With the college football season in full go as week six is about to end, prospects are putting their resumes together for teams entering the 2020 NFL draft next April. Calm down everyone, before you get upset about where your team is choosing in this mock draft, the order was decided by the current records for each team (entering Week 5).
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the 2020 NFL draft season is officially upon us. I have been waiting so long to release this long-awaited mock draft. So without further ado here is my first version of the 2020 mock draft.
Surae Poole’s 2020 NFL Mock Draft V.1
1: Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama – QB
The Dolphins are ‘tanking for Tua’ it appears and so far they are doing a great job. After trading away the two best players on their team, the Dolphins are winless and loaded with first-round picks for the 2020 draft. Tua has all the intangibles to become a franchise quarterback.
2: Cincinnati Bengals: Justin Herbert, Oregon – QB
The Bengals need to go in a different direction at quarterback. With a new young head coach, I’m sure he will want to draft his own quarterback to build a team around. Insert Herbert here, he has all the physical tools that scouts will love.
3: Washington Redskins: Chase Young, Ohio Stae – Edge
The best player in the draft available at third overall, how could you pass on him? Pair him with the young talent on this defensive line and he will have an immediate impact for this team. He should be an instant double-digit sack player.
4: Denver Broncos: Andrew Thomas, Georgia – OT
The best tackle prospect the class has to offer. Thomas will protect the young franchise quarterback for many years to come. The Broncos line has been suspect all year and getting a long term solution to combat that problem, makes sense here.
5: New York Jets: A.J. Epenesa, Iowa – Edge
This team just needs to continue to add as much talent as possible to compete with teams on every Sunday. Epenesa is a great power rusher with great hands who has been very productive in college so far.
6: Arizona Cardinals: Jerry Jeudy, Alabama – WR
The best route runner at the collegiate level that I have ever seen. The best receiver in his class and it is not up for debate. Add him to this offense with an electric young quarterback and the potential is through the roof.
7: Miami Dolphins (via Pittsburgh Steelers): Tristan Wirfs, Iowa – Edge
You can’t draft Tua and let him die behind this poor offensive line. Draft Wirfs here and let him play either tackle spots. He’s a super athletic tackle who can help this time with his run and pass blocking.
8: Atlanta Falcons: Grant Delpit, LSU – S
The swiss army knife of the LSU secondary Delpit can do a little bit of everything. This team needs more talent and depth at safety. Delpit gives them exactly that.
9: Jacksonville Jaguars: CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma – WR
I don’t know who the starting quarterback will be for this team but he will need some weapons. Lamb has fantastic body control while going up to take the ball out of the air. He has elite ball skills and hands. Lamb will make an instant impact on this offense.
10: Indianapolis Colts: Joe Burrow, LSU – QB
After the sudden retirement of your franchise quarterback, you are somewhat left scrambling. Draft Burrow and let him learn on the fly. He is the biggest riser right now and if he continues to play great he may hear his name called on day one.
11: Baltimore Ravens: Isaiah Simmons, Clemson – LB/S
The Ravens can add a complete star with Simmons here at number 11 overall. He’s a safety and linebacker. The most versatile athlete in this class. If used correctly this kid can be a star at the next level.
12: NY Giants: Henry Ruggs III, Alabama – WR
Trading away a top-five wide receiver is partially the reason Ruggs is being selected by this team. Ruggs is balling right now. He’s a deep threat with good route running skills. This team could use as much talent as possible on both sides of the ball.
13: Oakland Raiders: Tee Higgins, Clemson – WR
We know the struggles they dealt with this summer. Draft a wide receiver like Higgins who can take the top off of any defense and you’ll be fine. He is aggressive at the catch point and shows flashes of his ball skills when the ball is in the air.
14: Philadelphia Eagles: Jeffrey Okudah, Ohio State – CB
Injuries have derailed this secondary for a couple of years now. Okudah is the best cornerback in the draft. His lighting quick feet and good man coverage will be a huge addition to the defense.
15: Tennesse Titans: Jake Fromm, Georgia – QB
It’s time to move in another direction at quarterback and we all know it. Jake Fromm will fit well into this run-first offense. He does not have the strongest arm like some of the other prospects but he makes good decisions and his accuracy is always apparent.
16: Carolina Panthers: Laviska Shenault, Colorado – WR
A complete playmaker with speed, Shenault has a chance to turn every play into a huge gain. He is somewhat limited as a route runner but those are things you can work on with time. Just find ways to get this man the football, please.
17: Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma – IOL
An athletic big man who is good at blocking in space. He can play center or guard at the next level. He can destroy defensive lineman once he gets his hands on them. He will be a plug and play starter.
18: Minnesota Vikings: Jacob Eason, Washington – QB
The quarterback play has been terrible. Draft a big arm quarterback like Eason who can push the ball down the field and distribute the ball to these great receivers.
19: Detroit Lions: Kristian Fulton, LSU – CB
This secondary has looked good so far this season. Add Fulton to the mix and the team is even better. His man coverage skills and elite physical tools will be a plus.
20: Seattle Seahawks: Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin – IOL
You want to run the football so why not draft a beast that helps continue that trend. Biadasz is a top 25 prospect that will be a starting-caliber player at guard on center for a long time.
21: Cleveland Browns: Trey Adams, Washington – OT
The tackle play is poor and it shows every Sunday. This offense needs to protect the franchise quarterback. Adams is a great pass protector who moves well for a man his size. He has good technique and good hand placement when striking.
22: Los Angeles Chargers: D’Andre Swift, Georgia – RB
Swift is a complete running back who can hurt a defense in many different ways. He can catch the ball out of the backfield, run between the tackles and make defenders miss in open space. He would fit well with this team that loves to get the ball to it’s running backs in the passing game.
23: Dallas Cowboys: Paulson Adebo, Stanford – CB
With that money that will be spread around to their current star players, the position of need will fall in the secondary. Adebo is very physical at the catch point and does a great job of playing through the wide receiver’s arms and hands. He has good hips and a smooth backpedal.
24: Green Bay Packers: Jalen Reagor, TCU – WR
Reagor is a speedster who can run by anyone covering him. If you find ways to get him the ball, he will handle the rest.
25: Miami Dolphins: Travis Etienne, Clemson – RB
The best running back in this 2020 draft class. Etienne is a sure-fire home run hitter when he gets his hands on the ball. He displays great balance and speed when running the football. Another weapon for Tua here with the 25th pick.
26: Buffalo Bills: Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin – RB
This would be such a great fit for Taylor. He has such good speed and power that any team will love. There is a lot of tread on the tires so that’s why he is available late in the first round.
27: Los Angeles Rams: Dylan Moses, Alabama – LB
The middle of this defense is lacking a star. Moses is the best linebacker available but the ACL injury will cause teams to pass on him. He will be a Pro Bowl-caliber player when fully healthy.
28: Oakland Raiders (via Chicago Bears): Jordan Love, Utah State – QB
Love has the traits to become a good quarterback at the next level. People don’t give him the credit he deserves because he plays at a smaller school than the other quarterbacks in the 2020 class. Nobody knows the direction this team will go when it comes to the quarterback position.
29: New Orleans Saints: Tyler Johnson, Minnesota – WR
Johnson would be a great addition to the other stars on this offense. He has great hands and his releases off the line of scrimmage are to die for. His route running skills will be a plus for him at the next level.
30: New England Patriots: Alex Leatherwood, Alabama – OT
Leatherwood is an athletic tackle who moves well in space. He uses a great deal of strength and power when blocking. With the injuries that this team has dealt with on the offensive line, Leatherwood has the potential to be a plug and play player right away.
31: San Francisco 49ers: Xavier McKinney, Alabama – S
Mckinney can play over the top or in the slot. He plays with high intensity and he flies around the field. This team could use a healthy safety to hold down the backend of the defense.
32: Kansas City Chiefs: Bryce Hall, Virginia – CB
Bryce hall is a complete cornerback with good ball skills. Hall shows his man and zone coverage skills when covering receivers. He always puts himself in position to make plays on the ball.
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