Skyler Waterman’s 2020 NFL Mock Draft 3.0

1. Cincinnati Bengals-QB Joe Burrow

This pick has been a forgone conclusion for months now. The Bengals have decided to move on from starting quarterback Andy Dalton, and who better to replace Dalton then the quarterback who grew up in southeast Ohio, only three hours away from Cincinnati.

2. Washington Redskins-DE Chase Young

With the #2 overall pick the Washington Redskins take Chase Young. Young, like Burrow, gets drafted by a team within his home state. Young grew up outside of D.C. and will now get to play professionally just 30 minutes from his hometown.

3. Los Angeles Chargers-QB Tua Tagovailoa (Chargers trade 6, 37 & 112 to the Lions for #3 overall)

The Chargers need a new franchise quarterback and trade up to acquire Tua Tagovailoa. Everything the Chargers have done this offseason points to them drafting Tua in the 2020 NFL Draft. They traded away their starting left tackle to acquire a guard who will start on the right side. After that they went out in free agency and signed one of the best Right Tackles available in Bryan Bulaga. Both moves make perfect sense for a team who wants to protect the blind side for a left-handed quarterback. Tua also will not have to start right away if he is drafted by the Chargers. Tyrod Taylor can begin the season as the Chargers starter, enabling Tua to continue to heal from the injuries he acquired during his college career.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars-CB Jeffrey Okudah (Jaguars trade 9 & 42 to the Giants for 4 & 150)

In the past six months the Jaguars have traded away two different corners in Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye. They are depleted at this position and need to find quality replacements as soon as possible. The Jaguars use their 9th overall selection and their second-round pick, #42 overall to move up five spots and take the best corner in this draft class. The Jaguars can afford to lose a second-round pick and make this move because they also hold the 20th overall selection and should also still recoup a second-round pick when they trade Yannick Ngakoue to another team.

5. Miami Dolphins-LT Andrew Thomas

The Dolphins could go in so many different directions in the 2020 NFL Draft, they have six picks in the top 70 overall, including three first round picks. Because of this they could have the biggest impact on how the 2020 NFL Draft turns out. Instead of trading up to take a Quarterback the Dolphins stay at #5 overall and select a franchise left tackle. Thomas can help stabilize a weak offensive line in Miami and give whoever the Dolphins future starting quarterback is, a little more time in the pocket to maneuver.

6. Detroit Lions-RT Jedrick Wills Jr

The Detroit Lions need to protect quarterback Matthew Stafford. He is the Lions most valuable player, and any hopes of the Lions making the playoffs rest on Matthew Stafford’s shoulders. The Lions allowed 43 sacks last season and that was before the departure of starting right tackle Ricky Wagner. The Lions would have liked to draft a corner, but the Jaguars jumped ahead of them to secure Okudah, so instead the Lions do the next best thing and protect the player who is in year four of a 5-year $135 million dollar contract.

7. Carolina Panthers-LB Isaiah Simmons

The Panthers are switching back to a 4-3 base front on their defense and have a need for a starting outside linebacker. The Panthers also have a need at defensive back and Simmons fills both of those voids as someone who can play outside linebacker, and then slide into the slot DB when in nickel & dime packages. Isaiah Simmons is a freak athlete who will also provide the Panthers with someone who can help fill the void left by recently retired linebacker Luke Kuechly.

8. Arizona Cardinals-DT Derrick Brown

The Arizona Cardinals have huge need for a defensive lineman, and they find a huge man to play that position in Derrick Brown. Derrick Brown will provide the Cardinals with a hulking menace who will plow through any individual who tries to block him on his lonesome and will still at times beat double teams. That is why, if you watch Brown’s college tape, there are multiple occasions where he was triple teamed by the offensive line. Calvin Johnson might have been Megatron, but Derrick Brown is Grimlock. The reason being, once you lock up with Brown, your chances of maintaining that block are pretty grim. If you don’t know who Grimlock is, well he’s literally the Tyrannosaurus Rex of transformers.

9. New York Giants-RT Tristan Wirfs

The Giants have a large hole to fill at right tackle and they find a large man to fill it. Tristan Wirfs is a powerful athletic tackle who will serve as a tremendous right tackle for New York. Wirfs will open up running lanes for running back Saquon Barkley all season.

10. Cleveland Browns-LT Mekhi Becton

The Cleveland Browns need a new franchise left tackle and find one in Mekhi Becton. Becton is the most powerful run blocker in this draft class and will serve as a great offensive lineman for Nick Chubb to run behind, while Becton paves running lanes like a snowplow. Becton should also help provide Baker Mayfield with a clean pocket to throw from, which will hopefully decrease the number of interceptions he throws this season.

11. New York Jets-WR CeeDee Lamb

The Jets would have liked to draft a franchise left tackle, but none of the top offensive tacklers were left on the board. So instead the Jets do the next best thing and find Sam Darnold a #1 option in the passing game. CeeDee is the best wide receiver in this draft class and the Jets wide receiving core sorely needs improved.

12. Las Vegas Raiders-WR Henry Ruggs III

The Oakland Raiders need to add a wide receiver and take the fastest one in this draft class. They already have their big bodied target in Tyrell Williams, and their slot receiver in Hunter Renfrow, so now they find their speed demon in Henry Ruggs. The Raiders are tired of watching Tyreke Hill can do to opposing defenses, so Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden find their own version of Tyreke. The Raiders once again also find a player with championship pedigree who is a respected leader with strong character coming out of Alabama.

13. Miami Dolphins-QB Justin Herbert (Dolphins trade 18 & 70 to the 49ers for #13)

The Dolphins took their franchise left tackle with the 5th overall pick, and now they trade up five spots to secure their franchise quarterback. Justin Herbert is one of the most controversial players in this draft. Some people love him, and some people hate him (as a prospect). This is evident by the fact that opinions on him vary so drastically, some view him as the best quarterback in this class, while others, indignantly say he should make the transition to tight end because they don’t believe he can successfully play quarterback in the NFL.

14. Tampa Bay BuccaneersWR Justin Jefferson

The Buccaneers would have loved to draft a right tackle at number fourteen overall, but none of the available talent was worth that high of a selection. Instead the Buccaneers once again make a decision that shows how much they are in win now mode. The Buccaneers acquired Tom Brady this offseason and are hoping to win a Super Bowl within the next two years. Justin Jefferson spent this past season catching footballs from Joe Burrow, (whom many are saying is the next Tom Brady), and together they won a national championship. Tom Brady with a wide receiving core of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Justin Jefferson, plus tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate, would be absolutely terrifying to NFL defensive coordinators.

15. Denver BroncosWR Jerry Jeudy

Some reports are saying that the Broncos could trade up with the Browns at #10 overall, or the Jets at #11 overall, and be the first team to take a wide receiver in this draft. the Broncos don’t need to do this. This is the most talented class of wide receivers ever, in the history of the NFL draft. trading up would be a very unnecessary move by John Elway. With the 15th overall pick the Denver Broncos get Jerry Jeudy, one of the best receivers in this draft class, who will fit perfectly into Denver’s offense.

16. Atlanta Falcons-DT Javon Kinlaw

The Falcons have a bigger need at cornerback than defensive tackle, but Kinlaw is just too talented a player for the Falcons to pass him up. Kinlaw paired with Grady Jarrett will wreak havoc on opposing teams attempt to run the football. Kinlaw will also provide the Falcons with great interior pressure on third down passing situations.

17. Dallas Cowboys-CB C.J. Henderson

Henderson has some of the best coverage skills by any cornerback in this class and that alone allows him to be selected 17th overall. C.J. could have potentially been a top 10 overall selection in this year’s draft had he shown a willingness to tackle in college. Instead he ends up going to the Dallas Cowboys and will fill the void left by Byron Jones quite nicely on their defense.

18. San Francisco 49ers-CB Kristian Fulton Jr.

Had the 49ers stayed at pick 13 they could have drafted a wide receiver, instead they traded back five spots in the draft, and in doing so acquired a third-round pick. With the 18th pick they draft a corner who can play opposite Richard Sherman. Fulton is the best corner available at this point in the draft and will help improve the back end of their defense.

19. Las Vegas Raiders-CB Trevon Diggs

Yet again the Raiders take an Alabama product in this draft, selection cornerback Trevon Diggs. Diggs is a player with tremendous upside and with the help of Jon Gruden’s coaching staff, he should reach his full potential. Diggs is a special draft prospect with his 32.75-inch hands and 78.375-inch wingspan. These physical traits he possesses will allow him to bat away a lot of footballs throughout his career.

20. Baltimore Ravens-LB Kenneth Murray (trade 28, 92 & 108 to the Jaguars for 20)

The Baltimore Ravens need an inside linebacker, so they trade up and secure Kenneth Murray in the 2020 NFL Draft. Murray will be a perfect fit as a 3-4 ILB for the Ravens and will provide them with a great leader both on and off the field.

21. Philadelphia Eagles-WR Denzel Mims

Eagles fans were hoping for Justin Jefferson, but the Buccaneers shocked everyone when they took him 14th overall. Instead the Eagles get Denzel Mims, who is an athletic freak. His testing numbers were so similar to Julio Jones that if you put the numbers side by side, you’d have to blink to make sure you’re not seeing double. Mims ran a 4.38 while Julio ran a 4.39, they both had a 38.5 inch vertical, and they both ran the 3-cone drill in 6.66 seconds. Mims gives the Eagles a speedy weapon to throw into their offense, and a Wide Receiver with an extremely high ceiling of potential.

22. Minnesota Vikings-WR Tee Higgins

The Minnesota Vikings got this pick when they traded Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills, so with the twenty second pick in the 2020 NFL draft they select his replacement. Higgins gives Kirk Cousins a big bodied target to throw to, and a red-zone weapon, which fantasy owners will be foaming at the mouth to draft.

23. Green Bay Packers-LB Patrick Queen (trade 30 & 94 for 23 overall)

The Packers have not taken an inside linebacker in the first or second round of the NFL Draft since 2006 when they Drafted A.J. Hawk 5th overall. That all changes this year because the Packers finally address a need their team has been lacking for years, an inside linebacker with coverage skills. Queen is the youngest player in the 2020 NFL draft and that alone screams Green Bay Packers draft target. The only problem is he will not be available at #30 overall, which is exactly why the Packers trade up and draft him.

24. New Orleans Saints-QB Jordan Love

Drew Brees is going into his last season as the Saints starting quarterback and Taysom Hill is not the Saints long term solution at quarterback. I REPEAT, TAYSOM HILL IS NOT THE SAINTS LONG TERM SOLUTION AT QUARTERBACK. The Saints draft a quarterback who can sit and learn behind Drew Brees for a season before being handed the reigns of the team. It worked out pretty well in Kansas City, so hopefully the Saints can have similar success.

25. Minnesota Vikings-CB Jeff Gladney

The Vikings had three cornerbacks depart the team this offseason, corner is by far the Vikings biggest need, and it is not even close. With the twenty fifth overall pick the Viking select cornerback Jeff Gladney.

26. Miami Dolphins-SS Xavier McKinney

The Dolphins currently have no starting safeties on their roster, that changes when they draft safety Xavier McKinney who they can slot is as a day one starter on their defense.

27. Seattle Seahawks-DE Yetur Gross-Matos

The Seahawks need a starting defensive end with Jadeveon Clowney currently a free agent. Yetur Gross-Matos is a great fit on the Seahawks defense and fills a big need that was vacated.

28. Jacksonville Jaguars-DE AJ Epenesa

The Jaguars traded away Calais Campbell and now need to find someone to fill his shoes, Epenesa gives them just that.

29. Tennessee Titans-CB A.J. Terrell

The Titans have yet to re-sign cornerback Logan Ryan and may look to draft a corner in the first round to replace him. A.J. Terrell is the best corner on the board and fills a big void.

30. New England Patriots-OLB K’Lavon Chaisson

the fall of K’Lavon Chaisson finally ends. He is a talented athlete who probably would have been much higher, had he participated in drills at the NFL combine, but with his lack of participation, combined with his lack of sack production in college he falls down draft boards a bit until he lands with the Patriots. Chaisson gives the Patriots and extremely athletic edge rusher, who could reach another level in the NFL.

31. Cincinnati Bengals-LT Joshua Jones (trade 33 & 180 to 49ers for 31)

The Bengals drafted their franchise quarterback Joe Burrow, now they add an offensive lineman who can protect Burrow and trade their sixth-round pick for the 5th year option on Jones’s contract. The Bengals drafted Jonah Williams 11th overall last year, but he missed all season due to injury. With the addition Williams could slide in and play LG at all All-Pro level.

32. Kansas City Chiefs-LB Zach Baun

The Chiefs need an upgrade at the linebacker position and get it with Zach Baun. Baun gives the Chiefs a well needed addition who can play outside linebacker. Baun can drop into coverage or rush off the edge, which is something the Chiefs will highly value.

Round 2

33. San Francisco 49ers-WR Brandon Aiyuk

34. Indianapolis Colts-WR Michael Pittman Jr.

35. Detroit Lions-CB Noah Igbinoghene

36. New York Giants-FS Grant Delpit

37. Jacksonville Jaguars-WR Jalen Reagor (Lions trade #37 to the Jaguars for DE Yannick Ngakoue)

38. Carolina Panthers-CB Jaylon Johnson

39. Miami Dolphins-RB D’Andre Swift

40. Houston Texans-OLB Josh Uche

41. Cleveland Browns-FS Antoine Winfield Jr.

42. New York Giants-LT Austin Jackson

43. Chicago Bears-WR Laviska Shenault Jr.

44. Indianapolis Colts-RT Lucas Niang

45. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-RT Isaiah Wilson

46. Denver Broncos-C Cesar Ruiz

47. Atlanta Falcons-RB JK Dobbins

48. Washington Redskins-LT Prince Tega Wanogho (Jets trade #48 to the Redskins for LT Trent Williams)

49. Pittsburgh Steelers-QB Jacob Eason

50. Chicago Bears-SS Kyle Dugger

51. Dallas Cowboys-DE Curtis Weaver

52. Los Angeles Rams-LB Jordyn Brooks

53. Philadelphia Eagles-LB Malik Harrison

54. Buffalo Bills-RB Jonathan Taylor

55. Baltimore Ravens-WR Chase Claypool

56. Miami Dolphins-FS Jeremy Chinn

57. Los Angeles Rams-CB Cameron Dantzler

58. Minnesota Vikings-DE Julian Okwara

59. Seattle Seahawks-DT Marlon Davidson

60. Baltimore Ravens-RG Robert Hunt

61. Tennessee Titans-DT Ross Blacklock

62. Green Bay Packers-WR Devin Duvernay

63. Kansas City Chiefs-CB Bryce Hall

64. Seattle Seahawks-LB Akeem Davis-Gaither

Round 3

65. Cincinnati Bengals-LB Willie Gay Jr.

66. Washington Redskins-TE Adam Trautman

67. Detroit Lions-DT Neville Gallimore

68. New York Jets-OLB Terrell Lewis

69. Carolina Panthers-DT Justin Madubuike

70. San Francisco 49ers-DT Jordan Elliott

71. Los Angeles Chargers-LT Ezra Cleveland

72. Arizona Cardinals-TE Brycen Hopkins

73. Jacksonville Jaguars-LB Troy Dye

74. Cleveland Browns-LB Logan Wilson

75. Indianapolis Colts-QB Anthony Gordon

76. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire

77. Denver Broncos-NT Leki Fotu

78. Atlanta Falcons-CB Damon Arnette

79. New York Jets-TE Cole Kmet

80. Las Vegas Raiders-LG John Simpson

81. Las Vegas Raiders-DT Raekwon Davis

82. Dallas Cowboys-WR K.J. Hamler

83. Denver Broncos-LT Ben Bartch

84. Los Angeles Rams-RB Cam Akers

85. Detroit Lions-RB/WR Antonio Gibson

86. Buffalo Bills-DE Jonathan Greenard

87. New England Patriots-TE Thaddeus Moss

88. New Orleans Saints-WR Van Jefferson

89. Minnesota Vikings-RB Zach Moss

90. Houston Texans-TE Hunter Bryant

91. Las Vegas Raiders-QB Jalen Hurts

92. Jacksonville Jaguars-DT Davon Hamilton

93. Tennessee Titans-RB A.J. Dillon

94. New England Patriots-QB Jake Fromm

95. Denver Broncos-WR Antonio Gandy-Golden

96. Kansas City Chiefs-C Tyler Biadasz

97. Cleveland Browns-DE Khalid Kareem

98. New England-LB Evan Weaver

99. New York Giants-WR Bryan Edwards

100. New England Patriots-DT Rashard Lawrence

101. Seattle Seahawks-SS K’Von Wallace

102. Pittsburgh Steelers-LG Shane Lemieux

103. Philadelphia Eagles-DE Anfernee Jennings

104. Los Angeles Rams-WR Gabriel Davis

105. Minnesota Vikings-CB Troy Pride Jr.

106. Baltimore Ravens-SS Brandon Jones

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