The 2019 NFL season has concluded with the Kansas City Chiefs as the champions of Super Bowl LIV. Now with the NFL Combine officially wrapped-up, it’s time to take a look at the updated mock telling us who will be selected in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Play ball!
Cincinatti Bengals #1: QB Joe Burrow (LSU)
Size: 6’4″ 215 lbs
- Drafting Burrow with the first overall pick is a no-brainer for the Bengals as they are looking for a new franchise quarterback for the next 10+ years.
Washington Redskins #2: EDGE Chase Young (Ohio St.) Size: 6’5″ 265 lbs
- Chase Young positioned himself as a Heisman Trophy finalist after compiling 46 total tackles, 16.5 sacks and 6 forced fumbles in 2019. With a new regime in Washington, Young will be the foundation of their pass-rush.
Detroit Lions #3: LB Isaiah Simmons (Clemson)
Size: 6’4″ 230 lbs
- The Clemson hybrid defender proved to every doubter that he wants all the smoke. He displayed blazing speed at the combine and incredible explosiveness in the vertical and broad jump categories. HC Matt Patricia, former defensive coordinator of the Patriots, will unlikely let Simmons fall to the Giants at No. 4.
New York Giants #4: OL Mekhi Becton (Louisville)
Size: 6’7″ 364 lbs
- The Giants have shown that they will continue with Daniels as their starting QB for 2020, but will need to address the offensive line as it has remained the weakest link of this franchise. By taking the monster out of Louisville, they will finally have an exceptional offensive tackle.
Miami Dolphins #5: QB Justin Herbert (Oregon)
Size: 6’6″ 237 lbs
- The Dolphins fell short of landing the No. 1 overall selection in the 2020 draft, as they are no longer in reach of LSU QB Joe Burrow. However, Oregon Duck Justin Herbert isn’t a bad consolation as he provides the Dolphins with great vision, incredible arm talent, and mobility to keep plays alive while under pressure.
L.A. Chargers #6: QB Jordan Love (Utah St.)
Size: 6’4″ 224 lbs
- The Chargers need a new franchise quarterback after mutually parting ways with Phillip Rivers in the offseason. Love possesses great arm talent and brings a dual-threat presence as he is able to use his feet to extend the play and move the chains.
Carolina Panthers #7: CB Jeff Okudah (Ohio St.)
Size: 6’1″ 205 lbs
- Okudah had an impressive combine before going down after a freak accident in the pass-coverage drills when he landed on his neck awkwardly. I’m expecting the DB’s stock to fall due to his shakiness with ball-hawking, as well as his timing with 50/50 balls. Carolina will make sure he doesn’t fall any farther than No. 7 overall.
Arizona Cardinals #8: OL Tristen Wirfs (Iowa)
Size: 6’5″ 320 lbs
- The Iowa lineman stunned all of the scouts with his 4.85 40-yard dash during his combine performance. His athleticism was what drew the spotlight towards him, making him a surefire top 10 pick in the draft, landing with the pass-heavy Cardinals who will welcome him with open arms.
Jacksonville Jaguars #9: WR CeeDee Lamb (Oklahoma)
Size: 6’2″ 189 lbs
- The Jaguars have one of the least impressive receiving cores and are projected to move on from Marqise Lee due to salary cap restrictions, thus requiring the need to improve depth while giving Gardner Minshew an elite target that will pair well with D.J. Chark in Jacksonville.
Cleveland Browns #10: OL Jedrick Wills Jr. (Alabama)
Size: 6’4″ 312 lbs
- The Browns’ offensive line was nonexistent all throughout 2019 and it is going to be the main focus headed into the draft. Picking a very quick and capable blocker in the ‘Bama lineman will be a leap in the right direction.
New York Jets #11: OL Andrew Thomas (Georgia)
Size: 6’5″ 320 lbs
- The Jets’ offensive line is arguably the worst in the entire NFL and will need drastic changes in order to protect their franchise quarterback in Sam Darnold. Thomas will be an instant starter at any position they introduce him to.
Las Vegas Raiders #12: DT Derrick Brown (Auburn)
Size: 6’5″ 326 lbs
- The Raiders’ defense generated a noticeable increase of production in 2019 in comparison to their 2018 season. Their four man pass-rush could use an upgrade though, and I have them investing in its future with the Auburn DT who is coming off a great senior season that featured him as the SEC’s Defensive Player of the Year.
Indianapolis Colts #13: WR Jerry Jeudy (Alabama)
Size: 6’1″ 192 lbs
- Apart from hit-or-miss receiver T.Y. Hilton, the Colts’ passing options are limited. Drafting the sensational WR from Alabama will create an immediate impact in their offense and will likely make him the No. 2 option in Indianapolis on Day 1.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers #14: DL Javon Kinlaw (S. Carolina)
Size: 6’5″ 318 lbs
- The loss of DE Gerald McCoy was a risky move that, in return, provided little profit. With a void in the pass-rush and run defense, selecting Gamecok Javon Kinlaw would be a step in the right direction.
Denver Broncos #15: CB Kristian Fulton (LSU)
Size: 6’0″ 200 lbs
- The man-coverage corner will be an excellent addition to Denver as he possesses exceptional speed and agility while being able to read routes well. His passiveness on the ball and his ability to defend a 50/50 jump-ball is a concern due to an unimpressive wing-span and average hands. With the tenure of CB Chris Harris in question, targeting an elite corner is a must for Denver in order to bring this defense back to life.
Atlanta Falcons #16: QB Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama)
Size: 6’0″ 217 lbs
- Tua was unable to perform in the scouting combine due to a prolonged recovery of a dislocated hip suffered late in his Junior season at Alabama. The injury history is the cause of his dramatic stock fall, but the Falcons could be looking to prepare for the future and are historically left-handed quarterback friendly.
Dallas Cowboys #17: WR Tee Higgins (Clemson)
Size: 6’4″ 215 lbs
- The future of superstar pass-catcher Amari Cooper is uncertain as he is set to enter free agency this Spring. Barring that the Cowboys will be unable to keep him, they will look for his replacement in Higgins – a towering receiver with track speed and a very wide catching radius.
Miami Dolphins (Pittsburgh Steelers) #18:
LB Kenneth Murray (Oklahoma)
Size: 6’2″ 243 lbs
- Murray is one of the more recognizable players in this class, as he is noted to have the highest ceiling for growth. He’s a dynamic leader on the defense who has the total package of being able to stop the run, disrupt the pass, and is able to shut down the pass in coverage.
Las Vegas Raiders (Chicago Bears) #19:
WR Henry Ruggs III (Alabama)
Size: 5’11” 188 lbs
- With plenty of options still available for a quality wide receiver, the Raiders will select the lightning quick ‘Bama pass-catcher. Ruggs’ most noticeable performance at the combine was by far his 4.27 40-yard dash time.
Jacksonville Jaguars (L.A. Rams) #20: S Grant Delpit (LSU)
Size: 6’3″ 213 lbs
- The Jaguars’ secondary is a shadow of what it once was with Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye creating a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks. With the potential of Bouye’s release, the Jags will need to target a DB to fill the void left behind. Delpit is one of the top defensive players in this class and will be invaluable to Jacksonville.
Philadelphia Eagles #21: WR Leviska Shenault Sr. (Colorado)
Size: 6’1″ 227 lbs
- A dilapidated receiving core was one of many reasons as to why the Eagles were unable to maintain contention in 2019. Shenault is a gamble of a draft choice that has the potential of being a steal for Philly.
Buffalo Bills #22: EDGE A.J. Epenesa (Iowa)
Size: 6’5″ 275 lbs
- Even after a strong 2019 campaign that was reinforced by a solid combine performance, Epenesa will likely fall due to positional needs of other teams. The EDGE rusher at No. 22 is a steal for Buffalo.
New England Patriots #23: EDGE K’Lavon Chaisson (LSU)
Size: 6’3″ 254 lbs
- Even after finishing the 2019 season with the top overall defense in the NFL, the Patriots were limited with threats who could generate pressure on the quarterback. Selecting the Tiger EDGE rusher will aid in solving that issue going forward.
New Orleans Saints #24: WR Justin Jefferson (LSU)
Size: 6’1″ 202 lbs
- Aside from superstar WR Michael Thomas, the Saints lack any true No. 2 threat, as RB Alvin Kamara has been filling the role as of late. However, if the Saints wish to remain dominant, they will need to address the holes at wide-out given they do not have a second round pick.
Minnesota Vikings #25: OL Joshua Jones (Houston)
Size: 6’5″ 319 lbs
- As the pass-rush in the NFC North continues to strengthen, the focus on protecting the quarterback becomes enhanced. The Vikings have one of the weaker lines in the league, and will require the investment of their first round pick to protect the QB and running back.
Miami Dolphins (Houston Texans) #26:
S Xavier McKinney (Alabama)
Size: 6’1″ 200 lbs
- The list of drafted players from the University of Alabama will grow longer as the Dolphins select the star safety in McKinney. His nose for the ball and playmaking skills are what make him a serious threat on the defensive side of the ball.
Seattle Seahawks #27: DL Neville Gallimore (Oklahoma)
Size: 6’2″ 304 lbs
- In a defense that’s focused on stopping the run at all costs, the Seahawks will need to address their depth along the defensive line as it is currently very shallow. Gallimore will provide his expertise in this category for Seattle.
Baltimore Ravens #28: LB Zack Baun (Wisconsin)
Size: 6’2″ 238 lbs
- The Ravens are in the need of an elite linebacker who is able to do it all and more. Baun is the typical corn-fed unit out of Wisconsin who has the natural ability to pressure opposing quarterbacks while also having impressive mobility and ball skills to make him a difference maker in the pass defense.
Tennessee Titans #29: CB C.J. Henderson (Florida)
Size: 6’1″ 204 lbs
- The Titans currently have a solid pass defense, but is a couple pieces away from being a really good pass defense. Adding the Florida Gator will contribute to improving the talent on defense.
Green Bay Packers #30: LB Patrick Queen (LSU)
Size: 6’1″ 227 lbs
- The Packers’ need at an inside linebacker can not be stressed enough, and even after a likely free agent signing at the position, they will still need another hybrid MLB. Queen has entered the chat. His quickness and awareness make him a game-changer that Green Bay would love to have.
San Fransisco 49ers #31: CB Trevon Diggs (Alabama)
Size: 6’2″ 207 lbs
- The 49ers will prep for the future retirement of Richard Sherman by adding his successor and brother of Vikings star WR Stefon Diggs: Trevon Diggs. The large DB will be a great addition to the already dominant San Fransisco defense.
Kansas City Chiefs #32: EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos (Penn St.)
Size: 6’5″ 266 lbs
- The Chiefs’ front-seven is very suspect and will require the use of their first round pick as they look to add a potential star in Gross-Matos. He has a high ceiling, but is still very raw, making him a boom or bust selection.