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First Round 2020 NFL Mock Draft

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By Marc Lillibridge March 8, 2020 0 Comment
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We are just over a month away from the 2020 NFL Draft. The time when many player’s lives will forever change after being draft by an NFL team willing to take a chance on them. I have developed my first full first-round NFL mock draft of the season so let’s take a look at my early thoughts below.

1) Cincinnati Bengals: QB Joe Burrow, LSU

Just about every NFL mock draft should have this selection by now: Joe Burrow. The Bengals have had Andy Dalton at the helm for a long time but change is needed. The Bengals keep a player who grew up in Ohio home and have instant fan support. The Bengals have solid pieces in place to make a playoff push in 2020.

2) Washington Redskins: CB Jeffery Okudah, Ohio State

Unlike most NFL mock drafts, I do not have Chase Young going at #2. Instead, I’ve got Jeffery Okudah, the best defensive player in the class. Okudah becomes the Alpha Dog for the Redskins defense. Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio will line him up vs opposing teams No. 2 WR all day and eliminate half the field.

3) Detroit Lions: OLB Chase Young, Ohio State

Young is an athletic freak and instantly makes the Lions defense better. Young gives defensive coordinator Cory Undlin flexibility on defense.

4) New York Giants: OT Tristian Wirfs, Iowa

General Manager Dave Gettleman improvs the defense in free agency. Now Gettleman protects his investment in quarteback Daniel Jones by selecting a top line LT prospect and kicking Nate Solder to RT.

5) Miami Dolphins: QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama

This pick seems to have been set in motion even before the 2019 season kicked off. Most people just though the Dolphins would be picking at first overall.

6) Los Angeles Chargers: OT Mekhi Becton, Louisville

With the trade of Russell Okung to the Panthers, the Chargers need to solidify the left side of the offensive line for their big unrestricted free agent signing quarterback. Becton fits the mold.

7 (7) Carolina Panthers: QB Justin Herbert, Oregon

Cam Newton’s time is done in Carolina and the Panthers are building for the future. Ride Christian McCaffrey in 2020 while Herbert gets his feet underneath himself.

8) Arizona Cardinals: DT Derrick Brown, Auburn

Brown is a stud on the inside and the Cardinals need tons of help there as well as elsewhere on defense.

9) Jacksonville Jaguars: LB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson

I’m not sure is general manager Dave Caldwell knows what he needs, so he will draft the best athlete in the draft and hope the coaches can find a spot for him.

10) Cleveland Browns: OT Andrew Thomas, Georgia

Thomas fills a need along the offensive line that needs to do better at protecting quarterback Baker Mayfield.

11) New York Jets: WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama

In New York, the team needs to revolve around quarterback Sam Darnold. Jeudy is a big, physical target who will become the go-to WR in the Jets offense.

12) Las Vegas Raiders: WR CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma

Since the Raiders will be getting a new quarterback in free agency, they need a baller at wide receiver. Lamb has speed, ball skills and moxie that head coach Jon Gruden will love.

13) Indianapolis Colts: DE A.J. Epensa, Iowa

General Manager Chris Ballard has shown success at drafting rising yet proven players. Espensa is a powerful player who still has upside. Instant upgrade along the defensive front for Colts.

14) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: OT Jedrick Wills, Alabama

Wills is a very good athlete who plugs in quickly along the Bucs offensive line.

15)Denver Broncos: DT Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina

Kinlaw is strong at the point of attack and is a perfect defensive tackle for head coach Vic Fangio’s defense. General Manager John Elway looks like a hero getting Kinlaw here.

16) Atlanta Falcons: TE Chase Claypool, Notre Dame

The Falcons go out on a limb after losing tight end Austin Hooper in free agency. Claypool has hands, size and is tough. He will fill in nicely as a weapon in Falcons’ offense.

17) Dallas Cowboys: WR Henry Ruggs III, Alabama

With or without wide receiver Amari Cooper, Ruggs becomes a star in Dallas. With speed, deceptive route running and hands, Ruggs is another toy for head coach Mike McCarthy.

18) Miami Dolphins: OLB K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU

The Dolphins just got their next new pass rusher along the lines of Jason Taylor. Chaisson could get double-digit sacks in 2020.

19) Las Vegas Raiders: CB C.J. Henderson, Florida

The Raiders need secondary help and Henderson loves to be physical at the line of scrimmage. His playing style will remind fans of a young Charles Woodson.

20) Jacksonville Jaguars: S Grant Delpit, LSU

Name the two starting safeties for the Jaguars in 2019. Delpit is a ball-hawk who is also a physical tackler.

21) Philadelphia Eagles: LB Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma

Murray is fast, explosive and will be a dynamic playmaker for the Eagles. Defensive Coordinator Jim Schwartz will find unique ways to exploit Murray’s skill set.

22) Buffalo Bills: WR Laviska Shenault Jr, Colorado

The Bills need a wide receiver to be the lead dog. Shenault will dominate in contested situations and open up the passing attack for strong-armed quarterback Josh Allen.

23) New England Patriots: DE Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State

The Patriots have depth at most positions and head coach Bill Belichick knows how to find players. NFL teams know they can never have enough pass rushers so Gross-Matos joins a stacked defense.

24) New Orleans Saints: OT Josh Jones, Houston

Much like the Cowboys did a few years back with Connor Williams or Dolphins with Laremy Tunsil, the Saints draft Jones and slide him inside to guard.

25) Minnesota Vikings: CB Bryce Hall, Virginia

A long, lean cornerback with the ability to stick his foot in the ground and close on the football. Hall will start his career at cornerback but could be converted to safety in the future.

26) Miami Dolphins: LB Patrick Queen, LSU

Queen is smart, flexible and incredible at tackling. Under head coach Brian Flores, Queen could end up being an All-Pro.

27) Seattle Seahawks: OLB Curtis Weaver, Boise State

Jadeveon Clowney possibly gone, Weaver fills a need as a pass rusher and a heavy handed player in the run game.

28) Baltimore Ravens: S Kyle Dugger, Lenoir-Rhyne

The Ravens don’t have many holes but taking a player like Duggar fits the mold of how the team drafts. Duggar can be used in multiple roles.

29) Tennessee Titans: DE James Lynch, Baylor

Lynch is tough, physical player who is strong at the point of attack. Nothing flashy to his game but will be used in different situations for the Titans.

30) Green Bay Packers: OL Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin

Biadasz played center at Wisconsin but can be used as a guard as well. Center Corey Linsley is an unrestricted free agent after 2020 so this gives the Packers protection in the future.

31) San Francisco 49ers: S Jeremy Chinn, Southern Illinois

Chinn eats, sleeps and breathes football. General Manager John Lynch was one of those players during his time in NFL. With loss of Jimmie  Ward in free agency, Chinn fills in nicely.

32) Kansas City Chiefs: CB Trevon Diggs, Alabama

Length for days, Diggs is good in press man and jump ball situations. Will be a good pro once he learns he can play at this level.

 

If you have any comments or questions regarding this NFL mock draft, please leave them in the comments below! Would love to hear your thoughts.

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Marc Lillibridge has over 25 years in and around the NFL as a linebacker, scout, agent and media member. President of The Brawl Network.

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