2020 NFL Mock Draft: Version 3.0
2020 NFL Mock Draft: Davis Mattek’s 3.0 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.
As we get ever closer to the actual beginning of the NFL Draft, we have a better picture of what the first round of the NFL draft is actually going to look like. Over the last few weeks, we have started to get reports about team preferences and some medical data that will shape my 3.0 NFL Mock Draft.
2020 First Round NFL Mock Draft 3.0
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
Isaiah Simmons, Defensive Playmaker: Very rarely do I get misty-eyed over a defensive player but Isaiah Simmons from Clemson might be the most destructive defensive player in this entire class, including Chase YoungIf they take a lineman and I am wrong about this it means Gettleman is wrong, not me.
5. Miami Dolphins
Justin Herbert, Quarterback: This is where things start to get weird as a result of the Tua slide. The Dolphins take Herbert instead and the Chargers are left lurching.
6. Los Angeles Chargers
Mekhi Becton, Offensive Lineman: In this timeline, the Chargers pass on Tua’s bum hip and instead select stud lineman Beckton while starting the season with Tyrod as their quarterback.
7. Carolina Panthers
Tristan Wirfs, Offensive Tackle: Wirfs, Becton and Jedrick Wills could all go inside the top 10 at this point and the Panthers get a steal with Wirfs who should be a 5+ year starter.
8. Arizona Cardinals
Andrew Thomas, 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. Thomas continues the run in an embarrassingly good OT class.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars
CJ Henderson, Cornerback: When in doubt, the Jaguars are almost always going to take the best defensive player available. No player has gotten more steam in the betting markets over the last week than CJ Henderson going upwards.
10. Cleveland Browns
Jedrick Wills, Offensive Lineman: The Browns are fairly filled out on offense with ODB/Juice/Hooper/Njoku/Chubb/Hunt and they are certainly set at QB. Now, they need someone to make the engine go.
11. New York Jets
CeeDee Lamb, Wide Receiver: Lamb is the better wide receiver than Jerry Jeudy. The betting markets have this one pretty close but Lamb is just the more dominant player. There is a great ability to leverage this on online Sportsbooks.
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
Derrick Brown, Interior Defensive Lineman: The 49ers are far more likely to add to the defensive side of the ball than the offensive side of the ball and after trading for this pick, they actually have a hole in the middle of their defensive line as well.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Grant Delpit, Safety: I think Henry Ruggs has a pretty decent chance of being selected here or in the next pick but with Justin Watson and Scotty Miller on the roster, the Buccaneers opt for the high-ceiling safety from LSU.
15. Denver Broncos
Henry Ruggs, Wide Receiver: There are a lot of positions that the Broncos “need” or could use help on but if they believe that Drew Lock is their franchise QB (and it appears they do), they do not really have a choice but to select a wide receiver in the first round this year.
16. Atlanta Falcons
Javon Kinlaw, Interior Defensive Lineman: The Falcons have a big need on almost all parts of their defense and Kinlaw is projected to be one of the higher impact defensive players right away.
17. Seattle Seahawks Via Trade w/Dallas Cowboys
Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE: Dallas has no pressing needs that be filled at this spot and the Seahawks want Gross-Matos more than Dallas does. The Cowboys pick up a fourth-rounder and a 2021 pick for their troubles.
18. Miami Dolphins
Denzel Mims, Wide Receiver: After adding Herbert, the Dolphins need to give him a vertical playmaker to compliment DaVante Parker. Mims can do it all and will be able to play inside or outside at the NFL level. I could be talked into Justin Jefferson here as well.
19. Las Vegas Raiders
Tua Tagovailoa, Quarterback: Despite the persistent rumors about Tua’s hip not being ready to go, the Raiders need a way out of QB purgatory and can let him heal for a year as Marcus Mariota and Derek Carr battle it out.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars
Xavier McKinney, Safety: Insiders in Jacksonville insist that they are not taking a QB in this draft so they will continue to improve their defense by taking the very high-floor McKinney to solidify the defensive backend.
21. Philadelphia Eagles
Justin Jefferson, Wide Receiver: The Eagles likely want Henry Ruggs but after the disappointing grouping at WR for them last season, they will probably take the best available WR at 21.
22. Minnesota Vikings (Via Buffalo Bills)
K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE: When the Vikings made this trade, they probably wanted to replace Stefon Diggs in the first round but they will take Chaisson as one of the few true values of the first round.
23. New England Patriots
Jordan Love, Quarterback: There is starting to be a quiet drumbeat that the Patriots are not signing any veteran quarterbacks and will instead look towards the draft. Jordan Love is definitely a project but has the sort of “tools” that can make a QB get overdrafted.
24. New Orleans Saints
Kenneth Murray, Linebacker: Most mock drafts have the Saints taking a wide receiver (very unlikely with the signing of Emmanuel Sanders) or a QB but both seem impractical. Murray is an immediate impact player for New Orleans.
25. Minnesota Vikings
Kristian Fulton, Cornerback: After missing out on C.J Henderson, expect the Vikings to select Fulton, Jeff Gladney or Trayvon Diggs with this selection. They desperately need CB help.
26. Miami Dolphins
Josh Jones, Offensive Tackle: The Dolphins took their WR, they took their QB and now to complete the trio they need to get an offensive tackle to protect Justin Herbert’s (very) vulnerable blindside.
27. Dallas Cowboys Via Trade W/ Seattle Seahawks
Jeff Gladney, Cornerback: The Dallas Cowboys secondary is just not very good and they are going to need immediate help from whatever defensive player they draft in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Gladney should be able to do that.
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.
29. Tennessee Titans
Zack Baun, Linebacker: Baun is, to me, a better prospect than A.J Epenesa and will have more present-day utility to the Titans than the second-tier of offensive tackles.
30. Green Bay Packers
Chase Claypool, Wide Receiver/Tight End: This will probably be the only mock draft you see with Claypool in the first round but I love this pick. Claypool is the perfect “big slot” or “move tight end” and the Packers desperately need the help. I feel really confident that this selection makes the Packers better and replaces a positional loss.
31. San Francisco 49ers
Trevon Diggs, Cornerback: 49ers fans probably want to see the team add a wide receiver with Emmanuel Sanders departing but they are far more likely to improve their secondary with this pick.
32. Kansas City Chiefs
Jaylon Johnson, Cornerback: We know the Chiefs are smart, so they are not wasting this pick on D’Andre Swift or Jonathan Taylor. The team gets better with almost any defensive back pick here.