It’s mock draft season already, don’t believe me? I’m not even the first one at WNS to post a 2020 mock draft. Much like Dylan Sanders said in his mock draft posted this past weekend, the order is based off Vegas Super Bowl odds, so don’t come at me with pitchforks. Also, if your favorite player doesn’t go as high as expected, it’s not because I hate your college team or the player, I just value them differently. So now that all the Oxford pleasantries are out of the way LETS GET READY TO MOCK DRAFT (Michael Buffer voice).
1. Miami Dolphins – Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy
I know #TankForTua is all the rage for the hip young folks but I’m not ready to give up on Josh Rosen just yet. Yes, if the Dolphins are this awful a QB is in play. However much like this past year with Arizona, the Dolphins have nothing at wideout. Enter Jerry Jeudy, the best WR prospect since Odell Beckham Jr, and the best overall player in this class.
2. Cincinnati Bengals – Georgia QB Jake Fromm
Zac Taylor showed with his draft class this year that he wants to be more of a power run based offense. Fromm is a perfect fit for that style of offense. His arm and stats won’t wow you but he’s the most pro ready QB in this year’s class. One thing to watch is how Fromm adjusts after losing just about every weapon that he had in 2018, and starting over with a whole new crop of players.
3. Arizona Cardinals – LSU S Grant Delpit
If you combine the versatility and badassery of Derwin James with Malik Hooker’s ballhawking skills, you’d have Grant Delpit. He had 5 picks last year while playing snaps at Safety, Corner, Linebacker and occasionally an EDGE rusher.
4. Detroit Lions – Ohio State EDGE Chase Young
Do the Lions know what a pass rush is? Asking for a friend.
5. Washington Redskins – Colorado WR Laviska Shenault
When Kelvin Harmon may still be the most threatening WR on your roster, that is a major problem. Shenault is a beast and if it weren’t for Jerry Jeudy, he’d be WR1.
6. Buffalo Bills – Clemson RB Travis Etienne
“Mike you’ve gone mad. A RB in round 1?” Absolutely. You don’t pass up talent because of perceived value. Etienne is a track star on the field that can turn a loss of 5 into a 75 yard TD run. Also he has very little tread taken off his proverbial tires. Also, LeSean McCoy is old, Frank Gore is Old, TJ Yeldon is “meh” personified, and Devin Singletary is a rotational rookie. This is a clear need.
7. Oakland Raiders – Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa
The Raiders want to be a throwback to the old days. Back in the 70s a lefty QB from Alabama named Ken Stabler led the glory days. What’s Tua? A lefty QB from Alabama. It’s meant to be. If that weren’t enough, Tua should have won the Heisman last year for being a human video game.
8. Denver Broncos – Alabama LB Dylan Moses
Rarely do players that have been hyped since they were 13 as “the next big thing” ever pan out. Watching Mack Wilson last year, it was Moses that stood out as the future star at the next level. It’s clear that the hype is warranted.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Iowa OL Tristan Wirfs
Jameis Winston may be cooked, and I don’t expect him to be the starter come September 2020, I don’t see them selecting Justin Herbert. I do however see them selecting the OT1 in this upcoming class Tristan Wirfs. In my opinion, he is the next Tyron Smith.
10. New York Giants – Clemson WR Tee Higgins
When you decide to trade Odell Beckham, you instantly have a glaring need at WR. Tee Higgins may not be OBJ, but he at least can get up high enough to catch passes from Eli Manning or Eli Manning Jr- I mean Daniel Jones.
11. Tennessee Titans – Oregon QB Justin Herbert
Remember what I said about Jameis just two picks ago about not being the starter in September 2020? The same goes for Mariota, except they pull the trigger on getting a new young QB. Herbert appears to have bulked up to around 240 at 6’6. He would have been QB1 in 2019, he’ll have to settle for an offense that has weapons like AJ Brown and Derrick Henry. Sometimes patience does pay off.
12. New York Jets – Florida CB CJ Henderson
I’ll pay you 50 bucks Canadian if you can name the Corner starting across from Trumaine Johnson. Also Trumaine Johnson has been a bust and a half since leaving the Rams.
13. Carolina Panthers – Iowa EDGE AJ Epenesa
By no means a need for Carolina after having spent a first on Brian Burns this past April, but at the same time Epenesa has no business still being available at 13
14. Jacksonville Jaguars – Oklahoma WR CeeDee Lamb
Dede Westbrook is the WR1 for the Jags. That does not scream recipe for success to me.
15. San Francisco 49ers – Auburn DL Derrick Brown
Arik Armstead has been bad for a number of years. Solomon Thomas flopped harder than me jumping into a pool. Time for a change on the interior Defensive Line by getting someone to pair with DeForest Buckner.
16. Houston Texans – Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor
The Texans have been wanting to move on from Lamar Miller for a while now. D’Onta Foreman has been good but not outstanding. Jonathan Taylor is going to put up some ridiculous numbers this year.
17. Seattle Seahawks – Virginia CB Bryce Hall
Hall is one of the best at the position and just so happens to meet the threshold that Seattle requires their corners.
18. Atlanta Falcons – Michigan State EDGE Kenny Willekes
The Falcons with this pick finally decide that the massive inconsistency of Vic Beasley is no longer a viable option off the edge. Willekes is flying under the radar but he won’t be for long.
19. Baltimore Ravens – Boise State EDGE Curtis Weaver
How am I supposed to be afraid of a pass rush led by Tim Williams and Jaylon Ferguson?
20. Green Bay Packers – Georgia OT Andrew Thomas
Brian Bulaga is 30 and a UFA after this season. David Bakhtiari has a potential out in his contract after this season. This is a move to help protect Aaron Rodgers for years to come. Thomas has been a starter at LT for UGA ever since stepping on campus
21. Dallas Cowboys – Missouri TE Albert Okwuegbunam
Jason Witten has returned from the broadcast booth much to the delight of people who watch Monday Night Football. Unfortunately for Cowboys fans, Jason Witten was cooked in roughly 2013 or 2014.
22. Minnesota Vikings – Stanford OT Walker Little
The Vikings have been building the interior OL for the last few seasons, but their tackle spots remain a massive weakness. Not anymore with this pick.
23. Pittsburgh Steelers – Alabama OL Alex Leatherwood
Ramon Foster is going to be 34 by next year’s draft. At some point the Steelers are going to need to replace him.
24. Philadelphia Eagles – Clemson LB/S Isaiah Simmons
Kamu Grugier-Hill is the starting weak side linebacker for the Eagles. As an Eagles fan, even I’m not sure who Kamu Grugier-Hill is.
25. Oakland Raiders (from CHI) – Tennessee OL Trey Smith
Kolton Miller cannot play Left Tackle. He shouldn’t have been picked in round 1. It was a bad pick. Mayock is going to fix that blunder here.
26. Los Angeles Chargers – Washington QB Jacob Eason
Rivers is getting up there in age. Who knows how much he’ll have left. Eason may be the QB of the future that the Chargers have avoided for so long.
27. Indianapolis Colts – Michigan WR Donovan Peoples-Jones
Let’s give Andrew Luck more weapons. More weapons means more touchdowns, which means more wins. DPJ is a touchdown machine.
28. Cleveland Browns – Texas WR Collin Johnson
If you could call it a “weakness”, the Browns don’t have a big bodied WR- notice I didn’t say jump ball specialist because that is OBJ. Johnson is a 6’6 superstar receiver for the Longhorns.
29. Kansas City Chiefs – Mississippi State LB Willie Gay Jr.
The Chiefs haven’t had a good LB in what feels like 315 years, even though it’s only been about 3 or 4. Willie Gay Jr. is the son of former Steelers DB William Gay, and at 6’0 230 he flies around the field.
30. Los Angeles Rams – Utah CB Jaylon Johnson
One of, or perhaps both Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib is not going to return for the 2020 season. Jaylon Johnson is a low key stud in this year’s class that many don’t know because they don’t watch Utes football.
31. New England Patriots – Alabama DL Raekwon Davis
Sometimes the NFL draft just isn’t fair. In this case the board falls in a way where the Pats fix a hole in their DL and get someone who would have been a first round lock in the 2019 draft.
32. New Orleans Saints – Oklahoma State WR Tylan Wallace
This almost feels like a massive steal. Imagine pairing one stud (Michael Thomas) with an underSTUDy (sorry bad pun, but also not sorry).