The NFL season has finally arrived. Every team enters the year hoping for a chance at a playoff birth and ultimately the Super Bowl, except for the Dolphins. Yet, only 12 teams will have the opportunity to play come January. On the other hand, every team has a chance to change the direction of their franchise come April. Yes, it might seem too early for NFL Draft talk, but NFL Draft season is year-round. The 2020 NFL Draft is going to be a doozy with potential franchise QBs, a historic group of offensive skill players, and insane pass rusher and cornerback depth. Don’t overthink the mock draft, just sit back and enjoy how mad it’ll probably make you and everybody else reading it. Here’s a shameless plug for my 2020 NFL Draft big board 1.0 and position rankings.

2020 NFL Mock Draft 2.0- Round 1

*Draft order based on Super Bowl odds (adjusted to reflect proper playoff seeding)

  1. Miami Dolphins- Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama (6-1, 218)

  • Well, the Dolphins have made it clear they are tanking. They traded their franchise left tackle for a haul of picks and are basically willing to trade anybody for draft capital. This is the NFL’s version of Sam Hinkie and trusting the process. The Dolphins have given Josh Rosen essentially zero chance to succeed and will likely be looking for a franchise QB with the first pick. Tua Tagovailoa is going to be their guy. Tua has the “it” factor that can turn a franchise around and throws with some of the best anticipation you will see in a prospect. His mobility is also a major plus with how bad the Dolphins O-line is going to be these next few years. He’s a terrific decision-maker with the poise and accuracy needed to run Chad O’Shea’s offense.
  1. Cincinnati Bengals- Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon (6-6, 233)

  • If the Bengals are picking this early it means the Andy Dalton era in Cincinnati needs to officially end. Mike Brown went a completely different direction hiring a young offensive-minded head coach in Zac Taylor and he needs to get him a QB to build the offense around. Justin Herbert has the tools NFL teams will drool over. The size, arm strength, ball placement, and mechanics are NFL-ready, Herbert just needs to be more consistent. With some development and an offense tailored to his skill set he can be a franchise passer. This is the guy Bengals fans have been waiting decades for to lead them to relevance.

  1. Arizona Cardinals- Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia (6-5, 320)

  • No matter what happens with Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray in Arizona it will be exciting. Murray has a chance to be a special QB with his arm talent and mobility, but the Cardinals must protect the goods. Right now Arizona’s O-line is stitched together with journeymen. They’ll likely be picking early in 2020 and need to get their franchise left tackle to protect Murray. Andrew Thomas is a mammoth run blocker with all the tools to develop into a Pro Bowl left tackle. He’s raw in pass protection, but the footwork, length, and anchor are all there to build upon.
  1. Washington- Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa (6-5, 320)

  • It’s been a complete circus in Washington with All-Pro left tackle Trent Williams. It would be surprising to see Williams still suiting up for the team in 2020 which means they need to find his replacement. Keeping a strong O-line in place for first-round QB Dwayne Haskins will be key to his development. Tristan Wirfs is the most polished offensive tackle in the class. His size, power, and mentality would fit right in with the current Washington O-line. They’ll be able to plug-and-play Wirfs at either tackle spot.

  1. New York Giants- Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State (6-5, 265)

  • It’s going to be a new era of football for the Giants in 2020 with all their stock tied to Daniel Jones. They’ll have two options when picking this early in the draft, pass rusher or wide receiver. Probably they should have just not traded Odell Beckham Jr., but hey Dave Gettleman is going to Dave Gettleman. If Chase Young is on the board it’ll be too hard to pass up. Young might have the highest ceiling in the entire class. He’s a complete edge with the ability to produce double-digit sacks along with being a top run defender. Young has rare explosiveness to go with violent hands and power at the point of attack.

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- AJ Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa (6-4, 280)

  • There might not be a more up in the air team than the Buccaneers. Bruce Arians got the band back together in Tampa and the team seems to be all in on him and Jason Licht with Jameis Winston running the show. If they’re content with that offense they’ll need to build some pass rush on defense. It’s a baron wasteland on the edge in Tampa, but AJ Epenesa can change that in 2020. Epenesa isn’t a freak athlete, but he’s a sack artist who wins with hand-to-hand combat. He’s got a deep bag of pass rush moves and a ton of power.

  1. Las Vegas Raiders- Jordan Love, QB, Utah State (6-3, 225)

  • It’s going to be interesting to see how Jon Gruden handles Derek Carr and this new and improved, in theory, Raiders offense. If the Raiders are picking early then maybe Gruden will realize Carr isn’t the guy and he’ll want his own QB in the building to develop. Jordan Love has all the physical tools needed to be a franchise QB. He’s got NFL arm talent and impressive ball placement but needs to develop on the mental side of the game. The Raiders might move on from Carr, but they could let Love develop behind him in their first year in Vegas.

  1. Buffalo Bills- Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama (6-1, 192)

  • Okay if Jerry Jeudy falls this far everybody will be stunned. He’s only here now because of the teams picking above desperately needing other positions. If Buffalo has a shot at Jeudy they need to pull the trigger. He’s a top-three talent in this class and one of the best WR prospects in years. Adding Jeudy with John Brown and Cole Beasley will do wonders for Josh Allen’s development. With his athleticism, route running, YAC ability, and hands, Jeudy can be a Pro Bowl receiver almost instantly. This is a true game-changer for an offense.
  1. Detroit Lions- Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia (6-1, 200)

  • Who knows what’s going on in Detroit with the Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia era, but they seem to want to be the Patriots. If that’s the case, they need to continue to build their defense. The secondary is beginning to come together, but they need a starting CB opposite Darius Slay. Bryce Hall would have been the top CB in the 2019 NFL Draft but returned to school. It’s a much deeper class, but his press-man ability is elite. Hall has the best ball skills in the class and his instincts and physicality will have Patricia’s attention.
  1. Denver Broncos- Grant Delpit, S, LSU (6-2, 203)

  • There might not be a better prospect than Grant Delpit, but because he plays safety it’ll be hard for him to be drafted where he deserves. If Delpit falls to the Broncos Vic Fangio isn’t going to pass him up. Fangio is trying to build a special defense in Denver and Delpit can be the general in his secondary. With his versatility, range, and aggressive style of play Delpit will be a chess piece for the defense. He can play anywhere, similar to Derwin James, and become the defensive X-factor. Imagine Delpit patrolling the backend with Von Miller and Bradley Chubb getting after QBs.
  1. New York Jets- Tyler Biadasz, C, Wisconsin (6-2, 315)

  • New Jets GM Joe Douglas has made it a priority to improve the Jets offensive line. They’ll need to build through the trenches to help Sam Darnold and this offense. Tyler Biadasz is a rare center prospect with elite short-area quickness. He’ll immediately improve the run game. His football IQ will be an asset to Darnold and the rest of the O-line for picking up blitzes. This is an ideal pick.

  1. Tennessee Titans- D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia (5-9, 215)

  • It seems as if the Titans are stuck in purgatory with Marcus Mariota. If they aren’t picking early enough to replace him then they may continue to roll with him and bet on his tools. Derrick Henry is a free agent after the season so they’ll need a replacement. D’Andre Swift will thrive behind this offensive line with his combination of contact balance, elusiveness, and burst. He’ll also help Mariota in the passing game.
  1. San Francisco 49ers- Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford (6-1, 189)

  • After trading for Dee Ford and drafting Nick Bosa the 49ers defense has the chance to be one of the best in the league. Despite the talent in the front seven, the secondary has questions. Paulson Adebo is a perfect fit at corner opposite Richard Sherman. His length and press technique are exactly what DC Robert Saleh wants in his CBs. Adebo has the ball skills and instincts to be a ball hawk.

  1. Indianapolis Colts- CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma (6-1, 203)

  • A new era has begun in Indianapolis with the Colts signing Jacoby Brissett to an extension to be their QB for the near future. For this to work out they’ll need to continue to give him weapons. Adding CeeDee Lamb to the Frank Reich offense opposite TY Hilton is scary. Lamb is a contested-catch monster with his body control and natural hands. He’s not a one-trick-pony either with impressive route running and athleticism.
  1. Jacksonville Jaguars- Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama (6-0, 190)

  • The Jaguars are all in on Nick Foles with the contract they gave him. To make this thing workout they need to add some dynamic weapons to the offense. Getting him Henry Ruggs could open up this offense. Ruggs might be the fastest player in the class and brings crisp route running to go with it. Adding Ruggs with Dede Westbrook and DJ Chark gives the Jaguars three young athletic WRs for Foles.
  1. Baltimore Ravens- Creed Humphrey, C, Oklahoma (6-4, 325)

  • In the 2019 NFL Draft, the Ravens added weapons for Lamar Jackson. They need to continue to build an offense around him and getting a potential Pro Bowl center to steady the O-line would do wonders. Creed Humphrey is a powerful run blocker and a perfect fit in Greg Roman’s offense. He’ll improve the Ravens run game instantly with his strength, leverage and vice-grip hands. Humphrey is a pure run game technician and one mean SOB.

  1. Atlanta Falcons- Derrick Brown, IDL, Auburn (6-4, 320)

  • In a perfect world, there would be a true edge rusher worthy of this selection for the Falcons. If Dan Quinn is back in 2020 the team will continue to try and improve this defense under him. No edge rusher? Then why not get Grady Jarrett a running mate in Derrick Brown. Brown has rare length and power on the interior. He’s a disruptive run defender who constantly gets in the backfield. On passing downs, he wins with his bull rush and heavy hands.
  1. Carolina Panthers- Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado (6-2, 225)

  • It’s a weird offense in Carolina, but weird in all the right ways. Cam Newton, Christian McCaffrey, DJ Moore, and Curtis Samuel are all rare athletes with the versatility to make an impact in multiple ways. Laviska Shenault Jr. falls right into that category. He can be their power forward with his size and contested catch ability. Shenault will add a dynamic YAC ability along with even more explosiveness to the offense.

  1. Seattle Seahawks- Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU (6-0, 192)

  • The Legion of Boom is completely over and the Seahawks secondary is young and raw. Shaq Griffin and Tre Flowers have flashed, but adding a true CB1 talent is a must in Seattle. Kristian Fulton is technically sound with clean footwork and fluid hips. His athleticism is always on display in man coverage and he has the length and press ability Seattle will love. Fulton can plug-and-play opposite Griffin or Flowers.
  1. Minnesota Vikings- Raekwon Davis, IDL, Alabama (6-6, 309)

  • It always seems like the Vikings defense is a piece away from being a dominant group. Right now they have a hole on their interior defensive line and it’ll need to be addressed in 2020. Raekwon Davis is a rare height-weight-speed athlete that Mike Zimmer will love to shape. Davis’ length, explosiveness, and power can make him a disruptive force in the NFL if he plays with better leverage.
  1. Dallas Cowboys- Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State (6-0, 200)

  • The Cowboys are in a sticky situation. They paid Jaylon Smith and still have to pay Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, and Amari Cooper. That means Byron Jones won’t be back after the season. Jeffrey Okudah is a perfect replacement for “Jumpman” because of his length and movement skills. Okudah has the highest ceiling of any CB in the class. His range, instincts, and ball skills are big time. Okudah just needs to play more physical in press.

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers- Alton Robinson, EDGE, Syracuse (6-3, 257)

  • The Steelers have struggled to find two quality edge rushers for the last few years. They’ve thrown numerous high picks at the position and finally, TJ Watt hit, but Bud Dupree will probably be gone after the season. Alton Robinson doesn’t wow with athleticism, but his motor and heavy hands make him a consistent pass rusher. Robinson also has the strength to set the edge and make plays in the run game.
  1. Green Bay Packers- Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama (6-2, 235)

  • It’s going to be interesting following what Dylan Moses does after the season after tearing his ACL in August. If he does declare for the draft, he can still be a first-round pick if he’s healthy. Moses athleticism and aggressive style of play is what the Packers defense needs at LB. Blake Martinez is a free agent after the season and they lack a star at that level of their D.
  1. Los Angeles Chargers- Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson (5-10, 215)

  • It seems increasingly likely that Melvin Gordon’s time with the Chargers is over. If Gordon is gone then the Chargers will be looking to add a go-to RB in 2020. Travis Etienne is an electric runner with home run hitting ability. His contact balance and elusiveness make him nearly impossible to tackle. If Etienne improves in the passing game he’ll draw Alvin Kamara comparisons.
  1. Miami Dolphins (via Houston)- Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama (6-5, 310)

  • The Dolphins are going to have a historically bad offensive line in 2019 and need to do everything they can to build it up for Tua in 2020. After Thomas and Wirfs the OT class is wide open. Alex Leatherwood has the most potential with his switch from guard to left tackle this season. Leatherwood has the length, feet, and athleticism to develop into a franchise left tackle. He needs to be more physical to become a first-round talent.
  1. Cleveland Browns- Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn (6-6, 305)

  • On paper, the Browns offense should be electric this season. There is one massive questions though, the offensive line. Basically they need to just take the best available offensive tackle in 2020. Prince Tega Wanogho is a bit of a reach, but he has the tools to be a franchise left tackle. Wanogho might be the most athletic offensive lineman in the class. He needs to get stronger, but the footwork and length are impressive.
  1. Las Vegas Raiders (via Chicago)- Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson (6-3. 225)

  • It’s been forever since the Raiders have had competent LB play. Instead of employing washed up LBs they should draft an athletic one. The Raiders love Clemson so they should just go back to the well and take Isaiah Simmons. Simmons is a freak athlete who has played both safety and LB. His range and coverage skills make him perfect in today’s NFL. Gruden will love his ultra aggressiveness.

  1. Philadelphia Eagles- Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama (6-1, 200)

  • With Ronald Darby on a one year prove it deal and all the injuries the Eagles have had in their secondary, it time to go get a CB1. Trevon Diggs, brother of Stefon, has ideal length and ball skills for the NFL. His ability to mirror in man coverage and locate the football will make his transition to the league smooth. Diggs is still new to the position and has incredible upside with his size and athleticism,
  1. Los Angeles Rams- K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU (6-3, 238)

  • It seems as if the Rams have ignored addressing the holes in their front seven because Aaron Donald’s dominance somewhat hides the issues. By the 2020 NFL Draft, they’ll need to add talent in the front seven. K’Lavon Chaisson is a freak athlete with massive pass-rush upside. He’s one of the most explosive athletes in the class and wins with speed and bend. Chaisson is going to need to get stronger in the NFL.

  1. New England Patriots- Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama (6-0, 196)

  • Some players just seem like New England Patriots and Xavier McKinney is one of those players. Bill Belichick trusts old pal Nick Saban, especially on DBs and McKinney’s IQ and versatility are perfect for the Patriots. With Pat Chung’s future up in the air and Devin McCourty an impending free agent, the Patriots need safety help. McKinney has terrific ball skills and the range to play single-high. He’s also got the instincts and feistiness to play nickel.
  1. New Orleans Saints- Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU (5-11, 195)

  • Anytime one of the most explosive offenses in the league can add one of the most explosive athletes in the draft, they’ve got to do it. Jalen Reagor is a perfect replacement for Ted Ginn Jr. as the deep threat. Reagor can burn DBs deep or make them miss after the catch. He’s also a nuanced route runner who can play inside or out. Reagor is the perfect complement to Michael Thomas.

  1. Kansas City Chiefs- CJ Henderson, CB, Florida (6-1, 191)

  • With their offense set behind Patrick Mahomes the Chiefs remade their defense this past offseason. They moved to a 4-3 and beefed up the pass rush with Frank Clark. Despite adding Tyrann Mathieu to the secondary, it still needs help. Finding a CB opposite Kendall Fuller is a must. CJ Henderson is a gifted and long athlete who can thrive in off-man coverage with his fluidity. His issue is physicality. To go in the first-round he needs to show he’s willing to play the run.

Rounds 2 & 3

  1. Miami Dolphins- Tyler Johnson, WR, Minnesota
  2. Cincinnati Bengals- Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame
  3. Arizona Cardinals- Cole Van Lanen, OL, Wisconsin
  4. Indianapolis Colts (via Washington)- Brandon Jones, S, Texas
  5. New York Giants- Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
  6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Alaric Jackson, OT, Iowa
  7. Chicago Bears (via Las Vegas)- Ashtyn Davis, S, California
  8. Buffalo Bills- Kenny Willekes, EDGE, Michigan State
  9. Detroit Lions- KJ Hill, WR, Ohio State
  10. Denver Broncos- Jacob Phillips, LB, LSU
  11. New York Jets- Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State
  12. Tennessee Titans- Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
  13. Kansas City Chiefs (via San Francisco)- Cesar Ruiz, C, Michigan
  14. Indianapolis Colts- Zack Moss, RB, Utah
  15. Jacksonville Jaguars- Darnay Holmes, NB, UCLA
  16. Baltimore Ravens- Markus Bailey, LB, Purdue
  17. Atlanta Falcons- Anfernee Jennings, EDGE, Alabama
  18. Carolina Panthers- Ezra Cleveland, OL, Boise State
  19. Seattle Seahawks- Jeff Thomas, WR, Miami
  20. Minnesota Vikings- Collin Johnson, WR, Texas
  21. Dallas Cowboys- Hamsah Nasirildeen, S, Florida State
  22. Pittsburgh Steelers- Rashard Lawrence, IDL, LSU
  23. Green Bay Packers- Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
  24. Los Angeles Chargers- Trey Adams, OT, Washington
  25. Houston Texans- Eno Benjamin, RB, Arizona State
  26. Cleveland Browns- Lloyd Cushenberry, C, LSU
  27. Chicago Bears- Paddy Fisher, LB, Northwestern
  28. Philadelphia Eagles- Troy Dye, LB, Oregon
  29. Los Angeles Rams- Javon Kinlaw, IDL, South Carolina
  30. New England Patriots- Shane Lemieux, OG, Oregon
  31. Miami Dolphins (via New Orleans)- Jabari Zuniga, EDGE, Florida
  32. Seattle Seahawks (via Kansas City)- Jack Driscoll, OT, Auburn
  33. Miami Dolphins- Darryl Williams, IOL, Mississippi State
  34. Cincinnati Bengals- Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
  35. Arizona Cardinals- Julian Okwara, EDGE, Notre Dame
  36. Washington- Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
  37. New York Giants- Lucas Niang, OT, TCU
  38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- JK Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
  39. Las Vegas Raiders- Trey Smith, OL, Tennessee
  40. Detroit Lions- Netane Muti, OL, Fresno State
  41. Buffalo Bills- Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
  42. Denver Broncos- Jake Hanson, C, Oregon
  43. New York Jets- Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State
  44. Tennessee Titans- Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
  45. San Francisco 49ers- Myles Bryant, NB, Washington
  46. Indianapolis Colts- Jacob Eason, QB, Washington
  47. Jacksonville Jaguars- Neville Gallimore, IDL, Oklahoma
  48. Baltimore Ravens- Carter Coughlin, EDGE, Minnesota
  49. Atlanta Falcons- Ke’Shawn Vaughn, RB, Vanderbilt
  50. Carolina Panthers- Shyheim Carter, DB, Alabama
  51. Houston Texans (via Seattle)- Walker Little, OT, Stanford
  52. Minnesota Vikings- Darrell Taylor, EDGE, Tennessee
  53. Dallas Cowboys- Aaron Fuller, WR, Washington
  54. Denver Broncos (via Pittsburgh)- Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah
  55. Green Bay Packers- Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR, Liberty
  56. Los Angeles Chargers- Lavert Hill, CB, Michigan
  57. Houston Texans- Amik Robertson, NB, Louisiana Tech
  58. Cleveland Browns- Alohi Gilman, S, Notre Dame
  59. Las Vegas Raiders (via Chicago)- Jared Pinkney, TE, Vanderbilt
  60. Philadelphia Eagles- Trey Sermon, RB, Oklahoma
  61. Los Angeles Rams- Mohamed Barry, LB, Nebraska
  62. New England Patriots- Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue
  63. New Orleans Saints- Marvin Wilson, IDL, Florida State
  64. Kansas City Chiefs- Monty Rice, LB, Georgia

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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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