easier decision for the Cardinals.
    9. Tristan Wirfs

      OL

      Iowa

      Some may see the Jags taking a receiver here, but Wirfs' ability to play tackle or even kick inside to guard would really strengthen this offense. Could the Jags surprise a bit and go QB here?
    10. Mekhi Becton

      OL

      Louisville

      The Browns add to a tremendous free agency haul by drafting the massive Becton to complement the recently signed Jack Conklin at the tackle spots.
    11. Jerry Jeudy

      WR

      Alabama

      Burner Robby Anderson is off to Carolina, so New York takes Jeudy, a tremendous blend of athlete and technician, who fires up Sam Darnold and the Jets' offense.
    12. CeeDee Lamb

      WR

      Oklahoma

      The Raiders have their eyes on finding playmakers, and Lamb -- who averaged more than 21 yards per catch and scored 14 TDs in 2019 -- certainly fits the bill.
    13. C.J. Henderson

      CB

      Florida

      I know the Niners' rise to the top of the NFC last season stems from their heavy investment in building up a formidable D-line, and there's a case to be made to use this selection to continue doing just that. ... But they also need help at CB, and Henderson is terrific.
    14. Jedrick Wills

      OL

      Alabama

      When you sign the G.O.A.T., you protect the G.O.A.T. Wills is a skilled pass blocker who should help keep TB12 upright.
    15. Henry Ruggs III

      WR

      Alabama

      Drew Lock gave Broncos fans optimism with his play down the stretch, and now his front office gives him the fastest WR in the draft to open up the offense.
    16. Javon Kinlaw

      DL

      South Carolina

      After signing Dante Fowler to bring heat off the edge, the Falcons give star DT Grady Jarrett a running mate inside to push the pocket in the NFC South.
    17. K'Lavon Chaisson

      LB

      LSU

      I love his ability to impact the game both physically and with intelligent play. Chaisson is a good pass rusher, too, and should help Tank Lawrence in a big way.
    18. Austin Jackson

      OL

      USC

      Struggled to play at his best in 2019 after donating bone marrow to his sister, but the Dolphins are betting on his athleticism and upside.
    19. Ross Blacklock

      DL

      TCU

      Possessing a nice combination of aggressiveness, quickness and big plays upfield, Blacklock's overall makeup fits the type of player Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden covet.
    20. Trevon Diggs

      CB

      Alabama

      The Jags have a big need at CB, and Diggs would immediately compete to start. If long speed is an issue, Diggs has the size/smarts to swing to safety and make an impact.
    21. Tee Higgins

      WR

      Clemson

      No sense overthinking this selection. The WR corps needs to be upgraded, and Higgins provides a big target on the perimeter for Carson Wentz.
    22. Xavier McKinney

      S

      Alabama

      Could be the replacement for franchise-tagged safety Anthony Harris, if the Vikings trade him in the coming weeks, or might figure right into coach Mike Zimmer's "big nickel" scheme.
    23. Jordan Love

      QB

      Utah St.

      Yes, totally against the grain for New England to select a QB this high, but Love could easily be selected in the top 10. The Patriots snap up the QB to begin the post-Brady era.
    24. Patrick Queen

      LB

      LSU

      I'm taking coach Sean Payton at his word that he views backup Taysom Hill as a potential starting QB in the NFL, so the Saints bypass a passer with this pick and opt to add more speed to their defense.
    25. Justin Jefferson

      WR

      LSU

      A nifty slot receiver who ran 4.43 at the combine, Jefferson adds playmaking opportunities for Kirk Cousins and softens the loss of Stefon Diggs.
    26. D'Andre Swift

      RB

      Georgia

      The Dolphins MUST add a big-time runner to help their offense. Fortunately, they land the best back in the draft with their final first-round pick of the night.
    27. Yetur Gross-Matos

      DL

      Penn St.

      Willowy speed rusher who's needed to put pressure on opposing NFC West QBs and keep the Seahawks in the title hunt.
    28. Kenneth Murray

      LB

      Oklahoma

      Big-time speed, sideline-to-sideline pursuit and can be used in a variety of ways in DC Don "Wink" Martindale's unconventional, and highly effective, schemes.
    29. Joshua Jones

      OL

      Houston

      The Titans fill the void left from right tackle Jack Conklin's departure in free agency by selecting a promising talent who really emerged at the Reese's Senior Bowl. Derrick Henry's going to like this pick.
    30. Laviska Shenault Jr.

      WR

      Colorado

      The Packers give Aaron Rodgers another weapon on the perimeter who can be used on jet sweeps, screens and in the running game, as well.
    31. Brandon Aiyuk

      WR

      Arizona State

      San Francisco lost Emmanuel Sanders to New Orleans in free agency, so the selection of this highflier -- capable of scoring through the air, on the ground and in the kick return game -- makes a lot of sense.
    32. Zack Baun

      LB

      Wisconsin

      I gave Kansas City a runner last time (and that move still makes a lot of sense to me), but here's a chance for the Chiefs to continue to upgrade their defense. Baun has solid coverage skills and can rush the passer, too.
  2. Peter Schrager

    Full Analysis

    April 1, 2020

    1. Joe Burrow

      QB

      LSU

      Burrow won't be pulling an Eli Manning. He won't be pulling a John Elway. The Bengals went against their history and spent big money in free agency. There's a lot for Burrow -- an Ohio native -- to like about Cincinnati, and vice versa.
    2. Chase Young

      DL

      Ohio St.

      I thought long and hard about going with Tua Tagovailoa here, but think Young is the pick. Washington quietly boasts one of the better young defensive lines in the NFL. Young would put the group in that top-tier conversation.
    3. Jeff Okudah

      CB

      Ohio St.

      The Lions could trade back here, but I won't be shocked if they stay put and select Okudah. A polished product from a big-time program that's been a defensive back factory over the past few years, Okudah wowed teams in interviews at the NFL Scouting Combine. He's an NFL starter at CB from Day 1 -- and could be a No. 1 corner by midseason. Add in the departure of Darius Slay, and this pick makes sense.
    4. Jedrick Wills

      OL

      Alabama

      Dave Gettleman's never traded his first selection in an NFL draft. If things shake out the way they do here, he'll be able to pick any of the top four offensive linemen in this year's class. Joe Judge has a history with Alabama's Nick Saban, who has spoken positively of Wills to coaches around the league. Multiple coaches have told me Wills is the guy who goes first.
    5. Tua Tagovailoa

      QB

      Alabama

      Tua's a rare deal. He's maybe as unique a draft prospect as there's been in recent years, and that was before the current state of the country, in which team doctors won't get another chance to see him up close and personal before Round 1 kicks off. I'd think the Dolphins would be elated to see him sitting there at No. 5 overall, texting/Slacking/emailing that pick to the league office ASAP.
    6. Justin Herbert

      QB

      Oregon

      Herbert reminds me a bit of Daniel Jones a year ago. Not the loudest guy in the room, but an Academic All-American, the Senior Bowl MVP and someone who won games in college. Herbert had a fabulous combine week in Indy when the two quarterbacks who'll go before him in the draft didn't throw in the field drills. Tyrod Taylor can assume his role as the mentor; Herbert can be the heir apparent.
    7. Isaiah Simmons

      LB

      Clemson

      How's this for a perfect fit? A Clemson superstar, who does it all, staying in the Carolinas to help start a new era of Panthers football. Simmons is 6-foot-4, runs a sub-4.4 40 and can play multiple positions. Matt Rhule values speed and leadership. Here's the first pick of his tenure.
    8. Derrick Brown

      DL

      Auburn

      The Cardinals added Jordan Phillips to their defensive line in free agency, but they won't be done bolstering that unit if Brown is still on the board at No. 8. The DeAndre Hopkins acquisition makes all those Kyler Murray/ CeeDee Lamb dreams a little less likely. Brown blowing up opposing teams' offensive lines? Far more likely.
    9. Javon Kinlaw

      DL

      South Carolina

      The Jaguars love what they've gotten out of their first-rounder from last year (Josh Allen) and could find themselves going D-line again on Day 1. Calais Campbell is gone and Yannick Ngakoue's future with the team is a giant question mark. Meanwhile, Kinlaw could be the third-best defensive lineman in this class. The South Carolina product dominated the Senior Bowl before exiting with an injury and impressed in combine interviews.
    10. Mekhi Becton

      OL

      Louisville

      The Browns have a glaring need at tackle, and Becton could be the best of the entire bunch. The dominant run blocker is compared to Trent Brown and Bryant McKinnie due to his massive size ( 6-7, 364 pounds), and yet, he's still fairly nimble and can run (5.1 40-yard dash!). The Browns have all those weapons; they need to protect their quarterback.
    11. Tristan Wirfs

      OL

      Iowa

      The Jets re-stocked their offensive line the best they could in free agency, but they're not done. If Wirfs is still on the board at 11th overall, I could see GM Joe Douglas -- a former offensive lineman himself -- taking very little time submitting the pick to the league. Wirfs can be an NFL offensive tackle or guard. He's an athlete with tremendous power who comes from an offensive line factory. He's a Day 1 starter wherever you use him.
    12. Jerry Jeudy

      WR

      Alabama

      Think Raiders fans would be happy with how this ended up? I've had an NFL offensive coach tell me Jeudy has a "master's in footwork." My colleague Nate Burleson compared Jeudy's quick feet and route-running ability to Chad Johnson's. Jeudy joining Josh Jacobs for a little Alabama connection out in the Vegas desert? Sure sounds good to me (and Jon Gruden/Mike Mayock).
    13. CeeDee Lamb

      WR

      Oklahoma

      Kyle Shanahan, John Lynch, Adam Peters and Paraag Marathe -- the 49ers' brain trust -- have been so disciplined in acquiring talent at the wide receiver position over the past two seasons. They knew they loved Deebo Samuel at the Senior Bowl and were patient enough to wait until the second round to take him in 2019. They resisted swapping a top pick for Odell Beckham last offseason. They didn't trade for or sign Antonio Brown when there was interest from the player a year ago. All that patience could pay off if Lamb falls to the 49ers at 13. Samuel and Lamb together? Watch out, NFC.
    14. Andrew Thomas

      OL

      Georgia

      The Bucs may have landed the big fish of free agency in Tom Brady, but bringing back Ndamukong Suh, Jason Pierre-Paul and Shaq Barrett could be just as important in 2020. Keeping Brady upright so he can get the ball to his two 1,000-yard receivers is, of course, a priority. Thomas can play guard or tackle for Tampa Bay and was a dominant run blocker for a host of running backs during his time at UGA.
    15. Kenneth Murray

      LB

      Oklahoma

      I had an NFL GM tell me at the combine that Murray was the best interview subject he's had in years. Teams love what they see on film, but Murray might be an even better leader and person. The Broncos obviously already have two absolute studs on defense in Von Miller and Bradley Chubb. Make it three with Murray.
    16. K'Lavon Chaisson

      LB

      LSU

      The Falcons loaded up on former first-round picks in free agency -- Todd Gurley (No. 10 in 2015) and Hayden Hurst (No. 25 in 2018) should make immediate impacts on the offense. The defense could still use a pass rusher. Chaisson is raw and didn't compete in field drills at the combine, but could be a stud pass rusher at the next level.
    17. Xavier McKinney

      S

      Alabama

      Cowboys fans could be salivating if they see Henry Ruggs III on the board here, but I could see Dallas going with the uber-versatile McKinney to elevate the back end of the defense instead. As disciplined and instinctive a safety as there is in this draft, McKinney can also be used as a nickel LB. With the departure of Byron Jones, don't be surprised if the 'Boys go DB in Round 1.
    18. Henry Ruggs III

      WR

      Alabama

      Miami has done an outstanding job adding talent on the defensive side of the ball in free agency. If the Dolphins could snag Tua and his teammate Ruggs with their first two selections of the 2020 NFL Draft, their fans would be very pleased. Ruggs is one of the true X-factors in this year's class, a game-breaker with all-world speed and very good hands. He and DeVante Parker would form a very nice 1-2 combo at receiver.
    19. Patrick Queen

      LB

      LSU

      The Raiders struck gold with a deep draft class a year ago, and will likely add at least one defensive starter with their first two picks this year. Queen was a breakout performer in his lone season as a starter for LSU, though he's anything but a flash in the pan. Teams love his athleticism, tackling and ability to go sideline to sideline (4.50 40 speed).
    20. C.J. Henderson

      CB

      Florida

      Jags GM David Caldwell and coach Doug Marrone know there's an emphasis on getting impact players who can contribute right away. In Henderson, they would be scooping up a starting cornerback with 4.39 speed who plays smart and both inside and outside. Terrific player and, from all accounts, leader, as well.
    21. Justin Jefferson

      WR

      LSU

      If the Eagles don't trade up for one of the "Big Three" receivers (Ruggs III, Lamb, Jeudy), they could end up feeling pretty good about sitting tight and scooping up Jefferson. Crazy statistics in last year's championship season (111 catches, 1,540 yards, 18 TDs) matched by great interviews and surprising speed at the combine (4.43 40) make this a perfect fit.
    22. Austin Jackson

      OL

      USC

      Jackson has an incredible backstory, and he's a heck of a player, too. The Vikings have invested in the offensive line over the past few drafts, but they may not be done. Still just 20 years old, Jackson's upside is off the charts.
    23. Jeremy Chinn

      S

      Southern Illinois

      The Patriots will be in the hunt for a quarterback, but I'm not sure Jordan Love, Jacob Eason, Jake Fromm or Jalen Hurts make a ton of sense at this point in the draft. Does a do-it-all safety from a small school? Maybe not initially, but scouts rave about Chinn, whose metrics lined up with Isaiah Simmons' at the combine. Capable of playing safety or linebacker, Chinn would be learning from Bill Belichick, the linebacker corps, the McCourty brothers and Patrick Chung, and could be used in a variety of ways.
    24. Denzel Mims

      WR

      Baylor

      The Saints' roster is loaded. With the addition of Emmanuel Sanders, Drew Brees finally has a No. 2 to Mike Thomas. But I don't think GM Mickey Loomis and coach Sean Payton are done stocking up on playmakers just yet. Mims is far more than just a combine breakout star. A big-play guy who'll more likely burn you for 80 yards along the sideline than make the tough catch over the middle, he's the home-run threat akin to Ted Ginn.
    25. A.J. Terrell

      CB

      Clemson

      Terrell had an outstanding combine and solidified himself as one of the top cornerbacks in this draft. The national title game was not his best showing, but Terrell has interviewed extremely well and has answered any doubts about that performance. He also has as much big-game experience as just about any top defensive back in this class. Minnesota's strength was once that defensive backfield. Not so much anymore. It's time to reload.
    26. D'Andre Swift

      RB

      Georgia

      Miami goes offensive skill position (Tua), offensive skill position (Ruggs III) and offensive skill position (Swift) with its three first-round picks, snagging the top running back on most teams' boards with their final selection. Swift can run both inside and outside, block in the passing game and catch out of the backfield. Josh Jacobs had an outstanding rookie season and made an impact right away. Swift could do the same.
    27. A.J. Epenesa

      DL

      Iowa

      Epenesa is a favorite of a lot of NFL GMs. He's all business, a student of the game, was a multi-sport star in high school and can play different positions across the defensive line. The Seahawks have one of the savviest front offices in the sport. Epenesa would be a good fit with what they do up in Seattle.
    28. Yetur Gross-Matos

      DL

      Penn St.

      I think GM Eric DeCosta continues the Ravens' annual tradition of adding franchise cornerstones at key positions. Gross-Matos is an above-average pass rusher who can also stop the run. Wink Martindale runs one of the fiercest defenses in the league. Gross-Matos could be an immediate impact guy.
    29. Marlon Davidson

      DL

      Auburn

      Davidson is a high-level performer (more SEC Player of the Week awards in 2019 than teammate Derrick Brown) and high-energy leader who can line up outside or inside in the Titans' defensive scheme. Mike Vrabel will love Davidson's personality, and Titans fans will love his effort.
    30. Zack Baun

      LB

      Wisconsin

      Quarterback will, of course, be a thought for many here. But I don't see it. Baun is a versatile linebacker who can not only replace Blake Martinez in the middle, but can be a bit of a jack-of-all-trades type in Mike Pettine's defense. Baun can be your traditional LB or he can work in the passing game and blanket tight ends. Not a first-round pick in many mock drafts, but I know quite a few teams who like him as an end-of-first/early-second-round guy.
    31. Kristian Fulton

      CB

      LSU

      Don't be shocked if the 49ers trade back here and pick up additional selections (they currently have zero picks in Rounds 2-4). Fulton has good size and big-game experience, and would be a great apprentice to Richard Sherman. For as good as the 49ers' defense was last year, the second cornerback spot was an issue.
    32. Ross Blacklock

      DL

      TCU

      The defending champions scoop up one of the fastest-rising prospects in the draft. Blacklock is a dynamic pass rusher and run stuffer, but an Achilles tear in 2018 could scare some teams off. Kansas City's D stepped up when needed last year down the stretch. Blacklock would be a promising young addition.
  3. Maurice Jones-Drew

    Full Analysis

    March 31, 2020

    1. Justin Herbert

      QB

      Oregon

      An AFC North-style quarterback with a big frame and strong arm to lead the Bengals in bad weather late in the season.
    2. Tua Tagovailoa

      QB

      Alabama

      Projected trade to Chargers
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH REDSKINS. A West Coast-style QB, Tua has terrific arm strength, mobility (once that hip is 100 percent) and is a proven winner. A quarterback who plays big in big moments is exactly what this team needs.
    3. Chase Young

      DL

      Ohio St.

      Projected trade to Giants
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH LIONS. The Giants trade up to add the best player in the draft to their defensive front.
    4. Derrick Brown

      DL

      Auburn

      Projected trade to Lions
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH GIANTS. He's super disruptive, thanks to his strength, quick hands and explosiveness off the line. The Lions' interior immediately improves.
    5. Joe Burrow

      QB

      LSU

      Burrow fits perfectly into what the Dolphins want to do offensively with a quick release and uptapped potential.
    6. Isaiah Simmons

      LB

      Clemson

      Projected trade to Redskins
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH CHARGERS. Simmons is the queen of the chess board. He won't come off the field and can play multiple positions.
    7. Jeff Okudah

      CB

      Ohio St.

      Projected trade to Jaguars
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH PANTHERS. The Jags nab the best cover corner in the draft to replace Jalen Ramsey. He'll give receivers within the division fits with his great feet, patient play and ability to perform well in man or zone coverage.
    8. Jedrick Wills

      OL

      Alabama

      Steps in as an immediate starter at right tackle. The Cardinals bring in more protection for Kyle Murray with a blocker who boasts strong hands and powerful punch.
    9. Javon Kinlaw

      DL

      South Carolina

      Projected trade to Panthers
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH JAGUARS. Power. Power. Power. Kinlaw is strong at the point of attack with extreme upside.
    10. Tristan Wirfs

      OL

      Iowa

      The Browns add the most athletic tackle in the draft and a versatile player who fits their outside-zone system.
    11. Mekhi Becton

      OL

      Louisville

      Sam Darnold benefits most from this pick, as the Jets bring in a massive, strong offensive tackle who is a violent finisher.
    12. Jerry Jeudy

      WR

      Alabama

      The Alabama product is a polished route-runner who is smooth in and out of his breaks, filling a major void in Jon Gruden's offense.
    13. Henry Ruggs III

      WR

      Alabama

      After watching first-hand what Tyreek Hill did for the Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV, the Niners nab their own home-run hitter.
    14. Andrew Thomas

      OL

      Georgia

      Thomas is a versatile tackle who will protect Tom Brady and fit the Bucs' downhill play-action passing game.
    15. CeeDee Lamb

      WR

      Oklahoma

      Lamb is an automatic threat with the ball in his hands and gives the Broncos a weapon opposite Courtland Sutton.
    16. C.J. Henderson

      CB

      Florida

      The Falcons fill an immediate need at the cornerback position with an athletic freak.
    17. K'Lavon Chaisson

      LB

      LSU

      The Cowboys get an edge rusher similar to Robert Quinn, who just departed in free agency. Chaisson is a slender but explosive edge rusher who uses speed to bend the corner.
    18. Austin Jackson

      OL

      USC

      The Dolphins continue to upgrade their O-line with an athletic left tackle who can be groomed.
    19. Patrick Queen

      LB

      LSU

      He's a physical linebacker who hits with intent and will solidify the LB core for the Silver & Black.
    20. Raekwon Davis

      DL

      Alabama

      The Calais Campbell clone steps in to be a dominant force for Jacksonville's interior. His length makes him strong at the point of attack.
    21. Kenneth Murray

      LB

      Oklahoma

      He's a sideline-to-sideline linebacker whose speed makes this Eagles defense more athletic.
    22. Kristian Fulton

      CB

      LSU

      The Vikings rebuild this defense starting with Fulton, an opportunistic corner who excels in press coverage.
    23. Jalen Hurts

      QB

      Oklahoma

      He's a proven winner (at Alabama and Oklahoma) and his athletic ability would allow the Patriots to create a more aggressive offense.
    24. Trevon Diggs

      CB

      Alabama

      Diggs allows the Saints to match up with the big receivers in the NFC South. Plus, his ball skills will generate valuable turnovers.
    25. Yetur Gross-Matos

      DL

      Penn St.

      With Everson Griffen testing free agency, Gross-Matos would be a great, young piece to continue Minnesota's defensive prowess.
    26. D'Andre Swift

      RB

      Georgia

      He's an explosive runner with cat-like quickness and has hardly any miles on his tires. Look for him to pair well in the backfield with Jordan Howard.
    27. Joshua Jones

      OL

      Houston

      The Seahawks must protect Russell Wilson at all costs, and Jones will help the offense immediately.
    28. Terrell Lewis

      LB

      Alabama

      Lewis fits well into the Ravens' defensive system as a long athlete who is stout against the run and has pass-rush ability. The Alabama ties to Baltimore continue on.
    29. Jonathan Taylor

      RB

      Wisconsin

      The Titans add another physical back with speed to spell Derrick Henry when he gets tired. This downhill duo will punish defenses late in games.
    30. Justin Jefferson

      WR

      LSU

      The Packers finally get Aaron Rodgers a first-round receiving weapon. Jefferson is a very smooth receiver who can play outside, in the slot and isn't afraid to go across the middle.
    31. Ross Blacklock

      DL

      TCU

      After the trade of DeForest Buckner, the Niners add a very athletic D-tackle who's quick off the snap with inside pass-rush ability.
    32. Clyde Edwards-Helaire

      RB

      LSU

      The most high-powered offense in the league lands a play-making running back who will impact this unit with and without the ball.
  4. Cynthia Frelund

    Full Analysis

    March 30, 2020

    1. Chase Young

      DL

      Ohio St.

      With some surprise high-value free agents still on the market -- namely edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney and quarterback Cam Newton -- the mathematical decision translates to win-share value of more-known quantity at edge (Clowney) plus rookie quarterback ( Joe Burrow) versus more-known quantity at quarterback (Newton) plus rookie edge (Young). With the Bengals' subpar O-line -- and the rules of this mock narrowing our focus to 2020 wins only (disregarding future years) -- Young, who is my model's highest-rated player, barely edges out Burrow. In Mock 1.0, there was a much bigger gap in win-share increase between Young and Burrow. Now, that margin is razor thin.
    2. Andrew Thomas

      OL

      Georgia

      Assuming Washington moves on from seven-time Pro Bowler Trent Williams ( per his very vocal desires), adding a left tackle affords the Redskins the best opportunity to get the most from second-year QB Dwayne Haskins. There are four high-ceiling tackles in this draft class, of which Thomas is my top-ranked, meaning my model thinks he will have the biggest impact from Day 1.
    3. Jeff Okudah

      CB

      Ohio St.

      Trading away Darius Slay leaves Detroit with a massive question mark at corner, and Okudah is my model's top-rated prospect at the position. While the No. 3 overall pick could be a prime trade target for a team looking for a quarterback -- especially now that the Giants, who pick fourth overall, added cornerback James Bradberry in free agency, which could allow Detroit a better chance to trade down a few picks and still land Okudah -- trades aren't allowed in this mock, so Okudah's fits offers a high ROI.
    4. Tristan Wirfs

      OL

      Iowa

      This pick remains the same from Mock 1.0 in part because of the value of Wirfs' right tackle production projection, and also because the team's signing of free-agent corner James Bradberry helps address a big need on the defensive side of the ball. Further, bolstering the O-line very slightly edges out the potential value Isaiah Simmons could bring to the Giants' defense. (The addition of linebacker Blake Martinez in free agency also drives more value to increasing the O-line impact.)
    5. Joe Burrow

      QB

      LSU

      Again, an unchanged projection from Mock 1.0. One note on the QB that adds context from the last mock: On both passing attempts from a clean pocket and under pressure, Burrow had the highest percentage of throws that came within three feet of his intended receiver for any draft-eligible quarterback this season. I also compared his mark with the consensus top 10 QBs from last season ... and the 10 from the season before ... and his percentage tops all of them. Let that sink in, because I did a lot of coding to get here. Not one consensus top-10 draft-eligible QB from the last few classes had a higher percentage of on-target passes than Burrow.
    6. Tua Tagovailoa

      QB

      Alabama

      Considering the increased likelihood of Tyrod Taylor being a major part of the team's 2020 effort and the Chargers' improvements at left tackle (Bryan Bulaga) and on defense (CB Chris Harris Jr.) in free agency, Tagovailoa's blend of quick- and deep-passing potential gives the Bolts the best chance for the most wins in 2020. Should Tua not be available, Mekhi Becton would be my model's next-best selection here.
    7. Isaiah Simmons

      LB

      Clemson

      After Young, Simmons offers the highest win-share impact to an "average" team for the 2020 season in my model. That's not to say that QBs aren't valuable as rookies, but rather that players at the position typically take a bit more time to realize true gains. As for Simmons' specific fit on the Panthers, his extreme versatility in college (he played meaningful reps as a slot corner, safety, off-ball linebacker and edge defender, as well as some snaps as an outside corner) makes his potential production as a pro more impactful in the competition-elevated NFC South.
    8. Mekhi Becton

      OL

      Louisville

      Adding ( stealing) DeAndre Hopkins and then drafting Becton increases the Cardinals' win-total projection by more than two Ws in my model. That's a really big jump. Becton's athleticism fits the projected pace of play in this Kliff Kingsbury/ Kyler Murray system very well.
    9. Derrick Brown

      DL

      Auburn

      In my last mock, I had the Jags adding to their interior pressure potential by selecting Javon Kinlaw. Brown was off the board by the time Jacksonville was picking in that exercise. Not today! Brown would be an upgrade over Kinlaw, per my model, as his production against the run and pass at Auburn project for quicker potential development and impact as a pro than any other defensive tackle in this draft.
    10. Jedrick Wills

      OL

      Alabama

      I've already praised the free-agent acquisition of right tackle Jack Conklin, calling the signing one of my top three best moves so far in free agency. One other reason the Conklin signing is so clutch, along with the Browns' other free-agent dealings, is that it gives them a lot of trade leverage with the 10th overall pick. Left tackle is certainly a need, and Wills creates the most value in this projected situation. However, depending on how the draft plays out in reality, the Browns could snag their tackle and add to their overall draft equity.
    11. K'Lavon Chaisson

      LB

      LSU

      The Jets' offseason has included a number of high-value contracts, per my model, in the sense that they are priced well for the potential production and create fits that seem to strategically align. Corner Brian Poole for $5 million is an example. The Jets added four O-linemen in free agency, yet the offensive front is still their most critical position area of need, per my model. However, my four highest-ranked offensive linemen are off the board. As is my highest-ranked corner. Therefore, addressing the pass rush adds most to the Jets' potential in 2020. There is only a small difference between Chaisson, fellow edge A.J. Epenesa and CB C.J. Henderson in my simulations.
    12. Jerry Jeudy

      WR

      Alabama

      No change here from Mock 1.0. While my imaginary neutral-fit model has receiver CeeDee Lamb rated slightly higher than Jeudy, the fit within the Raiders' system -- given what we know about Las Vegas' QB situation and Gruden's play-calling tendencies -- edges the Alabama product ahead of Lamb.
    13. CeeDee Lamb

      WR

      Oklahoma

      With the departure of Emmanuel Sanders, upgrading the receiver position would add the most 2020 wins for San Francisco -- and Lamb is my model's highest-rated wideout, due to his route-running ability and yards-after-catch savvy. This is a strategic fit for the Niners, given Lamb's catch potential and his ability to open up spatial opportunity for others in Kyle Shanahan's offense.
    14. Javon Kinlaw

      DL

      South Carolina

      My model projects Kinlaw's production at interior defensive line would add more to Tampa's 2020 wins than any available O-lineman (adding right tackle Joe Haeg shifted this) or defensive back. Kinlaw's Day 1 impact in Todd Bowles' system forecasts to be most felt against the pass, which will help the Bucs' young defensive backfield, as the front and back of defenses complement each other.
    15. Laviska Shenault Jr.

      WR

      Colorado

      Drew Lock will benefit from this pick, as will Courtland Sutton. Shenault's ability after the catch -- breaking tackles and turning shorter, scheme-based passes into big gains -- will complement both a developing quarterback and a receiver who broke out last season. Shenault has a less-certain projection than the two receivers picked ahead of him, but his potential is maximized in a scheme that can leverage his physical style early on.
    16. A.J. Epenesa

      DL

      Iowa

      Epenesa's projected value as an edge rusher adds the most wins to the Falcons. (CB C.J. Henderson would be next in line.)
    17. C.J. Henderson

      CB

      Florida

      With corner Byron Jones now in Miami -- and receiver Amari Cooper signed to a long-term deal -- Henderson fills Dallas' most crucial need.
    18. Joshua Jones

      OL

      Houston

      Fifth offensive tackle by Pick No. 18 ... Let's just say there will be trades, but don't underestimate the value at the position (I'm talking to teams here).
    19. Trevon Diggs

      CB

      Alabama

      Even with the signing of free-agent corner Eli Apple, Las Vegas spending its second first-round pick on Diggs creates the greatest uptick in projected wins, especially considering the likelihood of facing high passing volume in the AFC West.
    20. Xavier McKinney

      S

      Alabama

      Adding McKinney's versatility as a safety/nickel linebacker at Pick No. 20 gives the Jags a pretty big steal in terms of wins added for their new-look defense.
    21. Henry Ruggs III

      WR

      Alabama

      Much more than just a speed merchant. According to Pro Football Focus, Ruggs dropped just five passes during his three college seasons. And he's a highly efficient route runner.
    22. Tee Higgins

      WR

      Clemson

      The departures of Stefon Diggs and Xavier Rhodes/ Trae Waynes create a big primary need on each side of the ball. My neutral model is slightly higher on Justin Jefferson than Higgins. However, pairing Higgins with Adam Thielen and Minnesota's tight ends adds the most wins in 2020.
    23. Justin Herbert

      QB

      Oregon

      I was fortunate enough to have the chance -- via Zoom, of course -- to track and code for Herbert's game with a coach from the Bill Belichick tree. While it would be better for any Pats quarterback if Dante Scarnecchia were still coaching the O-line, the potential for Herbert to execute in this system is higher than it might appear at first blush.
    24. Patrick Queen

      LB

      LSU

      I really liked my Justin Jefferson pick here in the last mock, but with the addition of Emmanuel Sanders, Jefferson's value was leapfrogged by the linebacker position -- especially since Queen is in the top 16 of my neutral-team player rankings.
    25. Kristian Fulton

      CB

      LSU

      This pick remains the same from last time, yet has a higher win impact now that Xavier Rhodes has departed.
    26. Austin Jackson

      OL

      USC

      The sixth offensive tackle off the board here. And he just so happens to go at No. 26, which is exactly his ranking on Daniel Jeremiah's big board.
    27. Ross Blacklock

      DL

      TCU

      Will Jadeveon Clowney stay on this team? Either way, boosting the D-line with Blacklock adds the most value here.
    28. D'Andre Swift

      RB

      Georgia

      This pick also remains the same -- for now. However, depending on which defenders are available, this could shift. The next-closest wins-added fit? Oklahoma LB Kenneth Murray.
    29. Yetur Gross-Matos

      DL

      Penn St.

      My model identifies edge rusher, defensive tackle (to fill the void left by the Jurrell Casey trade) and right tackle (after Jack Conklin's free agency departure) as the highest 2020 win-share uptick picks, with Gross-Matos leading the way in this simulation.
    30. Justin Jefferson

      WR

      LSU

      My model rates this as a steal for the Packers, even though they already acquired Devin Funchess. Jefferson and Davante Adams' projected production = fantasy and reality gold.
    31. Jaylon Johnson

      CB

      Utah

      Johnson's potential overall production -- from the corner position and particularly as a slot defender -- addresses both a Day 1 need and depth against the pass. My model has Johnson slightly edging out LSU safety Grant Delpit.
    32. A.J. Terrell

      CB

      Clemson

      Highest-rated corner available in this simulation. Boosting the CB group creates the most value for the Chiefs overall, and Terrell's Clemson resume projects for high value in a Steve Spagnuolo defense.
  5. Chad Reuter

    Full Analysis

    March 26, 2020

    1. Joe Burrow

      QB

      LSU

      Burrow's confidence and the presumed return of A.J. Green via the franchise tag could give the Bengals some hope for the first time in a while.
    2. Tua Tagovailoa

      QB

      Alabama

      Head coach Ron Rivera has to appreciate not only Tua's on-field prowess, but his character and leadership skills. Landing a special talent is great, but a franchise-attitude-changing player could define this team for a decade. I know Rivera says Dwayne Haskins is his starter, but the way I see it, the decision to swap a fifth-round pick for Kyle Allen portends a trade of Haskins once the team selects Tua.
    3. Chase Young

      DL

      Ohio St.

      I wonder how many trade calls the Lions have already taken for this pick? Young's talent is just too much to pass by unless there's a trade offer that Detroit absolutely cannot ignore.
    4. Justin Herbert

      QB

      Oregon

      Projected trade to Dolphins
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH GIANTS. Herbert has the arm, athleticism and even-keel attitude to succeed in the NFL. The Dolphins stockpiled picks in order to make this sort of trade, preventing the Chargers, Jaguars or others from moving ahead of them by offering the No. 5 overall pick, an early second-round pick this year and a second-rounder next year.
    5. Tristan Wirfs

      OL

      Iowa

      Projected trade to Giants
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH DOLPHINS. Now that they've applied the franchise tag to Leonard Williams, the Giants need to focus on the offensive line with this pick. Wirfs' athleticism and toughness will endear him to general manager Dave Gettleman.
    6. Mekhi Becton

      OL

      Louisville

      The trade of Russell Okung to Carolina gives the Chargers room for a new starting left tackle.
    7. Jeff Okudah

      CB

      Ohio St.

      The Panthers select the draft's top cornerback to replace James Bradberry, who departed in free agency.
    8. Henry Ruggs III

      WR

      Alabama

      Projected trade to Broncos
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH CARDINALS. General manager John Elway must give Drew Lock as many weapons as possible. Swapping Pick No. 15 and a couple of Day 2 picks this year to grab their top wideout target (Ruggs, CeeDee Lamb or Jerry Jeudy all have a case to be the first WR drafted, but we'll go with Ruggs here) gives them their best shot to become a legitimate contender in the AFC.
    9. Javon Kinlaw

      DL

      South Carolina

      Jacksonville signed Rodney Gunter, but that deal did not break the bank. Kinlaw or Auburn DT Derrick Brown would be a great add to a defense that finished among the league's worst against the run last season.
    10. Andrew Thomas

      OL

      Georgia

      Signing Jack Conklin to stabilize the right side of the line was huge. Acquiring Thomas to man the left side will bring a smile to Baker Mayfield's face.
    11. Isaiah Simmons

      LB

      Clemson

      Projected trade to Falcons
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH JETS. Following up the signing of veteran Dante Fowler with the selection of Simmons will help the Falcons move on from free-agent departures Vic Beasley and De'Vondre Campbell.
    12. CeeDee Lamb

      WR

      Oklahoma

      Lamb is the best all-around receiver in the draft, and Denver's move up to grab Ruggs makes the choice much easier for the Raiders.
    13. Jerry Jeudy

      WR

      Alabama

      The 49ers' Super Bowl showing made it very clear that they need to upgrade their receiving corps. Jeudy becomes what Emmanuel Sanders was for the team before moving on to the Saints this offseason.
    14. Derrick Brown

      DL

      Auburn

      The Bucs can find a right tackle later in the draft -- in fact, they might draft two outside linemen this year. Getting a stud like Brown with the 14th pick is too rich to pass up, even with Ndamukong Suh returning to the Bucs on a one-year deal.
    15. Jedrick Wills

      OL

      Alabama

      Projected trade to Cardinals
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH BRONCOS. After acquiring DeAndre Hopkins, the Cards are in position to move down (getting two third-round picks in the trade) and still meet their top need. Wills steps in at right tackle to join D.J. Humphries in protecting Kyler Murray.
    16. K'Lavon Chaisson

      LB

      LSU

      Projected trade to Jets
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH FALCONS. The Jets move down and still get the pass rusher they desperately need. Chaisson is still learning the game, but he has the bend and quickness to be an effective edge player. New York gains third- and fifth-round picks this year in the deal.
    17. C.J. Henderson

      CB

      Florida

      The Cowboys just re-signed Anthony Brown, but they still need depth at the cornerback spot. Both Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis are free agents after next season, as well.
    18. Austin Jackson

      OL

      USC

      Jackson should continue to grow into a very good pass protector early in his NFL career.
    19. Kenneth Murray

      LB

      Oklahoma

      Above everything else, I think GM Mike Mayock proved in his first draft with the Raiders that he'll take good football players with good character -- and Murray fits the bill. Even though the Raiders just added Nick Kwiatkoski and Cory Littleton in free agency, they'll find room for Murray at the second level of their defense.
    20. Patrick Queen

      LB

      LSU

      Projected trade to Ravens
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH JAGUARS. Last year, the Steelers moved up to get their man in the middle (Devin Bush). This year, their rival moves up to get Queen before the Patriots can draft him, giving Jacksonville a third-round compensatory pick and their fourth-round selection.
    21. Justin Jefferson

      WR

      LSU

      Jefferson's playmaking skills will make the Eagles' passing attack more potent -- especially with a healthy Carson Wentz.
    22. Denzel Mims

      WR

      Baylor

      Trading Stefon Diggs makes finding a deep threat at receiver a high priority for Minnesota; the athletic Mims will make plays on the outside for Kirk Cousins.
    23. Jordan Love

      QB

      Utah St.

      Projected trade to Chargers
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH PATRIOTS. Tyrod Taylor will start for the Chargers in 2020 -- unless Love upstages him. The Patriots -- always interested in acquiring additional assets -- receive a second-round selection in this draft and the next.
    24. James Lynch

      DL

      Baylor

      Projected trade to Panthers
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH SAINTS. If new Panthers Coach Matt Rhule wants his former player to join him in Charlotte, he'll need to move up to get him. Rhule will have to trade away a third- and a fifth-round pick -- the one they just picked up for quarterback Kyle Allen -- to move up 14 spots.
    25. Yetur Gross-Matos

      DL

      Penn St.

      With Everson Griffen voiding his contract, the Vikings now have a hole on defense that Gross-Matos could fill.
    26. Jonathan Taylor

      RB

      Wisconsin

      Taylor had a great NFL Scouting Combine, proving his first-round value with a sub-4.4 40-yard dash at 226 pounds and showing his ability as a receiver.
    27. Joshua Jones

      OL

      Houston

      Even though Russell Wilson is a playmaker on the move, he and his running back friends would like to see some resources spent on the offensive line. Jones' nastiness and length give him a shot to excel at either tackle spot.
    28. Cole Kmet

      TE

      Notre Dame

      Projected trade to Jaguars
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH RAVENS. Jacksonville is lacking in their tight end depth chart, even after signing oft-injured veteran Tyler Eifert. Moving down the board a bit to pick the top prospect at the position makes sense.
    29. Ross Blacklock

      DL

      TCU

      Tennessee could use help at the five-technique, the perfect spot for Blacklock's talents.
    30. Tee Higgins

      WR

      Clemson

      Higgins' poor workout may push him down boards a bit -- remember that guys like Michael Thomas and DeAndre Hopkins were available in the late first or early second rounds. The Packers may see him as a similar bargain. Signing Devin Funchess should not deter Green Bay from picking up the talented Higgins at this point on Day 1.
    31. A.J. Terrell

      CB

      Clemson

      Forget about Terrell and Clemson's night against LSU in the title game -- I'm sure he already has. The 49ers looked at the rest of his tape, as well as his combine workout, and saw a future starter.
    32. Terrell Burgess

      S

      Utah

      Burgess is considered a safety by many, but I think he could play in the slot and even outside if given the chance. The Chiefs could use help at both spots.
  6. Charley Casserly

    Full Analysis

    March 24, 2020

    1. Joe Burrow

      QB

      LSU

      The Bengals, going all the way back to the Paul Brown days, have always believed in the need for a franchise quarterback. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner becomes the centerpiece in Cincinnati.
    2. Chase Young

      DL

      Ohio St.

      The best player in the draft is the perfect pick for the Redskins, who are transitioning to a 4-3 defense under Ron Rivera. With longtime stalwart Ryan Kerrigan set to hit free agency after the 2020 season, Young joins Montez Sweat to give Washington a potent pair of pass-rushing bookends for years to come.
    3. Jeff Okudah

      CB

      Ohio St.

      In the wake of the Darius Slay trade, the Lions pounce on the best cornerback in this class, slotting him across from free-agent signee Desmond Trufant.
    4. Mekhi Becton

      OL

      Louisville

      The G-Men need to protect second-year signal-caller Daniel Jones, though I won't be surprised if Alabama OT Jedrick Wills is the pick instead.
    5. Tua Tagovailoa

      QB

      Alabama

      With a clean bill of health, Tua would be a top-five pick in any draft. That said, he continues to clear medical hurdles on that hip, so it's no guarantee he even makes it to this slot. Do the Fins have to trade up to make sure they get him, or would they also be content with Justin Herbert?
    6. Justin Herbert

      QB

      Oregon

      The Philip Rivers era is over, with Tyrod Taylor topping the QB depth chart at the moment. Could Taylor be a bridge to Herbert? Would Tom Telesco, Anthony Lynn and Co. try to trade up for Tagovailoa? Might they instead snag an offensive tackle to place opposite free-agent acquisition Bryan Bulaga?
    7. Derrick Brown

      DL

      Auburn

      This defense has been ravaged by free agency and the retirement of five-time first-team All-Pro Luke Kuechly. Brown gives Carolina a stout building block up front.
    8. Javon Kinlaw

      DL

      South Carolina

      The need for a stud defensive lineman overrides the O-line issue, partially because Kyler Murray allows Arizona's offense to function without top-tier protection.
    9. Isaiah Simmons

      LB

      Clemson

      He starts at safety and can play multiple positions on passing downs, including nickel linebacker and possibly even nickel corner. Yep, Simmons is a rare athlete, to say the least.
    10. Andrew Thomas

      OL

      Georgia

      With big-ticket free-agent signee Jack Conklin at right tackle and Thomas manning the blind side, the Browns would have a pair of bookends to protect 2018's No. 1 overall pick, Baker Mayfield, in the quarterback's pivotal third year.
    11. Jedrick Wills

      OL

      Alabama

      The Jets signed George Fant to play left tackle. Wills solidifies the right side.
    12. Jerry Jeudy

      WR

      Alabama

      The Raiders need a WR1 who can run. Jeudy is a top-10 value who could fall a bit due to various team needs above.
    13. CeeDee Lamb

      WR

      Oklahoma

      San Francisco acquired this pick from Indianapolis in the DeForest Buckner trade. In related news, defensive tackle has become a need for the Niners. Cornerback could use a fresh influx of talent, too. But John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan can't pass up an explosive offensive weapon like Lamb. In fact, would they consider leapfrogging the Raiders to score Jeudy?
    14. Tristan Wirfs

      OL

      Iowa

      Protecting Tom Brady has to be a high priority. Wirfs fills the bookend hole opposite LT Donovan Smith.
    15. Henry Ruggs III

      WR

      Alabama

      The Broncos need speed at receiver, and that's certainly something Ruggs supplies. He's just as good as -- if not better than -- D.K. Metcalf, a speed merchant who made waves as a rookie in 2019.
    16. C.J. Henderson

      CB

      Florida

      Atlanta must bolster its CB position after the release of Desmond Trufant.
    17. A.J. Epenesa

      DL

      Iowa

      With Robert Quinn leaving for Chicago in free agency, the 'Boys need an edge-rushing partner for DeMarcus Lawrence. But will Epenesa's 5.04 40-yard dash scare Dallas away?
    18. Xavier McKinney

      S

      Alabama

      The Dolphins have filled most of their biggest defensive holes in recent days, but safety remains a glaring need. And McKinney is the best safety in this draft class.
    19. Grant Delpit

      S

      LSU

      The Raiders have done a nice job of addressing needs in free agency, but I'd take Delpit over recent signee Jeff Heath at safety.
    20. Kristian Fulton

      CB

      LSU

      The Jaguars need to get better in the back seven -- especially at the cornerback position, with Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye departing over the past six months.
    21. Justin Jefferson

      WR

      LSU

      Philly needs juice at wide receiver. Jefferson provides that, having pleasantly surprised many with a 4.43 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.
    22. Trevon Diggs

      CB

      Alabama

      Minnesota's top three cornerbacks from last season -- Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander -- are all gone.
    23. K'Lavon Chaisson

      LB

      LSU

      I doubt New England will spend a second straight first-round pick on a wide receiver. And I don't see a prospect worth taking here at tight end or center (which remains a potential need because David Andrews is still on the mend after missing all of last season with a blood clots in his lungs). The Pats could use a pass rusher.
    24. A.J. Terrell

      CB

      Clemson

      They need to replace Eli Apple and get a quality CB opposite Marshon Lattimore.
    25. Yetur Gross-Matos

      DL

      Penn St.

      Everson Griffen broke off contract talks with the Vikings last week, so Minnesota has to find a new pass rusher to complement Danielle Hunter.
    26. Austin Jackson

      OL

      USC

      The O-line rebuild continues in Miami.
    27. Curtis Weaver

      LB

      Boise St.

      Jadeveon Clowney remains a free agent at publishing, but even if the Seahawks end up re-signing him, they could use another DE. Seattle's defensive scheme truly relies on having a good pass rush, first and foremost.
    28. Kenneth Murray

      LB

      Oklahoma

      You know Baltimore will take the best player available or trade back. The Ravens need a true WR1 and help in the front seven. Murray fills a need at ILB that has not been addressed in free agency.
    29. Joshua Jones

      OL

      Houston

      The offensive line is the heart of this team. Losing Jack Conklin in free agency left a void at right tackle.
    30. Tee Higgins

      WR

      Clemson

      Given the immense talent at receiver in this draft class, Green Bay gets to pick from a bunch of enticing options.
    31. Raekwon Davis

      DL

      Alabama

      As mentioned above, the 49ers could use another defensive tackle after dealing DeForest Buckner to Indy. Davis can play nose tackle and stop the run.
    32. Damon Arnette

      CB

      Ohio St.

      The defending champs could go OL, DE or WR (especially if they part ways with Sammy Watkins), but CB is a definite need.
  7. Lance Zierlein

    Full Analysis

    March 20, 2020

    1. Joe Burrow

      QB

      LSU

      Projected trade to Dolphins
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH BENGALS. If there is any sense in Cincinnati that Burrow doesn't want to be a Bengal long-term, then the team should listen to offers. An NFL executive I consulted with felt that including all three of Miami's first-round picks in this deal would be too much, so I'm sending Cincy Pick Nos. 5 and 18, as well as second-round selections.
    2. Chase Young

      DL

      Ohio St.

      Young's physical makeup is rare, as is his junior-year production (16.5 sacks in 12 games). While defensive ends (and former first overall picks) like Jadeveon Clowney and Myles Garrett had the physical tools coming into the league, Young has been out here eating on the field consistently.
    3. Tua Tagovailoa

      QB

      Alabama

      Projected trade to Chargers
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH LIONS. The Chargers are headed into a new stadium without much fanfare at the QB position, unless they move up three spots and secure this talented lefty, who should become the face of their franchise by 2021.
    4. Mekhi Becton

      OL

      Louisville

      Massive and athletic are descriptors we don't often see used in the same sentence, but the Louisville left tackle is that guy. The Giants could go with Isaiah Simmons or Jedrick Wills in this spot, as well.
    5. Justin Herbert

      QB

      Oregon

      Projected trade to Bengals
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH DOLPHINS. With the Bengals trading back in this scenario, it's worth noting that head coach Zac Taylor and his staff should have a feel for Herbert after working with him at the Senior Bowl in January. If they liked what they saw, it might be enough to allow them to accept this trade and make this pick.
    6. Jeff Okudah

      CB

      Ohio St.

      Projected trade to Lions
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH CHARGERS. With the trade of Darius Slay to the Eagles, the Lions will be ready to turn in the card for Okudah. He's a talented, twitchy CB1 who has room to get even better.
    7. Jedrick Wills

      OL

      Alabama

      Wills is an instant plug-and-play starter at right tackle -- and sources at Alabama believe he has the ability to switch to left tackle if called upon to help protect Teddy Bridgewater.
    8. Isaiah Simmons

      LB

      Clemson

      The guess here is that Arizona won't be expecting to see Simmons on the board, but if he is, he may be too enticing to pass up. Plugging in an OT here is an easy move, but Tristan Wirfs doesn't offer the same potential impact as Simmons.
    9. Derrick Brown

      DL

      Auburn

      Selecting Josh Allen was a terrific move for the Jaguars last year. Following that up with a disruptive interior lineman would be a step in the right direction for a team looking to re-establish its defensive identity.
    10. Tristan Wirfs

      OL

      Iowa

      Athletic tackle who has experience on both the left and right sides. With Jack Conklin in the fold now, Wirfs gives the Browns a chance to protect Baker Mayfield with a pair of quality bookends.
    11. CeeDee Lamb

      WR

      Oklahoma

      Sam Darnold gets the top receiver on the board and a player who can line up inside or outside as he attacks on all three levels.
    12. Jerry Jeudy

      WR

      Alabama

      Pristine route runner with good speed and explosiveness. He can be a field stretcher or a volume target, depending on the matchup.
    13. Javon Kinlaw

      DL

      South Carolina

      DeForest Buckner is gone ... and in his place steps another long-limbed, physical freak. Build the fronts and the rest falls into place.
    14. Andrew Thomas

      OL

      Georgia

      Thomas has experience at both left and right tackle. He plays with a gritty demeanor while offering gets-guys-blocked value in pass protection.
    15. Henry Ruggs III

      WR

      Alabama

      Now Drew Lock has a legitimate field stretcher to back safeties up and create even more room for emerging WR1 Courtland Sutton.
    16. C.J. Henderson

      CB

      Florida

      Henderson is a smooth outside cornerback with a tremendous combination of speed and fluidity to help bolster the Falcons' coverage on Day 1.
    17. K'Lavon Chaisson

      LB

      LSU

      Dallas selects a slithery edge rusher who put together his best work over the second half of the 2019 season. He should inject some spice into the Cowboys' pass rush.
    18. Kenneth Murray

      LB

      Oklahoma

      Projected trade to Bengals
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH DOLPHINS. The former Oklahoma linebacker can play in the middle or outside. He's fast, can cover and brings an alpha demeanor to the unit.
    19. A.J. Terrell

      CB

      Clemson

      The Raiders have done a nice job filling some of their holes via free agency, but they still need corner help and Terrell fits the winning culture that GM Mike Mayock covets.
    20. Jordan Love

      QB

      Utah St.

      If Love is still on the board here, it might be hard for the Jaguars to pass on the boom-or-bust prospect with loads of talent.
    21. Justin Jefferson

      WR

      LSU

      Jefferson has excellent ball skills and was terrific when working from the slot in 2019. He can play inside or outside and offers an upgrade for the offense.
    22. Yetur Gross-Matos

      DL

      Penn St.

      With Everson Griffen exploring free agency, the Vikings could look to fill the void here. Gross-Matos is an ascending defensive end with traits and rush potential waiting to be developed.
    23. Patrick Queen

      LB

      LSU

      Figuring out what Bill Belichick is going to do isn't getting any easier. However, Queen is tough and fast. He could become the new leader of the defense by next year.
    24. Denzel Mims

      WR

      Baylor

      With no second-round pick this year, the pressure will be on the Saints in Round 1 to find a wideout who can stretch the field and take pressure off of Michael Thomas.
    25. Ross Blacklock

      DL

      TCU

      The Vikings know they can find receiver talent outside of the first round, but finding an interior pass rusher like Blacklock won't be as easy.
    26. Joshua Jones

      OL

      Houston

      Jones didn't display the kind of athleticism I expected to see from him at the NFL Scouting Combine (he may have carried too much weight). He has legitimate left tackle upside but a lower floor.
    27. Austin Jackson

      OL

      USC

      Athletic tackle prospect who is picking up steam in certain scouting circles, but he needs to get stronger and more consistent with technique.
    28. Zack Baun

      LB

      Wisconsin

      Baun offers rare LB/edge versatility that will fit nicely with Baltimore's needs. He's fluid moving in space and has real edge-bending talent as a rusher.
    29. Jeff Gladney

      CB

      TCU

      The Titans must get better in the back end and there is no question that Gladney is one of the most tenacious ballhawks in this draft.
    30. Jalen Reagor

      WR

      TCU

      Reagor has explosive field speed and is a sudden target underneath. He could become an early favorite of Aaron Rodgers.
    31. Trevon Diggs

      CB

      Alabama

      Diggs didn't test at the combine, but his size, length and ball skills could still be enticing for the 49ers, even if they never get to time him in the 40-yard dash.
    32. D'Andre Swift

      RB

      Georgia

      This is theft. Grabbing a three-down talent like Swift makes it even tougher to slow the champs.

2019 NFL Mock Draft

2019 NFL Mock Draft