The NFL season has already reached its midway point and that means the playoff teams are beginning to take shape. For those who cheer for non-playoff teams, your eyes are beginning to linger on the NFL Draft. It might be months away, but it’s never too early to have some fun with how things could play out. Which teams need what? Who are the players considered top talents? What positons have the most depth? Things of that nature can be answered with a mock draft. No, these picks won’t be right, but who doesn’t enjoy guessing and looking at how this whole unpredictable thing could come together

2020 Mock Draft 3.0- Round 1

  1. Cincinnati Bengals- Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

  • The Andy Dalton era is officially over in Cincinnati and its time for Zac Taylor to get his franchise QB. Joe Burrow or Tua Tagovailoa will be the question at the top. Bengals go Burrow for his fiery personality, clean mechanics, and beautiful touch throws. He has the poise and strong decision-making skills to be the day one starter.

  1. Miami Dolphins- Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

  • If the Dolphins tank doesn’t earn them the first overall pick they’ll be praying Tua is still on the board at two. In this scenario he is and they run to the podium. He’s the electric passer they need to lead them out of the darkness. Tua’s ability to throw with anticipation and precise ball placement is perfect in the Dolphins offense.
  1. Washington- Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State

  • Whoever the first team picking without a need at QB will take Chase Young. If they don’t they’ll regret it for the next decade. Washington doesn’t even necessarily need a pass rusher, but they can’t pass on Young. His combination of explosiveness, heavy hands, and power is going to make him an elite pass rusher. When there’s a blue-chip player like Young on the board you just have to take him.

  1. Atlanta Falcons- AJ Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa

  • In this scenario, the Falcons either have to take AJ Epenesa or Jeffrey Okudah. Pass rusher is more valuable than cornerback and Epenesa has the tools to instantly upgrade the Falcons front seven. Epenesa isn’t an elite athlete, but he’s got a deep pass rush repertoire with his elite handwork. Mix in his power, motor, and ability vs. the run and the Falcons have the exact player they need on the D-line.
  1. New York Jets- Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

  • It’s no secret that Sam Darnold is struggling, but the blame isn’t all on him. The offensive line has been atrocious and the Jets need to protect their franchise QB. Andrew Thomas is the prototype left tackle for today’s game. Not only is he a mauling run blocker, but his bend, footwork, anchor, and hand use make him a potential All-Pro pass protector.
  1. New York Giants- Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa

  • With Daniel Jones locked in as their starting QB the Giants need to continue to fix this offensive line. In today’s NFL, the right tackle is just as important as the left tackle and Tristan Wirfs can plug-and-play for the Giants. He will instantly upgrade their run game while adding a nasty edge to the offensive line. Wirfs is as about as pro-ready as an offensive tackle comes today.

  1. Denver Broncos- Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

  • Unsurprisingly Joe Flacco is clearly not the guy for the Broncos. They did draft Drew Lock in the second-round of the 2019 NFL Draft, but will John Elway be able to keep himself away from Justin Herbert? Doubtful, Herbert has all the physical tools you could ask for in a QB. Consistency is the key to Herbert solidifying himself as a top 10 pick.

  1. Cleveland Browns- Grant Delpit, S, LSU

  • It hasn’t been the renaissance season Browns fans had hoped for and they have plenty of issues. If the top offensive tackle prospects are off the board then Grant Delpit would fill an immediate need at safety. Delpit has the size, explosiveness, and physicality to be a star at safety. He’s the versatile defensive chess piece that can push Cleveland’s defense to a top tier level.

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Jacob Eason, QB, Washington

  • No matter how many flashes of talent Jameis Winston puts together he can’t put together any consistency and the Buccaneers cannot justify re-signing him. With that in mind, Bruce Arians needs a new QB and although Jacob Eason is raw he fits the mold of what they want in Tampa. His arm talent and deep ball are going to have Arians aroused at what he could turn him into.

  1. Los Angeles Chargers- Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State

  • If somehow the Chargers end up picking top 10 and Jeffrey Okudah falls to them they should be ecstatic. Okudah has the talent to be a top-five pick and brings a complete game to the cornerback position. His explosiveness, footwork, and ball skills scream CB1 in this class. Adding him would give the Chargers one of the scariest young secondary’s in the NFL.

  1. Las Vegas Raiders- Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

  • Ever since the Antonio Brown saga, the Raiders have lacked a true top option at receiver. Adding a freak talent like Jerry Jeudy would complete the Raiders group of Tyrell Williams, Hunter Renfrow, Darren Waller, and Foster Moreau. Jeudy’s route running and elite YAC ability are perfect in Jon Gruden’s west coast offense.
  1. Miami Dolphins (via Pittsburgh)- CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

  • The Dolphins need to use their picks on top tier talent that can help them right away. Finding Tua a go-to receiver will be huge for his development. CeeDee Lamb might not be a burner, but he can take any touch to the house with his YAC ability. He also brings elite body control and crisp route running.

  1. Las Vegas Raiders (via Chicago)- Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson

  • The linebacker position has been a huge issue for the Raiders for years. With Mike Mayock at GM, it’s hard to see them ignoring a top talent from Clemson who fills one of their biggest needs. Isaiah Simmons is a defensive weapon with rare range and the perfect aggressiveness to get this front seven in order.

  1. Arizona Cardinals- Derrick Brown, IDL, Auburn

  • With the Cardinals all in on Kliff and Kyler, they need to upgrade the O-line and find a WR1, but first, they must shift some focus to their defense. If Derrick Brown is still around when they pick then he’s the perfect fit. Adding a disruptive monster like Brown to their front could change their defense.

  1. Philadelphia Eagles- Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford

  • It’s no secret the Eagles have had major problems at cornerback for multiple seasons now. With a deep and talented CB class, this is the perfect year to address the issue. Paulson Adebo adds length and physicality on the outside. He’s got the tools to be a plug-and-play press-man corner for them.
  1. Jacksonville Jaguars- Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

  • With Jalen Ramsey talking his way out of town the Jaguars need to find another starting CB. Trevon Diggs, Stefon Diggs’ brother, might have the second most upside of any CB in the class. He’s got rare fluidity for such a long cornerback and can play both press-man or off-zone and thrive.
  1. Tennessee Titans- Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

  • Similarly, to the Buccaneers, the Titans must move on from Marcus Mariota. Picking their QB of the future will be tough if they’re not in the top 10, but adding a raw talent like Jordan Love while retaining Ryan Tannehill makes a lot of sense. Love has jaw-dropping physical tools but is going to take sometime to develop.

  1. Detroit Lions- Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU

  • It seems the Lions are in constant flux. The one constant outside of Matthew Stafford might be the talent in the secondary. If they can add a player like Kristian Fulton to complete the group, then it has a chance to be one of the best in the league. Fulton is an aggressive press-man CB with clean feat and oily hips.
  1. Carolina Panthers- Javon Kinlaw, IDL, South Carolina

  • The Panthers are at their best when the defense is humming and with Gerald McCoy and Vernon Butler set to hit free agency adding another interior presence is important. Keeping Javon Kinlaw in the Carolina’s is a fun fit. Kinlaw has all the tools to be a Chris Jones-like disruptor with his athleticism and length.

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars (via LA Rams)- Henry Ruggs, WR, Alabama

  • All of a sudden the Jaguars offense is a lot more interesting than expected. Whether Gardner Minshew or Nick Foles is behind center they need to add an explosive weapon. Henry Ruggs has elite speed and can affect the game as a deep threat or as one of the best route runners in the class.

  1. Dallas Cowboys- Raekwon Davis, IDL, Alabama

  • The Cowboys need to either address their issues on the interior D-line or at safety early in the 2020 NFL Draft. Raekwon Davis has been up and down at Alabama, but the size, athleticism, and power could be taken advantage of by Rod Marinelli. If he plays consistent football down the stretch, then first-round won’t be shocking.
  1. Miami Dolphins (via Houston)- Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama

  • Nobody has a worse offensive line than the Miami Dolphins and they need to protect their newly acquired franchise QB. Alex Leatherwood is a raw athlete with tons of upside. His footwork and quickness are exactly what teams look for in a franchise left tackle, he just needs to be more physical in the run game.
  1. Kansas City Chiefs- Creed Humphrey, C, Oklahoma

  • Clearly the Chiefs offensive lines regression in 2019 has hurt their dominant offense. They need to take a plug-and-play starter and Creed Humphrey fits the bill. Humphrey is a dominant run blocker who plays with a nasty intensity. His anchor and vice-grip hands will give Patrick Mahomes the perfect interior protector.
  1. Minnesota Vikings- Marvin Wilson, IDL, Florida State

  • It’s time for Mike Zimmer to finally get the interior pass rusher the Vikings have never found at 3-Tech in his tenure. Marvin Wilson is the definition of penetrator and his quickness, motor, and violent hands would put this defensive line over the top. Wilson has the tools to shoot up the board as the draft approaches
  1. Buffalo Bills- K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU

  • Under Sean McDermott the Bills have consistently had one of the best defenses in the league, but have not had a star pass rusher. K’Lavon Chaisson is a freak athlete with rare bend and a hot motor. His lack of size might be an issue, but he’ll give the Bills some instant pass rush.
  1. Indianapolis Colts- Tyler Johnson, WR, Minnesota

  • There’s a couple directions Chris Ballard could go for the Colts, but interior D-line and wide receiver make the most sense. Tyler Johnson can complete their trio with TY Hilton and Parris Campbell. Johnson is an elite route runner who wins contested catches with great body control. He can thrive in this offense.

  1. Seattle Seahawks- Tyler Biadasz, C, Wisconsin

  • For most of the Russell Wilson era in Seattle the offensive line has been a problem. With Justin Britt dealing with injuries and a top talent at center available in Tyler Biadasz, it’s time to pull the trigger. His short-area quickness and physicality will instantly upgrade the run blocking. On top of that having his IQ will be huge for pass protection.
  1. Green Bay Packers- Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama

  • The name of the game is keeping Aaron Rodgers healthy while this Packers team has a Super Bowl window. With Bryan Bulaga’s injury history and him set to hit free agency the Packers might need to look for a replacement. Jedrick Wills can plug-and-play at right tackle and is a devastating run mauler.
  1. Baltimore Ravens- Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama

  • Clearly this isn’t you’re slightly older brothers Ravens defense anymore. The loss of CJ Mosley in free agency has been huge so why not get the second coming of him? Dylan Moses will likely slide some due to his torn ACL, but he’s a steal here for Baltimore. His instincts, physicality, and range scream star at Mike LB.
  1. New Orleans Saints- Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado

  • This Saints team is different than we’ve seen. They have an impressive defense and don’t lean on Drew Brees nearly as much. To compete for a Super Bowl, they need to add another weapon in the passing game. Imagine how Sean Payton would take advantage of Laviska Shenault Jr.’s explosive YAC ability. He’s the perfect toy for the Saints.
  1. San Francisco 49ers- Ashtyn Davis, S, Cal

  • All of a sudden the 49ers are one of the best teams in the league and have few holes. One spot they could afford to upgrade is free safety and Ashtyn Davis is a nice fit for Robert Saleh. He has the range to play single-high but is willing to throw his body around in the run game.

  1. New England Patriots- Neville Gallimore, IDL, Oklahoma

  • The move that makes the most sense right now for the Patriots would be taking a trench player on either side of the ball. Neville Gallimore is too good to pass up. He’s got the versatility to play any interior D-line spot. His combo of power and explosiveness are rare and give him a huge upside.

Round 2

  1. Miami Dolphins- Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State

  2. Cincinnati Bengals- Lucas Niang, OT, TCU

  3. Atlanta Falcons- Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State

  4. Indianapolis Colts (via Washington)- Leki Fotu, IDL, Utah

  5. New York Jets- Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State

  6. Denver Broncos- Brandon Jones, S, Texas

  7. New York Giants- Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma

  8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Kenny Willekes, EDGE, Michigan State

  9. Cleveland Browns- Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn

  10. Los Angeles Chargers- D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia

  11. Pittsburgh Steelers- Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama

  12. Chicago Bears- Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama

  13. Chicago Bears (via Las Vegas)- Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma

  14. Arizona Cardinals- Trey Adams, OT, Washington

  15. Jacksonville Jaguars- Jay Tufele, IDL, USC

  16. Tennessee Titans- Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame

  17. Detroit Lions- Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU

  18. Philadelphia Eagles- Hamsah Nasirildeen, S/LB, Florida State

  19. Carolina Panthers- Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

  20. Los Angeles Rams- Ezra Cleveland, OL, Boise State

  21. Dallas Cowboys- Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia

  22. Kansas City Chiefs- Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson

  23. Houston Texans- Anfernee Jennings, EDGE, Alabama

  24. Minnesota Vikings- Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU

  25. Indianapolis Colts- Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue

  26. Buffalo Bills- Collin Johnson, WR, Texas

  27. Seattle Seahawks- KJ Hill, WR, Ohio State

  28. Green Bay Packers- Jeff Thomas, WR, Miami

  29. Baltimore Ravens- Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State

  30. Miami Dolphins (via New Orleans)- Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin

  31. Seattle Seahawks (via San Francisco)- Darrell Taylor, EDGE, Tennessee

  32. Atlanta Falcons (via New England)- DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

Round 3

  1. Cincinnati Bengals- Troy Dye, LB, Oregon

  2. Miami Dolphins- Darnay Holmes, CB, UCLA

  3. Washington- Alaric Jackson, OL, Iowa

  4. Atlanta Falcons- Eno Benjamin, RB, Arizona State

  5. New York Jets- Julian Okwara, EDGE, Notre Dame

  6. New York Jets (via NY Giants)- Cesar Ruiz, C, Michigan

  7. Denver Broncos- Jacob Phillips, LB, LSU

  8. Cleveland Browns- Shane Lemieux, OG, Oregon

  9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Josh Jones, OT, Houston

  10. Los Angeles Chargers- Jack Driscoll, OT, Auburn

  11. Las Vegas Raiders (via Chicago)- AJ Terrell, CB, Clemson

  12. Las Vegas Raiders- Netane Muti, IOL, Fresno State

  13. Denver Broncos (via Pittsburgh)- Rashard Lawrence, IDL, LSU

  14. Arizona Cardinals- Sage Surratt, WR, Wake Forest

  15. Tennessee Titans- Zack Moss, RB, Utah

  16. Detroit Lions- Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State

  17. Philadelphia Eagles- Markus Bailey, LB, Purdue

  18. Jacksonville Jaguars- Myles Bryant, DB, Washington

  19. Carolina Panthers- Alohi Gilman, S, Notre Dame

  20. Los Angeles Rams- Jabari Zuniga, EDGE, Florida

  21. Dallas Cowboys- Aaron Fuller, WR, Washington

  22. Cleveland Browns (via Houston)- Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor

  23. Kansas City Chiefs- Paddy Fisher, LB, Northwestern

  24. Minnesota Vikings- Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia

  25. Buffalo Bills- JK Dobbins, RB, Ohio State

  26. Indianapolis Colts- Cam Akers, RB, Florida State

  27. Las Vegas Raiders (via Seattle)- Shyheim Carter, DB, Alabama

  28. Green Bay Packers- Amik Robertson, CB, Louisiana Tech

  29. Baltimore Ravens- Carter Coughlin, EDGE, Minnesota

  30. New Orleans Saints- Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah

  31. Denver Broncos (via San Francisco)- Lloyd Cushenberry, C, LSU

  32. New England Patriots- Jared Pinkney, TE, Vanderbilt

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I’m Canadian as can be, other than the fact that I don’t care about hockey. I love football. The NFL is my life. I consider myself a football guy and I’d rather watch tape than anything else. I’m the Armchair NFL Draft analyst here. You can read my Armchair Scout columns and call me out for my draft misses. I’m also part of two podcasts at Armchair. Our NFL Draft podcast, 7 Rounds in Heaven, and the main NFL pod, Resting the Starters. I cheer for the Steelers, Raptors, Blue Jays, Oregon, and I guess the Leafs.
I’m Canadian as can be, other than the fact that I don’t care about hockey. I love football. The NFL is my life. I consider myself a football guy and I’d rather watch tape than anything else. I’m the Armchair NFL Draft analyst here. You can read my Armchair Scout columns and call me out for my draft misses. I’m also part of two podcasts at Armchair. Our NFL Draft podcast, 7 Rounds in Heaven, and the main NFL pod, Resting the Starters. I cheer for the Steelers, Raptors, Blue Jays, Oregon, and I guess the Leafs.


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