AUSTIN’S 2020 NFL MOCK DRAFT

Burrow and Young expected to be selected with the first two picks

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LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, who is expected to be drafted #1 overall by the Cincinnati Bengals

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With the NFL Draft growing closer and closer, it is time for my 2020 NFL Mock Draft! I will draft the first two rounds, and I will include some hypothetical trades as well that could shake everything up. The early part of the draft immediately gets crazy with trades, but the players picked go about as expected early. However, there are certainly some surprises as we move through the latter parts of the first round. Quarterback and receiver should be the most interesting positions to watch, as they are both stacked with high level talent that will last through several rounds. With many teams in unique quarterback situations, it will be interesting to see if some choose to sign a free agent QB like Jameis Winston or choose to draft their QB of the future. Here is my mock draft.

Picks 1-32 are first round, 33-64 are second

  1. Bengals-Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
  2. Redskins-Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
  3. Chargers(via trade with Lions)-Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
  4. Giants-Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
  5. Dolphins-Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
  6. Jaguars(via Lions trade with Chargers)-Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
  7. Panthers-Tristan Wirfs, OL, Iowa
  8. Cardinals-Andrew Thomas, OL, Georgia
  9. Jaguars-Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
  10. Browns-CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
  11. Jets-Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
  12. Falcons(via trade with Raiders)-CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
  13. Patriots(via trade with 49ers)-Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
  14. Jaguars(via trade with Buccaneers)-Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
  15. Broncos-Mekhi Becton, OL, Louisville
  16. Raiders(via trade with Falcons)-K’Lavon Chaisson, LB, LSU
  17. Jets(via trade with Cowboys)-Jedrick Wills Jr., OL, Alabama
  18. Dolphins-Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
  19. Raiders-Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
  20. Lions(via trade with Jaguars)-Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
  21. Eagles-Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
  22. Vikings-Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
  23. 49ers(via trade with Patriots)-Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
  24. Saints-Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
  25. Vikings-A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
  26. Dolphins-Grant Delpit, S, LSU
  27. Seahawks-A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
  28. Ravens-Zack Baun, LB, Wisconsin
  29. Titans-Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
  30. Packers-Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
  31. 49ers-Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State
  32. Chiefs-Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah
  33. Bengals-Cesar Ruiz, OL, Michigan
  34. Colts-Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
  35. Jaguars(via trade with Lions)-Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU
  36. Giants-Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
  37. Chargers-Austin Jackson, OL, USC
  38. Panthers-Neville Gallimore, DL, Oklahoma
  39. Raiders(via trade with Dolphins)-Josh Jones, OL, Houston
  40. Texans-Robert Hunt, OL, Louisiana
  41. Browns-Isaiah Wilson, OL, Georgia
  42. Jaguars-Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois
  43. Bears-Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU
  44. Colts-Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
  45. Jaguars(via trade with Buccaneers)-Josh Uche, EDGE, Michigan
  46. Broncos-Jacob Eason, QB, Washington
  47. Falcons-Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia
  48. Jets-Lloyd Cushenberry, OL, LSU
  49. Steelers-Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama
  50. Bears-Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
  51. Cowboys-Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado
  52. Rams-D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
  53. Eagles-Ashtyn Davis, S, California
  54. Bills-Michael Pittman Jr., WR, USC
  55. Ravens-J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
  56. Dolphins-KJ Hamler, WR, Penn State
  57. Rams-Jordan Elliott, DL, Missouri
  58. Vikings-Marlon Davidson, DL, Auburn
  59. Seahawks-Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota
  60. Ravens-Lucas Niang, OL, TCU
  61. Titans-Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State
  62. Packers-Netane Muti, OL, Fresno State
  63. Chiefs-Justin Madubulke, DL, Texas A&M
  64. Lions-Lynn Bowden Jr., WR, Kentucky

 

  • Lions trade 3rd overall pick to the Chargers and receive the 6th overall pick and Desmond King(CB).
  • Raiders trade the 12th overall pick to the Falcons and receive the 16th overall pick and a 4th round pick(119).
  • 49ers trade the 13th overall pick to the Patriots and receive the 23rd overall pick and 3rd round pick(87).
  • Buccaneers trade the 14th overall pick and a 2nd round pick(45) to the Jaguars and receive Yannick Ngakoue(DE) and a 6th round pick(189).
  • Cowboys trade 17th overall pick, 4th round pick(123), and 5th round pick(179) and receive Jamal Adams and Jets 4th round pick(120).
  • Lions trade Bo Scarborough(RB), the 6th overall pick(via Chargers) and a 2nd round pick(35) to the Jaguars and receive Leonard Fournette(RB) and the 20th overall pick.

 

Trades are certainly a major part of the first round, as many teams want to trade back, as their priority players are not in high demand, while others must trade up to fulfill their draft hopes and needs, thus adding some unexpected turns to the draft. Now remember, this is just a mock draft, not a real draft, so while this could happen come Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, it’s not definite. I hope you guys enjoyed reading this, and stay safe during the rest of this pandemic!

Written on April 17th, 2020

 

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