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Dylan Sanders’ 2020 NFL Mock Draft v2.0

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There’s just a month left in the NFL regular season. The college football regular season has come and gone. We’ve got a draft order that’s starting to solidify and for some of these prospects, we’ll only get one more chance to see them play before the draft process really begins. It’s almost time for a full-blown draft season.

1.1 Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Burrow

The pick: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

Talk about a meteoric rise from the beginning of the season. Burrow has shown nothing to indicate that he won’t strive in the NFL and be the best QB in this class. The current Heisman front-runner was an easy pick here. Anyone who thinks they should take Chase Young is quite mistaken.

1.2 New York Giants

Chase Young

The pick: Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State

He’s the best player in the draft, there’s not much more to say from there. He will be a great and the Giants are currently in a BPA position.

1.3 Washington Redskins

Jerry Jeudy

The pick: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

This is a STACKED WR class, but the Redskins grab the best one available in the pro ready Jeudy. This is a tough choice between Thomas and Jeudy, but I gave them the flashier choice, which is what the team needs to gain their fans’ interest.

1.4 Miami Dolphins

Tua Tagovailoa

The pick: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

Tua came into the season as the consensus QB1, so the Dolphins put their trust in his successful surgery. If he gets back to 100% this could be an absolute steal at 4.

1.5 Atlanta Falcons

Jeffrey Okudah

The pick: Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State

The Falcons defense needs help pretty much everywhere, luckily for them, they get a GREAT corner in Okudah at 5. He has been a top prospect since HS and hasn’t disappointed, his ceiling is limitless…

1.6 Detroit Lions

Grant Delpit

The pick: Grant Delpit, S, LSU

It was a shaky year for Delpit, but he was injured for most of the year. When healthy he plays like one of the best players in the country. NFL coaches will love his defensive versatility and draft him like it. For a struggling Lions defense, he will be a great pickup as they choose to improve their front later in the draft.

1.7 Arizona Cardinals

Andrew Thomas

The pick: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

Getting Thomas at 7 is an absolute steal for the Cards, who desperately needs OL help. Thomas is far and away the best OL in the draft so it’s an easy choice for the Cards.

1.8 Jacksonville Jaguars

CeeDee Lamb

The pick: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

The Jags have a wonderful WR2 in Chark, who is currently their WR1. Bringing in Lamb would give them an immediate NFL WR1 caliber player. Lamb will be a great target to give Minshew to see if they can trust him with their future.

1.9 New York Jets

Tristan Wirfs

The pick: Tristan Wirfs, OL, Iowa

The Jets need to protect Darnold and Bell. With picking Wirfs they are getting a mauler that can succeed both on the inside and the outside. The real choice for them here would be between Wirfs and Leatherwood.

1.10 Los Angeles Chargers

Justin HErbert

The pick: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

Herbert had an up and down season, but NFL scouts are still going to fall in love with him. I would love to see him go to the senior bowl to try and up his draft stock. His size and arm are going to intrigue teams. It’s also no secret that the Chargers are unhappy with the aging Rivers.

1.11 Denver Broncos

Isaiah Simmons

The pick: Isaiah Simmons, S/LB, Clemson

The Broncos need a ton of secondary help and getting a player like Simmons who is incredibly versatile and inhumanly athletic would be huge for them. Simmons is stupid fun to watch and can lead this Broncos secondary to being legit. He can also play MLB which the Broncos aren’t elite at either.

1.12 Philadelphia Eagles

Kristian Fulton

The pick: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU

The Eagles need corners. Their current ones are either always hurt, are subpar, or are Jalen Mills. Fulton needed to impress me this year and he did just that. In a CB class that I think is largely overrated (I think there are about 3 first round quality corners), Fulton has largely impressed me.

1.13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Alex LEatherwood

The pick: Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama

It looks like Famous Jameis is their long-term choice at QB, they might as well protect him. Leatherwood is a great offensive lineman. He also is a great athlete with a super high ceiling and low floor.

1.14 Carolina Panthers

Brycen hopkins

The pick: Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue

Greg Olsen isn’t getting any younger, and the Panthers will greatly benefit from adding another young weapon for either Newton or Allen to help make them look better than they are.

1.15 Cleveland Browns

Austin Jackson

The pick: Austin Jackson, OT, USC

Austin Jackson is looking like he might be the best pure prospect in the Pac-12 including Herbert. He’s 6’6 and 311 but moves like he’s a 250-pound offensive lineman. He’d be higher on my mock but with a struggling USC team he doesn’t get that much hype.

1.16 Oakland Raiders

Henry Ruggs III

The pick: Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama

Ruggs is the fastest person in the country and adding a player that has the threat to score anytime he gets the ball to an offense with a RB like Josh Jacobs will make the Raiders a true threat.

1.17 Indianapolis Colts

Derrick Brown

The pick: Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn

Brown is far higher than the 17th best player in this draft, but that’s how the cookie has crumbled this year. The Colts snag a very talented tackle to add on to their very young and impressive team. Brown adds elite pass and rush defense to this Colts defensive front.

1.18 Oakland Raiders (CHI)

Jaylon Johnson

The pick: Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah

Jaylon Johnson has all the tools to be a lockdown corner in the NFL. Speed, tackling, personality, size, all NFL-caliber. He is my favorite corner in the class but doesn’t get the love he deserves. Had he played on a team with more of a national identity I think he could have rivaled Okudah. Look for him to have an outstanding combine and get drafted higher than this.

1.19 Tennessee Titans

AJ Epenesa

The pick: AJ Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa

Epenesa falling is a similar story to Derrick Brown. He is a great player who is near the top of my draft board. Many people have the Titans going QB here, but I think they are going to keep falling in love with the potential of Tannehill who hasn’t been horrible and attack a bigger need on their team.

1.20 Jacksonville Jaguars (LAR)

Bryce Hall

The pick: Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia

Hall is a talented CB who could end up being a replacement for Ramsey should he continue to develop and return fully from his injury. He is big, physical, athletic, and aggressive. Remind you of anyone?

1.21 Dallas Cowboys

Javon Kinlaw

The pick: Javon Kinlaw, DL, South Carolina

Kinlaw has turned into a man-crush for most NFL scouts. This imposing DT is a perfect fit for a disappointing Cowboys defense. It is super fun to watch him just manhandle offensive lines.

1.22 Miami Dolphins (PIT)

Jedrick Wills

The pick: Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama

Jedrick Willis has protected Tua’s blindside for two years already, so it wouldn’t be a bad idea for the Dolphins to enlist his help for protecting him for a long time to come.

1.23 Kansas City Chiefs

Tyler Biadasz

The pick: Tyler Biadasz, IOL, Wisconsin

Biadasz has been pretty spectacular opening up lanes for Jonathan Taylor to run through this season. KC doesn’t need a TON of help, but this is one of the areas they are lacking in.

1.24 Minnesota Vikings

Dylan Moses
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The pick: Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama

Moses tore his ACL and didn’t play in 2019. Should he heal well, that won’t affect his draft stock and he might still be LB1 (depending on what you’d call Isaiah Simmons) . He has all the talent and potential to lead a defense from the ILB position.

1.25 Miami Dolphins (HOU)

K'Lavon Chaisson

The pick: K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU

Chaisson is an absolute athletic freak and while he has trouble staying on the field, he is absolutely electric when he is on it. The Dolphins should be ecstatic to add him to their roster. His size and speed combo are nearly unmatched.

1.26 Buffalo Bills

Laviska Shenault

The pick: Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado

Shenault is great at pretty much everything you could ask a WR could do. That’s exactly what Josh Allen and this Bills offense needs. They have a very good defense, and a ton of money to spend this off season. This could be a very very scary team next year.

1.27 Green Bay Packers

Tee higgins

The pick: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

Adding this huge WR with a ton of upside to this offense could mean great things for this Packers offense. Rodgers has needed a great red zone threat for a while and Higgins could be that answer.

1.28 Seattle Seahawks

Yetur Gross-Matos

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

The Seahawks have a need for another pass rusher, so here they pick up a very productive one. He can be a versatile threat on their DL for a while to come.

1.29 New England Patriots

Albert Okwuegbunam

The pick: Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri

Albert is an A-Okay prospect in a position that they need to fill without Gronk anymore. He could go earlier than this, but this is the best-case scenario for New England. (which always seems to come true)

1.30 New Orleans Saints

Justin JEfferson

The pick: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

Jefferson would be a great story, growing up 30 minutes from New Orleans. But he would also be a fantastic fit across from Michael Thomas. He has size and speed to be a wonderful WR2 for a while in NOLA.

1.31 Baltimore Ravens

Brandon Aiyuk

The pick: Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State

Aiyuk’s stock will rise like a skyrocket during the combine and senior bowl. A lot of WRs could go here but I think Aiyuk fits the best with Hollywood Brown and Lamar Jackson.

1.32 San Francisco 49ers

Creed Humphrey
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The pick: Creed Humphrey, IOL, Oklahoma

San Fran beefs up the interior line with a great player who happened to drop pretty far to them compared to his actual talent.

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