2020 NFL Mock Draft - RD1 Picks 17-32



17 Dallas
Grant Delpit
LSU
S
Reach/Value:
+1
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
203
Grant Delpit NFL Draft photo
Previously (or in our last episode), there were questions about potential candidates for new HC McCarthy's coaching staff. Slowly but surely, those questions are being answered, as Mike has been on the recruiting trail. From what I've been able to learn, new DC Mike Nolan has coached both 4-3 and 3-4 alignments; as a result, the defensive front may not change immediately. However, Nolan does have an affinity for a large NT in both alignments, so I moved the 1-Tech DT's up in the pecking order to pair with prospects in the defensive backfield.

- Long Ball, Cowboys Analyst
18 Miami (Trade)
Jedrick Wills
Alabama
OT
Reach/Value:
+1
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
316
Jedrick Wills NFL Draft photo
Ryan Fitzpatrick ended the season as Miami's leading rusher. The Phins failed to uncover a lead back, but the main reason for Fitzmagic's accession was that he was always running for his life behind an awful O-Line. Fitzpatrick also had the 3rd-lowest average time to throw amongst 39 qualifying QBs. Miami has to add pieces in the trenches early, and often, in the draft. Alabama OT, Jedrick Wills, is an easy pick here.

- David Payne, Dolphins Analyst
19 Las Vegas (Trade)
Tee Higgins
Clemson
WRF
Reach/Value:
-3
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
200
Tee Higgins NFL Draft photo
After selecting 3 Clemson Tigers in the 2019 Draft, Gruden could do worse than doubling down on his obsession with Dabo's program by taking 2 Tigers in 2020's RD1. His mediocre playoff showing (85 catches for 0 TDs over 2 games) shows he may not be as ready to take the role of WR1 as Jerry Jeudy or CeeDee Lamb, but the long passcatcher has also shown sustained flashes, with 346 yards and 8 TDs over the last 3 games prior to the playoff, including a dominant performance in the Conference Championship game. The Raiders really struggled at WR, and could also be fascinated by an Al Davis special, speedster Henry Ruggs. New DL coach Rod Marinelli might also advocate for Javon Kinlaw at this spot.
20 Jacksonville (Trade)
Kenneth Murray
Oklahoma
ILB
Reach/Value:
-12
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
238
Kenneth Murray NFL Draft photo
In this mock draft, the Jags have several attractive options at #20. Javon Kinlaw is available to bolster the defensive line. His stock may continue to improve in the eyes of GM David Caldwell if the release of expected cap-casualties Marcell Dareus and Calais Campbell comes to pass. On the other side, Henry Ruggs is still on the board to offer a WR target opposite D.J. Chark for whomever is slinging the ball in 2020.

As in recent mocks, we continue to roll with the best-available linebacker prospect in Kenneth Murray to address a significant team weakness. The Jags suffered poor performance in defensing the run in 2019, allowing a 27th-ranked 2229 rushing yards, 31st in yards/attempt at 5.1, and 31st in rushing TDs allowed at 23.
21 Philadelphia
Javon Kinlaw
South Carolina
DL3T
Reach/Value:
+6
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
302
Javon Kinlaw NFL Draft photo
Most mock draft addicts will be clamoring for a WR here to fix this glaring positional weakness, but I expect Free Agency to be used to make this group respectable. The Draft should be used to add great players, not fill holes. If we go into the Draft still desperate for a WR, the front office has failed. Nabbing DT Kinlaw, WR K.J. Hamler , and Antoine Winfield with the first three picks would be nice. Kinlaw is a beast, and I'll take Hamler in RD2 over Ruggs in RD1 any day.

-Broz, Eagles Analyst
22 Buffalo
Tristan Wirfs
Iowa
OT
Reach/Value:
+9
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
320
Tristan Wirfs NFL Draft photo
You create offense in one of two ways: protect the QB better until he finds his target, or get him a real #1 WR with separation. A look through the DraftTek Team Needs pages shows that the greatest need is at Tackle. You'll already see pretty-big Reaches for OT in RD2 (-49 for the next-available OT at the Bills' pick).

Tristan Wirfs is the top RD1 pick on my BillsMafia War Chart, created from scout visits in 2019. A scout watched Wirfs in a shutout on 9/7, Beane and Schoen saw him in at the Michigan game 10/5 [Highlights], and 2 scouts returned two weeks later for Purdue.

- Dean Kindig, Bills Analyst
23 New England
Henry Ruggs III
Alabama
WRF
Reach/Value:
-1
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
183
Henry Ruggs III NFL Draft photo
New England's Wild Card loss to the Titans strongly reinforced the need to upgrade the Patriots' offense. Despite the final score being 20-13, New England needed to score more than 14 points in order to win this game, yet they couldn't muster even that. Wide Receiver and Tight End figure to top the team's list of target positions this offseason, either in Free Agency or the draft. Julian Edelman's recent arrest doesn't help clarify things, either.

- Jonathan Rosenberg, Patriots Analyst
24 New Orleans
Justin Jefferson
LSU
WRF
Reach/Value:
-27
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
185
Justin Jefferson NFL Draft photo
Ruggs would've been the choice here, even over local LSU star Justin Jefferson, if he wasn't already selected in the previous pick. OG Solomon Kindley, OLB Anfernee Jennings, and CB Trevon Diggs are all potential options instead of Jefferson. Most Who Dats want an improved defense and not another offensive toy for Sean Payton. The Saints need to "hit" correctly on whichever prospect they select, but coming off the National Championship, Jefferson is the sentimental choice here.


25 Minnesota
Anfernee Jennings
Alabama
OLB
Reach/Value:
-5
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
259
Anfernee Jennings NFL Draft photo
The Vikings are built to win right now, you could even say we were built to win this year. They've got the leagues worst salary cap situation, over the limit by $5M for 2020, so expect a couple of their big dollar players to be shipped off. Looking at the players expiring, well, now, and we don't see a lot of dollars coming off of the cap. Checking out OverTheCap.com for 2020, the team loses key DBs Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander.

Next year QB Kirk Cousin's contract expires, opening up $28M. He's gone, as is Dalvin Cook. The team won't be able to afford what Cook will command, so it's be his last year. GM Rick Spielman has 5 defensive "front-7" players with contracts north of #10M per annum: Danielle Hunter, Anthony Barr, Eric Kendricks, Eversen Griffin and Linval Joseph. One or two of these guys will be considered "nice to have" versus "need to have". Spielman will try any keep the core pieces together for one more shot at the brass ring next year, but after that it's rebuild time.
26 Miami (Trade)
Tyler Biadasz
Wisconsin
OG
Reach/Value:
+1
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
315
Tyler Biadasz NFL Draft photo
Miami would be smart to use this pick, gained by trading Laremy Tunsil, to draft another O-Lineman. Miami needs to add some 'nasty' to the offense. There aren't many tougher, or meaner, than Wisconsin Lineman, Tyler Biadasz. Biadasz remains the top interior line prospect despite a 'quiet' 2019 campaign. Biadasz would immediately slide in as a starting OG or C, and become the leader Miami needs on offense.

- David Payne, Dolphins Analyst
27 Seattle
Bryce Hall
Virginia
CB
Reach/Value:
-13
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
200
Bryce Hall NFL Draft photo
Once again, the Seahawks are bounced from the playoffs because they are too stubborn to let Russell Wilson be Russell Wilson until they are down multiple scores after half-ime. It's the usual targets as well for Seattle come the off-season; offensive line and pass rush -with the secondary sprinkled in. However, they have $62M in cap space this year ($70M if Justin Britt is cut) and three picks in the first two rounds of the Draft. Big things are possible.

~ Jeff Chapman, Seahawks Analyst
28 Baltimore
Solomon Kindley
Georgia
OG
Reach/Value:
+1
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
335
Solomon Kindley NFL Draft photo
I don't claim to know why the Ravens could outgain the Titans 520 yards to 300, run 88 plays to Tennessee's 52, and lose by a lopsided 28-12 margin. It is disheartening to see negativity directed toward QB Lamar Jackson, who threw 59 passes and ran the ball 20 times (for 143 yards). Point a finger instead at the coaching staff, who only ran 9 of 88 plays that did not involve Jackson. Note to John Harbaugh: when you "gamble", sometimes you will lose. Yes, analytics may "favor" going for it on 4th down, but "favor" is not a sure thing. In a close game where the Ravens involuntarily turned the ball over 3 times, adding another 2 "turnovers" via 4th-down fails may well have been the tipping point.

In this mock, the Ravens forego needs at EDGE and LB here in RD1 due to lack of value.
29 Tennessee
Jake Fromm
Georgia
QB
Reach/Value:
-7
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
220
Jake Fromm NFL Draft photo
This run is incredible: the Titans just beat the number-one seed in the AFC, to everyone's shock. Ryan Tannehill has been great at winning games; you can't argue with those results and the fact that he's led the team to the AFC Championship. Tannehill is an amazing story, but he threw for only 88 yards against the Ravens. Double-digit passing yards isn't a great recipe for long-term success, especially when the "hot take" from last weekend was that Lamar Jackson is overrated and a "gimmick quarterback", since he only generated 500 yards of offense by himself. The smart move is re-signing Tannehill for another year, and bringing along a young QB when he's ready. This mock draft has the Titans taking Jake Fromm.

Fromm is experienced, having started as a true freshman. He's less athletic, but has a better arm than Will Grier from last year's class. Fromm might not be worth a first-round pick, but QBs are extremely valuable, and the Titans need one for their future.
30 Green Bay
Tyler Johnson
Minnesota
WRF
Reach/Value:
-1
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
200
Tyler Johnson NFL Draft photo
Davante Adams dominated SEA in the Divisional Round, but his 8 catches for 160 yards accounted for 50% of the team's completions and 65.8% of GB's yards through the air. In fact, no other WR on the roster saw more than one target in the game. The Packers will have to ride Adams hard the remainder of the season, but GM Brian Gutekunst has to add some weapons to ensure a consistent passing game. Minnesota's Tyler Johnson, coming off a season with 1,318 yards and 13 TDs, could be a strong option.
31 Kansas City
Jalen Reagor
TCU
WRS
Reach/Value:
-7
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
195
Jalen Reagor NFL Draft photo
I don't know about you Chiefs' fans, my insides are still twisted in a knot. When your team's first-quarter highlights are only flubs and screw-ups, one assumes the end results will be negative. In next week's AFC Championship Game, the Chiefs now host the last team to beat them. The Titans, by the way, are the only team that Andy Reid has not beaten twice. After this turnaround victory over Houston, I take this as a good sign. Reid will win. This is our year! Pick #32 is ours!

We've looked at RB, CB, and LB for the Chiefs, but KC Kingdom makes a great case for the Chiefs to snag a WR in RD1. See their NCAA Championship Game prospects here.

~ KCBudMan, Chiefs Analyst
32 San Francisco
C.J. Henderson
Florida
CB
Reach/Value:
+6
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
186
C.J. Henderson NFL Draft photo
The 49ers didn't leave much to criticize in their divisional-round win against the Vikings. Even Akhello Witherspoon, who got burned for an early (and the Vikings' only) TD was redeemed when, after being benched, he asked to take over replacement (Emmanuel Moseley's) special-teams duties. While the camaraderie is incredible, the future of the Niners' CBs is uncertain. Witherspoon and Pro Bowler Richard Sherman are set to hit Free Agency in 2021 and Moseley's contract expires after this season, (but as an ERFA, he's all but assured to be back.)

Adding Florida's C.J. Henderson makes sense for San Fran as a safeguard against erosion at the position. Henderson's long frame and physical play style make him a strong fit for the Niners secondary and a steal at the end of RD1.

- Brett Clancy, 49ers 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 Pac 12 Conference
Top-30 Players
Psn
4 Justin Herbert
Oregon
QB
10 Austin Jackson
USC
OT
23 Laviska Shenault
Colorado
WRF
34 Trey Adams
Washington
OT
38 Shane Lemieux
Oregon
OG
42 Jake Hanson
Oregon
OC
43 Troy Dye
Oregon
ILB
53 Nick Harris
Washington
OC
56 Michael Pittman Jr.
USC
WRF
63 Jacob Eason
Washington
QB
73 Jaylon Johnson
Utah
CB
74 Tyler Huntley
Utah
QB
76 Frederick Mauigoa
Washington State
OC
80 Ashtyn Davis
California
S
86 Leki Fotu
Utah
DL1T
88 Jacob Breeland
Oregon
TE
90 Brandon Aiyuk
Arizona State
WRF
93 Aaron Fuller
Washington
WRS
97 Calvin Throckmorton
Oregon
OT
99 Evan Weaver
California
ILB
100 Bradlee Anae
Utah
EDGE
105 Anthony Gordon
Washington State
QB
110 Zack Moss
Utah
RBF
111 Hunter Bryant
Washington
TE
136 Darnay Holmes
UCLA
CB
155 Eno Benjamin
Arizona State
RBF
163 Terrell Burgess
Utah
S
164 Colby Parkinson
Stanford
TE
166 Benning Potoa'e
Washington
DL3T
167 Isaiah Hodgins
Oregon State
WRF
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