It’s time to roll out a new Sporting News 2020 NFL model. The holiday season marks the end of the 2019 NFL regular season and the heat of the college football season.
With most teams in the league knowing they will no longer play in the playoffs, they can already look ahead to 2020. The top prospects also intend to play their final college games before going pro.
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Without further shake, with four months out, here’s the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft to play.
2020 NFL Mock Draft
1. Cincinnati Bengals (0-13)
Offensive coach Jacques Taylor needs franchise passes with Andy Dalton fading and Ryan Finley not showing much. Burrow enjoys a meteoric rise as Trois Heisman’s winner and top prospect QB in this category. At 6-3, 215kg, he combines his mental and physical strength in the pocket with a powerful hand and accurate delivery. His leadership and sports skills have also been developed in Baton Rouge. Consider him a better version of Jared Goff.
2. New York Giants (3-11)
- Chase Young, EDGE, State of Ohio
The Giants have loved themselves some transgender passers over the years, and Young has been a better prospect than recent NFL member Ohio State’s Joey Bosa and Nick Bosa. Dave Gettleman will jump on the opportunity to take this talent cornerstone for the team’s defense. Young (6-5, 265 lbs) is a game-changer. He has 16.5 sacks in just 11 games as a junior. No matter who the coach is and what the plan is in New York, it is the clear choice for a team that does not need a QB.
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3. Miami Dolphins (3-11)
- Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
Now that we know that Tagovailoa (6-1, 218 pounds) has to make a complete recovery from the scary hip injury, it should be the choice for the dolphins. Miami can hold Ryan Fitzpatrick to serve as the QB bridge will Tagovailoa need extra time to reach full power. When healthy, Tagovailoa is an accurate, portable, deep ball that throws a QB with Russell Wilson’s breath, throwing it only with his left hand.
4. Washington Redskins (3-11)
The Redskins will be considering attacking after Trent Williams’ suffering, but they can’t go wrong with the best player available and join Terry McLaurin with another scary big-play goal. Jeudy fits the profile as the No. 1 receiver, a classic mid-to-deep and drive-finisher at 6-1, 198 kg.
5. Detroit Lions (3-10-1)
- Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio
Okudah, an elite ball with 6-1, 200kg ball, is manufactured to handle receivers of all sizes. It is fluid and fast enough with great recovery skills in the cover to evolve into a type of finish with its strengths appearing in the press. With great works fading out of Darius Slay and the Lions not much else out of the corner, Okudah could be Stephon Gilmore for Matt Patricia’s defense.
6. Arizona Cardinals (4-9-1)
- CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
Re-joining Kyler Murray with the college student will allow Christian Kirk to be a more dangerous addition player. Lamb, a DeAndre Hopkins clone, can be that explosive stretcher-field and stable type of possession out there. At 6-2, 199 pounds, Lamb needed only 58 receptions to post 1,208 yards and 14 TDs in 12 games this season.
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7. New York Planes (5-9)
- Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
The Jets would be ready for either Jeudy or Lamb if positioned for them, but they could also use a rock for their offensive line in front of Sam Darnold. Thomas fits the big size (6-5, 320 pounds) with good hands and footwork. Gase will also love what Thomas can open for the current game.
8. Jaguars Jacksonville (5-9)
- Derik Brown, DT, Aurn
The Jaguars tried to stop the run. Marcell Dareus is injured again and a pending free agent, like Yannick Ngaukoe. Calais Campbell is entering his time. Coffee (6-5, 318 lbs) is a fast breaker that makes a lot of plays in the backfield.
9. Los Angeles Chargers (5-9)
- Isaiah Simmons, OLB / S, Clemson
The Chargers already have a versatile back-to-back seven defenseman in Derwin James. They could be absolutely dominant if they planted Simmons on the second level. Simmons seems to be all over the field for the Tigers at high speed and range from 6-4, 230kg. He can also reach the quarterback. He has 93 tackles, 7 sacks, 14.5 tackles for loss and 2 steals in 13 games.
10. Denver Broncos (5-9)
Jackson (6-6, 310kg) entered the first round as a sporting beast who garnered more attention with the Trojans cassette. He is expected to announce the plan after a potential showcase game against Iowa at the Holiday Bowl. The Broncos could use some defensive help, but in the end, opt for better protection for Drew Lock.
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11. Carolina Panthers (5-9)
- Jester Herbert, QB, Oregon
Herbert is the perfect size (6-6, 237 pounds) for a team that might want to start from QB with a new coach. It comes with a few concerns about resilience and while it is effective and mentally tough overall, there are times when it can go down with decision making, forcing it to shed overconfidence. With good NFL training, however, he can live until he is an original superstar.
12. Atlanta Falcons (5-9)
- Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
The Canyons seem to be looking for more turbulence to help the secondary (also a primary need), as some options have not worked as expected. Gross-Matos (6-5, 242 pounds) is a well-built, explosive and versatile defender who can thrive in Dan Quinn’s 4-3 draft.
13. Las Vegas Raiders (6-8)
After Antonio Brown’s disappointment, the Raiders can go for their true long-term receiver no. 1 to pair with former Clemson Receiver Slot Machine Hunter Renfrow. Higgins is a dangerous player who can be a real force in the red zone. At 6-4, 215 pounds, Higgins has posted 52 receptions for 1,082 yards and 13 TDs in 13 appearances this season.
14. Indianapolis Colts (6-8)
- Jonathan Taylor, PB, Wisconsin
The Colts like Marlon Mack, but it has issues of durability. They will benefit from a full back package, a power runner with an explosive spread and recovery. Taylor (5-11, 219 lbs) has high vision and breaks out as a runner. He also doesn’t have enough credit for what he can do as a receiver, which has been more prominent during his college season. In three years for the Badgers, he wrote 7,025 yards and 55 total TDs.
15. Cleveland Browns (5-6)
- Alex Leatherwood, OT, Oklahoma
The Browns have an amazing set of skills around Baker Mayfield, but their pass protection was the reason they slowly exploded early in 2019. Leatherwood continues to grow to compete with Thomas as the best overall player in the class. . At 6-6, 310kg, Leatherwood is an elite athlete who can become a top overall exclusion if he continues to work on his strength and technique.
16. Chaba Beach (7-8)
- Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
The Buccaneers have had a defensive rebirth ahead of Todd Bowles, but Ndamukong Suh and Beau Allen are outstanding free agents. For the boost, they can see the defense of Will Muschamp, where the 6-6, 310-pound Kinlaw put 6 sacks in 12 games for the Gamecocks. Offensive tackle and cornerback will also be considered with this option.
17. Philadelphia Eagles (7-7)
- Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
The Eagles are in desperate need of a great long-range threat on the bodies of Carson Wentz, with the age of DeSean Jackson and the destruction of Alshon Jeffery. Ruggs (6-0, 190kg) fits the bill as a stretcher who can also use his track skills to win shorter runs.
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18. Las Vegas Raiders (from bears)
The Raiders need some help at the back after constantly burning this season, despite some nice improvements to the rush. Fulton (6-1, 192 lbs) has the capabilities of size, speed, intelligence and sound coverage for a long, prosperous career.
19. Jacksonville Jaguars (by Ramses)
The Jaguars need to be upgraded with more pop playing safely. Delpit flies around the court, stopping to run like an extra linebacker and making big plays on the ball to cover the field. He plays like the Chargers’ Derwin James, with a huge hybrid size (6-3, 203 lbs) for the post.
20. Tennessee Tiens (8-6)
- Tyler Biadasz, G / C, Wisconsin
Biadasz (6-3, 321 lbs) is the next in line for the Badgers’ inside linebackers (see Cowboys’ Travis Frederick and Giants’ Kevin Zeitler). The offensive lineman of the Titans is Derrick Henry and the power play. They could use an upgrade over the often injured right hand guard Kevin Pamphile, a pending free agent. Quarterback may be less worrying with Ryan Tannehill suddenly looking like a remarkable re-sign.
21. Miami Dolphins (by Steelers)
The Dolphins need to get Brian Flores a versatile pass-rusher. Epenesa (6-6, 280kg) is a strong, explosive, big player. It can push blockers off the road to reach the quarterback and also stand up strong against running.
22. Minnesota Vikings (10-4)
- Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
The Vikings have seen Xavier Rhodes fade and have had trouble covering broadband receivers down the stretch. The Diggs have good size (6-2, 207 lbs), power and downfield speed. The board has grown rapidly with its long senior season (3 interceptions in 12 games).
23. Buffalo Bills (10-5)
- Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
The accounts are upgrading their bodies to John Brown and Cole Beasley, but need another extra outside presence. Jefferson (6-2, 185 lbs) appeared in the passing game of LSU as a fast, efficient runner with good hands who has also underestimated speed. He has posted 88 catches for 1,207 yards and 14 TDs in 13 games.
24. Seattle Seahawks (11-3)
- Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford
The Seahawks should continue to build the Legion of Boom sequel around the corner, so why not touch Cardinal, their source for Richard Sherman? At 6-1, 184 pounds, Adebo offers exceptional skills and instincts to become a finisher. He has 8 interceptions in just 22 college games.
25. Dallas Cowboys (7-7)
- Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State
Jerry Jones needs a bit more pop-rush and there is some familiarity with the program that produced DeMarcus Lawrence and Leighton Vender Esch for the Cowboys. Weaver (6-3, 265 lbs) was an absolute beast on the blue lawn with 13.5 sacks in 14 fights this season.
26. Miami Dolphins (by Texans)
The Dolphins must land a strong protective pass for Tagovailoa after the Laremy Tunsil exchange. Wirfs has the sport at 6-5, 322 lbs to hold the left side for a long time. He combines his skills with power and physicality in the current game.
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27. Kansas City Chiefs (10-4)
- Travis Etienne, PB, Clemson
The Chiefs should consider defending, with the guidance of the linebacker, but they may find some good value in that position later in this draft. Instead, we give them the wild card, which is another explosive weapon for Patrick Mahomes, especially with LeSean McCoy aging as a free agent and Damien Williams not being in an extended role. Etienne (5-10, 210kg) is an open field player and has a high upward trend due to his ability as a receiver. It might be Alvin Kamara’s version of the video game that Andy Reid loves.
28. New Orleans Saints (11-3)
- Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado
The Saints need to get Michael Thomas some solid help on the other side of the race and give Drew Brees a solid No. 2. Shenault (6-2, 220 pounds) is a sure fielder that has some great big-play fantasy after fishing. He recorded 56 catches for 764 yards and 4 TDs for the Buffaloes, singling out a team.
29. Green Bay Packers (11-3)
- Kenneth Murray, ILB, Oklahoma
Packers must continue to work on their defense and inside coverage, and Blake Martinez is a pending free agent. Murray (6-2, 243 pounds) is an active player who can be as effective as going down against running or inflammation.
30. New England Patriots (12-3)
- Dylan Moses, ILB, Alabama
The Patriots have many worries about free agency with Kyle Van Noy, Elandon Roberts and Jamie Collins not signed for 2020. Moses (6-3, 259 pounds) lost the Crimson Tide season with a torn ACL in August, but they need to be fully healed to contribute as a rookie who can sew up tackles and also do great work on coverage.
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31. San Francisco 49ers (12-3)
- D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
The 49ers are positioned to go after the best player available. They’ve invested a lot in the operation and have an effective commission, but they could use a real axis of work for the Kyle Shanahan zone exclusion system. Swift (5-9, 229 lbs) is both capable of taking hard yards inside and breaking free for big games in the open field.
32. Baltimore Ravens (12-2)
- C. J. Henderson, CB, Florida
Marcus Peters and Jimmy Smith are pending free agents. The Ravens need to move in a defensive direction early on. Henderson (6-1, 202 pounds) plays bigger than his size with great sportsmanship and technique. It just needs to get a little more natural to trust receivers based on body positioning to open.