2020 NFL Mock Draft - Rev 6

October 16, 2019 2:00 AM EST
2020 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1 Picks 1-16
7 Rounds of Results / Round 1 with comments
  • Jaguars deal Jalen Ramsey to Rams, pick up a second RD1 pick!
  • Niners 5-0, jump to #2 in Power Ranking.
  • 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 a consensus of our team analysts. Next Mock Draft October 30.

Round 1 Picks 1- 16 (Below)

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1 Miami
Tua Tagovailoa
Alabama
QB
Reach/Value:
+0
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
218
Tua Tagovailoa NFL Draft photo
Okay, so Josh Rosen isn't the answer. Rosen laid an egg against the previously-winless Redskins, and was benched in the 2nd half allowing for some late 'Fitzmagic.' It was doubly disappointing for Rosen as he'd had the Bye Week to prepare for the game. Ultimately, this may be the game that completely focuses Miami on taking a QB in the 2020 Draft. Tua Tagovailoa continues to post impressive numbers for the Crimson Tide, and is showing no signs of being overtaken as the Best QB Available. Tua does come with some concerns, but nothing that should deter Miami from trying to make him their next 'Marino.' However, Miami shouldn't completely zero in on Tua. Herbert (Oregon), Fromm (Georgia), and Burrow (LSU) should all be considered deep into the process.

It would take too long to list Miami's other positional needs, but it would be fair to say that the Phins have shown decent improvement since Week 1. Coach Flores is coaching the team hard, and he knows that the tough, smart, talented players on the current roster will survive to see 2020 and beyond. As a fan, and for Flores' sake, I hope Miami avoids 0-16. The rookie HC, and the young players on the team, need to taste victory to know how it feels. Opportunities for that elusive win should arise later in the season, with games against the Jets (twice), the Giants, and the Bengals. A 1-15 record gets some credibility, and should still get the #1 pick.

- David Payne, Dolphins Analyst

2 Cincinnati
Justin Herbert
Oregon
QB
Reach/Value:
-2
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
225
Justin Herbert NFL Draft photo
I have the much-sought-after privilege of writing for two of the worst teams in the league. Well, I guess for a draft site, it is, in fact, a pretty good spot to be in! The Bengals look to me to be the best of the winless teams, and possibly better than the 1-5 Redskins, 1-5 Falcons, and 2-3 Cardinals. The problem thus far has been scoring on both sides of the ball. They are not scoring as many points as they are giving up, and apparently that leads to losing! Kidding aside, though, the Bengals have looked more competent in the games they've played, as they've lost by less than a touchdown in four of their six losses.

On defense, the Bengals are a middling team when it comes to Third Down Percentage Against, but they are second-worst in penalties, which result in easy first downs for the opponent and elongates drives. The offensive struggles are a bit tougher to figure out. The team ranks in the middle of the league in 3rd down percentage, turnovers, and penalties, which are usually indicators for total yardage and points. However, the team ranks 29th in ppg and 26th in ypg. If the Bengals aren't going to be vying for the first-overall pick late into December, Zac Taylor's going to have to figure this discrepancy out. My answer? Start Ryan Finley.

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

3 Washington
Jerry Jeudy
Alabama
WRF
Reach/Value:
-2
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
192
Jerry Jeudy NFL Draft photo
The Redskins did it. They really did it. They beat the vaunted Miami Dolphins. I truly did not see this incredible change coming. With deft sleight-of-hand, Bruce Allen has changed the future of this organization. What a genius. Hah. OK. The Redskins beat Miami by a single point in a game Miami badly wanted to lose. That two-point conversion attempt was an attempt to lose --not an attempt to win. Flores supposedly showed the league that he wasn't tanking by going for 2, and then called a play to a player who hadn't practiced said play...ever. Yeah...he was definitely trying to win.

In any event, the Redskins lost out on what looks like an incredibly-valuable #1-overall pick, but, not to worry; they are still a top-five lock. Now it's time for this team to figure out what they have in Dwayne Haskins. In a draft ripe with top QBs, the Redskins need to know whether Dwayne is the future or not. If he is, auction that pick to the highest bidder. If he isn't, it's time to select who is. Honestly, though, until Bruce Allen no longer runs the show in Ashburn, this team is going to...well...suck.

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

4 Atlanta
Chase Young
Ohio State
EDGE
Reach/Value:
+2
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
265
Chase Young NFL Draft photo
Dan Quinn put a huge target on his own back and then pulled the trigger. After an injury-plagued disappointing season in 2018, Quinn took over defensive play-calling responsibilities and then proceeded to oversee the complete collapse of his defense. He has a defensive line with three first-round picks and a Pro Bowler that can't sack the QB. He has a secondary that looks confused more than half the time, and a linebacker crew that can't tackle. The last two weeks of defensive humiliation suggest that Quinn will likely be fired by the Bye week.

Whoever takes over should have a talented offensive team to work with, even if Atlanta decides to trade away players like Pro Bowler Austin Hooper for draft picks. The smoking wreckage of a defense, however, will need a lot more work. In the past two weeks, they've only forced four punts, and most of those were after the game was well out of hand. They rank 31st in Points Per Game Allowed and have only forced 4 turnovers (3 of them against the Eagles in their only win). The opposing QB rankings since the Philly game? Jacoby Brissett: 118.1, Marcus Mariota: 129.7; Deshaun Watson: 158.3 and Kyler Murray: 128.2. At least fans in Georgia can still root for the Braves and Bulldogs...wait...what?

5 NY Giants
Laviska Shenault
Colorado
WRF
Reach/Value:
-5
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
220
Laviska Shenault NFL Draft photo
Daniel Jones could only muster 213 yards of offense against the vaunted Patriots' defense in Week 6 in a quest the would make the Man of La Mancha take a pass. The Giants were without Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram, and Wayne Gallman, yet the G-men played competitively with the Super Bowl champs through 3 quarters due to a fine defensive performance --sacking Tom Brady 3 times and adding an additional 6 hits on the GOAT. The team now has a respectable 16 sacks through 6 games, a rate which will project over 40 for an entire season.

Markus Golden has turned out to be quite the bargain as a free-agent pickup; he's now produced 5 sacks and ranks among the NFL's top 10. The sacks aren't just a fluke; Golden leads the Giants in QB Hits (11) and TFLs, where he's tied with rookie Oshane Ximines with 3. Golden, who is on a 1-year, $3.75M deal, will be expensive to re-sign. DC James Bettcher will monitor the progress of Ximines and Lorenzo Carter, but at this point an EDGE replacement for Golden will rank high on the 2020 draft wish list.

As will any player who will either provide Daniel Jones with an additional high-value target, or protect him from harm while in the pocket. At this point, EDGE Chase Young and WR Jerry Jeudy would have to be on top of GM Dave Gettleman's draft board, but the Giants will likely finish the season a tier above the bottom-dwellers who will compete for those names. The Giants could add a top OT prospect, but the deep WR pool may sway Gettleman to add a dominant WR in an effort to recapture the OBJ effect.

6 NY Jets
Andrew Thomas
Georgia
OT
Reach/Value:
+0
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
320
Andrew Thomas NFL Draft photo
Jet fans finally get to celebrate their first win of the season after a hard-fought encounter with Dallas. Sam Darnold was outstanding on his return, throwing for a career-high 338 yards and 2 TD's, with 1 pick, the lone blot on his copybook. Darnold spread the ball around, hitting 7 different targets, and looked very poised in the pocket. Adam Gase got some flak from irate fans over the last few weeks, particularly about his play-calling, but with Darnold back, the training wheels came off in a big way.

The big winner was Robby Anderson, hauling in a huge 92-yard TD from Darnold, the 2nd-longest Passing TD in franchise history. In his career, Anderson has 104 Catches for 1,678 yards and 14 TD's in the 27 games with his starting QB, but just 25 Catches for 271 Yards and 0 TD's in the 8 games with the backup. Darnolds' return should bode very well for Anderson moving forward.

Darnold was sacked twice this week, but after allowing 10 sacks in the previous loss to the Eagles, the Jets' O-Line showed welcome improvement. Darnold may be able to hide some of the flaws the O-Line possesses, but it should not deter the Jets from looking to upgrade here. New Jets' GM Joe Douglas will have options, but it would be hard to pass on any of the top OTs in the Draft. D'Brickashaw Ferguson was the last OT the Jets drafted in RD1, way back in 2006, when the Jets also drafted Nick Mangold. The time is right to buck that trend and retool the line with some young talented guys, to grow with their young QB.

7 Tampa Bay
Trey Adams
Washington
OT
Reach/Value:
-1
Height:
6'7"
Weight:
315
Trey Adams NFL Draft photo
The comment in this space from two weeks ago was far more optimistic than the current mood at One Buccaneers Place, as well as the fanbase. Two losses will do that to you, though there's no shame in losing to the Saints on the road by a touchdown. I've been a stalwart believer in Jameis Winston; instead, I placed blame for his bad decisions on the weak Offensive Line that wasn't upgraded in the offseason, and the front office --who didn't upgrade the Offensive Line in the offseason. However, after the frustrating London loss to the Panthers, my support of Winston is starting to fray a little. HC Bruce Arians, in commenting on Winston's 6 turnovers (vs. Carolina), said: "He has a habit of trying to be Superman".

Analytics bear this out. Winston leads the NFL in Air Yards/Completion at 8.5. Hey, everybody loves a deep-ball gunslinger, right? Beats Captain Checkdown, yeah?? Well, the Bucs unfortunately also lead the league in Sacks Allowed at 25, and in "Hits + Hurries" with 50 through 6 games. When you combine the NFL's deepest thrower with the Offensive Line that has allowed the most pressure, you get what?? ...That's right, turnovers! Winston is 2nd in Interceptions with 10.

GM Jason Licht needs to take a cue from the Texans, who invested their top two 2019 draft picks on the OL, then traded for Laremy Tunsil. DeShaun Watson was sacked 62 times in 2018 and was in danger of "Lucking" out of the league entirely; however, the protection has improved: in their past two games, Watson has endured zero sacks and just 3 QB hits. Just think how well Winston can perform with that kind of protection!

8 Arizona
CeeDee Lamb
Oklahoma
WRF
Reach/Value:
-15
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
189
CeeDee Lamb NFL Draft photo
The Cardinals entered the Week 6 game versus Atlanta surrendering 21 sacks - 3rd-most in the NFL, in addition to the 23 times that QB Kyler Murray was hurried. The big win against the Falcons can primarily be attributed to the fine protection the the O-Line provided Murray, who threw for 27 of 37 for 340 yards and 3 TD. The Falcons could not generate a single sack nor hurry on Murray (no worries!). This O-Line success may be temporary --we'll see how they perform in upcoming weeks agains the Giants (Markus Golden et. al.), the Saints (Cam Jordan and Marcus Davenport), in addition to double helpings of the Niners and Rams and their sack masters. The Rams, Saints, and Niners rank 1,2, and 4 in QB Pressures Per Dropback.

Come next April and the 2020 Draft, we fans will no doubt clamor for an Offensive Tackle in RD1 (given the impending Free Agency of Marcus Gilbert and DJ Humphries); however, I wonder if Kliff Kingsbury will lobby for WR help for Murray. With Larry Fitzgerald's potential retirement and the lack of production from the three WRs selected in the 2019 Draft, a new star playmaker is a possibility.



9 Denver
Grant Delpit
LSU
S
Reach/Value:
+6
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
203
Grant Delpit NFL Draft photo
The Broncos' top need has not changed, but a lot could change between now and the trade deadline. John Elway has shot down any trade rumors, but with games against the Chiefs and Colts coming before the deadline, there's a good chance Denver could be 2-6. If that's the case, keeping veterans like Emmanuel Sanders, Chris Harris, and Derek Wolfe could be a mistake. All are free agents after the end of this season, and this team could use more draft capital to continue their roster makeover. My strategy hasn't changed, as an offensive lineman is at the top of my wish list. However, Delpit would not only fit perfectly in Vic Fangio's defense, but can also be an added presence for a run defense that currently ranks in the bottom half of the league.

~ Austin Smith, DraftTek Senior Analyst

10 Miami (Trade)
Tristan Wirfs
Iowa
OT
Reach/Value:
-14
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
320
Tristan Wirfs NFL Draft photo
Miami's O-Line continues to play poorly. The Phins have shuffled the starters along the line to try and find something that sticks, and succeeds. Most of Miami's offensive struggles can be linked to the play of the O-Line, and it's no "aha" statement to say that an upgrade is drastically needed. J'Marcus Webb, the current starting LT, is certainly not the long-term answer.

With one of their RD1 picks, Miami needs to zone in on replacing the traded Laremy Tunsil at Left Tackle. It's unlikely that Miami will use the #1 on an OT, so they'll address it with their 2nd pick. Andrew Thomas, of Georgia, should go in the top 5, so the choice will boil down to: Trey Adams, Tristan Wirfs, Calvin Throckmorton, Alaric Jackson, or Walker Little (if his injury checks out.) Iowa OT, Tristan Wirfs, is an intriguing prospect and the one that offers the highest ceiling, in my opinion. Most of Wirfs' playing time, so far, has been at RT, so he'll have to prove that he can make the switch to the left. The worst-case scenario with this pick is that the Dolphins get a really good RT.

- David Payne, Dolphins Analyst

11 Tennessee
Alaric Jackson
Iowa
OT
Reach/Value:
+2
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
320
Alaric Jackson NFL Draft photo
Comment forthcoming . . .

12 LA Chargers
Calvin Throckmorton
Oregon
OT
Reach/Value:
-3
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
318
Calvin Throckmorton NFL Draft photo
Six games into what was expected to be a high-end playoff run, the orphaned LA Chargers find themselves 2-4 and looking quite a ways up to see the tail end of wild-card contention. Injuries, contract disputes, and some forgettable play from key leaders have all contributed to a sucker punch of a start. One area that has been especially lacking is the offensive line. The Chargers in recent years have taken a few shots via high draft picks and free agents up front, but Philip Rivers is still ducking and chucking far too often. If this season keeps slipping away, especially if Russell Okung can't make it back, look for another attempt to fix things in the trenches.

Calvin Throckmorton is a high-achieving "Renaissance man" who excels in the classroom along with grading out at the top of PAC-12 as an Offensive Tackle. His post-football career goals include orthopedic medicine, which may prove useful around the Chargers' locker room. While he's not the most athletic tackle in space, he is a strong, solid pass protector with a ton of game experience who held up well against Auburn's athletic front this year. With the clock ticking on Rivers' last run, a plug-and-play option makes a lot of sense.

- Jud Branam, Chargers Analyst

13 Jacksonville
C.J. Henderson
Florida
CB
Reach/Value:
+2
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
186
C.J. Henderson NFL Draft photo
The Jaguars have dropped two games in a row (Carolina, New Orleans) to teams who, like themselves, are reliant upon backup quarterbacks. Both those teams have seen remarkable success with steady QB play along with solid defense. This was supposed to be the Jaguars' script; however, they've found themselves on the short end of three close games since their opening blowout loss to Kanas City. At 2-4, the Jags have an opportunity to square their record by mid-season with the Bengals and Jets coming up.

When searching for team weaknesses, an image of Jalen Ramsey immediately coalesces in one's mind. The Jags' pass defense is among the league's worst in interceptions (1 through 6 games - 31st in the NFL) and also Passes Defensed with 19 (24th) --this despite an elite-level pass rush. DC Todd Wash's squad has accrued 19 sacks (4th in the NFL). They've pressured (Hurries+Hits+Sacks) the QB at a rate of 30.0% per dropback --also 4th in the NFL.

While the Jags' DL is successful in harassing the QB, this isn't leading to above-average play in the secondary and, further, there is evidence that the DL is neglecting the running lanes. The DL is allowing 5.2 yards/carry which is 3rd-worst in the NFL.

With Jalen Ramsey's departure now concluded, the Jags should have their pick of the top CBs in the 2020 NFL Draft. Our mock continues to flow C.J. Henderson to the Jags, although Jeffrey Okudah and others are in play. Henderson was roughed up to some extent by LSU QB Joe Burrow (157 PR) in CFB Week 7, but remains a RD1 prospect.


14 Las Vegas
Henry Ruggs III
Alabama
WRF
Reach/Value:
-5
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
183
Henry Ruggs III NFL Draft photo
I won't even dare to mention the "p word," but it's hard not to like where the Raiders sit emerging from a Bye Week. If the Silver & Black could manage a split in these next two contests, the optimism among Raider Nation could get real. That said, a true WR1 has emerged as the real primary need of this organization. Derek Carr went into an early offseason where the Raiders did everything they could to supply him with weapons. While Tyrell Williams is a good player, the fact that Darren Waller has more than twice the catches and nearly twice the targets underlies a real truth: the offseason acquisition is what the Raiders initially brought him in to be: a stellar #2. Trevor Davis looks like a solid #4 or #5, and I really like the Zay Jones trade. Still, this is the draft to get Carr the superstar receiver who he was supposed to have --one who can blow this offense wide open.

15 Cleveland
Alex Leatherwood
Alabama
OT
Reach/Value:
-30
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
304
Alex Leatherwood NFL Draft photo
This is quickly turning into a disaster in Cleveland, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Baker Mayfield and Freddie Kitchens deserve their fair share of the blame, but at the end of the day, the offensive line's play has been atrocious. They are desperate for a help on that unit, and with the recent trades that saw Austin Corbett shipped out and Wyatt Teller brought in, this staff at least knows they have to make changes to that group. Alex Leatherwood is shooting up boards, as he continues to prove he can handle the Left Tackle position for the Crimson Tide. He was a five-star recruit out of Pensacola, Florida, and while he has bounced around the offensive line, he is taking advantage of his opportunity to finally get to work on the blind side. He would undoubtedly be an improvement over any tackle on the Browns' roster, and could help this offense get closer to living up to the Dawg Pounds' high expectations.

~ Austin Smith, DraftTek Senior Analyst

16 Indianapolis
Derrick Brown
Auburn
DL1T
Reach/Value:
+9
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
318
Derrick Brown NFL Draft photo
Bye Week in Indy helped with some healing. The Colts' defense has been especially impacted with injuries this season, forcing an already-young unit to weather the storm. They've not done too bad a job, and are becoming a more robust, experienced unit in the process. Prior to the Week 6, Indy boasted the NFL's 16th-best defense overall, 14th against the run and 16th against the pass. Indy certainly can feel optimistic about adding a consistent contributor in a couple of places along the front seven, as well as another in the back half, in order to round-out a promising future on that side of the rock.

Offensively, behind a solid O-Line, starting QB Jacoby Brissett has made the Colts' faithful feel a little bit less desperate about the departure of Andrew Luck. He's still getting used to the job and hasn't made but one or two bad decisions -and really, after just a handful of games, what more could you ask? Indy has been hampered on offense with some injuries, so it's not a shock to see them ranked 23rd-overall offensively.

One of the areas the Colts will need to shore up next year is their 1-gap defensive attack. Margus Hunt hasn't been much of force this year anywhere on the field after getting a pretty hefty contract extension for $9 million for just 2 years. He has generated 5 combo tackles thus far. Meanwhile, 3rd-year veteran Grover Stewart (tied for 62nd) and AQM (Al-Quadin Muhammad) have tried to help pick up some of the slack. Grover has tallied a couple of QB sacks, 3 solo tackles, and 4 assists, while AQM has 8 total tackles and 1 sack. That's it for those up front in the top 120 statistically thus far.

Adding the versatile, athletic, and quick Derrick Brown would give the Colts an extremely dangerous group from inside out, as well as from front to back!

He'd help give Indy incredible inside "punch" up the middle as a 1-tech, but could also line up anywhere along the line and get the job done. This would be my favorite pick at this point -unless Chase Young was somehow available.

- Rick McGlothlin, DraftTek Senior Analyst

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
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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