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2020 NFL Mock Draft: February Edition


Welcome to my 2020 NFL Mock Draft!

With the Super Bowl officially behind us and the NFL Combine approaching, it’s time to explore the endless black hole of possibilities that is the NFL draft.

This year’s draft is particularly interesting for so many reasons. For one, the CBA renegotiations are approaching and the 5th-year option on first-rounders will be a big topic of discussion. A topic that definitely impacts team-building strategies particularly regarding quarterbacks.

We could see a run on Quarterbacks in the first round if teams want to secure cheap long term contracts for the position before the CBA is renegotiated.

Let’s face it, it’s not a draft if there are no trades. But for now let’s explore team needs, priorities and positional depths to see how it impacts the first two rounds of the draft.

35 of the 64 selections in this mock are Tackles, Wide Receivers, Corners or Interior D-Linemen. The four positions I value the most in this class.

Read on to see who made the cut into the first two rounds of my 2020 NFL mock draft.

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You can find the full 100% accurate 2-round mock draft table at the bottom of the article.

2020 NFL Mock Draft

1.04 – New York Giants: Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama

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In 2019, the Giants invested a 6th round pick for Daniel Jones to become their franchise QB for the next decade. Step two should be to protect that investment. This pick falls in line with Gettleman’s draft philosophy of building through the trenches. The Giants get a polished, athletic pass protector with a mean punch who can slide right in at Right Tackle.

1.05 – Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

This is probably number 3 on the list of mock draft picks you’re tired of seeing (after Burrow to Cincy and Young to Washington). But where there’s smoke, there’s fire, and Tua has been linked with Miami not only in the media but inside league circles. The selection makes sense as the Dolphins plan to keep Fitzpatrick around for a year which would allow Tua to take over when he is ready and healthy.

1.06 – Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

The Chargers are reportedly moving on from Philip Rivers. The FA QB market is pretty stacked so teams like the Chargers don’t necessarily have to turn to the draft to find their next QB. But the Chargers are only a year removed from their last playoff run, and taking on a rookie QB contract could allow for more cap room to maneuver free agency and extend the winning window. They get Herbert, a top arm in the class but certainly not polished processor and field reader. However, he’ll have the offensive weapons on the outside and in the backfield there to help him succeed.

1.09 – Jacksonville Jaguars: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson

The Jaguars get a steal at 9 if you ask me. The best athlete in the draft and he plays defense. A dream chess piece for any defensive coordinator. He can play Sam, Safety, Nickel, on-ball OLB… you name it. Maybe the one area to his game he actually still needs to improve is pure linebacker. He’ll fit right in alongside Myles Jack and bring this defense back to the Myles Jack/Telvin Smith glory days, the days that sent them to the AFC Championship Game.

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1.10 – Cleveland Browns: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

The Cleveland Browns hadn’t really bothered to look for Joe Thomas’ successor since he retired. A decision that proved costly to the last front office and really limited the Browns’ offense in 2019. They go for Andrew Thomas here, one of the best pass protectors in the draft with smooth nimble feet and a strong anchor.

1.11 – New York Jets: Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville

The New York Jets offensive line was abysmal in 2019. If they want to give Sam Darnold any shot at success, it should be there #1 priority this offseason to fix the offensive side of the trenches. Mekhi Becton is a mountain of a man at Tackle. But a surprisingly mobile and smooth pass protector for a man of his stature. He lives up to his size in the run game and should also get along with Lev Bell pretty well.

1.14 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

Tampa needs a new QB, and like every other team in the market for a QB, they could look for a veteran in free agency. Bruce Arians has his prototype when it comes to QBs and Jordan Love fits that mold. Big arm, can make every throw, confidence, gunslinger mentality… There’s risk in Love early on regarding turnovers, and one could question moving on from Winston if it’s to bring in another loose, turnover-risky arm. But Love’s high interception total can be linked to the drop in surrounding talent from his sophomore to junior season, and the boost in supporting cast can help him polish off the turnovers as a pro.

1.16 – Atlanta Falcons: K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU

Whether the Falcons want to improve pass defense via better coverage to help the pass rush, or better pass rush to relieve the secondary is a major question only Dimitroff has the answer to. I believe they desperately need a hit on a pass rusher. Beasley never lived up to his breakout 2016 season and the Falcons announced they were moving on (in a very weird and perhaps unnecessary fashion). Chaisson reminds me of an evolved version of Beasley. One that plays the run much more effectively. Bend, speed, burst are all top traits. If he can polish up his counters in pass rush and finish, production should see a boost at the next level. Chaisson is who the Falcons hoped Beasley would become.

1.20 – Jacksonville Jaguars: C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida

A bit of a surprise here at CB-2. The Jaguars don’t go too far to fetch Jalen Ramsey‘s replacement. Henderson is a long, athletic, man-cover corner that has shutdown upside at the next level. Limitations against the run could hurt his stock but there aren’t many corners out there that can play man-to-man better than him.

1.23 – New England Patriots: Jacob Eason, QB, Washington

Every year it’s the same thing. Do the Patriots go and look for Tom Brady‘s successor. To be fair, he could already be on the roster in Jarett Stidham. But with Brady wanting to dip his feet in Free Agency, the Patriots have reasonable motive to look for a replacement. And with CBA renegotiations approaching, who knows how the 5th year option rule on first-round picks will change. Eason is an under the radar prospect with a nice arm, great touch, throws with anticipation and has shown hints of decyphering coverages very well. The type of quarterback the Patriots could fall for.

1.26 – Miami Dolphins: Josh Jones, OT, Houston

The irony of the Dolphins selecting an offensive tackle from the University of Houston with the pick collected from the Laremy Tunsil trade with the Houston Texans is great. And it wasn’t intentional at first. The Dolphins need a tackle to protect their future franchise QB in Tua Tagovailoa. Jones shined all week at the Senior Bowl showcasing his instinctive skills as a pass protector. He’s not a finished product but his upside is tremendous and what he does so well already can’t be taught.

1.31 – San Francisco 49ers: Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

It’s no secret that Richard Sherman struggled big time in the Super Bowl against the Chiefs. He’s not getting any younger and if the 9ers want to stay on top, they need to bring in some talent in the secondary. Trevon Diggs can fit right into the 49ers’ cover-3 defense and make plays on the ball like he’s done so well in Tuscaloosa.

1.32 – Kansas City Chiefs: John Simpson, IOL, Clemson

Much like the previous pick, I decided to attack a position of need identified in the Super Bowl. The Chiefs’ interior offensive line was perhaps the shakiest unit in what was a very good evening for the team. Albeit, they faced a tough task against the 49ers front seven. The Chiefs still need to reinforce Mahomes’ protection, who found himself running for his life often in Miami. Simpson is a powerful protector inside, with an incredibly strong anchor and fluid hips to redirect and recover. He’s a day-1 starter in the NFL and should help keep this Chiefs team on top of the NFL for the years to come.

1.01CINJoe BurrowQBLSU
1.02WASChase YoungEDGEOhio State
1.03DETJeff OkudahCBOhio State
1.04NYGJedrick WillsOTAlabama
1.05MIATua TagovailoaQBAlabama
1.06LACJustin HerbertQBOregon
1.07CARDerrick BrownIDLAuburn
1.08ARZTristan WirfsOTIowa
1.09JAXIsaiah SimmonsLBClemson
1.10CLEAndrew ThomasOTGeorgia
1.11NYJMekhi BectonOTLouisville
1.12OAKJerry JeudyWRAlabama
1.13INDJavon KinlawIDLSouth Carolina
1.14TBJordan LoveQBUtah State
1.15DENCeeDee LambWROklahoma
1.16ATLK'Lavon ChaissonEDGELSU
1.17DALXavier McKinneySAlabama
1.18MIAGrant DelpitSLSU
1.19OAKKenneth MurrayLBOklahoma
1.20JAXC.J. HendersonCBFlorida
1.21PHIHenry Ruggs IIIWRAlabama
1.22BUFA.J. EpenesaEDGEIowa
1.23NEJacob EasonQBWashington
1.24NOPatrick QueenLBLSU
1.25MINJeff GladneyCBTCU
1.26MIAJosh JonesOTHouston
1.27SEALloyd Cushenberry IIIIOLLSU
1.28BALNeville GallimoreIDLOklahoma
1.29TENJonathan TaylorRBWisconsin
1.30GBJalen ReagorWRTCU
1.31SFTrevon DiggsCBAlabama
1.32KCJohn SimpsonIOLClemson
2.01CINKristian FultonCBLSU
2.02INDBrandon AiyukWRArizona State
2.03DETTerrell LewisEDGEAlabama
2.04NYGAntoine Winfield Jr.SMinnesota
2.05LACAustin JacksonOTUSC
2.06CARJaylon JohnsonCBUtah
2.07MIACurtis WeaverEDGEBoise State
2.08ARZMarlon DavidsonIDLAuburn
2.09CLEAshtyn DavisSCalifornia
2.10JAXLaviska Shenault Jr.WRColorado
2.11CHIZack BaunLBWisconsin
2.12INDA.J. TerrellCBClemson
2.13TBRoss BlacklockIDLTCU
2.14DENPrince Tega WanoghoOTAuburn
2.15ATLD'Andre SwiftRBGeorgia
2.16NYJCameron DantzlerCBMississippi State
2.17PITHunter BryantTEWashington
2.18CHITyler BiadaszIOLWisconsin
2.19DALJordan ElliottIDLMissouri
2.20LARLucas NiangOTTCU
2.21PHIBryce HallCBVirginia
2.22BUFTee HigginsWRClemson
2.23ATLCesar RuizIOLMichigan
2.24MIAJ.K. DobbinsRBOhio State
2.25HOUJosh UcheLBMichigan
2.26MINJustin MadubuikeIDLTexas A&M
2.27SEABradlee AnaeEDGEUtah
2.28BALJustin JeffersonWRLSU
2.29TENRaekwon DavisIDLAlabama
2.30GBBen BartchOTSt. John
2.31KCMarkus BaileyLBPurdue
2.32SEASaahdiq CharlesOTLSU

About Selyan Lonqueux

Junior NFL Draft analyst, and aspiring football coach. Active Wide Receiver across the pond, in Europe. The truth lies in the tape, the whole tape and nothing but the tape.

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