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

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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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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