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2020 NFL Mock Draft – April Edition

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We’re less than three weeks away from the 2020 NFL Draft! Exciting times! My legs are fidgeting, I haven’t been out in a while, no sports, quarantine sucks…but at least we still have this 2020 NFL Mock Draft – with trades!

Today, I bring you two mocks: one with and another without trades.

You’ll find breakdowns for the mock with trades below, followed by the full mock draft table and the trade-less mock draft table below the player blurbs.

We’ve got some exciting things to break down here

  • a highly-touted QB prospect slides out of the first round
  • a surprise RB1 makes an appearance
  • five WRs make it into day one
  • the cornerback hierarchy gets shaken up a little bit

Let’s get to it!

2020 NFL Mock Draft (with Trades)

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Trades recap:

  • The Dolphins trade: 2020 picks 5, 26, 56 and a 2021 2nd for the Redskins‘ 2020 2nd overall pick
  • The Eagles trade: 2020 picks 21, 103 and a 2021 4th for the Dolphins’ 2020 18th overall pick

1.02 – Miami Dolphins (via WAS) – Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

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The Dolphins give up a king’s ransom to go pick up their franchise QB. This trade helps both teams: the Redskins don’t have a huge need at edge and that number 5 pick can be used to fill a huge gap on their defense (developed later). They also had no second-round pick, and help themselves with an additional 1st round pick, a second-rounder and a 2021 2nd. A nice haul for a team with so many holes to fill.

In this situation, Tua can benefit from a year to develop and get healthy behind Fitzpatrick if necessary. I don’t think Tua is as pro-ready as everyone seems to think. A lot of turnovers in his career came on disguised coverages and undiagnosed rotations. Something defensive coordinators do very often in the NFL. He could really benefit from a redshirt year.

1.03 – Detroit LionsChase Young, EDGE, Ohio State

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With the Redskins trading down and passing on Chase Young, in favor of a haul of picks, the generational pass rusher falls right in the Lions’ lap. They can’t pass on a chance like this especially with the need they have on the edge.

Young isn’t a perfect fit for this scheme, but he’s perfectly athletic enough to develop into a 3-4 OLB role. This schematic alignment can also give him extra space to work off the snap and make him even more dangerous to deal with for offensive tackles.

1.04 – New York GiantsAndrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

Andrew Thomas is strong and powerful with the most refined pass protection technique of the top 4 OT prospects. His size and athleticism is being undermined in a class with freaks like Mekhi Becton and Tristan Wirfs. He drops the strongest anchor in the class and his upper body strength is outstanding. He’s exactly what the Giants need to protect Daniel Jones‘ blindside.

1.05 – Washington Redskins (via MIA) – Jeffery Okudah, CB, Ohio State

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The Redskins’ haul would start off pretty nicely if they went with Okudah at 5. After trading Quinton Dunbar to the Seahawks, they get their hands on a blue-chip lockdown prospect to plug and play year one.

Okudah’s elite mirror ability and physicality both in coverage and against the run would go a long way to helping this secondary develop. He has elite leaping ability and ball skills to make plays on the ball and cause turnovers early in his career.

As good a playmaker as they would’ve gotten in Chase Young. Their defensive line is already pretty talented, let’s help them out with some coverage.

1.06 – Los Angeles ChargersIsaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson

No, I don’t live under a rock. Yes, I am aware that their starting QB at the moment is Tyrod Taylor. But this is a match made in heaven. Picture Derwin James and Isaiah Simmons on the same team. My goodness.

Besides, there’s a couple of quarterbacks still hanging around on the market. And this mock does open the door for the Chargers to grab Jordan Love in the 2nd round as he slides.

1.09 – Jacksonville JaguarsJavon Kinlaw, IDL, South Carolina

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Generating pressure and stopping the run from the interior was already an issue for the Jaguars and Free Agency hurt their defensive line more than anything, with the loss of Marcell Dareus. They simply must address the need during the draft.

Javon Kinlaw is a great plug and play option that should be available at pick 9. Kinlaw offers alignment versatility along the interior, with the ability to two-gap or shoot for penetration. He can help revive what once was an area of strength for the Jags.

1.12 – Las Vegas RaidersJustin Herbert, QB, Oregon

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I still don’t believe Jon Gruden is fully bought into Derek Carr as his franchise QB. This despite him having the right profile for the west coast offense he wants to run.


With the twelfth pick, it’s hard to imagine Mike Mayock not drooling at the thought of bringing in an arm like Herbert, to learn and develop under Gruden.

1.13 – San Francisco 49ersJerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

The 49ers traded star defensive lineman DeForest Buckner to the Colts for this pick, a trade that I like for both parties.

For the 49ers to acquire an extra first-round pick, they must have their eyes on a prospect or a specific need they can target with this pick. I went to their biggest offensive need, with a match that is very fun to think about.

They got beat with speed and route savvy in the Super Bowl.

Here, they try to emulate that with the best blend of both, Jerry Jeudy, who also happens to be the best player available at this point.

1.14 – Tampa Bay BuccaneersClyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU

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Here’s a blockbuster pick. Realistically, I don’t think the Bucs need to make this pick in Round 1, but it is a great fit to consider in round two. We saw Brady’s success with James White. A twitchy running back with great lateral agility, and outstanding impact in the passing game.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire is ELITE in those aspects. He’s super dynamic laterally, with outstanding vision and diagnosis ability in the backfield. He sets up second-level defenders beautifully from the mesh point. But most of all, he’s a very polished receiver. His hip fluidity to sink into breaks and spring out is amazing. He makes quick turns to the ball with adequate hands.

I finished stacking the 2020 running back class and finalized my draft notes last weekend. Edwards-Helaire is just as good as the consensus top 3 (D’Andre Swift, Jonathan Taylor, J.K. Dobbins), and it’s insulting to drop him into a lower tier.

He’s not a burner but is elite at what he does. It would not surprise me one bit if he finished as the best back from this class in five years’ time. He’d be a great welcoming gift to Tom Brady. He’d also cover for Ronald Jones‘ deficiencies as a pass protector and receiver.

1.15 – Denver BroncosC.J. Henderson, CB, Florida

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C.J. Henderson has lockdown potential on the boundary. The Broncos need to renew their secondary after the loss of Chris Harris and the lack of depth at the position.

Henderson can travel and lockdown primary receivers, buying time for Bradley Chubb and Von Miller to get to the QB.

1.18 – Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA) – CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

This pick is bound to get Philly fans excited. The Eagles trade up to target the lingering star WR ahead of potential WR-seeking rivals.

They give up their compensatory 3rd round pick but have plenty of 4th round capital if they want to make a move back up into the 3rd.

1.20 – Jacksonville Jaguars – A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson

I don’t have a first-round grade on Terrell but talk of him rising into the first round has been growing steadily (and where there’s smoke, there’s fire).

He’s an outstanding athlete with nice instincts in coverage. He reads route concepts and patterns well and stays disciplined in zone. He’s playful in his ability to bait throws from QBs and has nice ball skills to find and make plays on the football. He mirrors and crowds routes in man coverage. He’d be a great piece for a team clearly looking to rebuild their defense.

1.23 – New England PatriotsHenry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama

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The Patriots realistically don’t need to make a move for a quarterback. Jarrett Stidham has plenty of attractive traits and has had a year to develop the mental aspect, coverage reading, and blitz diagnosis deficiencies he had entering the 2019 Draft. He has plenty of arm talent, beautiful touch throws and the ability to make full-field reads and really has a shot to execute the Patriots offense. The best thing the Patriots can do is provide him with help.

The Pats spending two consecutive first-round picks on WRs (N’Keal Harry) would be crazy, given their success rate at the position in the past. Yes, they have other needs, but what the hell, this is what mocks are for!

Ruggs is far from polished in his route running, but if anyone knows how to exploit the best of an athlete’s abilities, it’s Bill Belichick. An athlete as talented as Ruggs shouldn’t hang around this long and I doubt the Patriots would let him drop any further.

Ruggs has gadget potential with game-breaking speed, potent hands and unbelievable ability to make plays above the rim. He’s the perfect X-receiver opposite Harry, with room to grow and develop alongside this young offense.

1.25 – Minnesota VikingsJustin Jefferson, WR, LSU

Justin Jefferson is the most polished slot receiver prospect in the draft. He has tremendous hands, body control and ability to adjust, and is fearless working over the middle of the field. His catch radius and ability to extend passing windows is bound to help Kirk Cousins.

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Jefferson excels in scramble drills and running option routes, a situation the Vikings find themselves doing often. He’s a fluid athlete with polished routes and has the speed to threaten deep. He’s a great (cheap) asset that can have an early impact replacing Stefon Diggs.

2020 NFL Mock Draft (with trades)

PickTeamPlayerPosSchool
1.01CINJoe BurrowQBLSU
1.02MIA (via WAS)Tua TagovailoaQBAlabama
1.03DETChase YoungEDGEOhio State
1.04NYGAndrew ThomasOTGeorgia
1.05WAS (via MIA)Jeffrey OkudahCBOhio State
1.06LACIsaiah SimmonsLBClemson
1.07CARDerrick BrownIDLAuburn
1.08ARZJedrick WillsOTAlabama
1.09JAXJavon KinlawIDLSouth Carolina
1.10CLETristan WirfsOTIowa
1.11NYJMekhi BectonOTLouisville
1.12LVRJustin HerbertQBOregon
1.13SFJerry JeudyWRAlabama
1.14TBClyde Edwards-HelaireRBLSU
1.15DENC.J. HendersonCBFlorida
1.16ATLK'Lavon ChaissonEDGELSU
1.17DALGrant DelpitSLSU
1.18PHI (via MIA)CeeDee LambWROklahoma
1.19LVRPatrick QueenLBLSU
1.20JAXA.J. TerrellCBClemson
1.21MIA (via PHI)Xavier McKinneySAlabama
1.22MINRoss BlacklockIDLTCU
1.23NEHenry RuggsWRAlabama
1.24NOKenneth MurrayLBOklahoma
1.25MINJustin JeffersonWRLSU
1.26WAS (via MIA)Antoine Winfield Jr.SMinnesota
1.27SEAA.J. EpenesaEDGEIowa
1.28BALZach BaunLBWisconsin
1.29TENMarlon DavidsonIDLAuburn
1.30GBDenzel MimsWRBaylor
1.31SFTrevon DiggsCBAlabama
1.32KCKristian FultonCBLSU

2020 NFL Mock Draft (without trades)

PickTeamPlayerPosSchool
1.01CINJoe BurrowQBLSU
1.02WASChase YoungEDGEOhio State
1.03DETJeff OkudahCBOhio State
1.04NYGAndrew ThomasOTGeorgia
1.05MIATua TagovailoaQBAlabama
1.06LACIsaiah SimmonsLBClemson
1.07CARDerrick BrownIDLAuburn
1.08ARZJedrick WillsOTAlabama
1.09JAXJavon KinlawIDLSouth Carolina
1.10CLETristan WirfsOTIowa
1.11NYJMekhi BectonOTLouisville
1.12LVRJustin HerbertQBOregon
1.13SFJerry JeudyWRAlabama
1.14TBClyde Edwards-HelaireRBLSU
1.15DENC.J. HendersonCBFlorida
1.16ATLK'Lavon ChaissonEDGELSU
1.17DALGrant DelpitSLSU
1.18MIAXavier McKinneySAlabama
1.19LVRCeeDee LambWROklahoma
1.20JAXA.J. TerrellCBClemson
1.21PHIPatrick QueenLBLSU
1.22MINRoss BlacklockIDLTCU
1.23NEHenry RuggsWRAlabama
1.24NOKenneth MurrayLBOklahoma
1.25MINJustin JeffersonWRLSU
1.26MIAJosh JonesOTHouston
1.27SEAA.J. EpenesaEDGEIowa
1.28BALZach BaunLBWisconsin
1.29TENMarlon DavidsonIDLAuburn
1.30GBDenzel MimsWRBaylor
1.31SFTrevon DiggsCBAlabama
1.32KCKristian FultonCBLSU

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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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