Maurice Jones-Drew NFL mock draft 1.0: Chargers replace Rivers

With the start of the NFL Scouting Combine just a couple weeks away (Feb. 27-March 1 on NFL Network), here's my first mock for Round 1 of the 2020 NFL Draft. As you can see, I don't expect the top quarterbacks to be waiting long to hear their names called, as I have three flying off the board in the first six picks, including a successor for Philip Rivers in Los Angeles.

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

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.

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

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.

Pick
3
Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions
·
Jeff Okudah
Detroit Lions · Junior

Detroit gets the most talented cornerback in this draft class to pair with three-time Pro Bowler 

Pick
4
New York Giants
New York Giants
·
Andrew Thomas
New York Giants · Junior

Thomas played both left and right tackle at Georgia. He will help fix Big Blue's O-line issues.

Pick
5
Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
·
Tua Tagovailoa
Miami Dolphins · Junior

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.

Pick
6
Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Chargers
·
Jordan Love
Green Bay Packers · Junior (RS)

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.

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

Panthers get the best interior defensive lineman in the draft to help lift a defense in need of a boost.

Pick
8
Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals
·
Tristan Wirfs
Tampa Bay Buccaneers · Junior

Protecting Kyler Murray should be the Cardinals' top priority this offseason.

Pick
9
Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars
·
Isaiah Simmons
Arizona Cardinals · Junior

He's a freak athlete who can cover and rush the passer.

Pick
10
Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
·
Mekhi Becton
New York Jets · Junior (RS)

Becton is a big, strong, athletic lineman who will help protect Baker Mayfield.

Pick
11
New York Jets
New York Jets
·
Jedrick Wills
Cleveland Browns · Junior

Keeping Sam Darnold upright is paramount, and Wills fits the bill.

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

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.

Pick
13
Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts
·
Justin Herbert
Los Angeles Chargers · Senior

Herbert's big arm and high football IQ will allow him to make smart decisions while stretching the field for the Indy offense.

Pick
14
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
·
Javon Kinlaw
San Francisco 49ers · Senior

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.

Pick
15
Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos
·
CeeDee Lamb
Dallas Cowboys · Junior

Courtland Sutton is great and all, but Drew Lock needs more weapons. Lamb is a big-time playmaker.

Pick
16
Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons
·
K'Lavon Chaisson
Jacksonville Jaguars · Sophomore (RS)

He is the perfect fit for the Falcons' defense. Chaisson will bring crazy speed off the edge.

Pick
17
Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
·
Trevon Diggs
Dallas Cowboys · Senior

Diggs is a big cornerback with tremendous ball skills and could replace Byron Jones if he departs in free agency.

Pick
18
Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
·
A.J. Epenesa
Buffalo Bills · Junior

The Dolphins ranked dead last in sacks last season, but I'm expecting Epenesa to come in and create pressure right away.

Pick
19
Las Vegas Raiders
Las Vegas Raiders
·
Patrick Queen
Baltimore Ravens · Junior

Queen will be an immediate upgrade at the position, with his speed and great instincts showing up the minute he takes the field.

Pick
20
Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars
·
Tee Higgins
Cincinnati Bengals · Junior

Higgins reminds me of DeAndre Hopkins, as he routinely high-points the ball and wins against defenders by being physical.

Pick
21
Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles
·
Henry Ruggs III
Las Vegas Raiders · Junior

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.

Pick
22
Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills
·
Justin Jefferson
Minnesota Vikings · Junior

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.

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

McKinney is a cerebral safety who is versatile and fundamentally sound. That sounds like a Patriot to me.

Pick
24
New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints
·
Collin Johnson
Jacksonville Jaguars · Senior

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.

Pick
25
Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings
·
C.J. Henderson
Jacksonville Jaguars · Junior

Mike Zimmer loves his cornerbacks. Henderson excels in press coverage and is battle-tested.

Pick
26
Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
·
D'Andre Swift
Detroit Lions · Junior

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.

Pick
27
Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
·
Kristian Fulton
Tennessee Titans · Senior

Fulton has size and is good in press coverage. His best attribute is the fact that he doesn't shy away from contact.

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

Murray's a run-and-hit linebacker with good coverage skills, but his play speed is what jumps off the tape.

Pick
29
Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans
·
J.K. Dobbins
Baltimore Ravens · Junior

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.

Pick
30
Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
·
K.J. Hamler
Denver Broncos · Sophomore (RS)

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.

Pick
31
San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
·
Grant Delpit
Cleveland Browns · Junior

Delpit is a perfect fit for this Niners defense as a player who boasts Earl Thomas-like range.

Pick
32
Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs
·
Marlon Davidson
Atlanta Falcons · Senior

He's a versatile player who can rush inside and off the edge.

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