Pickard’s Mock Draft 2.0: Free Agency Provides Clarity on Teams’ Needsby Andersen Pickard April 9, 2020 0 comments
The 2020 NFL Draft is two weeks away and that means it is time for another mock draft.
In this version, you will see the Patriots snag an underrated wideout, the Dolphins pass on an offensive lineman with all three picks, and three wide receivers go back-to-back-to-back.
Without further ado, let the mocking begin.
No. 1: Bengals select Joe Burrow, QB, Louisiana State
Unless the Bengals make a trade, expect them to snag Burrow. A genius in the pocket with terrific accuracy, Burrow could be the best rookie quarterback so far this century.
No. 2: Redskins select Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
Much like Burrow, Young brings an elite football IQ and an otherworldly athleticism trait that no team can pass up. Washington might have bigger needs, but Young is the right choice here.
No. 3: Lions select Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
Okudah dons incredible feet and impressive speed for a cornerback. He has the coverage skills of Stephon Gilmore and the speed of Jalen Ramsey. Not too shabby.
No. 4: Giants select Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
Simmons is extremely versatile and will easily win battles with opponents thanks to his size. The Giants could explore adding an offensive lineman but they’d be mistaken to pass on Simmons.
No. 5: Dolphins select Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
The Dolphins managed to fail at tanking for Tua by finishing as the fifth-worst team but will still land the mobile quarterback from Alabama. The future is bright in Miami.
No. 6: Chargers select Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
The Chargers don’t want to settle for the best quarterback on the board, but they don’t have much of a choice. Nevertheless, Herbert has terrific skills; this offense could be explosive next season.
No. 7: Panthers select Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
Brown and the Panthers are essentially a match made in heaven. It’s hard to see the Panthers passing on him unless someone like Okudah or Simmons is still available.
No. 8: Cardinals select Mekhi Becton, G, Louisville
Mekhi Becton is an absolute truck. Actually, on second thought, he is more powerful than a truck. He can shatter anyone in his path and he will be extremely helpful when it comes to protecting Kyler Murray.
No. 9: Jaguars select C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida
Henderson is terrific in coverage and often wins battles with opposing receivers. He will have a huge impact on the Jaguars’ new and improved defense.
No. 10: Browns select Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
Thomas has a lot of good traits that prove he is ready for the NFL, including his power and size. After failing to acquire Trent Williams, the Browns will address the O-line with their top pick.
No. 11: Jets select Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
The first receiver off the board, Jeudy has a chance to compete to be the No. 1 wideout with the Jets after they lost Robby Anderson and signed Breshad Perriman.
No. 12: Raiders select Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
Speed is the name of the game with Ruggs, who can torch opposing defenders if they take one wrong step. The Raiders greet Las Vegas with a bang as they secure an explosive receiver.
No. 13: 49ers select CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
Another receiver goes off the board as the 49ers address their offense following the loss of Emmanuel Sanders. San Francisco now has two scary, young wideouts in Lamb and Deebo Samuel.
No. 14: Buccaneers select Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
Wills is a beast with immense power who has also managed to keep his footwork smooth and under control. It’s hard to find a better rookie to protect Tom Brady in his first year in Tampa Bay.
No. 15: Broncos select Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
Wirfs is another O-line prospect with terrific power. He should be a huge asset in both protecting Drew Lock and opening up the run game for Melvin Gordon and Phillip Lindsay.
No. 16: Falcons select K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, Louisiana State
The Falcons are in a position to take the best defensive player available. That is the exact description of Chaisson, who has incredible burst as well as an amazing ability to sneak through gaps in the offensive line.
No. 17: Cowboys select Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State
A former No. 1 overall recruit, Fulton is incredible in coverage and remains a versatile cornerback. It’s hard to predict this pick for Dallas, but Fulton seems like a safe bet.
No. 18: Dolphins select Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
McKinney is a versatile safety who has some amazing physical traits. He has speed and can change direction on a dime, which makes up for what he lacks in tackling.
No. 19: Raiders select Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
Javon Kinlaw continues to fall further than he deserves in many mock drafts, and he could fall into Las Vegas’ laps as they select a speedy receiver and dominant defensive lineman with their two first-round picks.
No. 20: Jaguars select Grant Delpit, S, Louisiana State
Delpit, who was once a potential No. 1 overall pick, has seen his value fall, but he is still an amazing defender. An animal who gives 110 percent on every play, Delpit has the potential to be a star in the NFL.
No. 21: Eagles select Patrick Queen, LB, Louisiana State
Queen has amazing athleticism and talent on the defensive side. The Eagles would like a wideout, but Queen would be too good of a draft pick for Philadelphia to pass up.
No. 22: Vikings select Jeff Gladney, CB, Texas Christian
Gladney has excellent footwork in addition to fabulous athleticism and an amazing drive. Gladney will have an instant impact on the Vikings’ secondary.
No. 23: Patriots select Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State
Aiyuk is a big-play threat who can elude tackles. Sharing the same alma mater as N’Keal Harry, Aiyuk heads to New England to make his presence felt in a depleted wide receiver corps.
No. 24: Saints select Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
Murray is an explosive and physical linebacker who will slot in nicely in New Orleans’ somewhat-depleted defensive alignment. What he lacks in football IQ, he makes up for in athleticism.
No. 25: Vikings select Zack Baun, EDGE, Wisconsin
Baun is a versatile pass-rusher with a great football IQ. He doesn’t have any out-of-this-world traits, but he is a balanced defender who would have a huge impact in Minnesota.
No. 26: Dolphins select J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
Dobbins is the best running back in this draft and he can help transform Miami’s offense. Passing on a lineman is tough, but the Dolphins can solidify their depth in the trenches later on.
No. 27: Seahawks select Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
This is a match made in heaven with Jadeveon Clowney on his way out. In. Gross-Matos, the Seahawks get an explosive, big-bodied pass-rusher who can terrorize opposing quarterbacks.
No. 28: Ravens select Jalen Reagor, WR, Texas Christian
The Ravens bolster their receiving corps in the first round for the second year with this speedy and explosive wideout from TCU while providing another weapon for Lamar Jackson.
No. 29: Titans select Neville Gallimore, DL, Oklahoma
Explosive and driven, Gallimore can be a force in the Tennessee trenches as the Titans search for another huge season. This Oklahoma product is a force to be reckoned with.
No. 30: Packers select Justin Jefferson, WR, Louisiana State
The sixth wideout taken in the first round, Jefferson had several standout games catching passes from Joe Burrow at LSU. With strong hands and an impressive IQ, Jefferson will complement Davante Adams nicely.
No. 31: 49ers select Cesar Ruiz, C, Michigan
The best center in the draft, Ruiz will slot in nicely to protect Jimmy Garoppolo as the Niners look to defend their NFC title. Powerful and mobile, Ruiz should find a starting job in the trenches quickly.
No. 32: Chiefs select A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
Another match made in heaven, Epenesa takes his power and quick reflexes to Kansas City as he looks to terrorize opposing quarterbacks on the big stage.