2020 NFL Mock Draft: Davis Mattek Final First Round Mock
2020 NFL Mock Draft: Davis Mattek’s FINAL Mock
While we do not know all of the details of the 2020 NFL season but we do know that the NFL Draft is for sure starting on April 23rd and that it is probably the most anticipated sporting event of the entire summer! We have had posts on NFL Draft betting for your perusal here on SportsGrid and our own Colin Drew also did an aggregate mock draft with expert consensus picks from across the football industry.
This post is my final mock draft, the cumulation of months of betting on NFL draft props, following the news and making best/educated guesses on how injury, rumor, and CO-VID19 are likely to impact the first round of the NFL Draft.
2020 First Round NFL Mock Draft 4.0
1. Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Burrow, Quarterback: Do not believe any mock draft that does not have Joe Burrow being drafted by the Bengals as the top overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft. He is going there, and that is that. I could do 1,000 mock drafts and this would never change.
2. Washington Redskins
Chase Young, EDGE: Before the explosion of the 2019 LSU Tigers, it was Young that was expected to be the first player drafted in the 2020 NFL Draft. With reports of Tua’s failing medicals, there is a very small chance this pick gets traded.
3. Detroit Lions
Jeffrey Okudah, Cornerback: As it becomes more clear that Tua could slide down the draft board, the Lions are basically locked into taking the best cornerback prospect of the last 5 years.
4. New York Giants
Jedrick Wills Jr., Offensive Tackle: Despite it probably being more intelligent to select Isaiah Simmons with this pick, all indications from the betting markets and team sources are that the Giants taking a tackle and that it is Wills.
5. Miami Dolphins
Tua Tagovailoa, Quarterback: This is where things start to get weird if I am wrong. If the Dolphins DO NOT take Tua, the rest of this first round turns into a chaotic exercise.
6. Los Angeles Chargers
Justin Herbert, Quarterback: No matter what gets reported, nothing seems to change with the Chargers QB status. Herbert seems destined to get overdrafted and land in LA.
7. Carolina Panthers
Derrick Brown, Defensive Tackle: There are rumors that the Cardinals want to take Derrick Brown so the easiest way for them to do that would be a trade with the Panthers. In this world, they do not get the deal done and Carolina gets a destructive force on the interior.
8. Arizona Cardinals
Tristan Wirfs, Offensive Tackle: The Cardinals have the QB, they have the wide receivers, they have the running back. They have everything they need to start scoring points except a high-quality offensive tackle. Wirfs is a natural fit.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars
CJ Henderson, Cornerback: When in doubt, the Jaguars are almost always going to take the best defensive player available. There is a real argument for Simmons to go here but he is going to be in an unnatural fall due to his position being devalued.
10. Denver Broncos Via Cleveland Browns
Henry Ruggs, Wide Receiver: The Broncos have made no secret of their love for Ruggs and all four teams ahead (Jets, Raiders, 49ers, Bucs) have had at least one report of being interested in him as well. A small trade gets Denver up to #10 to get their guy.
11. New York Jets
CeeDee Lamb, Wide Receiver: Lamb is the better wide receiver than Jerry Jeudy. Neither the Jets nor Raiders really wanted Ruggs so they are fine seeing the Broncos trade up for him.
12. Oakland Raiders
Jerry Jeudy, Wide Receiver: The Raiders being interested in Jeudy is one of the worst kept secrets of the draft. The team needs a real WR1 (and they clearly want one as evidenced by their handling of Antonio Brown) and they believe Jeudy can be that guy.
13. San Francisco 49ers
Isaiah Simmons, Defensive Playmaker: The 49ers probably were interested in all of Ruggs/Lamb/Jeudy to fill their Manny Sanders-sized hole on offense but getting Simmons at 13 (similar to how Derwin James fell) might be the steal of the draft.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mekhi Becton, Offensive Lineman: The Buccaneers need an offensive tackle to help project Tom Brady and Gronk at right tackle isn’t going to get the job done. Becton falls a little lower than projected and the rich get richer.
15. Cleveland Browns Via Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Andrew Thomas, Offensive Tackle: The Browns trade down (shoutout Sashi) and they get a position of need and a really good player in Andrew Thomas. Everyone wins.
16. Atlanta Falcons
Javon Kinlaw, Interior Defensive Lineman: The Falcons are rumored to trade up but when they see this run on offensive tackles and wide receivers, they can just stay put and select Kinlaw.
17. Dallas Cowboys
Kristian Fulton, Cornerback: I would personally prefer for Dallas to attempt to trade back from this spot and get Treyvon Diggs or Jeff Gladney later but Fulton is a good player and they need help badly at cornerback.
18. Miami Dolphins
Justin Jefferson, Wide Receiver: After adding Tua, the Dolphins need to give him a vertical playmaker to compliment DaVante Parker. I am a little worried about Jefferson as a late-riser but this is a fit that makes loads of sense.
19. Las Vegas Raiders
Jordan Love, Quarterback: Jon Gruden doesn’t love Derek Carr. We know this. Jordan Love wants to play for the Raiders, we know that as well. I do not think this is an intelligent pick but the Raiders want a QB.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars
Jalen Reagor, Wide Receiver: The Jaguars likely wanted to get Justin Jefferson with this pick but will settle for the rugged Reagor with all three of last year’s starting wide receivers on one-year contracts.
21. Philadelphia Eagles
Laviska Shenault, Wide Receiver: The Eagles likely want Henry Ruggs or Justin Jefferson and it would not surprise me if the Eagles zigged here and took Xavier McKinney but WR is a more obvious need.
22. Minnesota Vikings (Via Buffalo Bills)
Jeff Gladney, Cornerback: When the Vikings made this trade, they probably wanted to replace Stefon Diggs in the first round but cornerback has become an even more painfully obvious need especially as wide receivers have flown off the board.
23. New England Patriots
Jalen Hurts, Quarterback: I’m calling my shot, folks. The rebuild starts now and it starts with taking the most intriguing prospect of maybe the entire draft.
24. New Orleans Saints
Kenneth Murray, Linebacker: Most mock drafts have the Saints taking a wide receiver which seems more unlikely in this universe with the likes of Reagor and Shenault already off the board. Murray seems like a logical fit.
25. Minnesota Vikings
Josh Jones, Offensive Tackle: With Reily Reiff aging, now is a great time for the Vikings to continue to try and improve the offensive line for their highly-paid QB.
26. Miami Dolphins
Xavier McKinney, Safety: The Dolphins took their WR, they took their QB, and now they can add to their defensive ceiling by taking McKinney who many teams will likely kick themselves for passing on.
27. Seattle Seahawks
Ezra Cleveland, Offensive Tackle: The Seahawks biggest issue is keeping Russell Wilson healthy and safe in the pocket. Cleveland solves this.
28. Baltimore Ravens
Patrick Queen, Linebacker: Whichever linebacker out of Kenneth Murray or Patrick Queen is available to the Ravens at 28 (if the draft falls the way I expect) will be an easy selection for the Ravens. Sometimes mock drafting is not that hard.
29. Tennessee Titans
Yeter Gross-Matos, EDGE: The EDGE rusher from Penn State will find himself headed down the road to Nashville if he is still available at pick #29.
30. Green Bay Packers
Denzel Mims, Wide Receiver: My heart wants to give the Packers Chase Claypool but Mims does everything Claypool does and is in a more natural WR package. Packers fans have been begging for it and they are gonna get it.
31. San Francisco 49ers
Trevon Diggs, Cornerback: The 49ers are going to get a steal here in a super deep and talented cornerback class and pretty much immediately start to get back to a Super Bowl-caliber defense.
32. Kansas City Chiefs
Grant Delpit, Safety: Getting another stud safety is going to free Tyrann Mathieu up to be even more destructive and the Chiefs are super thin in the secondary. Delpit or Jaylon Johnson are likely choices here.