2020 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (@jamfed)
4/22/2020 by James Fedewa
I only published three 2020 NFL Mock Drafts this season, when I used to post weekly starting in January. But with COVID-19 hitting the Earth pretty hard, the corona virus got me hard to work. And when I say “work” I mean my “real job” work hours have been cut 75%, the kids school has been 100% cancelled and it is sunny outside, so I have been doing YARD WORK with a giant list of “honey-do’s” this whole time off.
I can give you a list of all the things I did to improved our home: like Ethernet wire the house, add a motion light, scrape paint for hours off my huge deck and pressure wash everyting that remotely looks dirty (but I’m not gonna give you my list, lol). So all you husbands and wives out there, slightly working since the COVID-19 outbreak, but working on home projects more than ever… TAKE A BREAK for a moment and WATCH THE 2020 NFL DRAFT.
Here’s my final (and enjoy).
**Please leave you comments and I well follow up and reply back**
|#||Team||Player||Position||School||Views, News, Notes & Quotes|
|1||Cincinnati||Joe Burrow||QB||LSU||I do like Andy Dalton as a starting NFL quarterback, and I do not think his game-play earned the Bengals the first pick in the draft. But, the Bengals are in full-rebuild-mode, so trading Dalton is probably the best option (possibly to New England). Burrow had a phenomenal 2019 in college and he will be Cincy’s New Hope…|
|2||Washington||Chase Young||DE||Ohio State||Young is probably the best (and safest) player in the 2020 draft, and the sky is the limit for him to excel in the NFL. He is the perfect pass rushing blend of speed and power and will be a superstar in this league. Redskins may joke around with some draft day trades, but they will draft Young.|
|3||Detroit||Jeffrey Okudah||CB||Ohio State||Detroit can go three directions here: DT, CB or “IS” (Isaiah Simmons, who can play multiple positions), but all will be based on defense. Detroit might entertain some poor offers, but drafting some quality talent is more important. Sure Darius Slay has been traded, so there is a need at CB, but Okudah is perfect for Matt Patricia’s system (and he will be twice the player Slay has ever been).
*I really do think Derrick Brown has a 40% shot in being drafted here
|4||New York Giants||Jedrick Wills Jr.||RT||Alabama||Protect the franchise QB is this off-season’s primary goal for the Giants. Wills has the best technique out of the top four OT’s, but he’s not overwhelmingly athletic (like Wirfs or Becton) . He’s more of a blue collar “getter-done” type of guy, which feels more like a Dave Gettleman selection. This pick also is to improve the run game. *I really wanted to go pass rusher here, and I think the best pass rusher at this spot could be Javon Kinlaw, but well go with OT (final).|
|5||Miami||Tua Tagovailoa||QB||Alabama||Tua’s medical concerns have many teams worried, but the Dolphins roll the dice on the Alabama star. Before Tua’s last injury (dislocated hip, concussion, broken nose) he was the #1 overall prospect in the draft. He has also had knee and ankle injuries prior (plus he’s a lefty and undersized), so his stock has been up and down. Tua is very talented, yes, but can he hold up in the NFL?
*I think all rookie first round QB’s have issues and we can pick every player apart (if we want to), so the fish roll with the injury gamble.
|6||LA Chargers||Justin Herbert||QB||Oregon||The end of an era has just begun (with Philip Rivers departure), and GM Tom Telesco the next apparent future QB for the Chargers. Herbert has much to learn in a pro-system, but his skill set and size are too good to pass up. His decision making can be coached up and looks the part *Miss you already Philip|
|7||Carolina||Derrick Brown||DT||Auburn||Carolina has a new coaching staff, a new QB and another good wide receiver, now it time to focus on the defensive side of the ball. Derrick Brown creates problems for any offense. He is big and quick, and nearly unblockable (and could go as early as #3 overall). Panthers get a run stuffing DT, but Brown is a lot more than a zero tech DT. He is more of a Play-Wrecker and can play multiple positions for a big man.|
|8||Arizona||Javon Kinlaw||IDL||South Carolina||Most draftnik’s are thinking offensive tackle, but I think their defense needs to improve. Kinlaw is that “terrific-beast” and fills the most important need for Arizona – defensive line. His size, speed and story are just too good to pass up. *Think Richard Seymour 2.0|
|9||Jacksonville||Jerry Jeudy||WR||Alabama||The Jags will take the BPA wiht this spot, as it seems like they are gutting their whole team & starting from scratch. Well, they do have Gardner Minshew and I believe he can be a super QB for the Jag (so that’s a good start). Adding more weapons for Mr. Mustache is the best option. *Isaiah Simmons versatility and talent is so tempting here but Jeudy is a WR1|
|10||Cleveland||Andrew Thomas||OT||Georgia||Baker Mayfield needs a quality left tackle and Thomas is the best blend of run block and pass blocking left tackle in the draft. *In fact, this pick might help Nick Chubb (also from UGA) more than Mayfield, as Thomas excels more in the run game.|
|11||New York Jets||CeeDee Lamb||WR||Oklahoma||The offensive line needs some help, but who are they going to throw the ball to? Some decent off-season moves to improve the O-Line could mean Lamb is their guy. Darnold couldn’t be happier and NYJ have a WR1.|
|12||Las Vegas||Isaiah Simmons||LB||Clemson||Simmons falls out of the the top ten, but he should not have. The Raiders defense has a whole new identity. But what position does he play in Vegas? LB or SS?? Lets just call him an “IS” (Isaiah Simmons) – AKA Alien Unicorn|
|13||San Francisco||C.J. Henderson||CB||Florida||I actually vision SF taking a receiver here, but Henderson is too good to pass up. Ruggs seems like a good fit, but maybe a WR can be drafted wit their other first round pick.|
|14||Tampa Bay||Tristan Wirfs||OT||Iowa||With the new addition of Tom Brady, he needs as much protection as possible. However, Brady has had much worse O-Lines than Tampa’s, and he still succeeded.|
|15||Denver||Henry Ruggs III||WR||Alabama||This guy is SUPER fast, great compliment to Courtland Sutton. Drew Lock is getting some needed weapons on offense.|
|16||Atlanta||Trevon Diggs||CB||Alabama||The Falcons have already had a pretty good off-season, but they are thin in the secondary. Diggs is a big CB that can earn a starting spot very quickly. This might be a little early for Diggs, but I do think he fits their scheme better than most. He’s a really good CB and the Falcons need some additional CB depth.|
|17||Dallas||Yetur Gross-Matos||EDGE||Penn State||Dallas could go many directions here, (including QB, CB or Safety). YGM is an over achiever and could be the steal of this draft. He is better than rated and he has really good game tape.|
|18||Miami||Mekhi Becton||OT||Louisville||Tua needs blockers (but I’m not sure if he could see over this mountain of a man. He has been playing left tackle in college, but Tua is a lefty and right tackle might be his new position. Becton doesn’t only block very well, he engulfs defensive ends (like a massive dust storm)|
|19||Las Vegas||Justin Jefferson||WR||LSU||The Raiders need some receivers, many many receivers…|
|20||Jacksonville||K’Lavon Chaisson||EDGE||LSU||It appears that DE Yannick Ngakoue is on his way out, so finding his replacement is very necessary. Chaisson does have several pass rush moves with makes him a highly rated pass rusher. With some time in an NFL weight room and if he can bulk up a bit, he could become an even better pro player.|
|21||Philadelphia||Tee Higgins||WR||Clemson||I can see the Eagles starting a whole new set of wide receivers in 2020. Fire them all and start from scratch (both of them – not a deep crew) * Laviska Shenault Jr. might also be a great selection here too.|
|22||Minnesota||A.J. Epenesa||EDGE||Iowa||Epenesa had a sub-par combine, but that doesn’t mean his tape was poor. He’s a really good DE and the Vikings like those bigger DE’s. I think Epenesa can play multiple positions on the DL, and he is big (good edge setter) but he needs stronger in the NFL. He might be better off as a 5-Tech DE, which could have him going to a 3-4 team.|
|23||New England||Jacob Eason||QB||Washington||Eason has many NFL scouts and GM’s drooling over his size and arm. He is really being undervalued within the draftnick community, which is odd to me. If you watch full games of Eason, you can see his tremendous potential and I think he has the most upside to any of the 2020 NFL draftees. Sure, running QB’s are the craze these days, but big pocket passing QB’s with big arms generally have longer careers in the NFL. **The Patriots get another STEAL in the first round and have a new cornerstone at the QB position.|
|24||New Orleans||Kenneth Murray||LB||Oklahoma||The Saints, on paper, are one of the best teams, again. There are not a lot of holes on the roster, other than age. Murray fits a need, but he also has the leadership ability you want in an MLB.|
|25||Minnesota||Kristian Fulton||CB||LSU||Fulton is a big CB that can earn a starting spot very quickly in MN.|
|26||Miami||Julian Okwara||EDGE||Notre Dame||Plug him in as a starting 3-4 Pass Rushing linebacker for the Ravens and Okwara will produce.|
|27||Seattle||Josh Jones||OT||Houston||Jones had a very good Senior Bowl week, driving his stock way up, vaulting him into the first round. Seems like Seattle always need OL in the draft. Jones is nasty. Safety or CB could be the target here, but Jones can help the line for a long time.|
|28||Baltimore||Zack Baun||LB||Wisconsin||The Ravens pass rushers could use some youth, even though their entire team is nasty (nasty as in damn good). Baun fits well as a 3-4 OLB.|
|29||Tennessee||Jaylon Johnson||CB||Utah||The Titans need to build up their CB corps. Logan Ryan’s new replacement.|
|30||Green Bay||Denzel Mims||WR||Baylor||Packers can go ILB or even QB here but adding more weapons for Rodgers might be a better option|
|31||San Francisco||A. J. Terrell||CB||Clemson||The 49ers have been targeting WR, CB, DT or even a left tackle (as Joe Staley seems to be leaning toward retirement). Terrell has all the tools to succeed. He has the DB build that the 49ers like (tall, rangy and fast).|
|32||Kansas City||Cesar Ruiz||C||Michigan||Ruiz will start day one in KC. They really need a new center for the defending Champs.|