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Daniel Jeremiah 2020 NFL mock draft 2.0: Patriots take Herbert

With the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine in the books, here's my updated mock for Round 1 of this year's draft. To check out my mock draft from January, click here.

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

School: LSU | Year: Senior (RS)

When it's all said and done, I don't foresee any drama here. The Bengals land their franchise QB.

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

School: Ohio State | Year: Junior

I wouldn't rule out the potential that Washington could snag QB Tua Tagovailoa with this pick. However, Young would give the Redskins one of the most dominant defensive lines in the league.

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

School: Ohio State | Year: Junior

I fully expect the Lions to trade out of this pick. They can slide back a couple of spots and still grab Okudah.

Pick
4
New York Giants
New York Giants
2020 ·
Tristan Wirfs
Tampa Bay Buccaneers · OT

School: Iowa | Year: Junior

Lots of good options here, but protecting QB Daniel Jones is the priority.

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

School: Alabama | Year: Junior

If Tua's medical reports continue to come back clean, he won't get out of the top five.

Pick
6
Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Chargers
2020 ·
Mekhi Becton
New York Jets · OT

School: Louisville | Year: Junior

The Chargers could grab Oregon QB Justin Herbert here, but if they aren't sold on him, addressing the offensive line is a must.

Pick
7
Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
2020 ·
Isaiah Simmons
Arizona Cardinals · LB

School: Clemson | Year: Junior (RS)

Simmons is a rare combination of height (6-foot-4), weight (238 pounds) and speed (4.39 40). New Panthers coach Matt Rhule wants to build a fast defense. This is a good start.

Pick
8
Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals
2020 ·
Jedrick Wills
Cleveland Browns · OT

School: Alabama | Year: Junior

The Cardinals re-signed left tackle D.J. Humphries in February; adding Wills would give QB Kyler Murray two athletic bookends to work with.

Pick
9
Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars
2020 ·
Derrick Brown
Carolina Panthers · DT

School: Auburn | Year: Senior

The Jaguars hit a home run last year with pass rusher Josh Allen (10.5 sacks as a rookie), and they hit another one with this pick.

Pick
10
Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
2020 ·
Andrew Thomas
New York Giants · OT

School: Georgia | Year: Junior

The Browns need to address the offensive tackle position, and Thomas is a steady player.

Pick
11
New York Jets
New York Jets
2020 ·
C.J. Henderson
Jacksonville Jaguars · CB

School: Florida | Year: Junior

It sounds like the Jets will aggressively address the offensive line in free agency. If so, they can address their need at cornerback right here.

Pick
12
Las Vegas Raiders
Las Vegas Raiders
2020 ·
Jerry Jeudy
Denver Broncos · WR

School: Alabama | Year: Junior

The Raiders (26.2 points per game in 2019, 24th in the NFL) need to score more. Enter Jerry Jeudy.

Pick
13
Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts
2020 ·
Jordan Love
Green Bay Packers · QB

School: Utah State | Year: Junior (RS)

I believe the Colts will bring in a veteran QB (likely Philip Rivers), and that will allow Love plenty of time to develop.

Pick
14
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2020 ·
K'Lavon Chaisson
Jacksonville Jaguars · LB

School: LSU | Year: Sophomore (RS)

The Bucs need to work out the contract situation with Shaq Barrett, who is headed for free agency after posting 19.5 sacks in 2019, but adding more punch on the defensive line would make sense no matter what happens.

Pick
15
Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos
2020 ·
Kenneth Murray
Los Angeles Chargers · LB

School: Oklahoma | Year: Junior

The Broncos need more speed and athleticism at linebacker.

Pick
16
Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons
2020 ·
Javon Kinlaw
San Francisco 49ers · DT

School: South Carolina | Year: Senior

The Falcons need an edge rusher, but I think Kinlaw is too good to pass up.

Pick
17
Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
2020 ·
CeeDee Lamb
Dallas Cowboys · WR

School: Oklahoma | Year: Junior

Assuming veteran receiver Amari Cooper departs in free agency, Lamb would be a great fit for Dallas.

Pick
18
Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
2020 ·
Henry Ruggs III
Las Vegas Raiders · WR

School: Alabama | Year: Junior

The Dolphins have needs everywhere, but it would be fun to watch Ruggs reunite with Tua to ignite a stagnant offense.

Pick
19
Las Vegas Raiders
Las Vegas Raiders
2020 ·
A.J. Terrell
Atlanta Falcons · CB

School: Clemson | Year: Junior

Raiders general manager Mike Mayock loves Clemson products, and Terrell is a long, athletic player who would fit beautifully with his former teammate, 2019 second-round pick Trayvon Mullen.

Pick
20
Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars
2020 ·
Patrick Queen
Baltimore Ravens · LB

School: LSU | Year: Junior

Jags GM David Caldwell has always coveted explosive linebackers (while sacrificing size) during his front-office career. Queen (4.5 40) can fly.

Pick
21
Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles
2020 ·
Justin Jefferson
Minnesota Vikings · WR

School: LSU | Year: Junior

The Eagles need to give QB Carson Wentz more weapons.

Pick
22
Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills
2020 ·
Yetur Gross-Matos
Carolina Panthers · DE

School: Penn State | Year: Junior

The Bills could go WR here, but Gross-Matos is a big-upside player at a position of need.

Pick
23
New England Patriots
New England Patriots
2020 ·
Justin Herbert
Los Angeles Chargers · QB

School: Oregon | Year: Senior

It's highly doubtful Herbert will make it this far, but I could see New England targeting him if he starts to slide.

Pick
24
New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints
2020 ·
Brandon Aiyuk
San Francisco 49ers · WR

School: Arizona State | Year: Senior

Aiyuk is one of my favorites in this class. His run-after-the-catch skills would be featured in this Saints offense.

Pick
25
Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings
2020 ·
Kristian Fulton
Tennessee Titans · CB

School: LSU | Year: Senior

Fulton erased some concerns about his speed at the NFL Scouting Combine, where he ran a 4.46 40. He had some rough moments at the end of the year, but his body of work is solid.

Pick
26
Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
2020 ·
Austin Jackson
Miami Dolphins · OT

School: USC | Year: Junior

The Dolphins can't leave the first round without addressing the offensive line. Jackson is well-liked around the league.

Pick
27
Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
2020 ·
Trevon Diggs
Dallas Cowboys · CB

School: Alabama | Year: Senior

This is a perfect scheme for Diggs, who has elite ball skills.

Pick
28
Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens
2020 ·
D'Andre Swift
Detroit Lions · RB

School: Georgia | Year: Junior

The Ravens have always believed in taking the best available player. Mark IngramLamar Jackson and Gus Edwards each ran the ball 133 times or more in 2019, but there are plenty of carries to go around in this offense.

Pick
29
Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans
2020 ·
Joshua Jones
Joshua Jones
Jacksonville Jaguars · LB

School: Houston | Year: Senior (RS)

It looks as if the Titans*will likely lose* right tackle Jack Conklin in free agency. Jones would slide right into that spot.

Pick
30
Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
2020 ·
Denzel Mims
New York Jets · WR

School: Baylor | Year: Senior (RS)

Mims has helped himself as much as any player in the draft during the spring, between his awesome Senior Bowl and outstanding combine.

Pick
31
San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
2020 ·
Xavier McKinney
New York Giants · SAF

School: Alabama | Year: Junior

The 49ers will not pick here. They don't have a single pick in the second, third or fourth round, so trading back for more selections is a necessity.

Pick
32
Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs
2020 ·
Ross Blacklock
Houston Texans · DT

School: TCU | Year: Junior (RS)

Blacklock would wreak havoc next to the franchise-tagged Chris Jones.

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