Charley Casserly 2020 NFL mock draft 3.0: Bucs protect Brady

Hours before the 2020 NFL Draft, here is my third and final mock draft.

Pick
1
Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals
·
Joe Burrow
Cincinnati Bengals · Senior (RS)

Starting with Paul Brown, the Bengals have always believed in having a franchise quarterback. They get a crucial organizational building block in Burrow.

Pick
2
Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins
·
Chase Young
Washington Redskins · Junior

One of the defensive ends I have scouted, Young is the best player in the draft and a perfect fit in Ron Rivera's 4-3 defense.

Pick
3
Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
·
Andrew Thomas
New York Giants · Junior

PROJECTED TRADE WITH LIONS. The Dolphins choose to build their offensive line first, then get a quarterback. Tristan Wirfs could also be in play here.

SIDE NOTE: Yes, I know there is talk of Miami trade up for QB Justin Herbert instead of an offensive tackle. We'll see tonight. It's SMOKE SEASON!

Pick
4
New York Giants
New York Giants
·
Jedrick Wills
Cleveland Browns · Junior

A right tackle at Alabama, Wills comes in as a Day 1 starter and many believe he will play A LOT of snaps.

Pick
5
Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions
·
Jeff Okudah
Detroit Lions · Junior

PROJECTED TRADE WITH DOLPHINS. Okudah gives the Lions bookend cornerbacks with the signing of Desmond Trufant in free agency. Detroit could also trade back again and take C.J. Henderson.

Pick
6
Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Chargers
·
Tua Tagovailoa
Miami Dolphins · Junior

He's a top-five prospect in any draft, so L.A. is happy to take the risk and snatch him up at No. 6. This franchise QB will sell plenty of tickets.

Pick
7
Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
·
Derrick Brown
Carolina Panthers · Senior

Carolina has heavy needs on defense and especially along the defensive line. Brown fills one of them.

Pick
8
Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals
·
Isaiah Simmons
Arizona Cardinals · Junior (RS)

Simmons is the second coming of the Honey Badger -- in a bigger package! He can start at multiple positions and has the intangibles to cover on passing downs, maybe even as a nickel.

Pick
9
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
·
Tristan Wirfs
Tampa Bay Buccaneers · Junior

PROJECTED TRADE WITH JAGUARS. Protecting Tom Brady has to be a high priority, and trading up to nab a natural right tackle gets the job done.

Pick
10
Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles
·
CeeDee Lamb
Dallas Cowboys · Junior

PROJECTED TRADE WITH BROWNS. Carson Wentz needs another target, and "Trader Howie" gets his man.

SIDE NOTE: One thing that could prevent Howie from getting his man? If Cleveland ends up being the landing spot for disgruntled Redskins OT Trent Williams. If that came to fruition, I think the Browns could stay at No. 10 and end up with Lamb on their roster, reuniting the talented receiver with fellow Sooner Baker Mayfield.

Pick
11
New York Jets
New York Jets
·
Mekhi Becton
New York Jets · Junior

Rebuilding the offensive line is essential to protecting Sam Darnold and getting the Le'Veon Bell-led run game going. Becton helps in a big way.

Pick
12
Las Vegas Raiders
Las Vegas Raiders
·
Jerry Jeudy
Denver Broncos · Junior

Jeudy has top-10 ability, and the Raiders need a No. 1 receiver who can threaten defenses deep.

Pick
13
San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
·
Henry Ruggs III
Las Vegas Raiders · Junior

His speed is rare (4.27-second 40-yard dash). Adding Ruggs to Deebo Samuel, George Kittle and a strong running game makes the 49ers' track team even harder to stop.

Pick
14
Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars
·
C.J. Henderson
Jacksonville Jaguars · Junior

PROJECTED TRADE WITH BUCCANEERS. The Jags select a cornerback to replace the void left by the Jalen Ramsey trade.

Pick
15
Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos
·
Justin Jefferson
Minnesota Vikings · Junior

They get a speedy receiver to stretch the field and pair with Pro Bowler Courtland Sutton.

Pick
16
Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons
·
Javon Kinlaw
San Francisco 49ers · Senior

The Falcons miss on C.J. Henderson, but improve their pass rush with Kinlaw.

Pick
17
Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
·
K'Lavon Chaisson
Jacksonville Jaguars · Sophomore (RS)

There isn't a tight end or center worth this pick's value, but the Cowboys could also use a pass rusher with Robert Quinn gone.

Pick
18
Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
·
Justin Herbert
Los Angeles Chargers · Senior

It's hard to leave Herbert on the board at this point, but Miami could take safety Xavier McKinney here or Jordan Love later on if Herbert isn't in play here.

Pick
19
Las Vegas Raiders
Las Vegas Raiders
·
Kristian Fulton
Tennessee Titans · Senior

The Raiders get an excellent press CB to go with Trayvon Mullen, giving them two young, talented cover men.

Pick
20
Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars
·
D'Andre Swift
Detroit Lions · Junior

This becomes a big need for the Jaguars if they do indeed trade away Leonard Fournette.

Pick
21
Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
·
Austin Jackson
Miami Dolphins · Junior

PROJECTED TRADE WITH EAGLES. The draft currency Cleveland picks up in the trade with Philly (2020 third-rounder and 2021 first-rounder in exchange for the 10th overall selection this year and next year's second-round pick) makes it worth it. Plus, the Browns end up snagging a tackle with a lot of upside.

SIDE NOTE: As I explained above in Cleveland's original draft slot, No. 10 ... If the Browns end up landing disgruntled Redskins OT Trent Williams via trade, I think they could stick at No. 10 and give Baker Mayfield his old college teammate, CeeDee Lamb.

Pick
22
Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings
·
Trevon Diggs
Dallas Cowboys · Senior

The Vikings need to find a CB and pass rusher, and Diggs is better than any pass rusher at this point in the draft.

Pick
23
New England Patriots
New England Patriots
·
Xavier McKinney
New York Giants · Junior

McKinney can help the Pats right away and the hope is he can be the QB of the defense down the line.

Pick
24
New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints
·
Patrick Queen
Baltimore Ravens · Junior

The Saints get a very athletic and instinctive linebacker who covers well -- something they'll need in the NFC South.

Pick
25
Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings
·
Yetur Gross-Matos
Carolina Panthers · Junior

Without Everson Griffen, Minnesota selects a high-motor player who is a technician as a pass rusher.

Pick
26
Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
·
J.K. Dobbins
Baltimore Ravens · Junior

He adds speed and versatility to the Dolphins' backfield.

Pick
27
Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
·
Jonathan Taylor
Indianapolis Colts · Junior

The Seahawks need a pass rusher, but without one to take here and with Chris Carson coming off a hip injury, Taylor is the right choice.

Pick
28
Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens
·
Kenneth Murray
Los Angeles Chargers · Junior

We know the Ravens will take the best player available or trade back. They need another receiver and help in the front seven. Murray fills a need at ILB that Baltimore didn't address in free agency.

Pick
29
Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans
·
Isaiah Wilson
Tennessee Titans · Sophomore (RS)

The offensive line is the heart of this team, and losing Jack Conklin left a void at right tackle. Wilson, who has some similarities to Orlando Brown, could plug right in.

Pick
30
Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
·
Brandon Aiyuk
San Francisco 49ers · Senior

The Packers bring in a guy who excels in the run after the catch and can help in the return game.

Pick
31
San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
·
Ezra Cleveland
Minnesota Vikings · Junior (RS)

The 49ers find a Joe Staley replacement for whenever the veteran decides to hang it up.

Pick
32
Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs
·
Cesar Ruiz
New Orleans Saints · Junior

Like the Ravens, the Chiefs will take the best player available or trade down. They do need to shore up the inside of the O-line -- and do just that with Ruiz. I could see K.C. taking a cornerback here, too.

Follow Charley Casserly on Twitter @CharleyCasserly.

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