2020 NFL Mock Draft - RD1 Picks 17-32



17 Dallas
C.J. Henderson
Florida
CB
Reach/Value:
+1
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
204
C.J. Henderson NFL Draft photo
Well after a few "What If" trade scenarios that allowed us to spin the Wheel of Fortune, I have returned to my own personal definition of reality. I believe the Cowboys will invest either their RD1 or RD2 selection on the CB position. Byron Jones left in F/A to riches offered by the Miami Dolphins and, while Anthony Brown was re-signed, Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis become UFA in 2021!

C.J. Henderson has grasped the title as CB2 in this class for me. At the Combine, he looked really smooth in on-field drills after running a blazing (4.39) forty-yard dash time for his size. These results are substantiated by his on-field production at Florida: 93 Tackles (66 Solo, 8 For Loss, 4 Sacks), 6 INT, 2 TD, and 2 Forced Fumbles. Should be a Day One Starter in Mike Nolan's defense!

- Long Ball, Cowboys Analyst
18 Miami (Trade)
Josh Jones
Houston
OT
Reach/Value:
-14
Height:
6'7"
Weight:
310
Josh Jones NFL Draft photo
Nothing in life is predictable. Nobody thought we'd spend most of March 2020 locked indoors whilst the world fights a deadly pandemic. I can, with some certainty, predict that the Dolphins select an OT with one of their three RD1 picks. I can also predict that the Phins O-Line will be horrible again if we don't select an OT on Day One (via video-link) in April.

It's hard to imagine a world where the Fins don't use pick #5 on a QB, so Chris Grier will be hoping one of the top OT prospects fall to #18. This scenario seems unlikely, so Miami might have to reach slightly to secure Houston's Josh Jones. Grier will hope he can continue the Phins' recent success in drafting OT in RD1. Wouldn't it be nice if Laremy Tunsil and Ja'Wuan James were still on the team?

- David Payne, Dolphins Analyst
19 Las Vegas (Trade)
Henry Ruggs III
Alabama
WR
Reach/Value:
+2
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
188
Henry Ruggs III NFL Draft photo
Speed, pure speed. If the Raiders' want Al Davis' blessing from above on the franchise as it moves to Vegas, Ruggs needs to be the pick. Unlike previous speed-based Davis picks, however, no one questions the Tide product's ability to produce. The Tyreek Hill comparison gets thrown around (and Gruden would LOVE for that to hold if he's the pick), but it's worth noting that Ruggs is 2 inches taller than the speedy Chief, and could perhaps surpass that comp.

Should Ruggs do that, he's an absolute steal at Pick #19. If C.J. Henderson fell to this point, there'd be a real debate, but, if Henderson's gone, I can't see the team passing on Ruggs --despite the massive need for someone to line up on the other side from Mullen.
20 Jacksonville (Trade)
Austin Jackson
USC
OT
Reach/Value:
-26
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
322
Austin Jackson NFL Draft photo
No matter who is taking snaps under center for the Jags in 2020, Gardner Minshew, Jordan Love, or Jameis Winston, we'll need a better set of tackles than what the depth chart shows. Jawaan Taylor should be fine, but Cam Robinson is an average (at best) left tackle, and will be a free agent after the 2020 season anywho. Behind the two are several no-name UFA types.

It isn't really GM Dave Caldwell's style to reach for a player; he's more inclined to "let the draft come to him". However, offensive tackles who can start as rookies can be difficult to come by, especially when 15 of our analysts want OT in Day 1 or 2. The "Big-4" elite tackles are gone, as is Josh Jones. Austin Jackson is the last of six who, with a reasonable degree of certainty, can be expected to suit up in the starting lineup as a rookie. Here's our scouting report on the USC tackle.
21 NY Jets (SIM Trade)
Tee Higgins
Clemson
WR
Reach/Value:
+1
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
216
Tee Higgins NFL Draft photo
Trade! With multiple holes on the roster to fill, the Jets jumped at the opportunity to acquire another RD2 pick by swapping RD1 picks with the Eagles and adding the Eagles #53.

This strategy may have backfired to a degree though. The team's biggest weakness is at offensive tackle. The team added George Fant in free agency but, c'mon, we need to do better.

In this mock, GM Joe Douglas just missed out on the last of the premier-league OTs, as Austin Jackson left the board one pick earlier.

Ideally, the Jets get a top OT here at #21, them come away with a high-grade WR with one of their RD2 picks - Mel Kiper think that 30 WRs have a top-100 grade!. Instead they settle for an elite WR here in Tee Higgins, but there's a step-down in OT talent in RD2.
22 Minnesota (Trade)
Justin Jefferson
LSU
WR
Reach/Value:
-6
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
202
Justin Jefferson NFL Draft photo
After trading away Stefon Diggs and only signing Tajae Sharpe, the Vikings still have huge holes at the Wide Receiver position. There may be other veteran free agents they could sign, but this draft class is arguably the strongest at WR.

Justin Jefferson is underrated even after having a massive season. He caught 111 passes for 1,540 yards with 18 touchdowns and averaged 13.9 yards per catch. Jefferson measured in at 6' 1", 202 lbs and ran a 4.43 forty. He has really strong hands and his contested ball abilities are often praised. He did not catch any passes his first season, but then went on to catch 165 in the next two years with most of his damage done from the slot.

One analyst believes he is not getting enough respect calling him a faster Michael Thomas. Another analyst says he has elite route-running skills already.

Jefferson does have some detractors who believe that his market share of 25.4% is not indicative of a number-one receiver. But his performance in the last 3 games of the season against Georgia, Oklahoma, and Clemson where Jefferson caught 30 passes for 448 yards and 5 touchdowns should prove that he would be an excellent pick by the Vikings.

- Mark P, Vikings Analyst - DrafttekVikings@Gmail.com
23 New England
A.J. Epenesa
Iowa
DL5T
Reach/Value:
-3
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
280
A.J. Epenesa NFL Draft photo
It is the dawn of a new era for the New England Patriots. This will be the first time Bill Belichick has made a first round pick heading into a season without Tom Brady slated as the starting quarterback since 2001. In 2001 team selected scheme versatile defensive lineman Richard Seymour.

Well, this must prove the circle of life is true. Like Seymour, Epenesa is a scheme versatile DL that can move inside in a 4-man front or play DE in a 3-man front. Regardless of where he is deployed, he will add some much need pass rush vigor to New England's defensive line. His positional versatility suggests he will be high on Belichick's radar during the opening frame of the draft.

It should be noted there is a real possibility that New England either trades down or sends this pick off to acquire a 2021 first rounder. The Patriots frequently trade for future picks during the draft, and it is not outside the realm of possibility that Belichick wants some 2021 draft ammo should he be within striking distance of Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields.

-Jonathan Rosenberg, Patriots Analyst
24 New Orleans
Kenneth Murray
Oklahoma
ILB
Reach/Value:
-1
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
241
Kenneth Murray NFL Draft photo
Let's be clear; Kenneth Murray is LB#1 in any draft that doesn't have Isaiah Simmons in it.

Kenneth Murray is the definition of a sideline-to-sideline linebacker. He uses his long arms like forcefields that prevent RBs from running past him! Murray is an aggressive linebacker who likes to play fast and deliver a thump to let players know who hit them. Kenneth takes great angles to the football, and is rarely out of place to make the tackle. I'm also a firm believer that his play-recognition ability is being underrated by many analysts. While it's something he should work on, it's far from a liability to his game. Murray has tenacious instincts, and can even cover TEs down the seam.

He will definitely be utilized as an effective blitzer, especially in New Orleans with their aggressive defensive play calling. He's quite literally the quintessential Saints' pick!

- Cody Lachney, DraftTek Analyst


25 Minnesota
Netane Muti
Fresno State
OG
Reach/Value:
+4
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
315
Netane Muti NFL Draft photo
The Vikings cut Josh Kline which surprised many fans. They brought back Brett Jones and Dakota Dozier to go with Pat Elflein, Dru Samia, and Aviante Collins. Adding talent to this group is a must.

Netane Muti only played 5 games in the last two years. He suffered a ruptured Achilles in 2018 and played in just three games in 2019 before suffering a Lisfranc foot injury. He was reportedly cleared by the doctors at the combine and met with 27 teams.

Muti did 44 reps on the bench at the Combine, showing off his prodigious strength. He was one of only two at Fresno State to bench, power clean, and squat a combined 1,300 pounds or more. Muti allowed just three pressures in 193 pass-blocking snaps, according to Pro Football Focus.

He has experience at Left Tackle as well, after spending a brief amount of time there before moving back to Guard. This versatility increases his value even though there may be some injury concerns. The Vikings should not let those injuries stop them from upgrading a position of need.

- Mark P, Vikings Analyst - DrafttekVikings@Gmail.com
26 Miami (Trade)
Grant Delpit
LSU
S
Reach/Value:
-8
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
203
Grant Delpit NFL Draft photo
After securing an impressive free-agency haul, the Dolphins enter the draft with a condensed to-do list. I suspect Brian Flores would have confidence in the defense if the current roster of players stayed 'as is' for Week 1. The only nagging doubt is, which Safety pair would start in September? Currently, Bobby McCain and Eric Rowe look likely to be that pair with a supporting cast of Adrian Colbert, Steven Parker, and Clayton Fejedelem.

Miami will draft a safety this year. If Grant Delpit is still on the board at #26, I would wet myself with excitement. Drafting Delpit would allow McCain to revert back to his preferred Nickel CB position. This D could be top-10 in 2020.

- David Payne, Dolphins Analyst
27 Seattle
Yetur Gross-Matos
Penn State
EDGE
Reach/Value:
+8
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
262
Yetur Gross-Matos NFL Draft photo
The Seahawks were fairly noisy during Free Agency by adding a handful of recognizable names to boost depth. Bringing back Bruce Irvin was a nice addition now that Jadeveon Clowney and Ezekiel Ansah are both gone. There is still a need in the pass rushing room and the Penn State Nittany Lion would be a nice fit in Seattle. Recently, the bigger edge rushers have been the targets in recent drafts like 2018 third-rounder Rasheem Green and 2019 first-rounder LJ Collier.

At 6'5 and 265 pounds, Gross-Matos is one of the bigger pass rushers in the 2020 NFL Draft. Gross-Matos never got more than nine sacks in a season but racked up impressive numbers in the tackles-for-loss column. A late first round flyer could be a big payoff for John Schneider.

Talon Graff, Seahawks Analyst
28 Atlanta (SIM Trade)
Kristian Fulton
LSU
CB
Reach/Value:
+1
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
197
Kristian Fulton NFL Draft photo
The Falcons have never moved back in the first round under Thomas Dimitroff. But what if they did? Having dealt away a second-rounder for Hayden Hurst, they might decide to add that pick back and address their secondary in a deep draft for CB. Having let Desmond Trufant walk, they are currently looking to Isaiah Oliver to prove that his improvement over the course of last season was for real, and to second-year player Kendall Sheffield to avoid a sophomore slump. After that, it's Blidi Wreh-Wilson and a lone tumbleweed blowing through the secondary.

Kristian Fulton is exactly the sort of "urgent athlete" that Dan Quinn likes to bring into his defense. In many ways, Fulton is a more-polished version of Sheffield, who enjoyed a solid rookie year in Atlanta. Raheem Morris worked wonders with the defense, lifting them from 30th to 20th in DVOA once he took over, but at the moment he needs one more good defensive back. If the Dirty Birds don't elect to add to the defensive line, the secondary (or even the linebacker corps) could get a long look in the first round.
29 Tennessee
Trevon Diggs
Alabama
CB
Reach/Value:
+11
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
205
Trevon Diggs NFL Draft photo
In the last few mock drafts I've been focused on the Titans replacing their RT. While I still believe this is their most logical move, it is very possible they go a different direction. I wanted to use this mock draft to explore other options. This also works out well in this mock draft because OT Austin Jackson goes before the Titans pick and while Prince Tega Wanogho is filled with potential, he's still a little raw to immediately step into a starting tackle position.

The best available pick which fills a Titan need is Trevon Diggs. Adoree Jackson played very well last year and is a great left CB. Malcolm Butler is coming off a very poor year that ended after he was placed on IR after nine games. A replacement needs to be made and Diggs is a special talent. He's got superior athletic genetics being the brother of superstar WR Stefon Diggs. Diggs is 6'2" and athletic and a true shutdown CB, he allowed a passer rating of 44.5 when targeted. Diggs also played 103 slots in the snap so if Butler recovers and plays well, then Diggs will be a valuable slot CB. The NFL is a passing league now, and there's plenty of three WR sets out there. Diggs will make an already impressive Titans defense even better.
30 Green Bay
Denzel Mims
Baylor
WR
Reach/Value:
-21
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
207
Denzel Mims NFL Draft photo
The Packers have only two RD1 picks on their roster on the offensive side of the ball. One is Aaron Rodgers from 2005, and the other is Marcedes Lewis in 2006. While Green Bay has been efficient in mining talent from the middle rounds, it's not an understatement to say the Packers need a major infusion of talent to field a more consistent and explosive offense.

While adding an OT is going to be tempting, it's unlikely that Gutekunst can wait until RD2 to address the biggest need on the roster. Even after adding Devin Funchess to the mix, Green Bay is expected to dip into a deep WR class multiple times before the end of the Draft.

Denzel Mims dominated Senior Bowl Week, winning 94% of his routes while leading WRs in receptions (14) and TDs (5) in practices. Mims followed that up with a standout performance at the Combine, posting an elite Relative Athletic Score of 9.75.

While he'll need to improve as a route runner and reduce a 9.3% drop rate, Mims is exactly the type of explosive athlete the Packers' offense needs opposite Davante Adams.
31 San Francisco
Cesar Ruiz
Michigan
OC
Reach/Value:
+2
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
307
Cesar Ruiz NFL Draft photo
In the past decade, the 49ers have made just four RD 1 selections outside of the top 20. Of the four only Jimmie Ward has survived past his rookie contract. While the more superstitious may see this a sign that the Niners should trade out of RD 1; some of the prospects left on the board may be too good to pass up.

Cesar Ruiz has ideal size and athleticism and though he mostly played center at Michigan, should slide nicely into the RG spot in San Francisco. With Tom Compton playing the role of veteran competition, Ruiz will have to earn the starter spot from a player familiar with Shanahan's offense.

-Brett Clancy, 49ers Analyst
32 Jacksonville (SIM Trade)
Xavier McKinney
Alabama
S
Reach/Value:
+17
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
196
Xavier McKinney NFL Draft photo
Trade-Up!

The Jags used their immense draft capital (12 picks) to move up into RD1 for a 3rd helping, surrendering their 2nd, two 4ths, and a 6th. The Jags had the 31st-ranked rushing defense in 2019, allowing 5.1 yards per carry. The team added DT Rodney Gunter and LB Joe Schobert in Free Agency, but more help is needed.

Here, GM Dave Caldwell jumps at the opportunity to grab Safety Xavier McKinney, a solid value at #32. By keeping McKinney in RD1, the Jags can take advantage of that 5th option year. Nick Saban lined up McKinney in the box and in the slot, but he really excels at Free Safety, where McKinney produced a sizzling 73.6 Passer Rating Against.

#13 San Francisco gets Indianapolis RD1 pick (DeForest Buckner trade)

#18 Miami gets Pittsburgh RD1 pick (Minkah Fitzpatrick trade)

#19 Las Vegas gets Chicago RD1 pick (Khalil Mack trade)

#20 Jacksonville gets LA Rams RD1 pick (Jalen Ramsey trade)

#22 Minnesota gets Buffalo RD1 pick (Stefon Diggs trade)

#26 Miami gets Houston RD1 pick (Laremy Tunsil trade)


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O/A Rank Pac 12 Conference
Top-30 Players
Psn
9 Justin Herbert
Oregon
QB
30 Laviska Shenault
Colorado
WR
46 Austin Jackson
USC
OT
47 Jaylon Johnson
Utah
CB
48 Jacob Eason
Washington
QB
50 Hunter Bryant
Washington
TE
52 Shane Lemieux
Oregon
OG
54 Troy Dye
Oregon
ILB
66 Michael Pittman Jr.
USC
WR
72 Brandon Aiyuk
Arizona State
WR
91 Zack Moss
Utah
RB
95 Ashtyn Davis
California
S
102 Anthony Gordon
Washington State
QB
112 Calvin Throckmorton
Oregon
OT
115 Bradlee Anae
Utah
EDGE
118 Leki Fotu
Utah
DL1T
120 Nick Harris
Washington
OC
123 Darnay Holmes
UCLA
CB
130 Jake Hanson
Oregon
OC
131 Trey Adams
Washington
OT
137 Joshua Kelley
UCLA
RBC
142 Jacob Breeland
Oregon
TE
156 Isaiah Hodgins
Oregon State
WR
163 Julian Blackmon
Utah
S
179 Salvon Ahmed
Washington
RBC
180 Evan Weaver
California
ILB
181 Terrell Burgess
Utah
S
187 Casey Toohill
Stanford
EDGE
188 Davion Taylor
Colorado
OLB
195 Eno Benjamin
Arizona State
RB
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