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Derek Overly’s 2020 NFL Mock Draft v1.0

2020 NFL Mock Draft
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The first mock draft of the year is always special: which guys did you have the right feel for early on? Which guys were you completely wrong about? Even though you’ve been seeing mock drafts from a rotating cast of staff writers here at Whole Nine Sports, this is my first one of the season. Feel free to hold me accountable, now or in April.

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1.1 Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Burrow

The pick: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

The Bengals seem ready to move on from Andy Dalton, and Burrow is the top quarterback in this class. He has the arm strength to make all of the NFL throws, and leadership qualities you look for in a franchise QB.

1.2 Washington Redskins

Chase Young

The pick: Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State

Washington have their franchise QB in Dwayne Haskins Jr., making this an obvious selection. Young is a pass rusher you can build an entire defense around and will pair nicely with Montez Sweat.

1.3 New York Giants

Andrew Thomas

The pick: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

New York has their quarterback, their running back, now they need to protect them, making this pick an easy one.

Others considered: Isaiah Simmons

1.4 Miami Dolphins

Tua Tagovailoa

The pick: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

Despite the hip injury, Tua remains a top 5 talent and the second-best Quarterback option in this class, and the leader Miami needs.

Others considered: Jerry Jeudy

1.5 New York Jets

Jerry Jeudy

The pick: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Sam Darnold needs help on offense, and a top of the line pass catchers is just what the doctor ordered.

Others considered: Tristan Wirfs, Jeffrey Okudah

1.6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jacob Eason

The pick: Jacob Eason, QB, Washington

Yeah, Eason is my QB3. Jameis Winston is up to 20 interceptions on the season, and Tampa Bay can’t be satisfied with that, especially given the talent at receiver with Chris Godwin and Mike Evans. Bruce Arians (The QB whisperer) gets a big arm to mold in Eason.

Others considered: Jeffrey Okudah, Jonathan Taylor

1.7 Denver Broncos

Isaiah Simmons
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The pick: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson

Denver was seconds from taking Devin Bush in the draft, until Pittsburgh swooped in and offered them a trade, they couldn’t say no to. Simmons, a converted safety steps into the middle of the defense and gives them the playmaker they desperately need.

Others considered: CeeDee Lamb, Tristan Wirfs

1.8 Atlanta Falcons

Derrick Brown

The pick: Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn

Atlanta’s defense has stepped up in recent weeks, but Derrick Brown is a top five talent and difficult to pass up at 8. He steps in and makes that defensive line an absolute force right away.

Others considered: Jonathan Taylor, A.J. Epenesa

1.9 Arizona Cardinals

AJ Epenesa

The pick: A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa

Arizona needs to disrupt the passer on a more consistent basis if they want to compete against the likes of Goff, Wilson, and Jimmy G. Epenesa is a bully on the edge that gets after the quarterback.

Others considered: Jonathan Taylor, Jeffrey Okudah

1.10 Detroit Lions

CeeDee Lamb

The pick: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

Another target for Stafford in Detroit. Lions fans are getting to the point where they want to start seeing some playoff victories out of their veteran QB, and with Kenny Golladay, TJ Hockenson, Marvin Jones and CeeDee Lamb, there’s no excuse anymore.

Others considered: Dylan Moses, Hamsah Nasirildeen

1.11 Jacksonville Jaguars

Jordan Love

The pick: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

Nick Foles is not a starter and Gardner Minshew may be a fun story, but he’s not a franchise quarterback. Love is moving up the boards and will test well enough at to make some GM fall in love with him.

Others considered: Henry Ruggs III, Kristian Fulton

1.12 Cleveland Browns

Tristan Wirfs

The pick: Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa

Cleveland needs to protect Baker Mayfield. Period. The pick should be whoever the top lineman is on their board.

1.13 Los Angeles Chargers

Justin Herbert

The pick: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

Rumor is Philip Rivers is done in LA after this season, leaving a gaping hole at quarterback. Herbert has all the physical tools to be a starter in the NFL, he just has to get the mental aspect under control.

1.14 Oakland Raiders (CHI)

Henry Ruggs III

The pick: Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama

The Antonio Brown project was an abject failure. Ruggs gives Derrek Carr a receiver that is able to take the top off of a defense, and he reunites with Alabama teammate Josh Jacobs.

Others considered: Tyler Biadasz

1.15 Philadelphia Eagles

Tee Higgins

The pick: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

Philadelphia’s receiver situation has been in flux all season. Higgins gives Wentz a potential number one that he can trust.

Others considered: Javon Kinlaw, Dylan Moses

1.16 Miami Dolphins (PIT)

Jonathan Taylor

The pick: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin

Miami gets a quarterback, and now they get a running back. The offense is coming along nicely.

Others considered: Laviska Shenault Jr.

1.17 Tennessee Titans

Kristian Fulton

The pick: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU

Tennessee needs a cornerback to play across from Logan Ryan with Adoree’ Jackson in the slot, and Fulton is CB1 left on the board here.

Others considered: Yetur Gross-Matos

1.18 Carolina Panthers

Hamsah Nasirildeen

The pick: Hamsah Nasirildeen, S, Florida State

Nasirildeen steps in day one and gives Carolina a safety they can trust, and one that automatically becomes one of the team’s best tacklers.

Others considered: Laviska Shenault Jr.

1.19 Jacksonville Jaguars (LAR)

Paulson Adebo
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The pick: Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford

After trading Jalen Ramsey, there’s a hole at cornerback. An argument can be made for Adebo being the top CB in the class. The fit is perfect.

1.20 Oakland Raiders

Javon Kinlaw

The pick: Javon Kinlaw, DL, South Carolina

Kinlaw and Hurst in the middle? Yikes. Look out AFC West quarterbacks.

Others considered: Dylan Moses

1.21 Dallas Cowboys

Yetur Gross-MAtos

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

Robert Quinn is getting up there in age and won’t play forever. Gross-Matos is the best pass rusher in the class (I said what I said) and will excel with DeMarcus Lawrence commanding all of the double teams.

Others considered: Laviska Shenault Jr.

1.22 Indianapolis Colts

Dylan Moses

The pick: Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama

Marlon Mack is having a breakout season, eliminating the immediate need for running back. The biggest hole on the team could possibly be another linebacker to play next to Darius Leonard, and Moses is hard to pass on in the 20’s.

Others considered: D’Andre Swift

1.23 Kansas City Chiefs

D'Andre Swift

The pick: D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia

As if this offense needs more help, however since losing Kareem Hunt, the running back position hasn’t been solidified by any one player. Swift does that.

Others considerea: AJ Terrell

1.24 Minnesota Vikings

Raekwon Davis

The pick: Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama

Think Minnesota misses their big men in the middle of the defense? Davis and Linval Joseph will have Vikings fans reminiscent of days past in all the best ways.

1.25 Miami Dolphins (HOU)

Laviska Shenault
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The pick: Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado

Shenault Jr. rounds out the big three that will lead Miami into the future (Tua, Taylor). This offensive core immediately becomes a threat to score every time they have the ball.

Others considered: Tyler Biadasz

1.26 Buffalo Bills

Justin Jefferson

The pick: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

Josh Allen needs a big target. Justin Jefferson is a big target. That is all.

Others considered: Jedrick Wills

1.27 Green Bay Packers

Marvin Wilson

The pick: Marvin Wilson, DL, Florida State

Wilson is a big body that can handle the nose but is quick enough to also play End in Green Bay’s 3-4, helping that run defense.

Others considered: Kenneth Murray, AJ Terrell

1.28 Seattle Seahawks

Xavier McKinney

The pick: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama

Gone is the Legion of Boom, in steps Marquise Blair and Xavier McKinney. The pair gives Seattle one of the league’s top secondaries.

Others considered: Jedrick Wills

1.29 Baltimore Ravens

Alton RObinson

The pick: Alton Robinson, EDGE, Syracuse

Baltimore doesn’t really have many holes. Anywhere. But getting after the quarterback is one thing they could get better at. Robinson is a formidable pass rusher that is also excellent at setting the edge in the run game.

Others considered: K’Lavon Chaisson

1.30 New Orleans Saints

Jalen Reagor

The pick: Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU

Michael Thomas is the best receiver in the league. Reagor is the perfect complement. End of story.

Others considered: Kenneth Murray

1.31 New England Patriots

Jalen Hurts

The pick: Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma

Tom Brady can’t play until he’s 50 (I think……I don’t really know). Jalen Hurts just feels right in New England.

Others considered: Bryce Hall

1.32 San Francisco 49ers

Kenneth Murray

The pick: Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma

Wide receiver may seem like the big need in San Francisco, but Deebo Samuel and Emmanuel Sanders have paired nicely since the trade and should be the top 2 next seasons. In the meantime, Murray is hard to pass up and looks nice in that defense. He is a mean linebacker that will play across from Fred Warner and hold down the middle of the defense.

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