Mock NFL Draft 2020

Written By: SimpleSlates

April 22, 2020

SIMPLE MINDED MOCK DRAFT

With the draft right around the corner we felt it was time to throw our hat in the ring by offering our mock draft of the first round. We hope you enjoy the pick we have slated for your team, and if you don’t, please comment below with who you wanted your team to take.

PICK 1: CINCINNATI BENGALS

Joe Burrow (QB) LSU

Burrow is this years’ can’t miss quarterback and is all but a lock for the first pick in the draft. Burrow really does seem to do everything well and if Cincinnati can get their defense together this season, could be exactly what the Bengals needed to be relevant in a tough division again.

PICK 2: WASHINGTON REDSKINS

Chase Young (DE) Ohio St.

If there was such a thing as a defensive can’t miss pick, it would be Chase Young. There has been speculation that Washington goes Tua at this spot, but let’s hope for their sake they don’t pass up who is surely set to be the Khalil Mack or Aaron Donald level talent in this draft. Young creates pressure simply when left one on one and makes everyone else’s job easier when doubled.

PICK 3: DETROIT LIONS

Jeff Okudah (CB) Ohio St.

Back to back Buckeyes go off the board here with the Lions grabbing up the top corner prospect in the draft. Okudah has all the talent to be a great replacement for Darius Slay, although he didn’t have a tremendous showing in the speed department at the combine. This pick gives the Lions an immediate starter that can be relied on to produce.

PICK 4: NEW YORK GIANTS

Mekhi Becton (OT) Louisville

The top tackles in this draft do not have a clear cut number one prospect. In true NY GIants fashion they look to take the most physically impressive of the bunch and hope for the best. Becton will either be a great pick up or the next Erick Flowers. In either scenario we know Jason Garrett will give him all the supportive hand slaps a guy can handle as the new Offensive Coordinator.

PICK 5: MIAMI DOLPHINS

Tua Tagovailoa (QB) Alabama

Miami is in the market for a QB, and short of being able to finesse the number one pick, they have their pick of the group. Despite injury concerns, expect them to go with Tua as he is the consensus among scouts to be the sure thing, despite scoring lower than his age on his aptitude test.   

PICK 6: LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

Justin Herbert (QB) Oregon

With both Burrow and Tua off of the board, the Chargers are left with slim picking at the signal caller spot. They should probably draft best available and go into the season with Tyrod Taylor, but they won’t. Instead they will make a pick they shouldn’t in Justin Herbert who is a lock to be a slightly less disappointing version of Ryan Leaf.

PICK 7: CAROLINA PANTHERS

Derrick Brown (DT) Auburn

Historically the Panthers love to have two monsters in the middle of their defensive line, and with the departure of McCoy and Poe, they are left with a need that will take at least 300 pounds to fill. Brown is the type of plug that Carolina covets at the position. He is stout against the run and has a great ability to bull rush the QB and collapse the pocket.

PICK 8: ARIZONA CARDINALS

Isaiah Simmons (LB) Clemson

Simmons is the Cardinal’s kind of player. They love drafting  players with exceptional athletic ability and the versatility that comes with that. Despite concerns in other drafts about this strategy it has worked out for them. This will be another trip down that rabbit hole. For Simmons this landing spot will give him a better chance for success at the NFL level as well.

PICK 9: JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Andrew Thomas (OT) Georgia

Ramsey and Bouye have departed Jacksonville and many expect them to draft a corner, possibly Henderson from Florida. We expect them to be smarter than that however. With so many active holes to fill on their team, we want to give them the safe rebuilding pick of drafting an offensive tackle. Look for them to snatch up Andrew Thomas, who is in the conversation for best tackle in the draft.

PICK 10: CLEVELAND BROWNS

Tristan Wirfs (OT) Iowa

This pick is really tough to guess, as the Browns look really good on paper. If there were two holes to look at it would be Offensive Line and Linebacker. The depth of talent at OT in the first round has taken a hit at this point, so we have the Browns following suit with one of the other highly graded tackles in the class.

PICK 11: NEW YORK JETS

CeeDee Lamb (WR) Oklahoma

The Jets could have used a premier tackle in their own right, however with most of the top names off the board by this point, the Jets will look to add a weapon with CeeDee Lamb. This is in our opinion the absolute best WR in the class, and shows a solid investment in the offense. 

PICK 12: LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

Henry Ruggs III (WR) Alabama

The run on receivers has now started and the Raiders jump right in with the most explosive WR in the draft class. They could go Jeudy as well, but we are banking that they don’t want to draft another WR with crispy routes and iffy hands, otherwise they would have just kept Cooper.

PICK 13: SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Jerry Jeudy (WR) Alabama

The final WR of the big three in the draft class goes here and gives the Niners one of the best young receiving corps in the league. Jeudy offers what might be the most day one complete WR in the bunch. Once they find someone to accurately throw them the ball in crunch time, they will be good to go.

PICK 14: TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

C.J. Henderson (CB) Florida

Henderson is in many conversations as the number one cornerback in the draft, and at 14 would be a complete steal. Henderson has the talent and athleticism to step right in and contribute. This is an amazing value that fell into the Buc’s lap after a run on tackles and receivers.

PICK 15: DENVER BRONCOS

Kenneth Murray (LB) Oklahoma

Murray is one hell of a linebacker and gives the Broncos defense the piece they have been missing for years. Denver has been at their best when they get great coverage from their Linebackers. Murray gives them that plus great ability to play the run.

PICK 16: ATLANTA FALCONS

Javon Kinlaw (DT) South Carolina

Kinlaw is one of the least talked about monsters available in this draft and we expect the Falcons will come up big with this pick. Kinlaw will eat space in the middle and create an amazing interior tandem with Grady Jarrett.

PICK 17: DALLAS COWBOYS

Grant Delpit (S) LSU

With a bit of a reach we expect the Cowboys to address a need that has plagued their defense for the last ten years or so. Delpit has, without a doubt, the best ball skills of any safety in the draft. Dallas has struggled to generate turnovers, and this pick will address that issue promptly.

PICK 18: MIAMI DOLPHINS

Jedrick Wills (OT) Alabama

With their second selection in the first round the Dolphins look to add some insurance on the QB they selected earlier in the night. Wills may not be the top talent at tackle in this draft, but he is probably the most versatile and could end up filling either tackle hole in Miami.

PICK 19: LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

Kristian Fulton (CB) LSU

After grabbing some offensive help with their earlier pick, we expect the Raiders to switch to the defensive side and snatch up the best defensive back available. With Okudah and Henderson off the board, that means the next man up is Fulton who excels in all aspects of coverage.

PICK 20: JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

K’Lavon Chaisson (DE) LSU

Some may be expecting the Jags to go WR here, but with the top names from the positions already gone and so much depth in the next grouping of talent, we think that the Jags will address the social media storm that is Yannick Ngakoue. Chaisson should be able to contribute immediately in the event of a hold out from Ngakoue.

PICK 21: PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Denzel Mims (WR) Baylor

The Eagles need weapons for Wentz not named Ertz, and since there are no WR’s available from the big three, this pick is really a crap shoot. It could be one of several names, but we feel that Mims has the best talent from the remaining group and will give Philly the benefit of the doubt that they will too.

PICK 22: MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Justin Jefferson (WR) LSU

Once again, there could be several names called here, but we have decided we think the Vikings go with Jefferson. His production was amazing, but it remains to be seen how much of that was aided by Burrow’s historic performance. At worst he is a solid WR that can work into the rotation in his first season.

PICK 23: NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Lloyd Cushenberry (C) LSU

One of the most productive picks of any NFL draft is the one or two centers that stand out above the rest. Often they are more viewed as second round talent, but if you want to ensure that you get your guy you will have to reach a little. The Pats always get their guy, and they will get the best center in the draft with Cushenberry.

PICK 24: NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Jordan Love (QB) Utah State

Many mocks have the Saints trading up for Love, but we think they sit right where they are at and STILL get their guy. Love has tremendous potential but does come with some chance of fallout. He should be a perfect fit in New Orleans where he can sit for a year, maybe even two, behind Brees and learn the offense.

PICK 25: MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Terrell  Lewis (LB) Alabama

From a strictly talent perspective, Lewis isn’t too far off of Young as a pass rusher. Unfortunately due to past injuries, he will slip in this draft some. That allows the Vikings to come in and save Lewis from a day two appearance while filling their second most pressing need.

PICK 26: MIAMI DOLPHINS

D’Andre Swift (RB) Georgia

We again might be giving the Dolphins too much credit, but avoiding a RB from Wisconsin would be a smart move. They simply have too many miles on them and rarely work out in the modern NFL. Instead we say they go with Swift and reap the benefits of a rookie backfield combo.

PICK 27: SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Xavier McKinney (S) Alabama

Look for the Seahawks to get back to their Legion of Boom roots and snatch up the most versatile safety in the draft. McKinney can play deep or in the box equally as well and offers outstanding run support.

PICK 28: BALTIMORE RAVENS

Patrick Queen (LB) LSU

The Ravens are only a piece or two away from a Superbowl run based on last years performance. One of those pieces needs to be an interior Linebacker. With Murray out of the running, Queen is the next best thing. The former LSU stand out should give the Raven’s a nice boost to the middle of their defense.

PICK 29: TENNESSEE TITANS

Jonathan Taylor (RB) Wisconsin

With Henry coming back on a one year franchise tag and then expecting a big payday, the Titans may look to take advantage of having top graded RB in the draft fall into their lap. This could potentially save them by having a perceived stud to stand in and pick up where Henry will leave off. They also need help at CB, but this RB pick might be too tempting to resist.

PICK 30: GREEN BAY PACKERS

A.J. Terrell (CB) Clemson

The Packers finish up rounding out their young secondary this year by adding depth at the corner position. We guess they go with  A.J. Terrell because he has proven himself against the best level of competition. There are two other names that could be in the conversation however.

PICK 31: SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Jaylen Johnson (CB) Utah

With the need at WR addressed with their previous pick, look for the Niners to shift focus towards the defensive side of the ball and add some secondary help in Utah’s Jaylen Johnson. Johnson excels in press coverage and with the pass rush that the Niners are capable of, that is a winning recipe.

PICK 32: KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Clyde Edwards-Helaire (RB) LSU

With the final pick in the first round we think it would be a great idea for the Chiefs to swoop in and add a bowling ball of a RB to the immense amount of speed their offense has. This LSU bell cow has also shown that he can handle receiving out of the backfield and blitz pick up as well as carrying the football. This makes him an all-around perfect fit for the Chiefs offense. 

That wraps it up. Please take a moment below to tell us where you think we went wrong, what we may be correct about, or just who you are hoping that your team takes. If you need information regarding how to watch the draft please read THIS. 

 

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