Let’s take a look at how the free-agent frenzy changed the mock draft landscape for the 2020 1st Round.
How did the free-agent frenzy become one of the craziest ones we have seen in quite a while. Was it all the attention it was getting with COVID-19 and everybody being quarantined to their homes? Or was it the fact that there was literally no other sporting news on? Whatever it may be, this season’s frenzy was a good one. I mean who knew DeAndre Hopkins would be traded for David Johnson or Tom Brady would end up with the Buccanneers? There have been many changes in the league, whether trades or free-agency, that changed this mock draft from the first one I wrote back in February, which you can read here. You can also read Joey’s mock draft 2.0 on IDPGuys here.
1. Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
No change here for the Bengals. Barring something crazy, the pick is still Burrow. The Bengals need that franchise QB to lead the team to the next chapter
2. Washington Redskins – Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio St.
As with #1, the second pick stays the same as well. The Redskins added CB help via free agency by signing Kendall Fuller. They could possibly trade back here and gain more draft capital, just hard to pass on Mr. Young.
3. Detroit Lions – Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio St.
The Lions shipped out Darius Slay to the Eagles, which seems all but certain in them selecting Okudah with #3. As with the Redskins at pick 2, they could possibly trade back to a quarterback-needy team (i.e Dolphins and Chargers) and still be able to get Okudah with pick five or six.
4. New York Giants –Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
Since the last mock draft, the Giants have made some huge moves via free agency. They signed former Packers’ linebacker Blake Martinez and for Panthers’ corner James Bradberry. Isaiah Simmons could very well go here as well, but still, the Giants need that big man upfront.
5. Miami Dolphins – Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
Honestly, what the Dolphins did in free agency this year, I didn’t expect. They bolstered their defense by signing Byron Jones, Kyle Van Noy, Shaq Lawson, and Emmanuel Ogbah to name a few. The ‘Fins will have Ryan Fitzpatrick for one more year, so why not let Tua sit for a year and learn the ropes.
6. Los Angeles Chargers – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
Well, Phillip Rivers is officially gone, which is still odd to hear. They lost out on the Tom Brady and Teddy Bridgewater sweepstakes. It looks like the Chargers will roll with Tyrod Taylor or will they possibly take a chance on Cam Newton at the helm this year. This will give Herbert a year to learn or they may just throw him to the wolves and start him right out of the gate.
7. Carolina Panthers –Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
I have heard so many ideas with this pick. Could they trade back and get more draft capital? Derrick Brown? Will they take a QB here if Tua or Herbert falls to them? They are a team that certainly looks like they are in the rebuilding phase. Cam Newton is out. They did bring in Teddy Bridgewater on a 3-year deal. I honestly could see them trading back and getting more capital in this deep class. In the meantime, they will go with the best linebacker in this class.
8. Arizona Cardinals – Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama
Wow, did the Cardinals pull off the biggest move of the offseason by trading for DeAndre Hopkins? They certainly shocked the NFL world. They added three solid defensive pieces in free agency. The offensive line is still a big need for this team. Wills will certainly fill that role. Need to protect Kyler Murray.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars – Derrick Brown, IDL, Auburn
The Jaguars made some big moves this offseason so far. They signed former Browns linebacker Joe Schobert to man the middle. They also franchise-tagged Yannick Ngakoue, who probably won’t be there much longer and will be dealt. Simmons is off the board, so they will go with the best interior defensive lineman in the draft.
10. Cleveland Browns – Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
The Browns added former Titans offensive lineman Jack Conklin via free agency, but they still can use the help upfront. Like I mentioned in my last mock, they need to protect Baker Mayfield if they want to succeed. They also added former Falcons tight end Austin Hooper to help Mayfield out this season.
11. New York Jets – CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
The Jets could go a couple of different ways with this pick. They added some beef up front with the signings of George Fant and Connor McGovern. The Jets could go offensive lineman or wide receiver. The lost Robby Anderson to the Panthers, but they did add Breshad Perriman.
12. Oakland Raiders – Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
The aforementioned CeeDee Lamb probably would have been their pick at twelve, but the Jets zoomed in on him and snagged him. They need some added firepower for Derek Carr or Marcus Mariota, whoever starts for them this year.
13. San Francisco 49ers – C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida
The 49ers were in cap hell this offseason, so they moved arguably their best defensive player in DeForest Buckner. Some scratched their heads at it including me. They need outside help on the corners and Henderson will help that.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Javon Kinlaw, DL, South Carolina
Tom Brady is a Buc? Yeah, definitely weird to hear that. So the next big question is will they run with Ronald Jones Jr. in the backfield this year or will they make a big move and take the first running back off the board? They did re-sign Ndamukong Suh to a one-year deal. I still believe they will take another playmaker on the defensive line.
15. Denver Broncos – Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
I changed this pick on the fly. The Broncos made a big splash and signed former division rival Melvin Gordon to a two-year deal. Henry Ruggs is still an option, but I think they will tilt and take the offensive line help to protect their hopeful quarterback of the future in Drew Lock and help with running lanes for their plethora of running backs they have.
16. Atlanta Falcons – D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
The Falcons addressed their loss of Vic Beasley by signing former Rams and Jaguars EDGE Dante Fowler Jr. However, their big get of the offseason is the addition of former Rams running back Todd Gurley. They only signed him to a one-year deal, so how much do they actually trust him and his knee? They will take their back of the future and keep him right inside the state.
17. Dallas Cowboys – Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
18. Miami Dolphins – Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
As I mentioned with the Dolphins first pick at five, they made big splashes on defense and snagged Tua. I know they signed Jordan Howard to a two-year deal, but Taylor is destined to be a star in this league. The Dolphins continue to make a name for themselves this offseason.
19. Oakland Raiders – Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
Let’s keep it simple and keep exactly what I wrote in the first mock. “The Raiders addressed their wide receiver issue with their first pick. This pick they need to address the secondary. They gave up big play after big play. A lockdown corner is what they need. Fulton had 14 pass deflection last year for LSU.”
20. Jacksonville Jaguars – Grant Delpit, S, LSU
Same position as the first mock, just a different player. The Jags need a playmaker on the defense. Delpit’s tackling is left to be desired, but he can still help transform that defense.
21. Philadelphia Eagles – Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
The Eagles made a big splash by acquiring Darius Slay from the Lions for a 2020 third and fifth-round picks. They also beefed up the defensive line by adding Javon Hargrave to pair up with Fletcher Cox. So where do they go next? Lineback and wide receiver are their biggest needs yet.
22. Minnesota Vikings – Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
I was a bit surprised that the Vikings moved Stefon Diggs, but then again not so much. They got a better deal for Diggs than Houston got for Hopkins. They select the replacement for Diggs with this pick. He will compliment Adam Thielen nicely in the Twin Cities.
23. New England Patriots – A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
Well, it happened. They weren’t able to re-sign their beloved Tom Brady. They seem to be comfortable with Jarret Stidham at the helm to be able to make that call. Will they still take a quarterback here or will they address. If they suck this year, then maybe they will be in the running for Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields in 2021.
24. New Orleans Saints – Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
Drew Brees will be back for one more year and the Saints will be hard-pressed to finally get into the Super Bowl. Jefferson probably would have been the pick if he fell here, but they will take the next best option in Higgins. Yes, they did sign Emmanuel Sanders to a two-year deal, but they probably want it more than anybody else in the league right now.
25. Minnesota Vikings – Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah
The Vikings are back on the clock after selecting Diggs’ replacement with the 22nd pick. They took a hit at cornerback this offseason, losing Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander, both to the Bengals. Whether it’s A.J. Terrell or Johnson, they need a cornerback.
26. Miami Dolphins – Cesar Ruiz, IOL, Michigan
So what do the Dolphins do with this pick? They took their quarterback and their running back of the future so far and were are only at pick 26. So why not take an offensive lineman to protect and make lanes? They need to protect Tua, especially with the injury concerns that are there with him.
27. Seattle Seahawks – Austin Jackson, OT, USC
They added some offensive line help in free agency, but they did lose Fant to the Jets. They still need to protect Russell Wilson.
28. Baltimore Ravens – Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
The Ravens added major help along the defensive line with the signing of Michael Brockers. They tagged Matt Judon, whether they trade him or he plays on the tag remains to be seen. They still need help on defense. Queen is the answer.
29. Tennessee Titans – Ross Blacklock, IDL, TCU
Tennessee addressed their EDGE help by signing Beasley. However, it is only a one-year deal. They also surprisingly traded defensive tackle Jurrell Casey to the Broncos for a seventh-round pick. The Titans still have last years pick Jeffery Simmons awaiting, but having Blacklock will be a nice pairing to team up with him.
30. Green Bay Packers – Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
Will Devin Funchess actually do something? I’m skeptical. They need a weapon and Reagor is that and a bag of peas. Yes, he did have a down year last year at TCU, but with Aaron Rodgers at the helm will benefit Reagor a lot. Packers/Saints NFC championship? Could be.
31. San Francisco 49ers – Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
They got their corner at pick thirteen, why not add some more offensive firepower for Jimmy Garoppolo? They did lose Sanders to the Saints, so they need another weapon alongside Deebo Samuel.
32. Kansas City Chiefs – Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
Kansas City lost Kendall Fuller to the Redskins this offseason. If they want to make another Super Bowl run, they better get some more help on the outside. Diggs, brother of Stefon, was a former receiver and has that instinct for the ball.
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