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Jon Otiker’ 2020 NFL Mock Draft v2.0

2020 NFL Mock Draft
Jon Otiker
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Super Bowl Sunday is sadly over and with it the official end of the 2019 NFL season. Although I can’t help to cure your Super Bowl hangover, I can at least give you a beast of a mock draft to distract you (or more likely anger you so much with my selections you forget all about it). So, to officially kick off the offseason, I’ll be bringing you a full two round mock draft, all 64 picks, with trades.

A quick disclaimer on the trades and how I will value them: Rich Hill over at the Pats Pulpit of SBNation did a comprehensive dive into formulating an updated trade draft value chart that can be found here

If you don’t know what the trade value chart is, it is a way to assign a numerical point value to each pick in the draft that was originally created by future Hall of Famer and former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson and former Dallas Cowboys Vice President Mike McCoy, helping the Cowboys build their dynasty of the 1990’s. Teams use their own updated value charts, but this gives us at least a baseline to ensure trades are somewhat realistic. Note that at the very top of the draft, particularly when quarterbacks are involved, the trade value chart tends to go out the window. Also remember that any pick after pick 96 in the third round will move back and decrease in value once compensatory picks are added. I will mark these picks with an asterisk sign (*) if they are used.

And as always, remember this is an exercise used to help gain a feel for the current range of where players could go, how the board could fall, and a team’s options, but with free agency, the combine, and pro days left there is still plenty of time for drastic changes (including even some pre-draft trade ups for quarterbacks like we’ve seen in previous years).

1.1 Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Burrow

The pick: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

Even with trades allowed, this pick remains written in stone. Joe Burrow just had arguably the best season of any quarterback in college football history, winning both the Heisman and National Championship while rewriting the record books. Burrow doesn’t have the biggest arm, but possesses elite processing speed, accuracy, pocket presence, and intangibles, reminding me of a less athletic Deshaun Watson coming out of Clemson.

Other players considered: Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert

1.2 Washington Redskins

Chase Young

The pick: Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State

Although I think Ron Rivera and Daniel Snyder will listen to a few phone calls just for fun or in case a mega-deal maybe piques their interest a little, Chase Young is about as safe as a prospect as they come. In Rivera and Jack Del Rio’s defense Young could be similar to what Nick Bosa was to the San Francisco 49ers this year, the final piece in a truly dominant defensive line. Young, Ryan Kerrigan, and Montez Sweat on the outside with Daron Payne, Jonathan Allen, and Matt Ioannidis in the middle will give the Redskins a deep rotation to get after Dak Prescott, Carson Wentz, and Daniel Jones in the division.

Other players considered: Jedrick Wills, Mekhi Becton

TRADE: DET trades pick 1.3 for MIA picks 1.5, 1.26, and 2.56

1.3 Miami Dolphins (via DET)

Tua Tagovailoa

The pick: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

Ever since the Detroit Lions secured the third overall pick, many explanations began with “I don’t expect the Lions to actually pick a player here”, and in a mock with trades, we can actually see that happen. Luckily for us the Jets trading up from pick 6 to 3 with the Indianapolis Colts for quarterback Sam Darnold in 2018 provides a recent example of what this pick could garner in a similar situation. Here is how that trade played out:

– The New York Jets received pick 1.3 (514.33 points)

– The Indianapolis Colts received picks 1.6, 2.37, 2.49, and a 2019 2nd round pick (725.88 points, plus a future expected early 2nd round pick, which would be valued as an early 3rd of around 75 points, for a total of 800.88 points)

As you can see, based on the trade value chart, the Jets overpaid by almost 300 points, but since it was a top 5 pick, and involved the selection of a quarterback, that was the price of doing business. The Lions are luckily in a similar position. This trade value works out as:

– The Miami Dolphins receive pick 1.3 (514.33 points)

– The Detroit Lions receive picks 1.5, 1.26, and 2.56 (788.82)

The Dolphins are giving up an extra 274.49 points, slightly less than the Jets did. I could see the Dolphins maybe throwing in a future mid-round pick to sweeten the deal, but I think this is a realistic trade package. While other teams like the Panthers or Chargers could also be interested in trading up, the Lions are in win now mode, and the Dolphins extra first round pick this year is the most appealing offer on the table.

Now onto the selection itself. Tua Tagovailoa was pegged by many as the top quarterback prospect coming into this draft class, and draft twitter would likely be up in flames debating Tua versus Burrow if not for the injury history. Tua recently stated that his main goal for the combine is to “win my medical”, and if he does then he is clearly a superior prospect to Justin Herbert. With Ryan Fitzpatrick still in the fold, the Dolphins can be patient with Tua’s rehab and return to the field as they continue to rebuild. Combined with Tua and his family raving about the city of Miami while doing Super Bowl media, and Tua’s agent Leigh Steinberg throwing some shade at the Bengals organization on 97.3 ESPN, “You want to make sure that your client ends up with a good organization… I’m hoping Cinncy falls in love with Joe Burrow”) it seems the Dolphins will find a way to get Tua on their team.

Other players considered: Justin Herbert

1.4 New York Giants

Jedrick Wills

The pick: Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama

We have all heard the Dave Gettleman “hog molly” jokes, but more than that offensive tackle is a need for the Giants in stabilizing their offensive line. Additionally, new offensive coordinator Jason Garrett was involved in the drafting of all-Pro offensive linemen Tyron Smith (his first draft selection as a head coach), Zack Martin, and Travis Frederick, and places a premium on strong offensive line play. Wills doesn’t have ideal measurables but is an excellent athlete and is a bulldozer in the ground game, who can keep Jones upright and open holes for Saquon Barkley. While a trade back is also an option, Gettleman has previously stated that he won’t trade away from great players, and I believe he won’t want to risk missing on whoever is his OT1.

Other players considered: Mekhi Becton, Tristan Wirfs, Jerry Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb

TRADE: DET trades 1.5 for LAC picks 1.6, 3.71, and 4.102

1.5 Los Angeles Chargers (Via DET via MIA)

Justin Herbert

The pick: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

The Chargers tried calling Gettleman to trade up to 4 for Herbert, but when he stayed put, they instead called Bob Quinn in order to flip picks and ensure a team like the Panthers doesn’t jump them. This trade is similar to the one the Bears and 49ers did in 2017, swapping spots at #2 and #3 so the Bears could select Mitch Trubisky. Hopefully, this trade works out better for LA than it did Chicago. The Chargers don’t have to overpay quite as much as Chicago did, with the value looking like:

– The Los Angeles Chargers receive pick 1.5 (467.81 points)

– The Detroit Lions receive picks 1.6, 3.71, and 4.102* (548.94 points)

With the always reliable Jay Glazer reporting that the Chargers are moving on from long time quarterback Philip Rivers, the franchise will be looking for a new face to lead the team. The move to Los Angeles has not been kind to the Chargers, failing to captivate the fan base compared to their cross-town rivals the Rams. Herbert is an intriguing prospect with the arm talent and athleticism to captivate fans and maybe actually see some powder jerseys in the stadium for their “home” games. Despite the bright lights of LA, I think this is a good fit for Herbert. He is a west coast kid who will still be close to his family and support system, and the lack of diehard local fan interest will allow him to develop as a leader and quarterback without the added pressure from the outside.

Other players considered: Jordan Love, Mekhi Becton, Tristan Wirfs, Andrew Thomas

1.6 Detroit Lions (via LAC)

Jeff Okudah

The pick: Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State

As I stated above, the Lions are in a win now mode, with owner Martha Ford clearly indicating that it was playoffs or bust for head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn. The two trade backs allow the Lions to still select one of the top players on their board while accumulating valuable top-100 picks. Jeffrey Okudah is perhaps the best cornerback prospect to come out of the college ranks since Jalen Ramsey in 2016, with the size, length, speed, and fluid athleticism to develop into one of the best corners in the NFL. With Darius Slay’s contract situation looming, Okudah is a potential replacement or excellent running mate that will allow Patricia to more effectively execute his heavy man coverage schemes.

Other players considered: Derrick Brown, Isaiah Simmons, Mekhi Becton, Tristan Wirfs

1.7 Carolina Panthers

Derrick Brown

The pick: Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn

When owner David Tepper signed new head coach Matt Rhule to a 7-year deal worth $60 million, it was a sign of his belief and trust in Rhule’s ability as a leader and coach, but more importantly that he would be patient in letting Rhule do it the right way. So even if Rhule and the Panthers move on from Cam Newton in the offseason, they won’t feel forced to picking a quarterback if one they love isn’t there, instead being free to pick the best player available who fits Rhule’s no-nonsense culture. Enter Brown, a top 3 player in this class for most, who is an absolute menace in the middle of the defensive line, with the quickness, strength, and pass rush acumen to make an instant impact. With Luke Kuechly retiring, Brown and last year’s first round pick Brian Burns are in a position to become the new faces of the defense and usher in a new era of Carolina football.

Other players considered: Isaiah Simmons, Mekhi Becton, Tristan Wirfs, Andrew Thomas

Trade: ARI trades picks 1.8 and 4.104 for picks LVR 1.12, 3.80, and 3.91

1.8 Las Vegas Raiders

Isaiah Simmons
(Photo by John Byrum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The pick: Isaiah Simmons, DEF, Clemson

The way the board is falling the Cardinals still have all the top wide receivers and three of the top offensive tackles on the board, putting them in a perfect position to trade back a few spots and still land one of them. From a value perspective we have:

– The Las Vegas Raiders receive picks 1.8 and 4.104* (438.78 points).

– The Arizona Cardinals receive picks 1.12, 3.80, and 3.91 (446.49 points)

Here the value lines up fairly well. Even though the Raiders lose two of their three 3rd round picks, in addition to already missing a 2nd round pick, Simmons is well worth it.

In his first draft last year, Raiders general manager Mike Mayock showed that at the top of the draft he values high character players and winners from successful programs like Clemson and Alabama. Simmons is all of that and more. A freak athlete who at 6’4” and 235 lbs. reportedly ran the 40 in the 4.3 range, Simmons lined up at nickel corner, safety, linebacker, and defensive end for the Tigers this season. Mayock has done a good job revamping the defense so far and Simmons would fill their need at linebacker while energizing the new fans in Las Vegas.

Other players considered: Jerry Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb

Trade: JAX trades pick 1.9 for NYJ picks 1.11 and 3.68

1.9 New York Jets

Mekhi Becton
(AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

The pick: Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville

With Simmons coming off the board, Doug Marrone and Dave Caldwell feel there is not a player they need to get now, that won’t be available at 11. They find a dance partner in the Jets who want to secure their franchise left tackle. The value for both teams ends up fairly even, with the Jaguars moving back two spots in order to jump five spots in the third round and gain an extra fourth.

– The New York Jets receive picks 1.9 and 3.73 (452.37 points)

– The Jacksonville Jaguars receive picks 1.11, 3.68, and 4.110* (459.45 points)

Joe Douglas taking the Jets general manager position indicates some level of belief in Sam Darnold’s ability to develop into a franchise quarterback, so his top priority will be helping him take a big step in year 3. The Jets fielded one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL last season, so Douglas gets aggressive to ensure that he is able to select the tackle he wants before the likewise tackle-needy Cleveland Browns. Mekhi Becton, coming in at 6’7” and 365 pounds, has drawn comparisons to former pro bowl tackle Flozell Adams, and would be the franchise left tackle the Jets franchise quarterback so desperately needs.

Other players considered: Tristan Wirfs, Andrew Thomas, K’Lavon Chaisson

1.10 Cleveland Browns

Tristan Wirfs

The pick: Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa

Although they were jumped by the Jets for Becton, Wirfs isn’t a bad consolation prize. Although some project Wirfs as an offensive guard, he has rare athleticism and should be an excellent tackle with more polishing. To give you an idea of the type of athlete he is, Wirfs came in #1 on Bruce Feldman’s annual college football “Freaks” list. A former state champion wrestler and the first true freshman to start at tackle for Kirk Ferentz at Iowa, Wirfs, at 6’5” and 320 pounds, has a 35” vertical, a 9’-5” broad jump, and broke the Iowa football record with a four reps of 450 pounds on the power clean. These elite measurables would definitely catch the eyes of the Brown’s analytical heavy front office. Wirfs would help get Baker Mayfield and the talented Browns offense back on track after a disappointing 2019 campaign.

Other players considered: Andrew Thomas, Javon Kinlaw, Grant Delpit

1.11 Jacksonville Jaguars (via NYJ)

Jerry Jeudy

The pick: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

It will be interesting to see which receiver comes off the board first when April 23rd finally comes, as Jeudy, Lamb, and Ruggs are all incredible prospects in their own right. Jeudy’s combination of speed, short area quickness, and route running pedigree allow him to consistently separate and win at all three levels of the defense. His skill set complements Gardner Minshew and Nick Foles ability as quarterbacks in giving them clear throwing windows to get the ball out quickly and should form a nice 1-2 punch with DJ Chark stretching the field opposite him.

Other players considered: CeeDee Lamb, Javon Kinlaw, Andrew Thomas

1.12 ARI (via LVR)

CeeDee Lamb

The pick: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray are smiling as they are able to trade back and still the same player, they would’ve taken eighth overall. Fitzgerald will have to retire eventually and Christian Kirk, Andy Isabella, KeeSean Johnson, and redshirt rookie Hakeem Butler are all talented wide receivers but fit best as #2 or #3 receivers. Reuniting with his college quarterback and playing in a similar system to Kingsbury’s NFL Air Raid, the transition to the NFL should be easier for Lamb than most wide receivers. Lamb’s ability to win at all three levels of the field, play “above the rim”, and toughness after the catch should help him take the mantle from Fitzgerald as the new franchise wideout.

Other players considered: Andrew Thomas, Henry Ruggs III

1.13 Indianapolis Colts

JAvon Kinlaw
Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

The pick: Javon Kinlaw, DL, South Carolina

Jordan Love is a popular choice here, but Kinlaw is simply too good for Chris Ballard to pass on. Defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus has done an outstanding job getting production out of mid-round picks and older veterans, but it’s time he is given a premium pick to work with. Running a 4-3 influenced by both Monte Kiffin and Rod Marinelli, a 3-technique under tackle is a premium position in Eberflus’ defense, and Kinlaw is a perfect fit. Long, violent, and explosive Kinlaw has yet to reach his full potential and could develop into a double-digit sack interior pass rusher.

Other players considered: Jordan Love, K’Lavon Chaisson, AJ Epenesa

1.14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Andrew Thomas

The pick: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

Whether it’s Philip Rivers (**Insert Charlie Day IASP Conspiracy Gif** Rivers recently moved his entire family from San Diego to no other place than Florida) or Jameis Winston taking snaps next season for the Buccaneers, the pass protection needs to be upgraded if either one is going to be able to execute Arians’ vertical attack offense. Thomas isn’t the quickest of foot or balanced athlete, but he has a strong punch and anchor, and is already a dominant run blocker. In 2015 Bruce Arians took the Arizona Cardinals with an aging veteran quarterback all the way to the NFC Championship game. Maybe an upright Rivers with Thomas protecting his blindside can do the same.

Other players considered: Jordan Love, K’Lavon Chaisson

1.15 Denver Broncos

Henry Ruggs III

The pick: Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama

The Broncos missed out on offensive line help, but Henry Ruggs is exactly the type of explosive offensive threat that Drew Lock and his golden arm need. Ruggs best NFL comparison is someone Broncos fans are all too familiar with in division rival Tyreek Hill of the Kansas City Chiefs. Ruggs offers the same game changing speed that completely changes the way a defense must game plan for you. A young offensive nucleus of Drew Lock, Philip Lindsey, Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant, Dalton Risner, and Henry Ruggs is a promising foundation to build upon.

Other players considered: Laviska Shenault Jr., Tee Higgins, Josh Jones, Austin Jackson

1.16 Atlanta Falcons

K'Lavon Chaisson

The pick: K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU

The second member of the talented LSU national championship team to come off the board, Chaisson is a player Thomas Dimitroff and Dan Quinn considered trading up for, but instead are able to land at 16. With former first round picks Vic Beasley and Takk McKinley not meeting expectations, the Falcons are in dire need of an edge rusher to pair with Grady Jarrett on the interior. Chaisson isn’t a finished product yet, but he has the length, bend, and first step quickness to develop into a nightmare for offensive tackles

Other players considered: AJ Epenesa, Zach Baun

TRADE: DAL trades pick 1.17 for BUF picks 1.22 and 3.86

1.17 Buffalo Bills (via DAL)

Laviska Shenault

The pick: Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado

With the first tier of wide receivers off the board, Bills general manager Brandon Beane gets aggressive to ensure that he has his pick of the top of the second tier, trading with Dallas. For the Cowboys the run on quarterback and offensive tackle have left several players that match t need (safety, cornerback, defensive line) and value on the board, allowing them to move back. The trade works out well for both teams:

– The Buffalo Bills receive pick 1.17 (295.92)

– The Dallas Cowboys receive picks 1.22 and 3.86 (301.79)

Shenault has become a bit of a forgotten man in this receiver class but should gain momentum after he lights up the combine. The Bills current receiver corps lacks a player over six foot, so Shenault at 6’2” and 225 pounds, but still expected to run in the 4.4’s, will add a much-needed physical presence. Shenault can win as a downfield threat for Josh Allen but is also exceptional creating big plays with the ball in his hand, giving Brian Daboll a fun new weapon to utilize in various positions.

Other players considered: Brandon Aiyuk, Justin Jefferson, Tee Higgins, AJ Epenesa

1.18 Miami Dolphins (via PIT)

Zack Baun

The pick: Zack Baun, LB/EDGE, Wisconsin

Lining up at both edge rusher and off ball linebacker for the Badgers, Baun is a versatile player who can do a little bit of everything. Baun’s game can be used similarly to Patriot Kyle Van Noy, who was a key chess piece for Brian Flores’ defense in New England, and a key part of their Super Bowl defenses. While not the flashiest of picks for Dolphins fans, Baun and Christian Wilkins would form the foundation for Flores’ versatile front seven.

Other players considered: AJ Epenesa, Grant Delpit, CJ Henderson, Kristian Fulton

TRADE: LVR trades pick 1.19 for IND picks 2.34, 3.75, and 2021 3rd

1.19 Indianapolis Colts (via LVR via CHI)

Jordan Love
Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

The Pick: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

The Raiders don’t have a second-round pick and traded away two of their three third round picks in order to move up for Isaiah Simmons, so the Raiders move back and regain some of their top 100 picks. The details of the trade:

– The Indianapolis Colts receive pick 1.19 (277.81 points)

– The Las Vegas Raiders receive picks 2.34, 3.75, and a future 3rd (292.43 points)

Love, who has drawn comparisons to Patrick Mahomes for his raw physical traits and upside, has been linked to the Colts and GM Chris Ballard for some time due Ballard’s hand in drafting the aforementioned Mahomes. Love’s performance on the field suffered this year following the loss of his head coach Matt Wells to Texas Tech, but he has the arm strength, athleticism, and potential to develop into a top NFL quarterback. With Jacoby Brisset serving as a bridge quarterback and Frank Reich coaching him, the Colts are an ideal landing spot for Love.

Other players considered: Jacob Eason

1.20 Jacksonville Jaguars (via LAR)

CJ Henderson

The pick: CJ Henderson, CB, Florida

After trading away Jalen Ramsey to the LA Rams, cornerback became an obvious need for the Jaguars. Henderson played at a high level all season, but due to his preseason hype, never seemed to gain any talk by the media. Henderson can best be described as “sticky” using his length and fluidity to blanket receivers in press or off man coverage.

Other players considered: Patrick Queen, Kenneth Murray, Kristian Fulton

1.21 Philadelphia Eagles

Brandon Aiyuk

The pick: Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State

Perhaps a surprise, but Brandon Aiyuk is the fifth receiver to come off the board. The Eagles as an entire team need to get faster and Aiyuk is a speedster who specializes in creating big plays after the catch and downfield. Wentz has the arm to attack downfield and Doug Pederson does an excellent job of scheming catch and run opportunities for his receivers, making Aiyuk an ideal fit.

Other players considered: Justin Jefferson, Grant Delpit, Kristian Fulton, Trevon Diggs

1.22 Dallas Cowboys (via BUF)

Grant Delpit

The pick: Grant Delpit, S, LSU

Although this selection is getting boring to see in every mock draft, it makes too much sense as a match of need and value. Delpit might not be as clean of a tackler as Alabama safety Xavier McKinney, but his range and ability to create turnovers is something the Dallas defense desperately needs, finishing the season with more dropped interceptions (9) than interceptions (7).

Other players considered: Xavier McKinney, Jaylon Johnson, Kristian Fulton, Jeff Gladney

1.23 New England Patriots

Xavier McKinney

The pick: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama

The interior of the offensive line remains a concern, but with Patrick Chung and Devin McCourty both turning 33 before the start of next season youth at safety is also needed. McKinney is versatile defender capable of handling man coverage duties on tight ends, receivers, playing in the box, or in deep zone that would allow the Patriots defense to continue to dominate and carry the team when the offense struggles.

Other players considered: Josh Jones, Cesar Ruiz

1.24 New Orleans Saints

Patrick Queen

The pick: Patrick Queen, LB, LSU

An offensive weapon was also of consideration to alleviate some pressure from Michael Thomas, but in a deep receiver class the Saints trust Sean Payton to find someone on day 2. Demario Davis has been outstanding for the Saints, but at 31 years old will be looking to mentor a younger playmaker to pass the torch to. Enter Queen the Louisiana native who has seen a meteoric rise in his draft stock after a terrific national championship game. Although undersized, Queen’s burst, range, and instincts in coverage make him an ideal modern-day linebacker.

Other players considered: Jalen Reagor, Kenneth Murray

1.25 Minnesota Vikings

Kristian Fulton

The pick: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU

Already playing at a high level in purple and gold, Kristian Fulton is an experienced and fluid corner capable of stepping in and playing right away for a Vikings team trying to win the Lombardi now. Fulton became a bit forgotten compared to other players on the LSU defense, but is smart and tough, playing through an aggravated ankle injury for the majority of the season. Mike Zimmer loves his defensive backs and should be able to get the most out of a healthy Fulton.

Other players considered: Jaylon Johnson, Trevon Diggs, Josh Jones, Austin Jackson

1.26 Detroit Lions (via MIA via HOU)

AJ Epenesa

The pick: AJ Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa

Epenesa isn’t the flashiest of pass rushers but he is consistent and ready to make an instant impact. The Lions struggled to pressure quarterbacks all year, especially with Trey Flowers battling injuries. Epenesa and Flowers’ versatility to rush from the outside or interior would allow Matt Patricia to utilize a variety of different disguises and packages to bring pressure.

Other players considered: Terrell Lewis, Yetur Gross-Matos

1.27 Seattle Seahawks

Terrell Lewis

The pick: Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama

While it’s still too early to give up on high draft picks LJ Collier and Rasheem Green, with whether Jadaveon Clowney will be resigned, another pass rush presence on the outside is sorely needed. Medical checks at the combine will play a large role in where Lewis is selected, but he played excellent for the Crimson Tide this season, with the burst and length to get after the quarterback.

Other players considered: Yetur Gross-Matos, Marlon Davidson, Ross Blacklock

1.28 Baltimore Ravens

Kenneth Murray

The pick: Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma

Both outside and inside linebacker are needs for the Ravens with CJ Mosely departing last year in free agency and Matt Judon set for a big pay day this year. Luckily, Murray can do a little bit of both using his size and athleticism to line up all over the defense for the Sooners this past season. Murray can be over aggressive at times and has room to grow in coverage but has the sideline to sideline range to be a high-volume tackler for the Ravens.

Other players considered: Yetur Gross-Matos, Tee Higgins

1.29 Tennessee Titans

Josh Jones

The pick: Josh Jones, OT, Houston

With the Titans declining to pick up right tackle Jack Conklin’s 5th year option, there is a new hole at right tackle. Jones has been compared to Andre Dillard (first round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles last year) as an extremely athletic tackle with tremendous upside. After a strong Senior Bowl, I think Jones cemented himself as a first-round pick. Whether it’s Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry or another backfield pair next season, they can feel more at ease with Taylor Lewan and Josh Jones as their bookends.

Other players considered: Austin Jackson, Yetur Gross-Matos, Ross Blacklock

1.30 Green Bay Packers

Jalen Reagor

The pick: Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU

Aaron Jones and Davante Adams are two of the best players in the league at their respective positions, but the skill player supporting cast around them is significantly lacking. Reagor was consistently held back by poor quarterback play at TCU but wouldn’t suffer from that issue with Aaron Rodgers. Although he needs to grow his route tree and focus on cutting down on concentration drops, Reagor can be used in a variety of ways by Matt LaFleur to generate explosive plays and free up Adams.

Other players considered: Justin Jefferson, KJ Hamler

TRADE: SF trades pick 1.31 for TB picks 2.45 and 2021 2nd round

1.31 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via SF)

Jacob Eason
(AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

The pick: Jacob Eason, QB, Washington

Similar to a move the Baltimore Ravens made trading back into the first round for Lamar Jackson a couple years ago, the Buccaneers do the same now to secure their quarterback of the future. In a salary cap league, a sometimes-underrated aspect of first round picks is the 5th year option included in their contracts, and for a developmental prospect like Eason that extra year is important. From a value perspective both teams surrender around 190 points even.

Other players considered: Marlon Davidson, Ross Blacklock

1.32 Kansas City Chiefs

Jaylon Johnson

The pick: Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah

An aggressive cover man with the alpha mentality you want in a cornerback, Johnson has all the tools to develop into a #1 corner. A fluid mover with good length for his size and the speed to carry receivers deep, Johnson could be the final piece in the Chiefs secondary to take them from good to great.

Other players considered: Jeff Gladney, Trevon Diggs, D’Andre Swift, Yetur Gross-Matos

Second Round

Adam Trautman

2.33 CIN – Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

2.34 LVR (via IND via WAS) – Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

2.35 DET – KJ Hamler, WR, Penn State

2.36 NYG – Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State

2.37 LAC – Austin Jackson, OT, USC

2.38 CAR – Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

2.39 MIA – D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia

2.40 ARI – Cesar Ruiz, IOL, Michigan

2.41 CLE – Marlon Davidson, DL, Auburn

2.42 JAX – Ross Blacklock, DL, TCU

2.43 CHI (via LVR) – Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue

2.44 IND – Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan

2.45 SF (via TB) – Cam Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State

2.46 DEN – Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU

2.47 ATL – Neville Gallimore, DL, Oklahoma

2.48 NYJ – Josh Uche, LB, Michigan

TRADE: PIT trades pick 2.49 for SEA 2.59 and 4.122*

2.49 SEA (via PIT) – JK Dobbins, RB, Ohio State

TRADE: CHI trades pick 2.50 for CIN picks 3.65 and 4.97*

2.50 CIN (via CHI) – Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia

2.51 DAL – Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State

2.52 LAR – Lloyd Cushenberry, IOL, LSU

2.53 PHI – Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn

2.54 BUF – Bradlee Anae, EDGE, Utah

2.55 ATL (via NE) – Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton

2.56 DET (via MIA via NO) – Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota

2.57 HOU – Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin

2.58 MIN – Lucas Niang, OT, TCU

2.59 SEA – Jonathan Greenard, EDGE, Florida

2.60 BAL – Michael Pittman Jr., WR, USC

2.61 TEN – Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia

2.62 GB – Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio State

2.63 KC (via SF) – Julian Okwara, EDGE, Notre Dame

2.64 SEA (via KC) – Kyle Dugger, S/LB, Lenoir-Rhyne

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