Everything moves quickly in the NFL and things have moved very quickly since our last mock draft.
With some potential first-round prospects committing back to college, Mock Draft 2.0 sees a shakeup.
Once declarations were in, the 2020 draft class turned into the best receiver class in years. This mock draft has 5 wide receivers being taken in the first round along with 6 offensive lineman!
The key factor and intrigue in the 2020 NFL draft is Tua Tagovailoa; where he ends up drafted and what it takes to draft him will cause a domino effect to ripple through the entire draft.
With the onfield Combine drills taking place from Thursday 27th February, there is still much to be decided.
***This mock drafts does not include trades that will inevitably occur come April 23rd in Las Vegas***
As always, we will keep you updated here at Ninety-Nine Yards right up until draft day. Let us know your opinions on twitter @NinetynineYards, who is your team taking?
Cincinnati Bengals – QB – JOE BURROW – LSU
If you came looking for a shock. I am sorry to disappoint. This pick seems so locked in the commissioner has already been informed.
There has been talk from inside the Bengals organisation that they really liked Justin Herbert at the Senior Bowl. There have also been rumours that Joe Burrow doesn’t want to play for the Bengals. Despite all the smoke and mirrors the Bengals and Joe Burrow are giving off, does anyone seriously not expect this to happen?!
Washington Redskins – EDGE – CHASE YOUNG – Ohio State
The Redskins simply cannot pass up a generational talent like Chase Young. Even though he is unlikely to be the #1 pick, his production and talent is as good as. Despite serving a 2 game suspension he still led all of college football in sacks and forced fumbles. The Ohio State University has produced yet another generational pass rusher.
Detroit Lions – CB – JEFFREY OKUDAH – Ohio State
The 2020 Draft starts here! This is where it could really heat up. Does Detroit trade back? Does Detroit take a QB? Despite the rumours the Lions have fallen out of love with Matthew Stafford, If they stay at #3 it’s likely we have back to back Buckeyes drafted.
Okudah is an exceptional talent and is by far the best cornerback in this draft, possibly the best we have seen for years. If the Lions let Darius Slay walk, Okudah could be the future of the Lions defence.
New York Giants – OT – JEDRICK WILLS JR – Alabama
The Giants have made their investment at quarterback in Daniel Jones. Now it is time to protect him. Unless Jones’s sack and fumble rate decrease the Giants will find themselves drafting early again in 2021.
Here the Giants go out and get a premier offensive lineman who has the size and athleticism that Dave Gettleman looks for. Good in pass protection, even better at run blocking. Jedrick Wills is able to protect Daniel Jones and prize running back Saquon Barkley.
Miami Dolphins – QB – TUA TAGOVAILOA – Alabama
We had Tua going to the Dolphins in Mock Draft 1.0 and it seems most are now agreeing. If Tua is Healthy it’s difficult to see him as anything but a Dolphin.
It should be simple. If Tua is your guy. Go and get him. Even if Miami has to trade up, they have more than enough draft stock to do it.
LA Chargers – QB – JUSTIN HERBERT – Oregon
The Chargers can’t hide it any longer. They are in the market for a quarterback. With Philip Rivers moving on, the Chargers are left with little option. Unless something drastic happens in free agency, the QB of the future is going to come from the draft.
The Chargers are in the category of those teams who will be looking to move up. Whether they can get above the Dolphins with all their draft capital is questionable.
Herbert certainly isn’t a finished article. But he isn’t too far away. He needs a team who can develop him and play to his traits. He has the arm strength and he has the accuracy. The Chargers need to treat him carefully or we could see another promising QB fall by the wayside.
Carolina Panthers – LB – ISAIAH SIMMONS – Clemson
It looks like Carolina are committed to Cam Newton and they have other needs to fill.
Isaiah Simmons is a special individual. A man with uniquely versatile talent who can line up anywhere in the defensive backfield. It is possible we look back at the 2020 draft class and view Simmons as the best player in the draft.
The loss of Luke Kuechly is damaging to the Panthers. A defensive stalwart who quarterbacked the Panthers defence. Simmons is the ideal replacement who will be a foundational player for years to come.
Arizona Cardinals – WR – CEEDEE LAMB – Oklahoma
The Cardinals draft a wide receiver in this mock draft. Is it their most needed position? No. Is it there second most needed position? No. The Cardinals desperately need help on the offensive line. But the lure of getting a weapon for Kyler Murray could prove too much.
The debate will rumble on whether it is Lamb or Jeudy who is WR1 in this class. Really it doesn’t matter, both are exceptional talents. It’s personal preference. Here the Oklahoma connection pays off and Kliff Kingsbury adds another piece to his air raid offence.
Jacksonville Jaguars – DT – DERRICK BROWN – Auburn
It appears the Jaguars are moving on from Marcell Dareus. They get his replacement. Derrick Brown is an instant impact player. Brown will cause havoc upfront and is one of the best players available in this draft.
In the AFC, teams have to put pressure on the opposing quarterback. Brown can be a cornerstone of the Jaguars’ defence as they look to get back their identity of being a fearful defence.
Cleveland Browns – OT – MEKHI BECTON – Louisville
Becton is a rare talent. A brut of a man. Becton has extraordinary movement for a man of his size. He has the size every team looks for. His size means he can be a matchup for any edge rusher and with Mayfield, Beckham JR and co. Those extra couple of seconds Becton can buy will be vital.
Becton’s size and skills means he will rocket up boards and should shine at this years combine. Don’t be surprised if Becton ends up being the first tackle off the board.
New York Jets – OT – ANDREW THOMAS – Georgia
This should be easy for the Jets. Get better up-front! Protect your 2 most valuable players in Sam Darnold and Le’Veon Bell. If the Jets are serious about being competitive they have to fix their fundamental issue of poor o-line play.
Thomas grades at the top of this tackle draft class. He is a dominant blocker and has the strength and adjustability to suit Bell’s patient run game.
Las Vegas Raiders – WR – JERRY JEUDY – Alabama
Jeudy is WR1 in this class. Although the debate will continue. Jeudy will be an instant impact player in Las Vegas, a prospect to be excited about. After the Antonio Brown debacle, the Raiders need an elite receiver, Jeudy is just that.
Indianapolis Colts – DT – JAVON KINLAW – South Carolina
The Colts go ahead and grab an explosive talent. Indianapolis are built to be ruthless, relentless and brutal. Kinlaw fits this mould. In Kinlaw, the Colts get another franchise cornerstone and will dominate both trenches.
In my first mock draft, I had the Colts taking a QB. If the Colts don’t sort out their QB situation, it wouldn’t be a shock to see them take one here. The Colts model doesn’t appear to be aggressive in the draft and with the big names off the board early, the Colts have other issues to solve.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – OT – TRISTAN WIRFS – Iowa
Another team. Another quarterback conundrum. We assume the Bucs commit to Winston or go hard in free agency and here take a step to fill their biggest hole. The O-Line.
Wirfs has all the traits to be an elite offensive tackle. He controls the run game with ease and has all the ability to become dominant in pass protection too.
Denver Broncos – WR – HENRY RUGGS III – Alabama
If there is a word to be associated with Henry Ruggs, it’s speed! But Ruggs isn’t just a speedster, he displays the qualities you would expect from an elite receiver. There is no doubt Ruggs will be a talking point of this year’s combine and he could climb into the Jeudy/Lamb debate.
The Broncos need more weapons than just Courtland Sutton and Noah Fant to catch the ball. If the Broncos want to give Drew Lock the best opportunity to shine, go and get a deep threat competitor who will have corners running scared.
Atlanta Falcons – EDGE – A.J. EPENESA – Iowa
The Falcons needed an edge rusher before they gave up on Vic Beasley, now it’s just getting more serious. The front office in Atlanta has thrown draft picks at the problem in hope to solve it. So why stop now.
Epenesa is a dependable talent. He has a high floor but a lower ceiling than some of the other pass-rushing talents. He is exactly what the Falcons need. A rusher who will perform for them now.
Dallas Cowboys – S – GRANT DELPIT – LSU
Safety is a position that has been neglected in Dallas. With a change in management comes a need to be more physical in the backfield.
Delpit has the skill set and versatility to be an every-down safety in year one. There have been some concerns over his tackling ability while at LSU but it’s improved considerably in 2019. Delpit’s high football intelligence fills the Cowboys need and adds leadership and decision making to the secondary.
Miami Dolphins (Via Pittsburgh Steelers) – OT – JOSH JONES – Houston
Although Miami can be aggressive in the draft, it is rumoured the Dolphins front office will keep hold of the #18 pick to draft an offensive tackle, and it’s needed!
To say Miami need help in the trenches is an understatement. This is a full rebuild. With the elite tackles off the board, the Dolphins look for the next best thing in Josh Jones.
Jones is a player that will only rise up draft boards. Jones has natural size and physicality to get front offices watching. He also has legitimate skills that can transfer to the NFL. Jones is a project player with a huge upside and he will need work if Miami is to get him to an elite status. With a bit of polishing Miami adds an essential piece to their rebuild.
Las Vegas Raiders (Via Chicago Bears) – LB – PATRICK QUEEN – LSU
The way the Raiders draft, this one works. The Raiders look for tough guys with the right mentality. Patrick Queen is a player with high football IQ. He is a smart player with sideline-to-sideline ability.
The way teams are building defences for today’s NFL, it puts great demand on a linebacker to be able to do it all. Queen will be a three-down NFL back with great combinations meaning he will perform in pass protection and run blocking.
Jacksonville Jaguars (Via LA Rams) – CB – TREVON DIGGS – Alabama
After trading Jalen Ramsey to the Rams and potentially losing AJ Bouye in free agency, the Jags have to find themselves a corner.
Diggs fits the mould of an instinctive modern-day cornerback. Lengthy and quick, his explosivity is his major trait. Diggs can be a three-down corner, playing inside and outside from day 1. Diggs strength and speed means he can press the line of scrimmage and can be utilised to bully opposing receivers.
Philadelphia Eagles – WR – LAVISKA SHENAULT – Colorado
Laviska Shenault is a mismatch guy. His athleticism and basketball history means he can beat you on the outside, while his size and catch radius create mismatches in the slot.
The Eagles are short at the wideout position, in Shenault they get a dream player for any offensive coordinator.
Buffalo Bills – EDGE – K’LAVON CHAISSON – LSU
Chaisson has the potential to be an established edge rusher. He just hasn’t proven it yet. If Chaisson had the production he would be looking at being drafted much earlier than this. With risk comes reward, but drafting a player with his much potential in the 20s could be a steal.
Chaisson is the opposite to A.J. Epenesea. His ceiling is as high as it goes but his floor is a lot lower. The Bills will no doubt be in the market for a playmaking wide receiver, there will still be plenty they can grab on day 2 without missing out on a gifted prospect.
New England Patriots – EDGE – YETUR GROSS-MATOS – Penn State
Gross-Matos has all the measurables to be an elite Edge-rusher. He has unbelievable length and could potentially line up anywhere across the defensive line. He just needs some coaching.
Luckily here he lands in New England where, with their elite coaching staff, he is able to develop. His ceiling is sky-high if he is coached the right way.
New Orleans Saints – QB – JORDAN LOVE – Utah State
Jordan Love could be drafted anywhere. He could be drafted in the top ten, he could be drafted at the back end of the first round.
There is no denying Love has all the physical traits. He combines arm strength and mobility, meeting the prototype for the modern NFL quarterback. There is nothing he isn’t able to do on the field. What Love needs is to sit behind a pro for a year, learn how to make better decisions and improve his accuracy.
Love is the type of player Sean Payton could fall head over heels for.
Minnesota Vikings – CB – KRISTIAN FULTON – LSU
Fulton is another player with a ridiculously high floor in the 2020 draft. He is a shutdown corner who can match the physicality of the biggest of receivers. Fulton has a tidy toolbox available and has the potential to be one of the best corners in the NFL
Due to salary cap issues, it is likely the Vikings once talented group of cornerbacks will be depleted. Fulton is NFL ready now and fills an immediate need for the Vikings.
Miami Dolphins (Via Houston Texans) – RB – D’ANDRE SWIFT – Georgia
The Dolphins go offence heavy in the first round. With needs at every position, it makes sense to focus on one area.
Swift isn’t just a running back. He is an offensive weapon. His low centre of gravity allows him to be great in contact and gain yards after contact. Swift’s ability to catch the ball out of the backfield means the Dolphins can be more adventurous in the play calling and Swift could end up being Tua’s go to man.
Seattle Seahawks – OT – AUSTIN JACKSON – USC
The Seahawks have developed into an annual playoff team. To take the next step, they need to buy Russell Wilson sometime. Austin Jackson isn’t in the elite tackle category, hence why he isn’t being drafted at the top of this class. What he does have though is the potential to be an NFL starter.
Jackson displays all the length, strength and measurables you want in a tackle, he just needs some work on his technique. Jackson is an inconsistent player but with the right coaching, his ceiling is as high as it goes.
Baltimore Ravens – EDGE – CURTIS WEAVER – Boise State
The Ravens need to learn to play with a lead. This means they will need a pass rush to get after the QB.
Weaver is an explosive player with all the production you look for in a first-round talent. He has all the football IQ necessary to perform at the next level able to use his technique to get after the passer but the athleticism to drop back into coverage when needed.
Tennessee Titans – CB – C.J. HENDERSON – Florida
CJ Henderson has all the physical measurables to be a top corner but his tape is inconsistent at best. He has shown flashes of being a top corner with fluidity and aggressiveness, especially in zone coverage. There is concern over his tackling ability but Henderson has pro bowl potential and the Titans seems a logical place for him to apply his trade.
With the right coaching staff and motivation Henderson can realise his potential, he just needs the right management to knuckle him down.
Green Bay Packers – WR – JALEN REAGOR – TCU
After using their early picks on defensive players in recent years, Green Bay could flip the switch. Reagor has the ability to get in behind the defence and is superb after the catch. Reagor has suffered because of bad quarterback play at TCU. That’s one thing that won’t be lacking in Green Bay.
Linebacker also makes sense here. With it being such a heavy wideout class it would make sense to draft a linebacker and aim for a receiver in the second round. But getting a young speedster of a weapon for Rodgers to throw to could prove too much.
San Francisco 49ers – S – XAVIER MCKINNEY – Alabama
With free agency looming, the 49ers are going to be short in the secondary. McKinney fits Robert Saleh’s defence. Able to play single high but also press the line of scrimmage when asked, he can do it all.
McKinney is a game-changer, a ball hunter and a serious plug and play defender. Always around the football, McKinney is a versatile back, a dream for any defensive coordinator.
Kansas City Chiefs – DT – MARLON DAVIDSON – Auburn
When asked who the most disruptive player he has played again recently, Joe Burrow answered Derrick Brown. When asked who the second was, He answered Marlon Davidson. The Auburn D-Line was serious in 2019.
Davidson will add flexibility to the Chiefs’ defensive front. Able to cause mayhem down the middle and chaos off the edge, Davidson brings maturity and burst to KC. Using his heavy hands and quick feet Davidson can cause mismatches in the trenches.
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