2020 NFL Mock Draft - Rev 3

August 1, 2019 2:00 PM EST
2020 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1 Picks 1-16
7 Rounds of Results / Round 1 with comments
  • At this point there are four quarterbacks who could potentially be drafted in Round 1, however the teams most likely to draft one fall to the back of the draft (Saints, Chargers, Packers). The Miami Dolphins could be the exception, they will have Josh Rosen under a microscope during the 2019 season and could be in position to move the first QB off the board if Rosen fails to impress.
  • A mock draft this early is rather dubious. Our comments are directed more at the "state-of-the-team" with an eye toward reviewing presumed team weaknesses.
  • The selection order was determined by a consensus of our team analysts.
  • Next Mock Draft September 4.

Round 1 Picks 1- 16 (Below)

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1 Miami
Justin Herbert
Oregon
QB
Reach/Value:
-1
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
225
Justin Herbert NFL Draft photo
If Miami ends up with the top pick in the 2020 draft, we'll have to assume that the Josh Rosen 'experiment' was not successful. Ryan Fitzpatrick has opened camp with the starting unit, so it's also possible that Rosen only sees minimal playing time this year anyway. Even if Rosen shows promise in whatever playing time he gets, it would be hard for Miami to pass up the chance to take their pick of the top quarterbacks next April. All that Rosen can do for now is learn the playbook, show improvement every day, and endear himself to his new teammates. It does appear he's trending in the right direction.

At this point, I personally have Justin Herbert as the #1 QB prospect, but Tua is not far behind and, with another strong season under his belt, he could certainly be the top guy come draft time.

To further complicate the decision Miami will face at #1, they clearly still have a long list of other positional needs. Realistically, finding an EDGE Rusher could be the biggest short-term requirement. Specifically in relation to EDGE prospects, Chase Young and A.J.Epenesa would make it more palatable to pass on a QB. The 2017 RD1 pick, Charles Harris, has not developed as hoped, although he does have the potential to be more productive in Brian Flores' new system. Harris has only managed 3 sacks in his 2 seasons so far. Even if he can produce, Miami will need someone providing pressure on the other side.

- David Payne, Dolphins Analyst

2 NY Giants
Chase Young
Ohio State
EDGE
Reach/Value:
-1
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
265
Chase Young NFL Draft photo
Since taking over in December of 2017, GM Dave Gettleman has nearly turned over the roster in its entirety while continuously rejecting the notion that the Giants are rebuilding. With a restless fan base that has watched the Giants miss the playoffs six of the last seven years, the need for improvement and infusing leery fans with legitimate hope in 2019 is paramount.

The Giants are coming off a brutal season on the defensive side of the ball. They finished tied for the second-fewest sacks (30) in the NFL and gave up more points (369) than any other team in the NFCE. Overall, the Big Blue D finished 24th in total defense. Gettleman was insistent on getting two starters on D in RD1 of the 2019 NFL Draft and believes he did with DL Dexter Lawrence and DB DeAndre Baker. Following those selections, NYG went with EDGE Oshane Ximines out of Old Dominion in RD3 (95th overall). Ximines fills a position of need, especially after the Giants passed on Josh Allen for QB Daniel Jones with the No. 6 overall pick. The Giants are also very high on EDGE Lorenzo Carter and DL B.J. Hill that were selected in RD3 of the 2018 Draft.

Despite what appears to be several improvements on defense, I think Gettleman will continue to focus on improving the unit via Free Agency and the NFL Draft in 2020. If the Giants once again find themselves in the top ten, a premium pass rusher will most certainly be available and highly considered.

- Kevin McWalters, Giants Analyst

3 Cincinnati
Tua Tagovailoa
Alabama
QB
Reach/Value:
+2
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
218
Tua Tagovailoa NFL Draft photo
As I've been writing season previews for various teams, I have used season simulators to predict each team's record, game-by-game. I've run through the simulation ten times now, and I can't figure out how to get the Bengals to more than four wins. While the new regime might be patient enough to survive such a season, the team --and the fan base-- need some good news. After promising rookie/starting LT Jonah Williams went down for the season, star WR AJ Green went down on the questionable turf at Dayton and will miss at least a few games of the regular season. When I go through the season simulation again...it's not going to be good news.

Focusing on what the Bengals do have to hold onto, Zac Taylor has great talent to work with at the specialist positions, with or without AJ Green. If Taylor can bring in a new, variable offense like the Rams have employed, this offense could surprise people. The biggest questions, though, are on defense, where Marvin Lewis will no longer be able to hold a rag-tag roster together as he had for 15 years.

- Kennedy Paynter, DraftTek Senior Analyst (@Kennedy_Paynter on Twitter)

4 Arizona
A.J. Epenesa
Iowa
EDGE
Reach/Value:
-2
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
280
A.J. Epenesa NFL Draft photo
Training camp has opened and former RD1 pick Robert Nkemdiche has been cut after reporting in overweight. In other training camp news, there is Murray/Kirk/Isabella excitement, and DL injuries are pushing the 2020 draft-o-meter toward the defensive side.

The Cards have improved in the eyes of DraftTek's power rankers since last month, moving from the top pick down to the #4. While the team entertained drafting Nick Bosa in 2019 (until Kyler Murray came sashaying by), they will have the opportunity to draft an elite EDGE defender in the 2020 NFL Draft should they finish in the bottom 5, as predicted at this moment. While GM Steve Kiem added T-Sizzle to join sackmaster Chandler Jones, Sizzle is a soon-to-fizzle 37 years old. Adding to a strength seems an anathema to effective draft strategy, but it's done often enough when the talent justifies it, as Chase Young and A.J. Epenesa could do. Have the Cowboys ever turned down an elite offensive lineman despite regularly sporting one of the leagues best OLs?

Speaking of OLs, the Cards could just as easily draft a top Offensive Tackle to protect Kyler Murray in next year's draft. In 2018, the unit ranked near (or at) the bottom of the NFL in many metrics: QB Sacks allowed, Yards per Pass Attempt, Turnover Margin.. there's more if you dare to look for them. Keim added several names in Free Agency (J.R. Sweezy and Max Garcia), and all the PUPs from 2018 return (Humphries, Pugh, Shipley). On paper, the team possesses way more depth (than the 2018 team) which should lead to improved metrics in 2019, but Humphries' probable departure in FA points to a Day-1 or Day-2 pick addressing OT.

5 Tampa Bay
Andrew Thomas
Georgia
OT
Reach/Value:
+1
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
320
Andrew Thomas NFL Draft photo
HC Bruce Arians didn't make many changes to the offensive line in the off-season (Earl Watford and some UFAs); how that unit develops is a principal concern as training camp gets underway. Here's ProFootballFocus' NFL Offensive Line rankings heading into the 2019 season. Hint: they're not complimentary of the Bucs front wall.

Alex Cappa made news as he opened camp with the starting five. Coming from tiny Humboldt State, up in California redwoods country, Kappa was ill-prepared for the NFL game as a rookie. It is hoped that his 104 first-year snaps, following by an off-season conditioning program, will show that Kappa is worth the RD3 pick from the 2018 draft. That, by the way, was yet another (in hindsight questionable) pick that the Bucs traded up for --surrendering their 4th and 6th rounders. If Kappa hangs in there, then the interior of the OL should be set up nicely.

The same cannot be said for the tackles. Starters Donovan Smith (LT) and Demar Dotson (RT) are average. Two issues: First, I don't even recognize the names who are backing them up (Ruben Holcomb, Brock Ruble, Michael Liedke). Liedke, the most experienced of the trio, has played 6 NFL snaps in 4 NFL seasons. Second, Dotson is soon-to-be 34 years old and a free agent following the season.

The Bucs will be swayed if a premier EDGE guy falls to their spot in the 2020 draft, but they can't go wrong at Offensive Tackle, where value meets need.

6 NY Jets
Walker Little
Stanford
OT
Reach/Value:
-4
Height:
6'7"
Weight:
313
Walker Little NFL Draft photo
With Training Camp well underway, there is genuine excitement from Jet Fans for the season ahead. The addition of Bell and Crowder, along with an expected jump in the play of Year 2 Darnold, has increased expectation level this year. However, I still feel that the play of the Jets' O-Line will have a massive bearing on how everything plays out.

Brandon Shell has been OK so far at Right Tackle, and his expected competition with rookie OT, Chuma Edoga, will be intriguing one. At Left Tackle, Kelvin Beachum is due to hit FA next year, and hasn't really done enough in his previous seasons to make him a guy you couldn't afford to lose. For this reason, I think OT will be very high on the list of priorities for new GM Joe Douglas come Draft Day.

On the collegiate level, Stanford LT Walker Little will have a lot of expectation on his shoulders. Little was First Team All-Pac 12 selection and Co-Freshman Offensive Player of the Year in 2018. If his trajectory continues in the same direction in 2019, he should cement himself as a Top-5 Pick.

7 Washington
Jerry Jeudy
Alabama
WRF
Reach/Value:
+0
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
192
Jerry Jeudy NFL Draft photo
Whether the team is in Richmond, Ashburn, or Landover, the drama never stops for the Washington Redskins. Apparently, Trent Williams isn't kidding with his holdout, and the team is protecting itself in the case he isn't wearing burgundy and gold this season, signing two offensive tackles including the best-available-tackle in Donald Penn. If you want to speculate further...1) Penn wants to start. 2) Penn is a close friend of Williams. 3) Penn said he called Williams and Williams told him to sign with the Redskins. So...either Trent doesn't distrust the Redskins like the national media has portrayed and is telling his friend that the organization is a great place to be, orrrr Trent told Penn he won't be back with the team and the 36-year-old tackle will be able to start immediately. I'll let you decide which of those realities you'd like to live in.

In other news (and wait...how is this not the headline!?), Dwayne Haskins has had two of his best practices in a row this week. He's become noticeably more confident and comfortable with his teammates, celebrating --and seemingly having fun-- with his teammates for the first time. The first-round QB is saying all the right things, and the coaches are allegedly impressed. The organization has preached patience here, but Haskins might have what it takes.

- Kennedy Paynter, Draft Analyst (@Kennedy_Paynter on Twitter)

8 Denver
Trey Adams
Washington
OT
Reach/Value:
-4
Height:
6'7"
Weight:
315
Trey Adams NFL Draft photo
Last month, I highlighted the Left Tackle position as a possible target in next April's draft but let's be honest, this offense still has plenty of question marks. With training camp well underway, the defense has been well ahead of their counterparts, who have struggled with turnovers, drops, and pre-snap penalties.

The good news is through my early studies of the players eligible to enter the 2020 class, it appears we could have an offense-heavy draft in the early rounds. Not only are there left tackle prospects such as Georgia's Andrew Thomas and Stanford's Walker Little, but there are numerous, talented receivers with a variety of skill sets, such as Oklahoma's CeeDee Lamb and Alabama's Jerry Jeudy. We went left tackle with this pick, despite our top two being off the board, and until I am certain that Garett Bolles can handle that position, I'm not sure how much that will change. I'm not saying the defense doesn't have areas of concern, but Vic Fangio seems to be getting the most out of his guys on that side of the ball. With preseason games on the horizon, we are about to get a much better look about development of this roster and where the Broncos are lacking.

~ Austin Smith, DraftTek Senior Analyst



9 Detroit
Derrick Brown
Auburn
DL3T
Reach/Value:
+4
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
318
Derrick Brown NFL Draft photo
A few weeks ago we highlighted that this 2019 season was a "prove-it" year for the Detroit Lions. Just a few short days ago, the Lions announced they had signed former Packers defensive lineman, Mike Daniels. Clearly, the Lions' front office feels the pressure and the urgency to win now, and the signing of Daniels is a testament to that. The urgency to win now must be mutual as Daniels wasn't hesitant in his decision to join Detroit as in 2 days, 13 teams had called him to garner his services, but he chose Detroit anyway. Why? Daniels said the choice was easy and that a major factor, if not the only factor, was Matt Patricia. "He's a genius....to play for a coach like that, it means everything".

There's now no doubt the Lions are "playing to win" this season. After an offseason that saw a infusion of talent on the defensive side of the field and re-constructing the offensive identity, the Lions are on track to do some special things in 2019, but make no bones about it; it's a team game and it requires a team to work together all as one unit. There are still some question marks:
(1) Uncertainty regarding if Stafford will have a bounceback season,
(2) Can Kerryon Johnson carry the load in a Darrell Bevell run-first (assumed) offense?
(3) Will Jarrad Davis take the next step and be the LB he was drafted to be?
(4) Can Tracy Walker build off a solid rookie season?
(5) Can the coaching staff bring out the best in the roster and put complete games together?

These questions will undoubtedbly be answered come the regular season, but as Lions' fans, we've been trained to be forward thinkers. This 2019 season has a chance to be a good one, most likely filled with its ups and downs as the organization continues to find its way, but it is headed in the right direction.

- Doug Hyde, Lions Analyst

10 Buffalo
Alaric Jackson
Iowa
OT
Reach/Value:
-10
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
320
Alaric Jackson NFL Draft photo
While we explore Morse's concussion to see if it plays a role in the draft, the need at Tackle is bigger than we think. Admittedly, Dion Dawkins has looked better at LT at camp than last year. Dion still has a little trouble against speed rushers, but having Quinton Spain next to him will help. Morse and Spain allowed one sack combined in 2018. Dawkins, who our DraftTek OL Analyst called "a better Guard than Tackle prospect", and Cody Ford, who he calls "a phone-booth Guard", has shown improved feet and arm use against Jerry Hughes and a healthy Trent Murphy during the 11-on-11s. Dawkins and/or Ford could end up as Pro-Bowl Guards, but it would leave a hole outside.

Ty Nsehke will be 34 right before Halloween. Scary. LaAdrian Waddle is ranked at 50.6 in pass protection. Scarier. De'Ondre Wesley has been getting work at Guard instead of his 2018 position at Tackle, and Ike Boettger, who played OT at Iowa, has also been kicked inside to OG.

Alaric Jackson was one of my best fits at Tackle for the Bills in another deep draft at the position. Watch this cued-up play where Jackson, LT #77, uses hand/arm placement and -ahem- an ample lower center of gravity to steer his EDGE out of harm's way. Other attractive fits for the Bills in RD1 would be one of the WRs Shenault/Higgins/Reagor, EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos, or S Grant Delpit. Let's also get a beefy bell-cow back to complement Singletary's play on Day Two.

-Dean Kindig, Bills Analyst (@TCBills_Astro on Twitter)

11 Las Vegas
Laviska Shenault
Colorado
WRF
Reach/Value:
+2
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
220
Laviska Shenault NFL Draft photo
If the Raiders experience a resurgence in 2019, it's likely that the acquisitions of Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams will have played a major role. But, who will be the #3 target for Derek Carr? The competition for that spot is among the most fierce of any in training camp, and the pecking order at receiver is arguably more uncertain than any other position group (with the possible exception of defensive back).

This, however, is not likely because Ryan Grant, Hunter Renfrow, Keelan Doss, Marcell Ateman, and J.J. Nelson are such special talents. It's more that, while all are NFL talents, none truly stands out as a strong third option. Keeping in mind that only Ateman and specialist Dwayne Harris have ever caught a pass in a Raiders uniform at WR - a paltry 21 combined, meaning there's still a lot to learn about this group - don't be surprised if, should Carr look reborn in 2019, a high impact receiving target is given a long look in RD 1, especially considering Antonio Brown will be 32 heading into next season. Linebacker will also be, yet again, another possible area of need early, while Safety, Interior OL, and, potentially, DL (yes, again) could be factors early on as well.

12 Jacksonville
Dylan Moses
Alabama
ILB
Reach/Value:
-6
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
233
Dylan Moses NFL Draft photo
The Jags improved their defense by scooping up Edge Rusher Josh Allen from Kentucky, a player that some considered the 2019 draft's top talent. He'll learn from Calais Campbell, one of the best in the game. The D was good in 2018, finishing 5th in the league in yards allowed (311 ypg), this despite the Jags possessing a truly awful offense that couldn't move the football - 27th in yards per game (302) and 31st in points per game at just 15.3. The LB corps is coming to grips with losing Telvin Smith for the season, but have been impressed with 3rd round draft pick Quincy Williams, who could potentially start in his first year.

With a quality QB at the helm of the offense in 2019 AND an improved OL bolstered by RD2 pick Jawaan Taylor, the defense will be better rested and more capable of wreaking havoc on opposing offenses. Looking toward next year's draft, MLB Myles Jack hits Free Agency. Although Smith (Telvin) may return after his gap year, we're penciling in the draft's top LB, Alabama's Dylan Moses (2018 highlights), as an early draft target.

13 San Francisco
Grant Delpit
LSU
S
Reach/Value:
+5
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
203
Grant Delpit NFL Draft photo
The 49ers 2018 season was supposed to be a reintroduction to respectability after years of struggle, but injuries ravaged both sides of the ball and fans were left with more questions than answers as to what the future holds. As the 2019 season draws closer the Niners feel accurately ranked as a mid-tier team with plenty to prove.

On paper, San Francisco has a realistic shot at the playoffs: They are deep across the defensive line with a pair of talented young linebackers and two pro bowlers on the corners. They have a stable of versatile running backs, a solid offensive line, and a handful of exciting young pass catchers for the now healthy Jimmy Garoppolo to spread the ball around to. But as we saw last year, staying healthy is no small concern and San Fran's reliance on its young talent makes them susceptible to growing pains as well as physical ones.

While needs are likely to change throughout the season, finding a long term answer at FS is becoming a priority as Tarvarius Moore and Adrian Colbert shared first team reps in training camp with Jimmie Ward sidelined. If none of the three incumbent players make a convincing enough case the Niners could be tempted to seek a replacement early in the draft, especially if LSU's Grant Delpit is available when they go on the clock.

-Brett Clancy, 49ers Analyst

14 Tennessee
Yetur Gross-Matos
Penn State
EDGE
Reach/Value:
-13
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
262
Yetur Gross-Matos NFL Draft photo
The Titans took a hit when they found that LOT Taylor Lewan would be suspended for the first four games of the season for failing a drug test for ostarine -a performance enhancing drug on the USADA prohibited list.. The three-time pro-bowler will sit for three away games at Cleveland, Jacksonville and Atlanta, as well as a home tilt with Indy. If they come away with one win, I'd consider than a mild success.

At training camp during the first few days of August, the team lined up Dennis Kelly at LOT, and moved former first-rounder Jack Conklin back into the starting right OT position. Conklin earned First-Team All-Pro honors as a rookie, but has plunged over the past two seasons - not even being extended a fifth-year option. Sure Conklin was oft-injured in 2018, but this piece by Music City Miracles casts doubt on Conklin's talent, and suggests his All-Pro nomination as a rookie was the benefit of Mike Mularkey's run-heavy offense. Prior to Lewan's suspension, Conklin was spouting that he's fully re-habbed and a new man, and was NOT planning on surrendering HIS starting ROT spot to Dennis Kelly, who played well while Conklin was out.

Even when Lewan returns in Week 5, the schedule looks daunting with six games against a suddenly resurgent AFC South. They're also facing the NFC South in non-conference play, and face the Chargers and Chiefs at home. Yikes!

15 Carolina
Tee Higgins
Clemson
WRF
Reach/Value:
+1
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
200
Tee Higgins NFL Draft photo
Before I go about my usual spiel, let me get the most important thing out of the way. Cam Newton can throw the deep pass again! And I'll be damned if it isn't beautiful!

Last Wednesday, the Carolina Panthers reported to Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC for what will be their final training camp at the college. As fans are getting a look at the earliest version of this year's Panthers team, one thing has become obvious: It looks as though the recent injection of youth added via the last few draft classes are finally starting to pay off! Carolina's 2019 first-round draft pick, Brian Burns, looks like an absolute terror coming off the edge, while last year's first-round selection, DJ Moore, is looking primed to make some highlight-reel plays! Add on top of that the dynamic playmaking ability of Curtis Samuel, and the Panthers' offense looks to be as high-powered as ever.

Even in spite of that, it would behoove Carolina to add yet another electric playmaker to their burgeoning wide receiver corps. Torrey Smith and Chris Hogan are only on one-year deals, and this next draft class looks to have a few studs at the Wide Receiver position. Historically, Cam Newton has not had a lot of help in his perimeter weapons, so as he enters the next phase of his career, it makes sense to add as much talent to the offense as feasibly possible. Check out the C3 Carolina Cat Chronicles podcast Tuesday nights at 9 PM to hear us discuss all the latest in Panther Nation!

- Cody Lachney, Panthers Analyst

16 Baltimore
C.J. Henderson
Florida
CB
Reach/Value:
+1
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
186
C.J. Henderson NFL Draft photo
Is anyone but me not the least bit concerned that the Ravens' top two options at QB (Lamar Jackson and Robert Griffin III) are so pre-disposed to running the football? This leads to a strong likelihood that 6th-round draft pick Trace McSorley will see significant PT as a rookie. McSorley, if you recall his days at Penn State, is also no stranger to toting the rock. He ran the ball 314 times for 1289 yards and 23 TDs in his last two seasons in Happy Valley. The Ravens possess one of the better offensive lines in the NFL, but when two rookies are penciled in as starters at WR (Brown, Boykin), my concern is that Jackson will be relying on his legs more than coaches and fans would like.

Casting an eye to the 2020 Draft (we are a draft website after all), we're going to assume that the two rookie WRs will mature as sophomores and that receiver will not be a primary draft need, though top vet Willie Snead hits Free Agency. Several defensive positions either look undermanned right now, or will be losing starters to Free Agency. Pass rush looks shaky, with unproven Tim Williams (2017 RD3) and Tyus Bowser (2017 RD2) looking to step up following the FA losses of Za'Darius Smith and Terrell Suggs. Matt Judon is really the only proven option (7 sacks). The Ravens added Jaylon Ferguson in RD3 of the 2019 draft, but may target a higher-pedigreed EDGE guy in 2020 if no one can get the job done opposite Judon.

In this week's mock draft, the Ravens are slated with the 2020 draft's top CB, C.J. Henderson, as Jimmy Smith and Cyrus Jones also hit Free Agency following the 2019 season.

Traded Round 1 Picks:

Las Vegas gets Chicago RD1 pick (Khalil Mack trade)

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O/A Rank Big 10 Conference
Top-30 Players
Psn
4 Chase Young
Ohio State
EDGE
4 A.J. Epenesa
Iowa
DL5T
18 Yetur Gross-Matos
Penn State
EDGE
23 Tristan Wirfs
Iowa
OT
26 Tyler Biadasz
Wisconsin
OG
28 J.K. Dobbins
Ohio State
RBF
31 Donovan Peoples-Jones
Michigan
WRF
39 Jonathan Taylor
Wisconsin
RBF
54 Shea Patterson
Michigan
QB
56 Tarik Black
Michigan
WRF
61 Kenny Willekes
Michigan State
EDGE
66 Lavert Hill
Michigan
CB
71 K.J. Hill
Ohio State
WRF
73 Alaric Jackson
Iowa
OT
75 Jeffrey Okudah
Ohio State
CB
79 Malik Harrison
Ohio State
ILB
88 Ben Bredeson
Michigan
OG
92 Jordan Fuller
Ohio State
S
94 Joe Bachie
Michigan State
ILB
107 David Dowell
Michigan State
S
109 Paddy Fisher
Northwestern
ILB
110 Tuf Borland
Ohio State
ILB
117 Brian Lewerke
Michigan State
QB
132 Jonathon Cooper
Ohio State
EDGE
134 Damon Arnette
Ohio State
CB
139 Cesar Ruiz
Michigan
OC
145 Carter Coughlin
Minnesota
OLB
146 Anthony McFarland Jr.
Maryland
RBC
147 Jon Runyan
Michigan
OT
150 Lorenzo Neal
Purdue
DL3T
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