Charles Davis 2020 NFL mock draft 2.0: Patriots pick Jordan Love

With the 2020 NFL Draft just around the corner -- and the first waves of free agency in the rearview mirror -- Charles Davis updates his projection for how Round 1 could play out on Thursday, April 23.

Pick
1
Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals
2020 ·
Joe Burrow
LSU · QB

School: LSU | Year: Senior (RS)

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.

Pick
2
Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins
2020 ·
Chase Young
Ohio State · DE

School: Ohio State | Year: Junior

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

Pick
3
Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions
2020 ·
Jeff Okudah
Ohio State · CB

School: Ohio State | Year: Junior

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

Pick
4
New York Giants
New York Giants
2020 ·
Isaiah Simmons
Clemson · LB

School: Clemson | Year: Junior (RS)

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.

Pick
5
Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
2020 ·
Tua Tagovailoa
Alabama · QB

School: Alabama | Year: Junior

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.

Pick
6
Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Chargers
2020 ·
Justin Herbert
Oregon · QB

School: Oregon | Year: Senior

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.

Pick
7
Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
2020 ·
Derrick Brown
Auburn · DT

School: Auburn | Year: Senior

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.

Pick
8
Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals
2020 ·
Andrew Thomas
Georgia · OT

School: Georgia | Year: Junior

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

Pick
9
Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars
2020 ·
Tristan Wirfs
Iowa · OT

School: Iowa | Year: Junior

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?

Pick
10
Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
2020 ·
Mekhi Becton
Louisville · OT

School: Louisville | Year: Junior

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.

Pick
11
New York Jets
New York Jets
2020 ·
Jerry Jeudy
Alabama · WR

School: Alabama | Year: Junior

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.

Pick
12
Las Vegas Raiders
Las Vegas Raiders
2020 ·
CeeDee Lamb
Oklahoma · WR

School: Oklahoma | Year: Junior

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.

Pick
13
San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
2020 ·
C.J. Henderson
Florida · CB

School: Florida | Year: Junior

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.

Pick
14
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2020 ·
Jedrick Wills
Alabama · OT

School: Alabama | Year: Junior

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.

Pick
15
Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos
2020 ·
Henry Ruggs III
Alabama · WR

School: Alabama | Year: Junior

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.

Pick
16
Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons
2020 ·
Javon Kinlaw
South Carolina · DT

School: South Carolina | Year: Senior

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.

Pick
17
Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
2020 ·
K'Lavon Chaisson
LSU · LB

School: LSU | Year: Sophomore (RS)

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.

Pick
18
Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
2020 ·
Austin Jackson
USC · OT

School: USC | Year: Junior

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.

Pick
19
Las Vegas Raiders
Las Vegas Raiders
2020 ·
Ross Blacklock
Texas Christian · DT

School: TCU | Year: Junior (RS)

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.

Pick
20
Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars
2020 ·
Trevon Diggs
Alabama · CB

School: Alabama | Year: Senior

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.

Pick
21
Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles
2020 ·
Tee Higgins
Clemson · WR

School: Clemson | Year: Junior

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

Pick
22
Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings
2020 ·
Xavier McKinney
Alabama · SAF

School: Alabama | Year: Junior

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.

Pick
23
New England Patriots
New England Patriots
2020 ·
Jordan Love
Utah State · QB

School: Utah State | Year: Junior (RS)

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.

Pick
24
New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints
2020 ·
Patrick Queen
LSU · LB

School: LSU | Year: Junior

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.

Pick
25
Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings
2020 ·
Justin Jefferson
LSU · WR

School: LSU | Year: Junior

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.

Pick
26
Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
2020 ·
D'Andre Swift
Georgia · RB

School: Georgia | Year: Junior

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.

Pick
27
Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
2020 ·
Yetur Gross-Matos
Penn State · DE

School: Penn State | Year: Junior

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

Pick
28
Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens
2020 ·
Kenneth Murray
Oklahoma · LB

School: Oklahoma | Year: Junior

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.

Pick
29
Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans
2020 ·
Joshua Jones
Joshua Jones
Elon · LB

School: Houston | Year: Senior (RS)

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 BowlDerrick Henry's going to like this pick.

Pick
30
Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
2020 ·
Laviska Shenault Jr.
Colorado · WR

School: Colorado | Year: Junior

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.

Pick
31
San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
2020 ·
Brandon Aiyuk
Arizona State · WR

School: Arizona State | Year: Senior

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.

Pick
32
Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs
2020 ·
Zack Baun
Wisconsin · LB

School: Wisconsin | Year: Senior (RS)

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.

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