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. 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.
  2. 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.

2019 NFL Mock Draft

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