2020 NFL Mock Draft - Rev 2A

January 18, 2020 2:00 AM EST
2020 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1 Picks 1-16
7 Rounds of Results / Round 1 with comments
  • Several dozen underclassmen have been removed from our board as the draft deadline expired on Friday. Rev 2-A is a re-simulation of this week's mock with these prospects removed. Travis Etienne tops the group of recent returnees.
  • The Los Angeles Rams, Houston, Chicago and Pittsburgh do not possess Round 1 picks in the 2020 draft. Comments for those team can be found on the Round 2 page.
  • The selection order was determined by standard strength-of-schedule criteria. Next Full Mock Draft January 22.

Round 1 Picks 1- 16 (Below)

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1 Cincinnati
Joe Burrow
LSU
QB
Reach/Value:
-1
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
216
Joe Burrow NFL Draft photo
2015: redshirt freshman at Ohio State; 0% completion percentage, 0 yds passing, 0 TD, 0 INT-not an NFL prospect.
2016/2017: backup to JT Barrett at Ohio State; 74%, 287 yds, 2 TD, 0 INT-not an NFL Draft pick.
2018: graduate transfer to LSU after Dwayne Haskins named the starter at Ohio State, named starter at LSU as a redshirt junior; 58%, 2894 yds, 16 TD, 5 INT-late-round NFL Draft pick.
2019: starter at LSU as redshirt senior; 78%, 5208 yds, 60 TD (breaks record), 6 INT, Heisman Trophy winner, National Champion, first-overall NFL Draft pick.

Cincinnati...Do. Not. Mess. This. Up.

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

2 Washington
Chase Young
Ohio State
EDGE
Reach/Value:
+1
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
265
Chase Young NFL Draft photo
The Redskins have completed the tough part of their mission, losing their final three games to hold on to the second-overall pick. Now comes the easy part, right? Well...not really. First off, what if the Bungals pass on Joe Burrow? Do all of our brains just collectively implode?

While the national consensus is that the Redskins will be selecting Chase Young at #2 overall (which admittedly seems like a no-brainer), there is at least one other option to consider; trading down. Historically, trading down from the top of the first round and picking up more top-fifty picks represents more value than sticking-and-picking in the top five, as the top picks in every draft are over-valued significantly (as expertly broken down by Bill Horgan from Hogs Haven). Having said all of that...please take Chase Young, Mr. Rivera You aaaare ourrrr lassssst hope.

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

3 Detroit
Jeffrey Okudah
Ohio State
CB
Reach/Value:
-3
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
200
Jeffrey Okudah NFL Draft photo
I'm a firm believer that Detroit should build upon the strength of their football team (the offense) and try and patch up the defense via Free Agency with that near $50M room in cap space, but for as sound as a strategy as that may be, the defense has a lot of needs and to solve them all via Free Agency may not be realistic.

Going with Jeffrey Okudah would be a significant upgrade for the secondary opposite of Darius Slay - just as long as he remains in Honolulu Blue for 2020. Okudah and Slay would arguably form the top 1-2 CB tandem in the NFL. Auburn's Derrick Brown could also be a legimiate option here as well, but let's face it, what we really need is a tradedown.

- Doug Hyde, Lions Analyst

4 NY Giants
A.J. Epenesa
Iowa
DL5T
Reach/Value:
-5
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
280
A.J. Epenesa NFL Draft photo
As of January 14, just as his name has been gaining more recognition after the dominance he displayed against USC, Epenesa has declared for the draft. Right now, the sexy pick Giants fans like is Isaiah Simmons, but this guy does just as much, and for a more important position. Epenesa has shown the ability to dominate at every position on the line. Winning with speed, power, good football intelligence and possessing the nuances of each of those positions. Watch This.

5 Miami
Tua Tagovailoa
Alabama
QB
Reach/Value:
-15
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
218
Tua Tagovailoa NFL Draft photo
It would be really easy, and unimaginative, to mock Tua to Miami, wouldn't it? Sometimes the stars align so beautifully that you just have to go with the flow. Miami has, reportedly, coveted Tua for some time, and there's no team that will be checking the injury updates more than the Dolphins. Take the risk, Miami. Draft 15-year starter, franchise QB, and future MVP, Tua Tagovailoa.

- David Payne, Dolphins Analyst

6 LA Chargers
Justin Herbert
Oregon
QB
Reach/Value:
+2
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
225
Justin Herbert NFL Draft photo
With the Tua sweepstakes regaining momentum and the Chargers' QB situation spawning all kinds of scenarios and schemes, we're clearly a long way from done here. But the Golden Rule of the NFL Draft remains something about grabbing a QB if you need one. At the moment, the Chargers definitely need one, and barring a trade-up, Oregon's strong-armed Justin Herbert is as good a bet as they'll find.

- Jud Branam, Chargers Analyst

7 Carolina
Derrick Brown
Auburn
DL1T
Reach/Value:
+4
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
318
Derrick Brown NFL Draft photo
The Carolina Panthers could not stop the run last year. Their run defense ranked a measly 29th in the NFL by allowing 143.5 rushing yards per game and an even more embarrassing 138.4 yards at home. Derrick Brown is just what the doctor ordered for a reeling Panthers' run defense. Just look at what he did against the Joe Moore award-winning and national championship winning LSU offensive line. The dude is a certified man amongst boys! 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

8 Arizona
CeeDee Lamb
Oklahoma
WRF
Reach/Value:
-4
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
189
CeeDee Lamb NFL Draft photo
I refuse to believe we are not going re-sign DJ Humphries and Justin Murray. I also think CeeDee Lamb or Jerry Jeudy may be too good to pass up at 8. I think CeeDee Lamb is the best deep-threat WR in this draft. Christian Kirk is a great WR2, but CeeDee Lamb would be the team's top WR who will force the opponent's defense to stay honest, allowing for the run game to be more successful.

- Alex Serrano, Cardinals Analyst @Draft_Tek_A2Z on Twitter)



9 Jacksonville
Kristian Fulton
LSU
CB
Reach/Value:
-2
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
192
Kristian Fulton NFL Draft photo
I kept hearing that Clemson was "picking on" Kristian Fulton in the National Championship game, preferring Fulton's coverage to that of LSU Freshman Derek Stingley. Despite being targeted 11 times, Fulton allowed just 5 completions for 66 yards. Really nothing to see here; Fulton was in coverage against the 2021 draft's potential #1 pick (QB Trevor Lawrence) and two probable RD1 WRs in Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross (also 2021).

The Jags could go in several directions with this pick, but rebuilding a once-great defense will get the lion's share jaguar's share of the attention. We were happy to see Jalen Ramsey depart, but the performance of the secondary suffered. The team ranks 27th in Yards Allowed/Opponent Passing Attempt at 8.0, 26th in interceptions with 10, and 26th in Passes Defensed with 60.

10 Cleveland
Andrew Thomas
Georgia
OT
Reach/Value:
+3
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
320
Andrew Thomas NFL Draft photo
What a treat this would be if Thomas indeed fell to the Browns! Left Tackle is the top need on this roster, and the Georgia offensive lineman has had a decorated career during his time in Athens. With news of Kevin Stefanski's hiring in Cleveland, it's clear that Jimmy Haslam wanted someone that could get this talented offense clicking on all cylinders. With that in mind, I can't imagine the Browns coveting any player more that Thomas in this class.

~ Austin Smith, DraftTek Senior Analyst

11 NY Jets
Austin Jackson
USC
OT
Reach/Value:
+1
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
310
Austin Jackson NFL Draft photo
Jets' GM Joe Douglas has told fans he will work tirelessly to bring talented players "with a winning mentality to the franchise moving forward". As mentioned here many times, O-Line is the most glaring need and as a former O-Lineman himself, fans will hope Joe makes this area a priority. If Douglas doesn't bring in some heavy hitters in this area in FA, expect this upcoming draft to contain multiple O-Line picks. If Joe could replicate a draft like the Ferguson/ Mangold draft of '06, the impact could be huge. No pressure, Joe.

12 Las Vegas
Isaiah Simmons
Clemson
OLB
Reach/Value:
+4
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
225
Isaiah Simmons NFL Draft photo
Immediate game-changer. The Raiders' defense is utterly lacking in star power, with a trash-talking, hard-hitting safety who has played in 0 NFL games and a gangly rookie RD4 pick from Eastern Michigan being the "headliners" of the lackluster group. That changes with Isaiah Simmons, a prospect who epitomizes the word "freak". After neglecting the Linebacker position since the Rolando McClain disappointment, taking Simmons gives the team a prospect who had 8 more sacks, 3 times the interceptions, and 3 more forced fumbles than the entire Raiders' unit in 2019.

13 Indianapolis
Laviska Shenault
Colorado
WRF
Reach/Value:
-10
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
220
Laviska Shenault NFL Draft photo
If it's not a pick within the trenches (like Javon Kinlaw), the Colts go with a wideout. Most might likely select Jerry Jeudy --except Indy. The Colts already have T.Y., who is their smallish receiving technician. Laviska Shenault is a bit more "raw", but a very tough, physical receiver, not afraid to mix it up and not often a "solo tackle" victim. Shenault can go vertical or win in the short / intermediate area, has good vision, and HC Frank Reich will love his blocking aptitude --and attitude.

14 Tampa Bay
Yetur Gross-Matos
Penn State
EDGE
Reach/Value:
+0
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
262
Yetur Gross-Matos NFL Draft photo
The Bucs got more out of "Last Chance Free Agents" in 2019 than any team ever, possibly. WR Breshaud Perriman, former Ravens' RD1 pick, caught 59 balls (on 126 targets) for 916 yards in 3 seasons prior to 2019. Somewhere late in the 2019 season, the light bulb switched on. In his final 5 games, Perriman grabbed 25 footballs for 506 yards and 5 TDs, on 37 targets.

But it's the pass-rush where these "LCFAs" really shined! Jason Pierre-Paul has a 2-year deal, now expired. JPP collected just $5M in 2019 for 8.5 sacks (in just 10 games). Carl Nassib, also on a 2-year contract, also now expired, pulled in $899K in a 2019 season where he produced 6 sacks, following 6.5 in 2018. Finally the best swim-move in this talent pool is Shaq Barrett, who produced at an All-Pro level: 19.5 sacks and 51 pressures - on a $4M salary. Barrett is estimated to command $18M next season, but on a deal longer than one year.

All four of these guys will be vastly enriched in 2020, but will the Bucs be able to re-sign any of them?

15 Denver
Jerry Jeudy
Alabama
WRF
Reach/Value:
+10
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
192
Jerry Jeudy NFL Draft photo
One trend that seems to hold true every year is that players pegged to be top draft picks in the summer get put under a microscope throughout the fall. That is exactly what has happened with Jeudy. However, I still believe he is one of the top 10 players in this class. Jeudy is not a complete package like Julio Jones or Larry Fitzgerald, but his undeniable explosion and big-play ability are what make him special, and will pair admirably with Courtland Sutton to give this team a dynamic pass-catching duo.

~ Austin Smith, DraftTek Senior Analyst

16 Atlanta
Curtis Weaver
Boise State
EDGE
Reach/Value:
-3
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
266
Curtis Weaver NFL Draft photo
As the draft class settles into place, expect the individual player to change, but the position that needs to be addressed remain roughly the same. Atlanta has no cap room to add a premier pass rusher, so they will need to find someone in the draft. Curtis Weaver has some of the nice explosive traits you look for on the edge, and he could potentially play the LEO or Elephant role that Beasley is leaving vacant. Doesn't matter what league you played in, 13.5 sacks in 14 games plays.

Traded Round 1 Picks:

Las Vegas gets Chicago RD1 pick (Khalil Mack trade)

Miami gets Houston RD1 pick (Laremy Tunsil trade)

Miami gets Pittsburgh RD1 pick (Minkah Fitzpatrick trade)

Jacksonville gets LA Rams RD1 pick (Jalen Ramsey trade)

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O/A Rank Big 10 Conference
Top-30 Players
Psn
1 Chase Young
Ohio State
EDGE
6 Jeffrey Okudah
Ohio State
CB
9 A.J. Epenesa
Iowa
DL5T
13 Tristan Wirfs
Iowa
OT
14 Yetur Gross-Matos
Penn State
EDGE
18 Jonathan Taylor
Wisconsin
RBF
25 Tyler Biadasz
Wisconsin
OC
28 J.K. Dobbins
Ohio State
RBF
31 Tyler Johnson
Minnesota
WRF
50 Brycen Hopkins
Purdue
TE
56 Ben Bredeson
Michigan
OG
60 Malik Harrison
Ohio State
ILB
61 Davon Hamilton
Ohio State
DL3T
66 Zack Baun
Wisconsin
OLB
68 K.J. Hamler
Penn State
WRS
74 Donovan Peoples-Jones
Michigan
WRF
76 Chris Orr
Wisconsin
OLB
82 Antoine Winfield Jr.
Minnesota
S
88 Joe Gaziano
Northwestern
DL5T
90 Josh Uche
Michigan
OLB
93 Kenny Willekes
Michigan State
EDGE
103 Lamar Jackson
Nebraska
CB
107 Dele Harding
Illinois
OLB
114 Raequan Williams
Michigan State
DL3T
121 Joe Bachie
Michigan State
ILB
122 Damon Arnette
Ohio State
CB
123 K.J. Hill
Ohio State
WRF
127 Jonah Jackson
Ohio State
OG
129 Oluwole Betiku
Illinois
EDGE
132 Lavert Hill
Michigan
CB
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