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Evan Mead’s 2020 NFL Mock Draft v1.0

2020 NFL Mock Draft
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It’s Monday, you know what that means. Another mock draft from us is hot off the press. Already this season we’ve seen the race to the bottom intensify. The issue is that what was once considered an absurdly talented QB class has seemed to taper off rather quickly. Let’s not get too worked up however, after all, this is a mock draft in the beginning of November.

1.1 Cincinnati Bengals

Tua Tagovailoa
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The pick: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

The Bengals have struggled this year and by this point they are just tanking in order to get the #1 pick. This year although filled with quarterback talent, Tua has stood out in college football. He has led Alabama to the college football championship and has performed extremely well. The Bengals have struggled to find a quarterback who can be that top of the line guy. Getting Tua at pick 1 could finally get them that above average quarterback they desperately need.

1.2 Washington Redskins

Chase Young

The pick: Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State

Chase Young has performed extremely well this season and has been one of the best players in not just this draft but in all of college football. The Redskins have struggled due to lack in offensive and defensive ability. The Redskins getting Chase Young at this pick could be the start to turning their organization around.

1.3 New York Jets

Andrew Thomas

The pick: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

Although many people will disagree with this pick, The Jets after releasing Kelechi Osemele, are in desperate need of offensive line help. Teams are stacking the box against them, making it difficult for them to use the run game. They need a guy who can transform an offensive line in order to help Sam Darnold out.

1.4 Miami Dolphins

Joe Burrow

The pick: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

The Dolphins have 3 first rounders this year and are in desperate need of just about everything. They did a good job at getting Christian Wilkins along their defensive line last season but after trading away Minkah Fitzpatrick, Kenyan Drake, and Laremy Tunsil leaves them very weak on both sides of the ball. All good teams need a quarterback to build around and Joe Burrow can be that guy. Burrow has jumped this year and has become a top player in college football and is my personal favorite for the Heisman, he has the ability to transform an offense with his pinpoint accuracy and toughness.

1.5 Atlanta Falcons

Jeffrey Okudah

The pick: Jeffery Okudah, DB, Ohio State

Jeffery Okudah has been one of the top cornerback prospects that I’ve scouted. He has great ability to transform a secondary much like Jalen Ramsey was able to do his rookie season. Okudah would be a great fit in Atlanta given the weak secondary that they have. Okudah could be a great fit alongside Desmond Trufant and Keanu Neal when he comes back.

1.6 New York Giants

Isaiah Simmons
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The pick: Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson

Isaiah Simmons is a threat to any team. The Giants are looking to improve upon their draft last season after acquiring Dexter Lawrence and DeAndre Baker in the first round on the defensive side of the ball. Simmons could jump into the linebacker role, fit well in multiple blitz packages, and is able to drop back into the secondary.

1.7 Cleveland Browns

Grant Delpit

The pick: Grant Delpit, S, LSU

The Browns, after having what at the beginning of the year thinking it would be one of the best secondaries in football, has underperformed. Grant Delpit being an elite safety in football could be a plug in at the safety position to add a very good hybrid player. He could transform this defense into the defense we thought they could be.

1.8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Justin Herbert

The pick: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

Jameis Winston year-after-year has proven that he has talent but he’s just not a good NFL quarterback. Jameis has the problem with throwing interceptions and problems off the field. Adding Justin Herbert could give the Bucs the quarterback that they need in order to succeed. Herbert has succeeded in college and has a lot of potential that could finally get the Buccaneers to compete in the NFC South.

1.9 Denver Broncos

Jerry Jeudy

The pick: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Jerry Jeudy is one of the top prospects in football. Although the Broncos have a lot of needs on the offensive line, when you have the ability to get a receiver as talented as Jeudy it’s hard to pass up on him, especially after moving on from Emmanuel Sanders and last season moving on from Demaryius Thomas.

1.10 Oakland Raiders (CHI)

CeeDee Lamb

The pick: Ceedee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

The Raiders have a lot of receiver depth but after releasing Antonio Brown, they are lacking a standout receiver. Lamb has proven in college football how talented he is and how explosive he is. The Raiders have a lot of weapons already but if they can get the addition of Lamb, they would be able to truly become a top offense in football.

1.11 Arizona Cardinals

Tristan Wirfs

The pick: Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa

Arizona Cardinals have a young offense. However, with Kyler Murray being the quarterback, the offense doesn’t appear as bad as it really is. Murray can use his legs to make plays but if they can get a better offensive lineman on their poor line, they can get Murray more time. They have 3 extremely talented running backs and with a young coach in Kingsbury, they could look to use an air raid offense like he ran in college. The best offenses in football are the offenses who run a balanced offense. Wirfs is an extremely talented lineman and he could be an great fit in Arizona.

1.12 Detroit Lions

AJ Epenesa

The pick: AJ Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa

The Lions, who started off very good have dropped off quite a bit. They have a talented pass rush and adding another elite pass rusher like A.J. Epenesa could be over the top scary to face. Having Snacks Harrison, Trey Flowers and Epenesa could turn this Lions front into one of the scariest in football. Although the Lions do have other needs, and probably greater needs the ability to get one of the best players in this draft outside the top 10 is too great to pass up.

1.13 Jacksonville Jaguars

Derrick Brown

The pick: Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn

The Jaguars traded away Jalen Ramsey to the Las Angeles Rams, one of the major concerns for the Jaguars is not their secondary as much as their DT position. They did draft Taven Bryan, who has done okay, but Derrick Brown is an explosive, furious player with great speed and pursuit of the line sitting up the middle with Calais Campbell, Yannick Ngakoue, Josh Allen on the edge, it would be a truly scary defense for anyone to face. Brown should be able to step in immediately, especially with Marcell Dareus likely gone after the season.

1.14 Los Angeles Chargers

Henry Ruggs III

The pick: Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama

The Chargers have a very talented team that has been diminished due to injuries to some very impactful players such as Derwin James, Melvin Ingram II, Mike Williams and Keenan Allen being questionable for most of the season. After letting Tyrell Williams go last season, they are in need of some more weapons. Adding Henry Ruggs gives the Chargers a change of pace to go along with the very good red zone threat in Mike Williams and Pro Bowl receiver Keenan Allen to also go along with Hunter Henry, getting a receiver like Ruggs could reshape the offense and make it very scary to face against.

1.15 Tennessee Titans

Jalen Hurts

The pick: Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma

Jalen Hurts has been an impressive quarterback who has made great strides in his game after transferring into a Lincoln Riley system. Hurts has been a very talented quarterback for Oklahoma. The Titans are looking to move on from the disappointment that has been Marcus Mariota in this draft and Hurts could pop into this team and truly change this team around due to his football IQ and dual-threat ability.

1.16 Oakland Raiders

Kristian Fulton
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The pick: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU

The Raiders drafted a couple of very good defensive players last year with Abram, Mullen, and Ferrell. However, after trading away Gareon Conley, they could use another very polished cornerback with great fluidity in coverage. The Raiders have made great strides in their team this season but by adding CeeDee Lamb and Fulton in this year’s draft with their first rounders they could turn into a team mentioned in with the Chiefs and Chargers for the division winner.

1.17 Miami Dolphins (PIT)

Walker Little

The pick: Walker Little, OT, Stanford

Although most will not agree with this pick, the Dolphins are in great need of offensive line help after trading away Tunsil. Little is my #2 Ranked offensive tackle at the moment and with this pick many people may doubt but Little could be a big get for an offensive line that needs help immediately.

1.18 Philadelphia Eagles

Trevon Diggs

The pick: Trevon Diggs, DB, Alabama

The Eagles have a depleted secondary due to injuries and players taking big steps back. Diggs is an extremely physical player with a lot to offer to a team searching for a player who can go up against the tougher receivers. Diggs can bring a spark to this secondary and judging from the past two seasons, the Eagles need it.

1.19 Carolina Panthers

Tee higgins

The pick: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

The Panthers have a very good offense that relies upon Christian McCaffrey and although it has appeared to work so far, the Panthers will be more effective if they can spread the field. Adding a receiver as athletic as Higgins would be a great step in that direction.

1.20 Jacksonville Jaguars

CJ Henderson
(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

The pick: C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida

C.J. Henderson’s stock rose a lot when the film of him chasing Deebo Samuel down, and although I wasn’t a fan of his film, I can’t deny this guy’s athletic ability. He has the tools you can’t teach and the stuff he isn’t great at can be taught. In a defensive system like the Jaguars, he could develop into a very good cornerback to replace Jalen Ramsey.

1.21 Dallas Cowboys

Yetur Gross-Matos

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

The Cowboys have a very talented team from head-to-toe. However, they do lack pass rush, and the addition of Yetur Gross-Matos could allow the Cowboys to take a step forward in getting pressure added against the opposition. He has the ability to become a very good defensive end and learning across from DeMarcus Lawrence could allow him to achieve his full potential.

1.22 Indianapolis Colts

D'Andre Swift

The pick: D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia

D’Andre Swift is a very skilled running back with the ability to run the ball with passion and fire that makes me see a lot of old Shady McCoy in him. He also has very good hands out of the backfield that could be a big asset to the Colts offense. They have a lot of weapons on the offense, but they can’t hit the second gear with the run. Getting Swift could give them that running back they have been missing with their offense.

1.23 Minnesota Vikings

Alex LEatherwood

The pick: Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama

Alex Leatherwood has been a prospect that I have liked a lot during the early stages of the draft. He is a very powerful offensive linemen who can play in the interior and outside. Cousins always does his best when he has a clean pocket. If they can add the fluid and versatility of Leatherwood onto that offense, they could see a lot more and get a lot more out of Kirk Cousins.

1.24 Kansas City Chiefs

Paulson Adebo

The pick: Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford

The Chiefs have taken a step up this year in defense but not by much still lacking a CB 1. Adebo has the ability to hang with the speedy receivers as well as the bigger receivers due to his balanced ability along the outside in coverage. The Chiefs adding a cornerback like Adebo could allow for a big improvement among the chiefs’ secondary.

1.25 Miami Dolphins (HOU)

Jonathan Taylor

The pick: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin

The Miami Dolphins traded away their running back Kenyan Drake right before the deadline to the Cardinals. Taylor could be the guy and although I do like Kalen Ballage, he has struggled to find holes in the line. Adding a running back like Taylor could give them a true lead back for the future.

1.26 Buffalo Bills

Travis Etienne

The pick: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson

The Buffalo Bills have been shifting between Singletary and Gore who have performed well but they still are lacking the running back that can truly scare defenses. They can get that guy with Etienne. Etienne has great vision and ability to outrun anyone on the defense with blazing speed and ability to change direction quick.

1.27 Green Bay Packers

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

The Packers improved their defense a lot this past season with the draft however they are lacking receivers. Geronimo Allison and MVS are okay but they aren’t talented enough for a top WR2 spot behind Davante Adams. Laviska Shenault has size and route-running ability and being behind Adams he could become a top receiver in the NFL with Rodgers under center as well.

1.28 Seattle Seahawks

Trey Adams
(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The pick: Trey Adams, OT, Washington

The Seahawks have a very talented offense however they need to improve upon their offensive line. They have Russell Wilson at quarterback with a lot of weapons and if they can buy Wilson a little bit more time they could take a jump to truly winning that division and getting to the NFC Championship game with a team as good as they will have.

1.29 Baltimore Ravens

Dylan Moses

The pick: Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama

Dylan Moses was a highly talked about linebacker who prior to the season, had an ACL injury keep him out of this season. Moses has a lot of talent and could be a great replacement for Mosley’s absence. Moses in a great Baltimore defense could truly hang with the top defenses in football if they aren’t already considered there.

1.30 New Orleans Saints

Raekwon Davis

The pick: Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama

Raekwon Davis is a very good talent who decided to stay in school and has not been talked about a lot due to an injury he suffered and has been insignificant. Davis could play along the EDGE and the DT position. The Saints have a truly elite player at all positions but adding a player like Davis along the defensive line could be a huge get for the Saints.

1.31 New England Patriots

Brycen Hopkins

The pick: Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue

The Patriots utilize their tight ends, as you saw with Gronk but in his absence they are lacking a talent on that offense. Hopkins is an extremely athletic tight end who is very good in the passing game and could make an impact immediately.

1.32 San Francisco 49ers

Paddy Fisher

The pick: Paddy Fisher, LB, Northwestern

The 49ers have an extremely talented team with a lot of depth but if they could add a linebacker with the quickness and ability to read offenses like Fisher, they could improve to a defense who give the Patriots a run for the best defense in the NFL.

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