NFL 2020 Re-Draft
The NFL season is moving to the business end and the playoffs. The college football season is moving to the postseason which inevitably means a flood of mock drafts.
If you were an NFL GM looking back at the cream of last year’s crop with the luxury of a crystal ball or preferably the keys to a DeLorean, who would you pick?
In a class laden with talent at wide receiver, I have eight in the first round, with a run of five taken mid-round. Tee Higgins and Chase Claypool move up from the later rounds, and the Packers actually draft a receiver. There’s some change in order of offensive linemen and some of the rookie standouts taken on day two are snapped up in Round 1. Here’s my NFL 2020 Re-Draft…
2020 Re-Draft: The Top 10, 1-5
1. Joe Burrow Cincinnati (original pick: Burrow)
He may have suffered a season-ending injury and slightly inferior numbers to Herbert, but the Ohio native is the perfect foundation for Cincinnati to rebuild its franchise. They may need a new coach, though.
2. Justin Herbert Washington (original pick: Chase Young)
Herbert’s impressive debut season forces Washington to reconsider and focus on the cornerstone of an offensive rebuild. With the luxury of hindsight, we know the Oregon prospect can slot in from day one. Washington can trade Haskins for additional draft capital.
3. Chase Young Detroit (Jeff Okudah)
Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia may still be in jobs if Young lands in Detroit. Okudah is a great talent but needs time to settle and Young can make an immediate impact on the Lions’ defense.
4. Tristan Wirfs New York Giants (Andrew Thomas)
I had flagged Wirfs as my top rookie offensive tackle a few weeks ago and switch him for Andrew Thomas to shore up the Giants’ offensive line. Daniel Jones breathes a little easier.
5. Tua Tagovailoa Miami (same pick)
The perfect situation for Tua and the Dolphins as he bides his time and learns behind the ultimate team-mate in Ryan Fitzpatrick. He has shown real promise in his few starts and Miami has it’s signal-caller for the next decade.
2020 Re-Draft: The Top 10, 6-10
6. Jedrick Wills L.A. Chargers (Justin Herbert)
Herbert and Tua are off the board so with the benefit of hindsight, Jedrick Wills (and a different doctor) give the unfortunate Tyrod Taylor better protection and an opportunity to lead the Chargers’ offense.
7. Derrick Brown Carolina (same pick)
The big defensive tackle gives Matt Rhule a solid foundation on the defensive line. While there have been better defensive performers, they have been at the linebacker or safety position and Brown gives the Panthers what they need.
8. Patrick Queen Arizona (Isaiah Simmons)
Queen jumps up 20 places in my Re-Draft and gives the Cardinals the presence they hoped Simmons might. Simmons remains a talent but Arizona seems unsure how to use him best and Queen plugs in and could become the defensive leader.
9. Jeff Okudah Jacksonville (CJ Henderson)
A little unfair on Henderson but Okudah is a steal here and the better long term prospect. And ultimate replacement for the mercurial Jalen Ramsey.
10. Mekhi Becton Cleveland (Jedrick Wills)
Wills has gone, so Becton is the next best OT available. Adding some protection for an improving Baker Mayfield. In hindsight, a receiver to cover the injury to Odell Beckham could have been useful. Justin Jefferson could have been an option for them here too.
2020 Re-Draft: Picks 10-32
11. Justin Jefferson New York Jets (Mekhi Becton)
12. Henry Ruggs III Las Vegas (same pick)
13. Jerry Jeudy San Francisco (Tristan Wirfs)
14. CeeDee Lamb Tampa Bay (Javon Kinlaw)
15. Brandon Aiyuk Denver (Jerry Jeudy)
16. CJ Henderson Atlanta (AJ Terrell)
17. Antoine Winfield Dallas (CeeDee Lamb)
18. Isaiah Simmons Miami (Austin Jackson)
19. Jaylon Johnson Las Vegas (Damon Arnette)
20. Julian Blackmon Jacksonville (K’Lavon Chaisson)
21. Tee Higgins Philadelphia (Jalen Reagor)
22. Laviska Shenault Minnesota (Justin Jefferson)
23. Willie Gay New England (Kenneth Murray)
24. Michael Onwenu New Orleans (Cesar Ruiz)
25. Javon Kinlaw Minnesota (Brandon Aiyuk)
26. Josh Jones Miami (Jordan Love)
27. K’Lavon Chaisson Seattle (Jordyn Brooks)
28. Jeremy Chinn Baltimore (Patrick Queen)
29. Yetur Gross-Matos Tennessee (Isaiah Wilson)
30. Chase Claypool Green Bay (Noah Igbinoghene)
31. Cesar Ruiz San Francisco (Jeff Gladney)
32. C Edwards-Helaire Kansas City (same pick)
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