Post Free Agency Frenzy 2020 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Two Rounds)

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By Jordan Katz March 21, 2020 0 Comment
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The first wave of free agency has come and gone. We take a look at how free agency changed draft boards with this two-round mock draft.

What a wild ride the early stages of free agency was. We saw blockbuster trades, massive signings, and the greatest quarterback of all time takes his talents to Tampa Bay. With all the moves that were made, it’s time for an updated Mock Draft. Sometimes when reading a mock draft, people are confused about how to view it. Is what you are reading how the writer feels about players or is it what he or she thinks will happen?

This mock draft is strictly predictions. Personal grades on players play no factor in the selections. Every selection is based on what is being reported, as well as the team’s needs. The trades that were made are based upon the rumored teams looking to trade up or down. Here’s a quick look at how the 2020 NFL Draft could start.

Let’s cook.

ROUND ONE

1) Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow, QB LSU

Burrow is the right man for the job in Cincinnati. At LSU, he showed the ability to be accurate at all three levels. He understands how to give his playmakers opportunities in one-on-one situations. Burrow is the logical choice, and a guarantee at this point.

2) *TRADE* Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa, QB Alabama

Washington is publicly discussing their infatuation for Tua Tagovailoa, which screams smoke screen. They just selected Dwayne Haskins as their quarterback of the future. What appears to be more plausible is the idea of them baiting teams to trade up. 

Miami made some excellent additions this offseason. However, a franchise quarterback remains at the top of their wish list. Tagovailoa has immense arm talent, and one of the best deep balls in the country. The medical reports came back clean, which makes him a lock for the top five.

3) Detroit Lions: Chase Young, EDGE Ohio State

Young is one of the best players in this draft. He is an elite pass rusher with a bevy of moves, as well as the ability to dip and bend around the edge. The impact that Young has on a game is second to none. Teams are forced to double team him because he is impossible to block one-on-one. For a defensive-minded team like the Lions, this pick is the ideal scenario.

4) New York Giants: Mekhi Becton, OT Louisville

Dave Gettleman has used the phrase “hog mollies,” in the past when describing the need for offensive linemen. That phrase is how you would describe Mekhi Becton. At 6’7 and 364 pounds, Becton has incredible size and athleticism for the position. His hands are powerful, and he strikes with force. Becton’s hips swivel fluidly, and he kicks out in the 45 degree set surprisingly well.

What makes Becton such an attractive option for the Giants is his ability in the run game. Becton is a mauler that can get out to the second level and punish defenders. Saquon Barkley would love running behind Becton in 2020 and beyond.

5) *TRADE* Washington Redskins: Jedrick Wills Jr., OT Alabama

Washington is not a “Chase Young,” away from making the playoffs. More importantly, it does not seem Washington thinks they are a “Chase Young,” away from making the playoffs. The teasing of Tua Tagovailoa, along with the willingness to trade back, are visible signs that they wish to acquire assets.

After trading back, Washington can still select a starting left tackle with All-Pro potential. Wills is the top tackle in this class, according to many. He’s physical in the run game, and he can counter-punch opposing pass rushers while staying balanced. Wills is a prototypical left tackle in every way possible.

6) Los Angeles Chargers: Jordan Love, QB Utah State

The Chargers insist they’re moving forward with Tyrod Taylor, but that’s just smoke. A Quarterback is a must grab for them in next month’s draft after missing on Tom Brady in free agency.

Love is a playmaker. He has a cannon for an arm, and he extends plays with his legs. Turnovers are a concern with Love; he tends to force throws because he trusts his arm too much. Many people think his game is reminiscent of Patrick Mahomes.

That could land Love higher on the board than people think. The commitment to a mobile quarterback in Tyrod Taylor seems to be a sign that the Chargers selection at six will be a mobile, playmaking signal-caller.

7) Carolina Panthers: Isaiah Simmons, ILB/OLB Clemson

Simmons is a freak of nature. First and foremost, he is an unprecedented athlete for the linebacker position. Simmons can read and react incredibly well in zone coverage because of his experience playing safety. He can play man-to-man against running backs, tight ends, and even slot receivers.

Near the line of scrimmage, Simmons is equally as successful. He flies downhill and shoots the proper gaps against the run. His sideline to sideline speed is terrific. Simmons can even come off the edge as a pass rusher.

“The Unicorn,” of the 2020 Draft Class can do it all. He fits in any team’s defense.

8) Arizona Cardinals: Tristan Wirfs, OL Iowa

Wirfs tested off the charts athletically during the Combine. The tape confirms the workout he turned in. Wirfs gets to the second level quickly and has the power to seal players effortlessly.

Wirfs checks the boxes in pass protection as well. His kick slide is exactly how you teach it because he is so light on his feet. He keeps his hands high and has powerful strikes.

Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury will love having an athlete of Wirfs’ caliber on the offensive line.

9) Jacksonville Jaguars: Jeffrey Okudah, CB Ohio State

What a dream scenario this is for Jacksonville. Okudah is an elite cover corner. He mirrors receivers incredibly well. Okudah has excellent footwork and flips his hips effortlessly in coverage. From a technical standpoint, Okudah is the kind of player you would create in a lab.

Jacksonville is hitting the reset button on defense. If they could land Okudah, it would be an ideal scenario.

10) Cleveland Browns: Andrew Thomas, OT Georgia

Even though the Browns landed Jack Conklin in free agency, they still need a starting left tackle. Thomas is a mauler in the run game. However, he’s better in pass protection than the media realizes.

Thomas is light on his feet, showing elite footwork when kicking out in pass protection. He remains balanced when a rusher initiates contact. If Thomas can get his hands on the defender first, it’s game over. His grip strength is incredible.

This is an elite prospect, and a steal for the Browns at 10.

11) *TRADE* Philadelphia Eagles: Jerry Jeudy, WR Alabama

The Jets miss out on all the top tackles, which makes them a trade down candidate. They need offensive linemen desperately. Even though they also need a wide receiver, the pass catching class is so deep, they can grab a quality starter on day two.

Philadelphia, on the other hand, enters the draft with one primary need; a number one wide receiver. After trading for Darius Slay, the Eagles are in a great position to fly up the board for one of the top end receivers in the draft.

Jeudy is the top receiver according to many in this draft because of his route running ability. His quickness in and out of cuts makes him the selection at 11.

12) Las Vegas Raiders: Henry Ruggs III, WR Alabama

After the Raiders addition of Corey Littleton, wide receiver becomes the expected pick at 12. Head Coach Jon Gruden loves players with top end speed on the outside. The ability to stretch the field vertically is something he values.

Ruggs is the ideal playmaker for a Jon Gruden. He’s dynamic with the ball in his hands, he separates early in the route with elite quickness, and he can separate over the top because of his elite speed.

13) San Francisco 49ers: Derrick Brown, IDL Auburn

Following the trade of DeForest Buckner, the Niners are expected to select his replacement with this pick. Kinlaw is a freakish athlete and an ideal three tech at the next level. His rip move against interior offensive linemen is lethal.

Brown is a big time athlete for his size. He destroys double teams, he bullies opposing linemen in one-on-one reps, and his motor runs nonstop. Brown is a perfect player to compliment the Niners already loaded defensive front line.

14) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: CJ Henderson, CB Florida

Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles took a defense with a few solid pieces and made it extremely competent in 2019. To take the next leap, they need an elite man cover corner.

Henderson is that kind of player. His mirror skills are phenomenal. Henderson is able to stay with opposing receivers because of his quick hips and tremendous footwork. Even though he lacks physicality, his technique allows him to be a shut down corner.

15) Denver Broncos: Kenneth Murray, ILB Oklahoma

A three down middle linebacker is something Denver could look to address in round one. Murray and Patrick Queen are both really good athletes with impressive range from sideline to sideline. Their athleticism also allows them to cover tight ends and running backs.

The reason Murray goes here is because he is the better tackler. Head Coach Vic Fangio values defenders that can tackle. That is what makes Murray the better fit here.

16) *TRADE* Green Bay Packers: CeeDee Lamb, WR Oklahoma

Aaron Rodgers lacks weapons outside of Davante Adams. In order to reach their goal of the Super Bowl, they will need to add a weapon or two in this draft.

One scenario that could make sense is the Packers jumping up for one of the big three receivers, especially if one falls. They enter the draft with an improved defense and a win now attitude.

Lamb is the most complete receiver of the big three, but he’s currently projected to be the third off the board. If Green Bay finds a scenario to aggressively move up the board for a pass catcher, they might take it.

17) Dallas Cowboys: Javon Kinlaw, IDL South Carolina

Dallas is going to go defense early in this draft. Getting one of the top two defensive tackles would be a dream scenario for them.

In this mock draft, that dream came true. Kinlaw holds blockers at the point of attack as well, and allows others to fill the lane in order to make plays. Even though his stat line from his time at South Carolina is lacking, Kinlaw is a big time player.

18) Miami Dolphins: Josh Jones, OT Houston

Assuming Miami does move up for Tua Tagovailoa, offensive line will be atop their wish list at this selection. Tua will need an athletic right tackle in order for him to succeed at the next level.

Jones fits that mold. He’s an athlete in space, and he’s a mauler at the second level. His strikes in the run game pack a wallop right off the snap of the ball. Many have him as the top tackle of “tier two,” making him the selection for Miami in this scenario.

19) Las Vegas Raiders: Kristian Fulton, CB LSU

It’s hard to imagine that Eli Apple on a prove it deal is going to deter the Raiders from selecting one of the talent corners in this draft. Fulton is very similar to CJ Henderson a few picks earlier. He’s a quality athlete that mirrors receivers well, and he has excellent ball skills. Fulton is a great value pick for a team in the back end of round one.

20) *TRADE* Seattle Seahawks: K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE LSU

After Chaisson, the talent among the EDGE rushers in this draft takes a massive dip. Chaisson is one of two players in this draft (Chase Young being the other) with the ability to run the arch, and the move set to compliment his athleticism.

Seattle desperately needs an elite pass rusher. They traded for Jadeveon Clowney last year, but he was unable to fill the roll. Trading up for Chaisson is a realistic scenario that would take the Seahawks defense to the next level.

21) *TRADE* New York Jets: Austin Jackson, OT USC

Jackson is an ideal fit for Head Coach Adam Gase. Jackson is a big time athlete in space. His kickslide is also impressive, showing the ability to cut off opposing edge rushers before they can successfully run the arch towards the quarterback. Now this is a little early for Jackson. However, the Jets trading backward in round one and selecting him makes sense if all the top tackles go before their selection at 11.

22) Minnesota Vikings: Justin Jefferson, WR LSU

Jefferson is a more complete receiver than some realize. He ran a really good route tree under the direction of Joe Brady at LSU. Jefferson makes sharp cuts, and he shows intelligence as a route runner as well. The playmaking abilities of the former LSU star should make him a top 40 lock come April.

23) New England Patriots: Justin Herbert, QB Oregon

For the record, there is a good chance Herbert goes higher than this spot. However, one of the quarterbacks will fall because not enough teams need quarterbacks after the activity that took place in Free Agency.

One team that does need a quarterback is New England. There is a chance they stick it out with Jared Stidham. Having said that, if the opportunity presented itself to go get a pocket passer with a big arm and NFL level mobility, like Herbert, New England might take it.

They also might tank for Trevor Lawrence. One thing is for sure, attempting to predict what Bill Belichick is going to do is an impossible challenge.

24) New Orleans Saints: Jeff Gladney, CB TCU

Gladney has big time skills in man coverage. He can mirror from the boundary as well as the nicker corner position. Gladney can get physical with opposing receivers, and force them off of their route combinations. When on the boundary, he can trail opposing receiver and make plays on the football.

A really good fit in the back end of round one is Gladney to the Saints. They need a day one slot corner with the versatility to play the boundary once Janoris Jenkins inevitably goes by the wayside.

25) Minnesota Vikings: Grant Delpit, FS/SS LSU

The fit is not spectacular, but Minnesota needs playmakers in the secondary. Delpit is just that. He can rush the passer, he’s physical against the run, and he shows good instincts when playing the single high spot.

Delpit’s biggest issue is that his 2019 tape is less than stellar. Delpit missed a fair amount of tackles, and his effort looked off at times.

Having said that, he is still a talented safety that can do many things for a team’s defense. His game is reminiscent of another LSU defensive back; Jamal Adams.

26) *TRADE* Washington Redskins: Patrick Queen, ILB LSU

Assuming Washington is successful in trading back, Queen is a perfect target for them here. He’s a modern-day three-down linebacker. Queen is extremely athletic, and he’s adept in both zone as well as man to man coverage.

Even though Queen misses some tackles from time to time, he plays with a high motor. Queen is all systems go all the time.

In his totality, he is the signal-caller Washington is missing in the middle of their defense.

27) *TRADE* Jacksonville Jaguars: Ross Blacklock, DT TCU

Blacklock would go significantly higher if he did not have an injury history at TCU. He is an elite pass rusher along the interior with a lightning-quick first step.

What separates him from the “second tier,” of defensive tackles this year is his ability to stack and shed against the run. Of the athletic defensive tackles that are in said second tier, Blacklock makes the biggest impact in the run game.

The fact that Blacklock’s game is multifaceted will have him selected in the top 40 on draft day.

28) Baltimore Ravens: Denzel Mims, WR Baylor

It’s a bold call to have the Ravens go pass catcher in round one. Nevertheless, because the top three off-ball linebackers are taken, they move to their next big need.

Mims is a perfect fit for the Ravens offense. He wins contested catches with his size and athleticism. These assets also help him win on route combinations deep down the field. Mims also makes plays in the red zone.

29) Tennessee Titans: A.J. Epenesa, DL Iowa

After a poor showing at the NFL Scouting Combine, Epenesa penciled himself in as a player who is better served as a 3-4 defensive end.

Fortunately, that’s precisely the player Tennessee is looking for. Epenesa’s quickness made him a mismatch for interior offensive linemen when Iowa moved him inside. He’s a disciplined player with elite power at the point of attack.

If a team like Tennessee puts a few pounds on him and moves him inside, Epenesa can be a Pro Bowl caliber player.

30) *TRADE* Atlanta Falcons: Cesar Ruiz, IOL Michigan

Atlanta is in the process of remaking their offensive line. Alex Mack and James Carpenter are two starters over 30 that the Falcons could look to replace early in this draft.

Following a trade down, Atlanta selects the top interior offensive lineman in this draft, Cesar Ruiz. Ruiz is athletic, he’s smart in pass protection, and he shoots his hands with power when attacking defensive linemen.

The fit makes a lot of sense for a team looking to become younger and more athletic upfront.

31) San Francisco 49ers: Brandon Aiyuk, WR Arizona State

Aiyuk is a monster after the catch. Whether it’s before the line of scrimmage, or after he has made a play down the field, Aiyuk is a threat to score every time he touches it. Aiyuk makes plays down the field as well, separating with top-end speed on go routes.

He makes for an excellent complement to Deebo Samuel in the Niners receiving core.

32) Kansas City Chiefs: D’Andre Swift, RB Georgia

The Chiefs have multiple needs on defense. However, last year the Chiefs essentially punted away their defense and won a Super Bowl. Why not just fill the one missing piece on your offense?

According to most, Swift is the best running back in the draft class. Swift’s ability to change direction is second to none among this group of running backs. He can get skinny through the hole as a runner, and he has exceptional vision between the tackles.

Swift to the Chiefs is a home run selection.

TRADE DETAILS IN ROUND ONE

  • The Miami Dolphins trade the #5, #26, #56, and #70 to the Washington Redskins for the #2 and #108.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles trade the #21, #53, and a 2021 2nd Round Pick to the New York Jets for the #11 and a 2021 4th Round Pick.
  • The Green Bay Packers traded the #30, #175, and a 2021 1st Round Pick to the Atlanta Falcons for the #16.
  • The Seattle Seahawks trade the #27 and #64 to the Jacksonville Jaguars for the #20 and #165.

ROUND TWO

33) Cincinnati Bengals: Lucas Niang, OT TCU

34) Indianapolis Colts: Laviska Shenault Jr., WR TCU

35) Detroit Lions: Trevon Diggs, CB Alabama

36) New York Giants: Zack Baun, EDGE Wisconsin

37) Los Angeles Chargers: Jonathan Taylor, RB Wisconsin

38) Carolina Panthers: Antoine Winfield Jr., FS Minnesota

39) Miami Dolphins: J.K. Dobbins, RB Ohio State

40) Houston Texans: Neville Gallimore, IDL Oklahoma

41) Cleveland Browns: Jeremy Chinn, LB/S Southern Illinois

42) Jacksonville Jaguars: Jalen Reagor, WR TCU

43) Chicago Bears: Lloyd Cushenberry III, IOL LSU

44) Indianapolis Colts: Cole Kmet, TE Notre Dame

45) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Justin Madubuike, IDL Texas A&M

46) Denver Broncos: Tee Higgins, WR Clemson

47) Atlanta Falcons: Noah Igbinoghene, CB Auburn

48) New York Jets: Josh Uche, EDGE Michigan

49) Pittsburgh Steelers: Isaiah Wilson, OT Georgia

50) Chicago Bears: A.J. Terrell, CB Clemson

51) Dallas Cowboys: Ashtyn Davis, SS California

52) Los Angeles Rams: Jaylon Johnson, CB Utah

53) *TRADE* New York Jets: Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR Michigan

54) Buffalo Bills: Damon Arnette, CB Ohio State

55) Baltimore Ravens: Malik Harrison, ILB Ohio State

56) *TRADE* Washington Redskins: Matt Hennessy, IOL Temple

57) Houston Texans: Jonah Jackson, IOL Ohio State

58) Minnesota Vikings: Bryce Hall, CB Virginia

59) Seattle Seahawks: Robert Hunt, IOL Louisiana

60) Baltimore Ravens: Terrell Lewis, EDGE Alabama

61) Tennessee Titans: Matthew Peart, OT UCONN

62) Green Bay Packers: Adam Trautman, TE Dayton

63) Kansas City Chiefs: Troy Pride Jr., CB Notre Dame

64) *TRADE* Jacksonville Jaguars: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB LSU

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