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2020 NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Draft Season Kickoff


It’s January and #DraftSzn is officially underway for two-thirds of the NFL.

The scouting calendar has begun, and we will be rolling out Draft content taking you all the way to Las Vegas on April 23rd, starting with Mock Draft 1.0.

I’ll be shooting some roster previews your way for each scouting event along with recaps.

Other key events you should keep an eye on during the NFL Playoffs:

  • The East-West Shrine Game week kicks off next Monday (13th of January)
  • Instead of watching the Pro Bowl, my favorite scouting event, Senior Bowl week kicks off on the 20th of January
  • The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the Draft is January 17th and the list is released to teams on the 21st
  • The Scouting Combine in Indianapolis starts on the 24th of February until March 2nd

These scouting events are also the first official sets of measurements we can interpret for these prospects. But for now, let the regular season sink in, and the first pick is selected tomorrow.

This 2020 NFL Mock Draft will unravel over the next 4 weeks, as the final playoff teams are lined up. The first edition features a breakdown of the first 10 picks of the 2020 NFL Mock Draft.

After the Super Bowl, the Mock will update every two weeks with a breakdown of how free agency affected each selection.

Let’s get Draft season 2020 underway!

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You can find the full mock draft table at the bottom of the article.

2020 NFL Mock Draft

1.01 – BENGALS – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU (6’4″, 216 lbs)

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Joe Burrow is the best fit and safest option for the Bengals with the top pick. With their glaring need at quarterback, Burrow can step in Week 1 and take over the starting role.

With free agency, Joe Mixon and former first-round offensive tackle Jonah Williams seeing the field for the first time, the Bengals hope to have a fresh offensive line and an efficient run game ready for the 2019 Heisman winner.

1.02 – REDSKINS – Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State (6’5″, 265 lbs)

Young is the best prospect in the draft. He has the highest floor in the class and his potential is through the roof.

Chase ticks all the boxes to be a blue-chip, premiere pass-rusher at the next level. He attacks with a plan, active, accurate hands and tremendous bend. He’s a pro-ready athlete, versatile enough to play in an even or odd front depending on how the Redskins want to move forward.

Young has double-digit sack potential the moment he steps into the league. The Redskins get themselves a franchise playmaker on the defensive front.

1.03 – LIONS – Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State (6’1″, 200 lbs)

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This is where the draft gets interesting. The value of this pick is through the roof, as it most likely guarantees access to the 2nd top quarterback in the class, whoever teams think that may be. It plays a major role in shaping up the early momentum of the draft.

The Lions have a lot of needs on the defensive side of the ball. They could and should focus on the trenches and building up a pass rush that I think is the worst in the league. But I don’t find any options worthy of a third overall selection.

A blue-chip corner across from Darius Slay like Okudah will boost the renovated pass rush even more.

Okudah is as sticky as it gets out wide, in man coverage. He has tremendous length and uses it very well, with true all-pro lockdown potential at the next level.

1.04 – GIANTS – Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson (6’4″, 230 lbs)

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My dude. Hands down my favorite player in the draft. You can line him up anywhere from free safety to cover in the slot, playing zone out of the box – you name it, he does it.

It’s not often you find athletes built like Julio Jones playing defense, and the Giants would be getting a true swiss-army knife to rebuild that defense.

Simmons can affect any phase of the game on any level of the field, a unique playmaker for the Big Apple.

1.05 – DOLPHINS – Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia (6’5″, 320 lbs)

Over the second half of the season, Ryan Fitzpatrick has truly made a case for himself as the potential 2020 starter for the Miami Dolphins.

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Let’s imagine a world where the Dolphins want to move forward with Fitz as the signal-caller and DeVante Parker, Preston Williams, Mike Gesicki as veteran receivers.

The first step this offseason should be to bolster up the offensive side of the trenches and protect Fitzpatrick.

The three-year starter for the Bulldogs has been a wall at left tackle for Jake Fromm. At 6’5″ 320 lbs, he has a good anchor and doesn’t get overpowered. He’s pretty mobile for his size and quick enough for the blindside.

Thomas has All-Pro upside at a position that can take time to acclimate to the next level.

The Dolphins could get a cornerstone for their team with the 5th selection.

1.06 – CHARGERS – Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama (6’1″, 219 lbs)

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This could be the best landing spot for Tua. With all the risk surrounding his health, he could land in a situation allowing him to redshirt a year behind Philip Rivers to get healthy before potentially taking over in 2021.

Tua is still an undeniable top-5 potential prospect and there are plenty of “QB-interested” teams in the top-10 area – this is a good one.

1.07 – PANTHERS – Derrick Brown, IDL, Auburn (6’5″, 318 lbs)

The Panthers will have their work cut out for them during the offseason. They too could be in the race for a quarterback, considering Kyle Allen‘s mediocre play, Will Grier still unproven and Cam Newton‘s future still in question.

But the defense should be where the Panthers turn to. The entire defensive line is entering free agency and the Panthers need to address it.

Former Florida State Seminole, Brian Burns, flashed off the edge early in the season and could be ready to break out with a starting role in 2020.

Here, the Panthers add a true motor to their defensive line in Derrick Brown. The ever-disruptive interior lineman can fit perfectly into a role in this defense.

Brown leads this IDL class similarly to how Okudah and Andrew Thomas tick all the boxes for their respective positions.

I love Brown’s motor, active hands, strong upper body and drive. He’s a stack and shed expert in the run game with 7-9 sack potential pass-rushing. His ceiling is outstanding.

1.08 – CARDINALS – CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma (6’2″, 189 lbs)

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Kyler Murray. CeeDee Lamb. Reunite. ‘Nuff said.

Plenty of needs for the Cardinals, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. The Cardinals could also look to build up their offensive line, a meticulous process for this franchise as Murray is not simple to build around.

Kingsbury would love the biggest big-play threat, franchise playmaker to take over for Fitzgerald and pair with Murray.

1.09 – JAGUARS – Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama (6’1″, 192 lbs)

The Jaguars are one of the most interesting teams of the offseason, and hardest to predict as they have let go of Tom Coughlin. Coughlin was a major factor in the players’ discontent during his time in Jacksonville. The front office could be going into a full rebuild, making their team-building strategy furthermore blurry.

The first step for the Jags should be to resign Yannick Ngakoue, at least to a franchise tag. They can then focus on the rest of the many question marks on the roster.

Here the Jags start by addressing the need for playmakers with the best separator in the draft to pair with Chark. They add a blue-chip weapon for Minshew before eventually turning to the offensive line, secondary and linebacking corp.

1.10 – BROWNS – Grant Delpit, S, LSU (6’3″, 201 lbs)

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The Browns have three major needs this offseason: offensive linemen, safeties and a GM. I’m shocked the Browns fired Dorsey. He was doing an outstanding job rebuilding the franchise.That’s the nature of the business and whoever takes over will be inheriting a stacked roster.

Delpit can step in and produce at Free Safety from day one for the Browns. He has a great first step and anticipation, great range, feel for zone coverage and outstanding ball skills.

Grant has the twitch and play recognition to play the run and break on underneath zones. He’s a blue-chip player for the Browns and just another player from the Bayou in the locker room.

1CINJoe BurrowQBLSU6'4"216
2WASChase YoungEDGEOhio State6'5"265
3DETJeffrey OkudahCBOhio State6'1"200
4NYGIsaiah SimmonsLBClemson6'4"230
5MIAAndrew ThomasOTGeorgia6'5"320
6LACTua TagovailoaQBAlabama6'1"219
7CARDerrick BrownIDLAuburn6'5"318
8ARICeeDee LambWROklahoma6'2"189
9JAXJerry JeudyWRAlabama6'1"192
10CLEGrant DelpitSLSU6'3"201
11NYJTristan WirfsOTIowa6'5"322
12OAKKristian FultonCBLSU6'0"200
13INDK'Lavon ChaissonEDGELSU6'4"250
14TBJustin HerbertQBOregon6'6"235
15DENLaviska Shenault Jr.WRColorado6'2"220
16ATLTyler BiadaszIOLWisconsin6'3"321
17DALJavon KinlawIDLSouth Carolina6'6"310
18MIAA.J. EpenesaEDGEIowa6'6"280
19OAKKenneth MurrayLBOklahoma6'2"234
20JAXTrevon DiggsCBAlabama6'2"207
21PHIHenry Ruggs IIIWRAlabama6'0"190
22BUFTee HigginsWRClemson6'4"215
23NEJordan LoveQBUtah State6'4"225
24NOXavier McKinneySAlabama6'1"200

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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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