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Brandon Olsen’s 2020 NFL Mock Draft v1.0

2020 Mock Draft
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Well, Mock Draft season is officially upon us. Three weeks into the college football season, two weeks into the NFL season, and approximately seven months away from the 2020 NFL Draft. The order was determined by reversing Vegas odds, before anyone asks how their team is picking in a certain spot. Also given how early this is, it’s more of a notice that these prospects are guys that I think could get called on day one as opposed to who would actually end up where. I did however account for scheme fit in deciding which player to take in a specific spot.

1.1 Miami Dolphins

Tua Tagovailoa

The pick: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

After their egregious tanking, the Miami Dolphins get their man. Although he’s the first pick, Tua isn’t perfect. There are questions about his arm strength and durability but he’s also the most accurate prospect we’ve seen in a long time.

1.2 Washington Redskins

Jerry jeudy

The pick: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Washington has found some success so far this year in the passing game but Jerry Jeudy is special. If the Dolphins weren’t so clearly tanking for what we assume to be a quarterback, he’d be the #1 overall pick.

1.3 Arizona Cardinals

Chase Young

The pick: Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State

Personally, Chase Young is my EDGE2 but in this Cardinals defense, I think Young is the better fit than Epenesa.

1.4 Oakland Raiders

AJ Epenesa

The pick: AJ Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa

My EDGE1 goes to Oakland here to work opposite Clelin Ferrell. Ferrell and AJE should instantly become one of the best young edge duos in the NFL.

1.5 Cincinnati Bengals

Justin Herbert

The pick: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

Andy Dalton has looked better this year than he did in recent years but I don’t think Zac Taylor is going to see Dalton as the answer.

1.6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Andrew Thomas

The pick: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

Andrew Thomas going into the year was widely thought of as a top-2 tackle in this years class. With the Walker Little injury and Thomas impressing early, he’s separating himself from the pack.

1.7 New York Giants

Grant Delpit

The pick: Grant Delpit, S, LSU

The Giants defense has looked worse than pitiful to start the year and a lot of the issues are in the secondary. At this point, the Giants would be adding the best player available.

1.8 Jacksonville Jaguars

CeeDee Lamb

The pick: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

Jacksonville went out this offseason and paid a QB in Nick Foles but didn’t really address their weak receiving core. Taking CeeDee Lamb gives this team a legitimate #1 option.

1.9 Indianapolis Colts

Isaiah Simmons

The pick: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson

This Colts defense has been impressive since the start of last season so if the Colts can add another great playmaker, they become just that much better.

1.10 New York Jets

CJ Henderson

The pick: CJ Henderson, CB, Florida

The secondary for the Jets did not look good in week 1 and it’s not likely they drastically improve as the season goes on. Henderson is my CB1 and he’ll be bringing tremendous coverage ability and a great work ethic to the Jets.

1.11 Detroit Lions

Jeff Okudah

The pick: Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State

The Lions have the most underrated cornerback in the NFL in Darius Slay. The best secondaries however, need more than just one strong cover man. Drafting Okudah combined with Slay on the outside and Coleman in the slot, the Lions have a top CB trio.

1.12 Carolina Panthers

Paulson Adebo

The pick: Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford

The run on cornerbacks continues with Paulson Adebo out of Stanford joining the Carolina Panthers. Donte Jackson shows promise and James Bradberry is another underrated cornerback, but like I just said, you really need a cornerback trio.

1.13 Buffalo Bills

Yetur Gross-Matos

The pick: Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State

YGM has been a beast so far this season so Sean McDermott and the Bills should be chomping at the bit to add him to their team.

1.14 Denver Broncos

Jaylon Johnson

The pick: Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah

We took a break from cornerbacks but now we’re right back at it. When the Broncos were in their prime a few years ago, they had a killer pass-rush and lockdown secondary. Adding Jaylon Johnson helps Denver start getting back to that model.

1.15 Atlanta Falcons

Kenny Willekes

The pick: Kenny Willekes, EDGE, Michigan State

The Falcons currently have Allen Bailey as one of their starting defensive ends. Bailey is 30 and on a two-year deal so Willekes would be a solid replacement with the ability to both stuff the run and rush the passer.

1.16 Tennessee Titans

Jake Fromm

The pick: Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia

Marcus Mariota hasn’t shown that he can be the answer and it’s incredibly unlikely that Ryan Tannehill could be either. The Titans have a good enough supporting cast where all they need is a quarterback to make some good plays and be consistent; enter Jake Fromm.

1.17 San Francisco 49ers

Shane Lemieux

The pick: Shane Lemieux, IOL, Oregon

The 49ers are a surprisingly solid team that doesn’t have a ton of weaknesses outside of injuries. One place they could stand to upgrade however is on the interior of their offensive line. Shane Lemieux is the best available guard here.

1.18 Miami Dolphins (HOU)

Laviska Shenault Jr

The pick: Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado

Miami took Tua Tagovailoa with their first pick so it makes sense that with their second pick of the round they take a #1 receiving option for him. I would rather they take an offensive lineman but it just doesn’t make sense to trade a surefire tackle to draft a possibly good tackle.

1.19 Cleveland Browns

Walker Little

The pick: Walker Little, OT, Stanford

Walker Little has unfortunately been a bit banged up but I don’t think that’s going to hurt his stock much. He lands somewhere that desperately needs help at his position and can win games.

1.20 Pittsburgh Steelers

K'Lavon Chaisson

The pick: K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU

I’m still not completely sold on Chaisson as a first-round prospect yet, mainly durability is what concerns me so he’s got a second-round grade from me. That being said however, if he doesn’t seem like the perfect SPARQ’d up defender that the Steelers would draft then I don’t know who is.

1.21 Seattle Seahawks

Derrick Brown

The pick: Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn

Seattle could use some help on the defensive interior alongside Poona Ford and Derrick Brown is a Day 1 starter with a high floor.

1.22 Baltimore Ravens

Dylan Moses

The pick: Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama

Ah, the Alabama defender to Baltimore Ravens guarantee. I initially thought of putting Kenneth Murray here but figured the Ravens would be more likely to select Moses. Moses fills the role that CJ Mosley left empty, continues the Bama/Baltimore pipeline, and gives the Ravens a great young linebacker.

1.23 Oakland Raiders (CHI)

Kenneth Murray

The pick: Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma

Kenneth Murray has been flying around like a bat out of hell so far this season and he’s helped his draft stock quite a bit early. The Raiders find an off-ball linebacker here that can come in and cause some havoc immediately.

1.24 Los Angeles Chargers

Tristan Wirfs

The pick: Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa

The biggest knock on the Chargers in recent years outside of the incessant injury bug has been that they don’t usually have a top offensive line. Although they’ve invested more in the line lately, drafting Wirfs in the first could push this line up into the next tier.

1.25 Green Bay Packers

Jalen Reagor

The pick: Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU

The Packers have a ton of wide receivers that are more WR4s instead of WR2s so drafting Jalen Reagor gives them a speed demon opposite Davante Adams that could help stretch the field vertically.

1.26 Minnesota Vikings

Tee Higgins

The pick: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

The Vikings walked out of cut day with four wide receivers for a reason; they lack depth at the position. Much like cornerbacks, most good teams have at least three good ones and the same goes for receivers offensively.

1.27 Dallas Cowboys

Bryce Hall

The pick: Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia

Dallas is trying to pay everyone they possibly can and eventually they’re going to run out of money. Byron Jones broke out as a top cornerback in the NFL last season and his sure to demand big money. Drafting Bryce Hall gives Dallas an experienced corner that can contribute immediately.

1.28 Philadelphia Eagles

Richie Grant

The pick: Richie Grant, S, Central Florida

Richie Grant is a versatile safety that knows how to make some serious plays. Grabbing Grant gives the Eagles someone they could groom behind Malcolm Jenkins for a little while.

1.29 New Orleans Saints

Henry Ruggs III

The pick: Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama

The Saints have a weakness depth-wise and it’s at receiver. Much like the Packers, the Saints have a bunch of guys that could fill small roles but lack someone who can be a reliable #2. Drafting Henry Ruggs III gives the Saints that #2 option and one of the fastest players in all of football.

1.30 Kansas City Chiefs

Cam Dantzler

The pick: Cam Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State

Kansas City desperately needs help throughout this defense so adding in someone that can be viewed as one of the most complete cornerbacks in the 2020 draft.

1.31 Los Angeles Rams

Anfernee Jennings

The pick: Anfernee Jennings, EDGE, Alabama

Anfernee Jennings is someone I was incredibly impressed with before he announced his return to Tuscaloosa. Jennings is a versatile edge that has active hands and quick reactions. I’m expecting big things from him early.

1.32 New England Patriots

Jeff Gladney

The pick: Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU

A smart corner with great ball skills, Gladney being added to this already solid Patriots secondary to eventually replace Jason McCourty.

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