2020 Round 1 Mock

1: Bengals – Joe Burrow (QB-LSU)

The LSU product is the best QB in the draft and the Bengals are looking for a QB, not even they can mess this one up.

2: Redskins – Chase Young (DE-Ohio State)

The best player in the draft. Ron Rivera will be looking forward to a D-Line of Allen, Payne, Ioannidis and now Young. It will be the best in the league and if Haskins improves, a playoff spot could be waiting.

3: Lions – Jeff Okudah (CB-Ohio State)

Lions want to trade down but I think they will not be able to find a trade partner. Derrick Brown is the alternative but Patricia is from the Belichick tree. He’s just seen his former boss create a dominant defense building from the secondary forward. Therefore he follows in his footsteps and selects Okudah.

4: Giants – Tristen Wirfs (OT-Iowa)

The first tackle of the board. The Giants need to protect Daniel Jones so tackle will be the position. There are reports of them loving Wirfs and very little about Wills. Thomas and Becton are prospects that Gettleman can see as a reach. Therefore, they go with the super-athletic Wirfs and hope they can correct his current flaws such as his over-setting.

5: Dolphins – Justin Herbert (QB-Oregon)

I am not a fan of Herbert, I think he is late throwing the ball and too many big plays are 50/50 balls that won’t be won in the NFL as routinely. However, Albert Breer reported on the Rich Eisen Show that no GM is expecting the Dolphins to go with Tua. That leaves Herbert in the QB market and after years of needing a QB, they pull the trigger rather than waiting for their 2 later 1st round picks.

6: Chargers – Tua Tagovailoa (QB-Alabama)

The Chargers pounce, thank the Dolphins and take their chances with the injury prone QB. They sit him for the 2020/21 season behind Tyrod Taylor and allow him to get fully fit and unleash him the season after.

7: Panthers – Isaiah Simmons (LB/S-Clemson)

Matt Rhule gets this freakish athlete to use at his disposal. Simmons may well be the answer to the mobile QB issue plaguing defences. To add to this, he has the ability to cover NFL TEs, needed in a division which has just has Gronkowski join.

8: TRADE Falcons – CJ Henderson (CB-Florida)

Thomas Dimitroff continues his aggressive tactics and moves up with the Cardinals to get their corner now Okudah is off the board. This trade puts them ahead of the Jags who would have happily got Henderson, now the Jags look to trade.

9: TRADE 49ers – Henry Ruggs III (WR-Alabama)

The 49ers don’t move down, but instead up using their 2nd and 3rd rounder next year to jump up to get the receiver they wanted. The Jags are willing as Henderson is off the board. John Lynch saw first hand what speed can do to a defense after watching Tyreek Hill destroy the 49ers in the Superbowl.

10: Browns – Jedrick Wills (OT-Alabama)

The Browns need a tackle to post opposite Jack Conklin. They sit tight and allow Wills to fall to them A good, safe pick coached by the great Nick Saban at Alabama. Browns look forward to getting rewarded for safe picks rather than a high risk high reward like usual.

11: Jets – Mekhi Becton (OT-Louisville)

The Jets will be tempted by the WRs like Jerry Jeudy but in his first graft as GM, Joe Douglas has time and wants to build around Sam Darnold, first by keeping him uninjured and upright. A monster specimen in Becton makes a big splash in New York and will dominate edge rushers for many years to come, however, there is some worry about the health of his knees which could cause a draft day fall.

12: Raiders – Jerry Jeudy (WR-Alabama)

The best and most refined WR goes to the Raiders. The draft works out perfectly for them, not having to move to get Jeudy. The refined route runner who will be a day 1 starter, if Carr is still the QB for the Raiders next year, he will love this pick, AFC West corners won’t.

13: TRADE Jaguars – Derrick Brown (DT-Auburn)

The jags move back with the 49ers and pick up the person they would have at 9. Brown falls because of the needs of the teams around where he should go, he could go from anywhere from 3-13. This puts a chip on his shoulder for his career, only issue is that he will be playing for the Jags, a team more interested in tanking for Trevor and accumulating capital then winning, but in a few years, Brown will be a household name.

14: Buccaneers – Andrew Thomas (OT-Georgia)

The Bucs have got Tom Brady, they need to keep him upright at his grand old age (43 at start of season). Therefore, they take the safest pick on the tackle board. A refined player that rarely makes mistakes, a player that Brady will love, and Tampa should just be interested at keeping him happy.

15: Broncos – Ceedee Lamb (WR-Oklahoma)

The last of the top WRs goes to the Broncos to pair with Sutton. With Drew Lock showing potential, having two top targets are going to help him through, add to this that John Elway knows the value of WRs.

16: TRADE Cardinals – Javon Kinlaw (DT-South Carolina)

The Cardinals net a 1st next year from the Falcons and still fill a need with Kinlaw. A nasty bull-rush will complement Chandler Jones who recorded 19 sacks last year (2nd in the league). A good defence will help Kyler Murray settle in to the offense.

17: Cowboys – K’Lavon Chaisson (LB-LSU)

Chaisson said that he is not afraid of the pressure of wearing the star on his helmet so it seems he already has an idea of where he goes. The Cowboys need a rusher opposite Lawrence, as Taco Charlton didn’t work out, they get Chaisson to terrorise opposing QBs.

18: Dolphins – D’Andre Swift (RB-Georgia)

The super fast Swift (tried to avoid the “swift Swift”) has pace to sprint past the defence, he is the perfect complement to power runner Jordan Howard. After landing Herbert, they get a strong runner to keep the stress off the passing game for years to come.

19: Raiders – A.J Terrell (CB-Clemson)

This may seem a bit of a reach, but Mayock took Ferrell 4th overall last year out of Clemson which nobody expected. He also loves long, lanky corners and Terrell fits that description. Mayock looks past the championship game and looks and potential for a team still a year awasy from truly contending.

20: Jaguars – Jaylon Johnson (CB-Utah)

Another physical corner follows Terrell off the board as a shot at a replacement of Jalen Ramsey. The Jaguars take a chance with Johnson to mature into a corner (possible like Jaire Alexander of the Packers).

21: Eagles – Justin Jefferson (WR-LSU)

The Eagles fans would destroy their city (they’ve done it before) if the Eagles don’t pick a WR. They need one and they go for the best one available in Jefferson. Showed up big at the end of the season against the best teams. A pick that can hopefully return to bring the best out of Wentz.

22: Vikings – Tee Higgins (WR-Clemson)

With Diggs now in Buffalo, the Vikings use the very pick they acquired in that trade for his successor. A massive target, 6ft 4in, he adds a different threat to their current Adam Thielen and tight end Irv Smith Jr and the aging Kyle Rudolph.

23: Patriots – Kenneth Murray (LB-Oklahoma)

My favourite player in the draft, he has 3 adopted special-needs siblings and saved a women’s life when giving her CPR when just out walking down a street. This is a player who’s value to the team is just as much off the field as on it. He is a top quality LB in the first place, a need for the Patriots, and Belichick loves to pick up leaders and special people as well as players. Just look at the leadership of Devin McCourty and Matthew Slater.

24: Saints – Brandon Aiyuk (WR-Arizona State)

The deep WR class continues with Aiyuk, a massive wingspan for his size (80 inch but only 6ft). This is just another weapon for Brees with only one or two seasons left in his distinguished career. Michael Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and now Aiyuk. Saints, Bucs games are going to be must watch TV with the 2 powerhouse offenses (if the Saints pick Aiyuk).

25: Vikings – Trevon Diggs (CB-Alabama)

The Vikings just traded his brother (Stephon Diggs) to the Bills but after getting Tee Higgins, they now turn their attention to defense. Diggs is talented and with his Brother being so successful (with the Vikings no less), the dig into the bloodline further so they can put a corner opposite Mike Hughes.

26: Dolphins – Xavier McKinney (S-Alabama)

With their 3rd 1st rounder, the Dolphins take another shot at safety after trading away Fitzpatrick last year to the Steelers. McKinney is strong and smart. I didn’t like his play against LSU when they played but one bad game can’t drop a prospect out of the first round when he is clearly a first round talent.

27: Seahawks – Ross Blacklock (DT-TCU)

The Seahawks will probably trade out knowing them, but the prospect of Blacklock may be too good to pass up. Short-area quickness, especially quick with his hands, Blacklock could be a massive disrupter in the centre of that D-Line for Seattle – who are looking for a new identity on defense now the Legion of Boom is clearly over.

28: Ravens – Cesar Ruiz (C/G-Michigan)

The Ravens don’t need much of anything right now. But getting an interior O-Line who can play centre of guard is always a bonus. He can help fill the void left by Marshall Yanda, big shows to fill but the Ravens should take a shot as they don’t have many holes anywhere else.

29: Titans – Austin Jackson (OT-USC)

Jackson will be an immediate replacement for Conklin. Whilst the Titans would prefer a tackle that’s less of a project, those prospects will have already have fund homes. Plus, his tape last year was good and it would have been better if he hadn’t donated his bone marrow to his sister just before the season starts. Another player who is an amazing person finds a home with a promising team.

30: Packers – Yetur Gross-Matos (DE-Penn State)

A project of a D-lineman, but if he develops along with Rashan Gary, the Packers will have a top tier pass-rush. The potential is too much to pass up and with Rodgers leading the offense, the defence should be fortified for a championship run.

31: TRADE Lions – Jordan Love (QB-Utah State)

The 49ers trade back to increase draft capital that they currently lack (especially if they trade up earlier on). Therefore the Lions see Love falling down the draft order and put him behind Stafford for a year or to before taking the reigns. In the meantime they can use other picks build for the future. It won’t be a big cost either to move up 4 places, back into the 1st round for a 5th year of contract on Love.

32: Chiefs – Johnathan Taylor (RB-Wisconsin) The Chiefs look to trade out but after Taylor falls, they see another weapon to add to this unbelievable offense. He joins a backfield with Damien Williams, and a receiving core of Hill, Kelce, Hardman and Watkins. All this offense led by Mahomes and the play designing genius of Andy Reid. The rich just get richer.

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