We are now just hours away from the event we have all been waiting months for, watching the 2020 NFL Draft go live from Roger Goodell’s basement. The past three weeks I have seen all sorts of smoke screens and draft stock manipulation but now comes the time to see what NFL franchise’s think of this draft class. Once again the Top 3 is still pretty locked in, but anything after the 3rd pick is fair game in my eyes.
This receiver class could be better than what we got in 2014, which explains why six wide outs are taken in the 1st Round. Does Miami use their 5th pick on an offensive tackle? Or do they stick with Tua? My NFL Draft database continues to get deeper and deeper (over 400 players), and it is safe to say this is going to be another talented class with playmakers going even 3rd or 4th round. If you have any questions or comments, I am more than ok with answering questions here @tdashwebb42
This is an updated three round mock draft, with all trades accounted for as of April 22nd, 2020. All of these picks are based from a mixture of off season moves, team needs, best available player and not necessarily what I believe will happen. Also, there will be no trades in this Mock, as Bill O’Brien has completely ruined my sense of trade value. I will be posting an updated version of my NFL Big Board, featuring my Top 120 players that will go along with this Mock Draft. If you want to see how things switched up from v.8 and all the previous mock drafts before, check them out below.
At the end of the 3rd round I will have the list of all 32 NFL Teams and their draft haul from this Mock Draft.
NFL Big Board (Updated 4/1/20)
6. Los Angeles Chargers, Jerry Jeudy
I think the Chargers could shock a lot of people and take Jerry Jeudy with the 6th pick this year. For a while Justin Herbert was linked to the Chargers, but as we approach draft night, it looks like Tyrod Taylor will get the nod under center. I personally think if the Chargers are looking to win now adding a receiver like Jeudy to a roster with a newly well built offensive line, and an elite defense is a recipe for wins. Not only that, but Mike Williams and Keenan Allen are both set to become free agents after next year, which means they could use the depth at wide receiver anyways.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars, C.J. Henderson
There is no question that the Jags need an upgrade at cornerback, ASAP. In less than a year they went from Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye, one of the best cornerback duos in the NFL, to Tre Herndon and Rashaan Melvin. With Okudah off the board to the Giants at four, suddenly Henderson is quickly the best cornerback on the board. He is a fast, twitchy corner, with a good football I.Q. Maybe even more important to the Jaguars, he has his head on straight and isn’t going to carry any diva tendencies with him.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Mekhi Becton
Well they did it. Tampa Bay was able to get Rob Gronkowski to come out of retirement and were able to get him reunited with Tom Brady. Now that gives Brady, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate as weapons. It is time they bolster the offensive line and help let this man feed all those mouths. Mekhi Becton is a monster of an offensive tackle, and while he fares better at run blocking, he can hold his own pass blocking too. If Tom Brady has a clean pocket to do his work, I expect the 2020 Brady Revenge Tour to be one for the ages.
19. Las Vegas Raiders, Justin Herbert
This is the lowest I have had Justin Herbert falling since November, and rapidly becomes one of the biggest steals in the class. After selecting Henry Ruggs III with their 12th pick, grabbing someone like Herbert at 19 gives you a lot of hope for your offense. While the Raiders did just sign Marcus Mariota to a two year deal, I would say Gruden still isn’t happy with his quarterback room. Just like the old saying goes, if you have two quarterbacks, you probably don’t have one.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars, Jalen Reagor
It is obvious that Jacksonville needs an upgrade at the receiver position, and more than ever with the release of Marqise Lee. While I always assumed they would use the 9th pick on someone like Jeudy or Lamb, releasing Marqise Lee might have played their hand at little as to what kind of receiver they are looking for. If so, Reagor is that guy. He will be a monster in the return game, and provide Minshew someone that can take a short route and make it a touchdown. Line him up next to DJ Chark, and you’ll have a track team running down the field.
23. New England Patriots, Jordan Love
As we have gotten closer to the NFL Draft, we hear more and more that the New England Patriots are looking to find their quarterback of the future in this draft. Even if that requires trading up to get him. In this case, they didn’t need to move at all. Jordan Love has everything you would want in a quarterback, and putting him in the Patriots system would probably give him the best chance to use those talents.
24. New Orleans Saints, Justin Jefferson
The Saints had one of the best offenses in the league last season and they did it without a true No. 2 receiver. Michael Thomas broke the single season receptions record with 149 receptions this season, which is six more than the previous record. Drew Brees is coming back once again, seemingly under his last NFL contract, and it is time to get him some weapons on the outside. Justin Jefferson, the homemade LSU product, will be hard for the Saints to turn down. In a way he reminds me of Michael Thomas, somewhat looked over even with immense production, good size, and great hands.
Now that we made it through the first 32 picks, we can talk about the 2nd Round. These picks will be selected based on who was drafted in the 1st Round, and the remaining team needs. Below will be a quick break down on some of the main selections of the 2nd round. At the end of the 3rd round I will have the list of all 32 NFL Teams and their draft haul from this Mock Draft.
Indianapolis finds Phillip Rivers their own version of Mike Williams and grabs an athletic replacement for Eric Ebron. Jacksonville now looks to rebuild an elite defense once again, and selecting Curtis Weaver could help kickstart that rebuild. The Jets have always struggled to find a play making tight end, but with a young Sam Darnold they could really use a safety net tight end. Cole Kmet should give New York just that.
Many expect Dallas to draft LSU safety Grant Delpit, with their 17th pick but here Dallas is able to grab a talented safety (that could be a better pro) to pair with Kristian Fulton. Miami has reshaped their defensive line during this off season, and they continue to add Edge depth with the selection of Terrell Lewis. Tyler Johnson is a receiver I am going to stand on the table for, no matter what rumors I hear coming from draft sites. The Vikings get some receiver depth, if not their replacement for Stefon Diggs.
Trent Williams won’t be in Washington too much longer, and it would be smart to get his replacement sooner rather than later. Trey Adams is a mountain of an offensive tackle that could have been a lot higher on this list if he could stay healthy at Washington. Even though Christian McCaffrey is now the highest paid running back ever, Carolina would be smart to add some depth behind him. Clyde Edwards-Helaire would be the perfect fit for the new Carolina Panthers offense because well, he could follow Joe Brady along with the new scheme.
Jalen Hurts is another player I will believe in no matter what, and if the Chargers really do feel confident in running the offense with Tyrod Taylor, then they should really like the idea of Jalen Hurts being their quarterback of the future. LA isn’t the only franchise taking a shot at a quarterback back gem, as the Jacksonville Jaguars select Jacob Eason. Eason gives them a low risk/high reward pick, and at worst gives them a solid back up option.
Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow, Trevon Diggs, Troy Dye
Washington Redskins: Chase Young, Trey Adams
Detroit Lions: Isaiah Simmons, Willie Gay Jr, Tommy Kraemer, Raekwon Davis
New York Giants: Jeffrey Okudah, Xavier McKinney, Josh Uche
Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa, Mekhi Becton, Tyler Biadasz, D’Andre Swift, Terrell Lewis, Ross Blacklock
Los Angeles Chargers: Jerry Jeudy, Jonathan Taylor, Jalen Hurts
Carolina Panthers: Derrick Brown, Denzel Mims, Clyde Edwards-Helaire
Arizona Cardinals: Tristan Wirfs, Anfernee Jennings
Jacksonville Jaguars: C.J. Henderson, Jalen Reagor, Curtis Weaver, Jacob Eason
Cleveland Browns: Andrew Thomas, Ashtyn Davis, Malik Harrison, Paddy Fisher
New York Jets: CeeDee Lamb, Cole Kmet, Damien Lewis, Noah Igbinoghene
Las Vegas Raiders: Henry Ruggs III, Justin Herbert, David Woodward, Jeremy Chinn, Neville Gallimore
Indianapolis Colts: Tee Higgins, Albert Okwuegbunam, Jabari Zuniga
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mekhi Becton, Yetur Gross-Matos, Lamar Jackson
Denver Broncos: Javon Kinlaw, Brandon Aiyuk, Logan Wilson, Calvin Throckmorton, Rashard Lawrence
Atlanta Falcons: K’Lavon Chaisson, Cameron Dantzler, Akeem Davis-Geathers
Dallas Cowboys: Kristan Fulton Jr, Antoine Winfield Jr, Nick Harris
Pittsburgh Steelers: Justin Madubuike,
Chicago Bears: Netane Muti, Jaylon Johnson
Los Angeles Rams: Zack Baun, Julian Okwara, Isaiah Wilson, Dovovan Peoples-Jones
Philadelphia Eagles: Laviska Shenault Jr, Kyle Dugger, Jake Hanson
Buffalo Bills: J.K Dobbins, Lloyd Cushenberry
New England Patriots: Jordan Love, KJ Hamler, Prince Tega Wanogho, Hunter Bryant
New Orleans Saints: Justin Jefferson, Darryl Williams
Minnesota Vikings: Bryce Hall, Jordan Elliott, Tyler Johnson, Solomon Kindley, Julian Blackmon
Houston Texans: A.J. Terrell, Chase Claypool
Seattle Seahawks: A.J. Epenesa, Austin Jackson, Anfernee Jennings, Jonah Jackson
Baltimore Ravens: Kenneth Murray, Shane Lemieux, Jonathan Greenard, Devin Duvernay, Bryce Hopkins
Tennessee Titans: Josh Jones, Damon Arnette, Harrison Bryant
Green Bay Packers: Patrick Queen, Lucas Niang, Adam Trautman
San Francisco 49ers: Jedrick Wills Jr, Cesar Ruiz
Kansas City Chiefs: Jeff Gladney, Michael Pittman Jr, Ben Bredeson