The 2020 NFL Draft is tomorrow, so it’s time for my final Mock Draft this year. I decided to do something special with this Mock Draft — it has trades!
I’ve included seven trades, some in the top 10, and some from teams early in the second round trading back into the back end of the first round.
Enjoy the Draft this weekend and I can’t wait to do this again in 2021!
1) Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
Burrow is the best QB in this draft and an easy pick here for the Bengals. He is ready to lead this franchise!
2) Washington Redskins
Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
Young is the best prospect in this draft. Redskins can make an above average defensive line to potentially a top 3 defensive line in the NFL. He is a game changer!
3) (TRADE) Miami Dolphins (via DET)
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
I believe the Dolphins have been putting out a big smokescreen with the talk of Justin Herbert. They “tanked” for their guy Tua! Let his body heal, and watch what he will do next!
4) (TRADE) Atlanta Falcons (via NYG)
Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff has been hinting that they will move up in the draft. They are giving up a lot but they are also getting a lot with a shutdown corner. The division just got better with Tom Brady leading the Bucs, and Brees’ Saints are still the lead runner in the division. The NFC South is going to be a heavyweight fight for the division title.
Compensation: 4, 183
5) (TRADE) Detroit Lions (via MIA)
Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn
The Lions trading down two spots and getting Derrick Brown is a great move. Brown will be a dominant force for years to come in that defense. They wanted Jeff Okudah, but the Falcons came up to take him away.
Compensation: 5, 56, 141
6) Los Angeles Chargers
Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
This is the most difficult pick in the top 10. This roster says win now & a tackle solves a huge issue. But I don’t believe Tyrod Taylor is the answer at QB. Justin Herbert can help them win now and can lead them for many years to come.
7) Carolina Panthers
Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
The Panthers get my favorite defensive player in this draft. They should be stoked if Isaiah Simmons falls to them. If there is anyone who can attempt to fill in Luke’s shoes in Year One, Isaiah Simmons has a great shot at replicating his production.
8) Arizona Cardinals
Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
I could see the Cardinals trading this pick, because they traded their second round pick for D’Andre Hopkins. But instead, I see them getting the best player available with Jedrick Wills who can play either tackle position. Willis can be plugged in at RT and keeps last year’ Rookie of the Year nice & clean!
9) (TRADE) Denver Broncos (via JAX)
Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
John Elway and the Broncos need to draft aggressively with the Chiefs, Raiders, and Chargers in the AFC West. They believe Drew Lock has a good chance to be the guy. We’ll help him out with getting him the best route runner in this year’s draft and pairing him with a Pro Bowl WR Courtland Sutton.
Compensation: 9, 189
10) Cleveland Browns
Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
The Browns need to protect Baker Mayfield to give him time to reach his dynamic WR’s. Andrew Thomas has the most time playing Left Tackle in college and is the most pro ready LT in this class. With the signing of Jack Conklin to play the Right Tackle position, Andrew Thomas will fill in the void at Left Tackle.
11) New York Jets
Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
The Jets could go with a top tackle or WR. This team doesn’t really have an identity, but drafting Tritan Wirfs adds to the free agent signings on the o-line. They can run the ball more effectively with RB Le’veon Bell. This WR class is deep; they can get one on Day 2.
12) Las Vegas Raiders
CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
The Raiders get the best WR in this year’s draft in my opinion. Lamb has the best hands in this draft class and he is a monster after the catch. Just a good pick to help your QB Derek Carr.
13) San Francisco 49ers
Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
The 49ers could trade down to get more picks, I can’t see them passing up on Henry Ruggs. He will be fantastic in the Kyle Shanahan offense.
14) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
The Bucs get a STEAL if Mekhi Becton falls down to them. They need to invest in protecting Tom Brady and Becton is the perfect bodyguard with his massive frame.
15) (TRADE) Jacksonville Jaguars (via DEN)
Javon Kinlaw, DL, South Carolina
The Jags have so many holes on their team. Drafting Javon Kinlaw at #15 would be a foundational player to pair up with last years’ first round pick Josh Allen. The Jags have to rebuild this team the right way. This trade gives them more draft capital to get more good football players.
Compensation: 15, 77, 118
16) (TRADE) New York Giants (via ATL)
K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
The Giants traded out of the #4 pick to get a deal they couldn’t refuse from the Falcons. K’Lavon Chaisson is a raw football player that will be effective with new head coach Joe Judge. They need difference makers on defense to get to the QB. I believe they will be able to draft an offensive tackle in the second round.
Compensation: 16, 2021 1st, 78, 119
17) Dallas Cowboys
C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida
18) Miami Dolphins (via PIT)
Xavier Mckinney, S, Alabama
The Dolphins traded away Minkah Fitzpatrick last year to the Steelers. Head Coach Brian Flores just found a replacement from the same program and bigger than the player he had. McKinney is the best safety in this year’s draft. He is also a smart leader who called Alabama’s defense last year. The Dolphins get the best available player.
19) (TRADE) Baltimore Ravens (via LAV)
Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
The Ravens are in win-now mode. The missing piece in that defense is a MLB who will run and hit like Ray Lewis used to do so. Patrick Queen fits perfectly to fill that role. He can cover TE’s down the field or RB’s out the backfield. He will be a difference maker in the Ravens defense.
20) Jacksonville Jaguars (via LAR)
Kristan Fulton, CB, LSU
The Jags need to replace Jalen Ramsey and Kristan Fulton is the guy who fills in those shoes. He has played against the best competition in the SEC and he’s battle tested. Justin Jefferson was in play for this pick. I believe the depth on Day 2 is much better at WR than CB. Fulton will be a key piece in the rebuilding of the Jags!
21) Philadelphia Eagles
Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
Eagles attempted time after time to go up and get Justin Jefferson and he fell right to them! Carson Wentz needs a WR he can grow with over the next 8 years. Jefferson is one of the cleanest players in this draft. He just checks off all the boxes! Eagles just came up BIG time!!!
22) Minnesota Vikings (via BUF)
Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah
The Vikings need to find a replacement to Xavier Rhodes. Jaylon Johnson is the perfect guy to do that! He has been starting at Utah since his freshman year. He has a lot of productivity in the Pac-12. Jaylon Johnson is a legit ball hawk as well, he makes plays! (559) representing!!
23) New England Patriots
Yetur Gross- Matos, EDGE, Penn State
I don’t think the Patriots draft a QB here. They do get Yetur Gross- Matos who has a lot of potential has a pass rusher. The Patriots lost key pass rushers this offseason and need to add one as special as Gross-Matos.
24) New Orleans Saints
Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
I think the moves that the NFC South division has been making puts the Saints in a position that they can’t afford to take a QB here. They need to fill out another running mate with Demario Davis. Murray is a perfect fit with the Saints. He will be a difference maker in that defense!
25) Minnesota Vikings
A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
Finding a replacement for WR Stefon Diggs could be in play here. The film doesn’t lie about how good Epenesa really is! I can’t see how they pass on him. He isn’t the most polished pass rusher, but he is one good football player who will make a difference in the defense.
26) Miami Dolphins
Josh Jones, OT, Houston
The Dolphins need to protect their new franchise QB. Drafting Josh Jones leads the second wave of offensive tackles in this draft. He showed at the Senior Bowl that he can handle playing against elite competition. The Dolphins desperately need to upgrade the o-line and drafting Josh Jones is a good start to get the Dolphins offense going.
27) (TRADE) Indianapolis Colts (via SEA)
Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
Jordan Love falling deep into the first round triggers the Colts trading with Seattle to STEAL away Jordan Love. He has the biggest potential out of all the QBs in this draft. I believe sitting behind Rivers for a year or two will only benefit him. This will be an ideal situation for both the Colts and Love.
(Seattle compensation: 34, 75)
28) (TRADE) Las Vegas Raiders (via BAL)
A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
The Raiders traded down to pick up a second round pick. They allow the draft to come to them and pick A.J. Terrell to pair him up with his Clemson guy Trayvon Mullen at CB. The Raiders need to add another corner to their young secondary. He is a tall corner who can play press and understands how to play different coverages. He is an ideal Mayock type of cornerback.
Compensation: 28, 60
29) Tennessee Titans
Marlon Davidson, DL, Auburn
The Titans traded away DL Jurrell Casey to Denver. Marlon Davidson gives them versatility in the defensive line to pair up with last years’ first round pick Jeffery Simmons. They will get after QB’s in the AFC South!
30) Green Bay Packers
Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State
If the Packers want to reach another Super Bowl before Aaron Rodgers retires, it’s important to give him weapons. Brandon Aiyuk is so explosive and he will excel on the other side of Devante Adams. This will be a great value pick for the Packers.
31) (TRADE) Los Angeles Chargers (via SF)
Austin Jackson, OT, USC
The Chargers drafted Justin Herbert at #6 and now they need to protect him. Austin Jackson is only 20 years old and has his best football ahead of him. He is a starting left tackle along side a veteran o-line. He will fit right in very well. This will be a great scenario for the Chargers walking away with Justin Herbert and Austin Jackson.
(49ers compensation: 37, 112)
32) Kansas City Chiefs
Cesar Ruiz, IOL, Michigan
The Chiefs could go best RB here with D’Andre Swift or draft the best inside offensive lineman with Cesar Ruiz. I strongly believe drafting Ruiz is the best situation to protect Patrick Mchomes. He was hit too much or rushed out the pocket way too much. Cesar Ruiz can start at either guard position or he can be your Pro Bowl center for years to come.