2020 First Round NFL Mock Draft

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Round 1 — Pick 1 (Cincinnati)

Joe Burrow (QB, LSU): Let’s not overthink this. The Bengals need a quarterback. Burrow just had one of the greatest seasons in NCAA history. Cincinnati gets their guy.

Round 1 — Pick 2 (Washington)

Chase Young (EDGE, Ohio State): While edge rusher may not be the most glaring need for the Redskins, the 49ers showed you can never have too many talented pass-rushers. Young is the clear selection.

Round 1 — Pick 3 (Detroit)

Jeff Okudah (CB, Ohio State): Okudah showed he has all the tools to be a number one corner in the NFL. The Lions select a guy who can improve their league-worst pass defense.

Round 1 — Pick 4 (NY Giants)

Isaiah Simmons (LB, Clemson): Offensive tackle is also a need for the Giants at four, however QB Daniel Jones’ mobility can help mask that issue for now. New York selects a versatile defender who can help improve one of the league’s worst defenses.

Round 1 — Pick 5 (Miami)

Tua Tagovailoa (QB, Alabama): Tagovailoa is the best QB prospect in this draft class in my opinion. While his injury history may be enough to scare off the Bengals, Tua doesn’t make it past the Dolphins, who have been eyeing him for a year.

Round 1 — Pick 6 (LA Chargers)

Justin Herbert (QB, Oregon): There’s chatter that the Chargers may be targeting Tom Brady in free agency. Brady however isn’t the long-term solution for the Chargers. Herbert’s standout performance at the Senior Bowl is enough for LA to take their QB of the future.

Round 1 — Pick 7 (Carolina)

Derrick Brown (DL, Auburn): With the top three QB prospects off the board, Carolina is forced to decide between OL and DL. The Panthers decide to target a player who will help fix their bottom-five run defense.

Round 1 — Pick 8 (Arizona)

CeeDee Lamb (WR, Oklahoma): Kyler Murray’s mobility helps reduce the need for an offensive lineman at 8. Instead, Arizona decides to reunite college teammates, and give Murray a much needed offensive weapon.

Round 1 — Pick 9 (Jacksonville)

Javon Kinlaw (DL, South Carolina): With depth being left at tackle, and another pick coming up, the Jaguars decide to target a position with more scarcity. Kinlaw is brought in as a replacement for a possible cut in Marcell Dareus.

Round 1 — Pick 10 (Cleveland)

Jedrick Wills Jr. (OL, Alabama): The Browns most dire need is at offensive tackle. Cleveland takes the top ranked tackle, and get a guy who can lock down one of their tackle spots.

Round 1 — Pick 11 (NY Jets)

Andrew Thomas (OL, Georgia): While the Jets have a need for a receiver, the focus should be on protecting QB Sam Darnold. Thomas has excelled in the SEC, and has shown he’s an instant starter in the NFL.

Round 1 — Pick 12 (Las Vegas)

Jerry Jeudy (WR, Alabama): With a glaring need for a number 1 receiver, the Raiders couldn’t get the draft card in fast enough if Jeudy is available at 12.

Round 1 — Pick 13 (Indianapolis)

Jordan Love (QB, Utah State): Jacoby Brissett is not the QB of the future for the Colts. Indianapolis decides to take a chance on Love, who has the ability to raise the ceiling of a Colts offense which has the pieces to compete now.

Round 1 — Pick 14 (Tampa Bay)

Kristian Fulton (CB, LSU): The Bucs will need to find a QB, but with the top 4 prospects gone, Tampa decides to target a player who will help improve a bottom-three pass defense.

Round 1 — Pick 15 (Denver)

Henry Ruggs III (WR, Alabama): Courtland Sutton is a number one receiver in the NFL, but he’s not enough for young QB Drew Lock. Denver decides to give Lock another speedy weapon to pair with Sutton and TE Noah Fant.

Round 1 — Pick 16 (Atlanta)

A.J Epenesa (EDGE, Iowa): Atlanta has decided to move on from Vic Beasley. This leads a void on a Falcons defense which was already shaky. Epenesa who appeared to be a top-10 pick before the season is the selection here.

Round 1 — Pick 17 (Dallas)

Xavier McKinney (S, Alabama): The Cowboys have been searching for a safety for quite some time. After failing to acquire Jamal Adams at the trade deadline, Dallas grabs a talented player to fill a need.

Round 1 — Pick 18 (Miami via Pittsburgh)

Tristan Wirfs (OL, Iowa): After dealing promising young tackle Laremy Tunsil, the Dolphins need to improve the offensive line, especially after drafting Tagovailoa earlier.

Round 1 — Pick 19 (Las Vegas via Chicago)

CJ Henderson (CB, Florida): After drafting a WR with their first selection, the Raiders decide to take someone equipped at stopping receivers with their second. Henderson has a high ceiling, and should improve a bottom-ten pass defense.

Round 1 — Pick 20 (Jacksonville via LA Rams)

Mekhi Becton (OL, Louisville): The Jags decided to pass on an offensive lineman with their first pick. At 20, they decide to take a tackle with upside almost as big as his frame (6’7”/369 lbs.)

Round 1 — Pick 21 (Philadelphia)

Tee Higgins (WR, Clemson): After seeing who Carson Wentz was throwing to down the stretch, the need for receiver is glaring. Higgins gives Wentz a weapon with size and downfield ability.

Round 1 — Pick 22 (Buffalo)

K’Lavon Chaisson (EDGE, LSU): With Shaq Lawson and Jordan Phillips being free agents, the Bills could target the LSU pass rusher at 22. If Chaisson’s medicals come out clean, he could have a high ceiling.

Round 1 — Pick 23 (New England)

Grant Delpit (S, LSU): While the Patriots have needs for an offensive playmaker, they will not reach for a receiver. Instead, they will look to fill a need with Devin McCourty being a pending free agent.

Round 1 — Pick 24 (New Orleans)

Laviska Shenault Jr. (WR, Colorado): After breaking the single-season catch record, Michael Thomas showed he can put up the amount of number of two receivers combined. However, the Saints shouldn’t ask Thomas to replicate that effort. New Orleans finally adds a number two receiver.

Round 1 — Pick 25 (Minnesota)

Trevon Diggs (CB, Alabama): With the possibility of losing three corners this offseason, the Vikings have to fill that void. Diggs gives Minnesota a physical corner, who excels in zone coverages.

Round 1 — Pick 26 (Miami via Houston)

D’Andre Swift (RB, Georgia): The Dolphins have a lot of holes to fill, but Miami decides to give their new QB some help by drafting Swift. The Georgia RB should be a major upgrade for a team whose leading rusher was…Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Round 1 — Pick 27 (Seattle)

Josh Jones (OL, Houston): Edge rusher could be the pick here, but with hopes of resigning Jadeveon Clowney, the Seahawks decide to take a player who had a strong Senior Bowl, with the upside of a franchise tackle.

Round 1 — Pick 28 (Baltimore)

Yetur Gross-Matos (EDGE, Penn State): With Mathew Judon being a free agent, the Ravens decide to target an area of need by selecting Gross-Matos. A good pass rusher who can also play the run.

Round 1 — Pick 29 (Tennessee)

Jeff Gladney (CB, TCU): The Titans could look to target an edge rusher with this pick, but they should instead decide to sure up the corner position. Gladney is an all-around corner who will help improve a bottom-ten pass defense.

Round 1 — Pick 30 (Green Bay)

Justin Jefferson (WR, LSU): The Packers need to focus on getting Aaron Rodgers another WR. After having huge games during the College Football Playoff, Jefferson should make for a solid number 2 receiver.

Round 1 — Pick 31 (San Francisco)

Bryce Hall (CB, Virginia): The 49ers have shown that they make a living on the defensive side of the football. With Richard Sherman being 32 at the start of next season, San Francisco elects to take their corner of the future.

Round 1 — Pick 32 (Kansas City)

Kenneth Murray (LB, Oklahoma): There has been rumblings of KC taking a running back with this pick, but after Damien Williams’ strong showing in the Super Bowl, I would be shocked if there wasn’t a defensive player taken here. Murray has the speed to solidify the Chiefs linebacker position.

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Jacob Burns

Jacob Burns

University at Buffalo ’20 | BA in Communication | Writer for The Sports Scientist & Kicks N’ Cleats