Four-round 2020 NFL mock draft: Six trades shake up Round 1

Now that the dust has settled from the free agency frenzy, Chad Reuter reveals his projection for the first four rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft, a forecast that calls for six trades before the end of Round 1.

Joe Burrow

School: LSU | Year: Senior (RS)

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.

Tua Tagovailoa
Alabama · QB

School: Alabama | Year: Junior

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.

Chase Young
Ohio State · DE

School: Ohio State | Year: Junior

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.

Justin Herbert
Oregon · QB

School: Oregon | Year: Senior

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 ChargersJaguars 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.

Tristan Wirfs
Iowa · T

School: Iowa | Year: Junior

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.

Mekhi Becton
Louisville · T

School: Louisville | Year: Junior

The trade of Russell Okung to Carolina gives the Chargers room for a new starting left tackle.

Jeff Okudah
Ohio State · CB

School: Ohio State | Year: Junior

The Panthers select the draft's top cornerback to replace James Bradberry, who departed in free agency.

Henry Ruggs III
Alabama · WR

School: Alabama | Year: Junior

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.

Javon Kinlaw
South Carolina · DT

School: South Carolina | Year: Senior

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.

Andrew Thomas
Georgia · T

School: Georgia | Year: Junior

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.

Isaiah Simmons
Clemson · LB

School: Clemson | Year: Junior (RS)

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.

CeeDee Lamb
Oklahoma · WR

School: Oklahoma | Year: Junior

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.

Jerry Jeudy
Alabama · WR

School: Alabama | Year: Junior

The 49ersSuper 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.

Derrick Brown
Auburn · DT

School: Auburn | Year: Senior

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.

Jedrick Wills
Cleveland Browns · OT

School: Alabama | Year: Junior

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.

K'Lavon Chaisson

School: LSU | Year: Sophomore (RS)

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.

C.J. Henderson
Florida · CB

School: Florida | Year: Junior

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.


School: USC | Year: Junior

Jackson should continue to grow into a very good pass protector early in his NFL career.

Kenneth Murray
Oklahoma · LB

School: Oklahoma | Year: Junior

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.

Patrick Queen

School: LSU | Year: Junior

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.

School: LSU | Year: Junior

Jefferson's playmaking skills will make the Eagles' passing attack more potent -- especially with a healthy Carson Wentz.

Denzel Mims
Baylor · WR

School: Baylor | Year: Senior (RS)

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.

Jordan Love
Utah State · QB

School: Utah State | Year: Junior

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.

James Lynch
Baylor · DE

School: Baylor | Year: Junior

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.

Yetur Gross-Matos
Penn State · EDGE

School: Penn State | Year: Junior

With Everson Griffen voiding his contract, the Vikings now have a hole on defense that Gross-Matos could fill.

Jonathan Taylor
Wisconsin · RB

School: Wisconsin | Year: Junior

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.

Josh Jones
Houston · T

School: Houston | Year: Senior (RS)

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.

Cole Kmet
Notre Dame · TE

School: Notre Dame | Year: Junior

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.


School: TCU | Year: Junior (RS)

Tennessee could use help at the five-technique, the perfect spot for Blacklock's talents.

Tee Higgins
Clemson · WR

School: Clemson | Year: Junior

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.

A.J. Terrell
Clemson · CB

School: Clemson | Year: Junior

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.

School: Utah | Year: Senior

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.

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