It’s that time again, NFL Mock Draft! Time moves quickly in football and as the 2019 regular NFL season nears its conclusion it’s time for teams to start looking for their new recruits.
Whether it’s the college Bowl games, the Combine or pro days, football never stops and over the coming weeks attention will turn to the 2020 NFL draft.
There is still a lot of time before the first pick will be in on April 23rd in Las Vegas, picks will change hand and players will rise and fall.
We will keep you updated here at Ninety-Nine Yards with Mock Drafts and analysis right up until draft day and beyond. Let us know your opinions on twitter @NinetynineYards
**Our mock drafts are based on current draft standings and do not include any inevitable trades that will happen on draft day in Las Vegas.
And with the first pick of the first Ninety-Nine Yards 2020 NFL Mock Draft the Cincinnati Bengals select…
Cincinnati Bengals – QB – JOE BURROW – LSU
The unanimous 1st overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. This isn’t changing any time soon. Andy Dalton’s time in Cincinnati is up. The Bengals go and get the guy whose pass accuracy over the line of scrimmage is 10% better than the next available QB.
New York Giants – EDGE – CHASE YOUNG – Ohio State
Picks one and two are locked in, it’s who is picking there that isn’t. Young is possibly the best athlete in the draft and has both size and production. Chase Young has the highest PFF pass-rushing grade ever coming out of Ohio State. We are expecting big things from the edge rusher. The hype is real.
Washington Redskins – OT – ANDREW THOMAS – Georgia
We have all seen the clip of Dwayne Haskins asking what he needs to do to get protection. Thomas isn’t a fancy pick but one Washington desperately need. The rebuild is real for the Redskins. Don’t be surprised if they move back if the right offer comes their way. If they choose to stick, Andrew Thomas comes out of Georgia with masses of potential.
Miami Dolphins – QB – TUA TAGOVAILOA – Alabama
The Dolphins simply have to find their quarterback. After what feels like decades searching for their next franchise QB, it would be difficult for the Dolphins to pass up this talent. Yes, there are issues over durability and injury, but the Dolphins don’t draft quarterbacks without controversy. Tua is a proven winner and this one is surely worth the punt. The Dolphins Rebuild starts here.
Detroit Lions – CB –JEFFERY OKUDAH – Ohio State
Okudah is the top cornerback prospect in the 2020 draft. The Lions desperately need help on defence and Okudah has genuine talent and ability to be an elite shutdown corner. Okudah has proven at Ohio State this year that he has all the skills necessary to compliment his athleticism and size. Teams won’t be scared of him not producing.
Arizona Cardinals – OT – TRISTAN WIRFS – Iowa
The Cardinals have got their franchise QB. It’s now time to protect him. Kyler Murray has the ability to escape the pass rush but Wirfs has the ability to buy Murray the time to be the true playmaker he is. With a blend of strength and dynamism, Wirfs has a huge upside that will support Murray to operate his offence decisively.
Jacksonville Jaguars – WR – JERRY JEUDY – Alabama
The Jaguars desperately need a playmaker and Jeudy is the top wide receiver in this draft class. Receiver is a massive need for the Jags who can’t keep relying on D.J. Chark. This wide receiver class is not deep so it seems likely Jeudy gets snapped up before it is too late. Jeudy has all the ability to be a true WR #1.
Atlanta Falcons – EDGE – A.J. EPENESA – Iowa
The Falcons have desperately lacked craftmanship and speed on defence all season. Epenesa brings power, product and movement to that Falcons defence. We have learnt in recent years that the Atlanta front office is unpredictable when making draft picks, whether it’s Calvin Ridley to Chris Lindstrom, this one though just feels right.
New York Jets – OT – JEDRICK WILLS JR. – Alabama
The NY Jets simply have to find Sam Darnold some pass protection. There isn’t much to choose between in the two next in class offensive linemen, but Wills JR. is also an impressive run blocker who could aid Le’veon Bell’s game. Wills JR. alleviates a huge need for the Jets, who will hope they have found the answer to the o-line problems.
LA Chargers – QB – JUSTIN HERBERT – Oregon
Phillip Rivers has taken a step back this year. Questions are being asked whether he has passed his prime. It makes sense for the Chargers to draft the heir apparent to Phillip Rivers even if they have him sit out the first few years. Herbert has a weapon of an arm and could have entered the draft last year. Who better to learn the trade from than Phillip Rivers?!
Carolina Panthers – IL – DERRICK BROWN – Auburn
With the sacking of Ron Rivera, it’s difficult to figure out in which direction the Panthers will go. It could come down to who the next head coach is and ultimately if they decide to retain Cam Newton. Derrick Brown is a big guy who can push the pocket and will be an exciting prospect at the next level.
Denver Broncos – WR – CEEDEE LAMB – Oklahoma
There isn’t a lot Ceedee Lamb can’t do. He leads all draft-eligible receivers in yards per route and averages 11.1 yards after the catch! Denver could go lots of different ways here, they need help on the d-line and dare we say it, quarterback. The Broncos are desperate for playmakers and Ceedee Lamb is definitely one.
Philadelphia Eagles – CB – KRISTIAN FULTON– LSU
The Eagles fill their biggest need here. Philly have thrown everything to draft defensive backs but none have been successful. This one should be easy for the front office in Philadelphia, Go and fix the problem with a premier cornerback from the 2020 class.
Indianapolis Colts – QB – JORDAN LOVE – Utah State
If the Colts knew Andrew Luck was going to retire during the preseason, they probably would have drafted his replacement while on the clock in Nashville. Jordan Love has all the attributes to be a franchise QB and having him sit behind Jacoby Brissett for at least a year isn’t a bad thing. Love has a mixture of strength and movement and if the Colts get this right, this has a huge upside.
Las Vegas Raiders – WR – LAVISKA SHENAULT – Colorado
The Raiders need a pick to get excited about to welcome them to Las Vegas. Laviska Shenault isn’t Antonio Brown but he is an offensive weapon to threaten any team. He can line up anywhere on the field and can give Derek Carr a true target.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – CB – TREVON DIGGS – Alabama
The Bucs are another team who have invested a lot of draft capital at cornerback but really haven’t hit on many. Cornerback is such a valued position that Tampa go back and select Trevon Diggs, a player who has unique length and ball skills. This is another pick which will involve quarterback talk.
Cleveland Browns – OT – AUSTIN JACKSON – USC
Cleveland have their superstars, it’s now time to make them a team. This pick might not be flashy but the Browns need to buck the trend. The O-Line in Cleveland have been awful all season, it’s now time for them to get their left tackle of the future.
LV Raiders (Via Chicago Bears) – CB – PAULSON ADEBO – Stanford
In a pick acquired in the Khalil Mack trade, the Raiders need to add to their secondary. Adebo has huge size to compliment his ball skills which will cause problems for wideouts all over the league. The Raiders get a man they can trust in the backfield.
Tennessee Titans – RB – D’ANDRE SWIFT – Georgia
Until Derrick Henry commits his future to Tennessee, the Titans simply have to consider a running back. Swift is a true game-changer and would join fresh due to his usage in the Georgia backfield. Faster than Nick Chubb and liked more than Sony Michel, the only way is up for D’Andre Swift.
Jacksonville Jaguars (Via LA Rams) – LB – ISAIAH SIMMONS – Clemson
Simmons is one of the best players available at this point. Jacksonville needs help all over the field and could look to find Jalen Ramsey’s replacement here. In Simmons though, they get a wrecking ball of a player. He ticks all the boxes, size, length, instinct and skills. What’s not to like!?
21. – Playoffs
Dallas Cowboys – S – GRANT DELPIT – LSU
This could go any way. There could be a big turn over in players over 2020/2021 and the coaching staff are on the chopping block too. The only certainty is that the Cowboys need help in the secondary and Delpit fits the Cowboys mould. Delpit could become a fans favourite in Dallas.
22. – Playoffs
Miami Dolphins (via Pittsburgh Steelers) – OG – TYLER BIADASZ – Wisconsin
The Miami Dolphins acquired this pick in the Steelers trade for Minkah Fitzpatrick. If the Dolphins pick up their quarterback of the future in the first few picks, then it makes sense to protect him. Biadasz has had a breakout year in Wisconsin. He is an outstanding run blocker as well as having a great centre of gravity to stop the bull rush upfront.
23. – Playoffs
Miami Dolphins (via Houston Texans) – EDGE – YETUR GROSS-MATOS – Penn State
The Dolphins third 1st round pick comes from the Houston Texans in the trade for Laremy Tunsil. If the Dolphins are wanting to draft players with the right character, this guy has mounds it. The Dolphins need help in almost every position but if they can pick up a Quarterback, O-Line help and a pass-rusher that will be a good nights work.
24. – Playoffs
Buffalo Bills – OT – ALEX LEATHERWOOD – Alabama
The Buffalo Bills have made massive strides forward this year. The progress of Josh Allen has been unbelievable. Buffalo should cement Allen’s progression by drafting an offensive lineman. Leatherwood is far away from being the finished product but he is a player who has great potential to complement his size and quickness.
25. – Playoffs
Minnesota Vikings – S – XAVIER MCKINNEY – Alabama
The Vikings fill a major need here by drafting Mckinney. Mckinney has shown this year he is a well-rounded player who has fantastic range to help his skills when playing the ball. Mckinney can be used anywhere in coverage. He can also be of use if he is needed to support the run blocking or he is forced to initiate the blitz. Mckinney can be a utility back in Minnesota.
26. – Playoffs
Kansas City Chiefs – CB – CJ HENDERSON – Florida
The Chiefs defence is much improved but if there s a glaring hole in the secondary. Henderson has elite speed and will keep up with the best receivers. Although, Henderson has been inconsistent in big matchups this year, which will inevitably turn some evaluators off. The Chiefs have no choice but to plug the hole.
Green Bay Packers – WR – Henry Ruggs III – Alabama
Outside of Davante Adams, Green Bay severely lack targets. Ruggs is the ultimate deep threat, he is the quickest player in college football right now, talk about playing into the hands of Aaron Rodgers. This is an exciting pick for Packers fans and makes a threatening offence even more unpredictable.
New England Patriots – DT – JAVON KINLAW – South Carolina
The front seven on defence could be an issue for the Pats this offseason. With high profile players such as Kyle Van Noy and Danny Shelton due to hit free agency. If they don’t resign there will be a real issue upfront in New England. Javon Kinlaw’s size and production will provide disruptive and explosive plays. Kinlaw should test well and could well be a player that rises up draft boards come April 23rd.
29. – Playoffs
New Orleans Saints – CB – A.J. TERRELL – Clemson
Terrell has gone under the radar so far. The Saints will be happy if this continues as they will get top 15 talent in the later stages of the first round. Terrell is a polished corner who steps straight into any scheme as a pro. The Secondary is the glaring need in New Orleans, they get a man who can perform both man and zone coverage.
30. – Playoffs
Seattle Seahawks – LB – KENNETH MURRAY – Oklahoma
Kenneth Murray fits the Seattle mould. A sideline to sideline linebacker who has proven to make the big plays in the big games. Murray isn’t polished, he has struggled in coverage at times, but his speed and athleticism should mean he can be coached in this area. The Seahawks need to improve their O-Line but with the main players off the board Seattle pick up a 3 down linebacker.
San Francisco 49ers – RB – JONATHAN TAYLOR – Wisconsin
The 49ers are committed to the run but don’t have that every-down back. Despite having one of the best running attacks in football, the load has been shared in San Francisco. It is unlikely they will have a 1000 yard rusher this year. Jonathan Taylor is a ready-made pro, he has 20 touchdowns for Wisconsin this season. He is a three-down back and would make a remarkable offence even more potent.
32. – Playoffs
Baltimore Ravens – EDGE – CURTIS WEAVER – Boise State
The Ravens defence has performed well this season. Adding another piece to the defence can make it truly elite. Weaver can cause damage off the edge and has some of the best pass rush production in college football. Weaver is versatile off the edge but can also cut inside.
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