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The NFL draft is the same every year, the players and names may change but the results don’t. You have teams who understand the process of drafting and you have teams that do not.
One thing remains a constant since it’s inception, there will be gems, busts, steals and unlikely stars born. Here’s a look at my three round 2020 NFL Mock Draft.
1) Cincinnati Bengals- Joe Burrow, Quarterback, LSU
The Bengals are ready to move on from Andy Dalton and Burrow will be the new face of the franchise. He can make all the throws, is more elusive than you think and has the intangibles to be “that guy”.
2) Washington Redskins- Chase Young, Defensive End, Ohio State
The Redskins need help all over but taking the best defensive player in the draft is a good start. Young is a combination of power and speed who will wreak havoc as well as command a double team.
3) Detroit Lions- Jeffrey Okudah, Cornerback, Ohio State
Detroit needs help on defense, especially stopping the passing game. Okudah has good size, quick feet, speed and shifty hips. All characteristics of a shutdown defensive back.
4) New York Giants- Andrew Thomas, Offensive Tackle, Georgia
The Giants have their franchise quarterback and now need to make sure he’s protected. Enter Thomas, a massive human being with long arms and raw strength. A quarterback’s best friend is his blindside protection.
5) Miami Dolphins- Tua Tagovailoa, Quaterback, Alabama
There is a risk taking Tagovailoa here but the upside is too much to pass on. He will have a year to recover and get ready. His talent is obvious and the Dolphins need hope in the worst way.
6) Los Angeles Chargers- Justin Herbert, Quarterback, Oregon
Long time franchise signal caller Philip Rivers is gone and a new era is about to begin. Herbert has a big frame and arm to match. Don’t be fooled by his size, he’s athletic and a better runner than given credit for.
7) Carolina Panthers- Derrick Brown, Defensive Tackle, Auburn
Carolina needs to overhaul their defense and no better way to do that then to start in the trenches. Brown is a load that can collapse the pocket up the middle but his best asset is as a run stuffer.
8) Arizona Cardinals- Jerry Jeudy, Wide Receiver, Alabama
Quarterback Kyler Murray needs weapons on the outside and an eventual successor to Larry Fitzgerald. Jeudy is a blur with great hands and precise route running skills. A home run threat every time he touches the ball.
9) Jacksonville Jaguars- Isaiah Simmons, Outside Linebacker, Clemson
Jacksonville needs playmakers on defense and they get a good one in Simmons. He can affect the game in many ways. Whether the run game or passing, he can cover a lot of field with speed and is a sure tackler.
10) Cleveland Browns- Jedrick Wills, Offensive Tackle, Alabama
Adding offensive line help is key to maximizing the talent on offense. Wills is a mauler in the running game and equally good at pass protection. He’s ready to play yesterday.
11) New York Jets- CeeDee Lamb, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma
Sam Darnold needs more weapons and Lamb will certainly help. Not the fastest but very physical and hard to tackle in space. Good size receiver who high points the ball. He will stretch the field as well.
12) Las Vegas Raiders- Kenneth Murray, Inside Linebacker, Oklahoma
Las Vegas needs help everywhere on defense and getting a leader in the middle is a good start. Murray is a rugged linebacker who’s a gap filler against the run and loves getting after the quarterback.
13) Indianapolis Colts- Jovan Kinlaw, Defensive Tackle, South Carolina
The Colts gave up too many big plays on defense. So why not get a guy who can disrupt the other team’s offensive line? Kinlaw is quick for his size and shoots gaps to pressure the quarterback.
14) Tampa Bay Buccaneers- A.J. Epenesa, Defensive End, Iowa
Tampa Bay was terrible against the pass. Applying more pressure and sacking the quarterback will help. Epenesa gets after the quarterback with a relentless motor.
15) Denver Broncos- Tristan Wirfs, Offensive Tackle, Iowa
The Broncos need to protect whoever is at quarterback and open holes for the running backs. Wirfs is just the guy for the job, with terrific hands and solid technique.
16) Atlanta Falcons- Yetur Gross-Matos, Defensive End, Penn State
Scoring points wasn’t an issue last season but giving up points were. Gross-Matos is tall and long and can get to the quarterback quickly. He can also knock down passes.
17) Dallas Cowboys- Grant Delpit, Safety/Cornerback, LSU
Dallas needs help on the back end of their defense. Delpit moved to safety last season to get more talent on the field. His versatility makes him invaluable along with his ballhawking skills.
18) Miami Dolphins- Austin Jackson, Offensive Tackle, USC
If theu get their future signal caller at five, they better make sure he has long term insurance. Jackson will eventually help Tagovailoa stay healthy and upright by protecting him.
19) Las Vegas Raiders- Tee Higgins, Wide Receiver, Clemson
Defense was their first priority at 12, now they turn to offense. Higgins is not only tall but faster than his 40 time suggest. His catch radius is ridiculous and he’ll win most jump balls.
20) Jacksonville Jaguars- Trey Adams, Offensive Tackle, Washington
No matter who is playing quarterback for Jacksonville, he will need to be protected. Adams is massive with a nasty disposition. He uses his long arms to keep ends at bay.
21) Philadelphia Eagles- Kristian Fulton, Cornerback, LSU
The Eagles need to sure up the back end of their defense. Fulton is an elite talent and potential lock down cornerback. His size and speed are above average.
22) Buffalo Bills- Curtis Weaver, Defensive End, Boise State
The Bills continue to build their defense with young talent. Weaver is a pass rush specialist who will set the edge and pressure the quarterback.
23) New England Patriots- Henry Ruggs III, Wide Receiver, Alabama
The Patriots need to add weapons on the outside for whoever is playing quarterback. Ruggs’ pass catching ability and speed would add a dimension sorely missed in the offense.
24) New Orleans Saints- Laviska Renault, Wide Receiver, Colorado
The Saints need someone opposite Michael Thomas who can take advantage of one on one coverage. Renault is small in stature but has big play capabilities.
25) Minnesota Vikings- K’Lavon Chaisson, Outside Linebacker, LSU
The Vikings need more playmakers on defense. Adding a fiery tackling machine like Chaisson is exactly what the doctor ordered.
26) Miami Dolphins- Xavier McKinney, Safety, Alabama
After inexplicably trading away a talented safety in Minkah Fitzpatrick, they never replaced him. McKinney comes in with similar abilities. He can cover a lot of ground and hits hard.
27) Seattle Seahawks- Josh Jones, Offensive Tackle, Houston
The Seahawks need to protect their franchise quarterback, so adding a lineman makes sense. Jones has good footwork and hands to keep ends off Russell Wilson’s back.
28) Baltimore Ravens- C.J. Henderson. Cornerback, Florida
The Ravens need to shore up the back end of their defense. Henderson is a big, physical corner who can tackle in space.
29) Tennessee Titans- Jordan Love, Quaterback, Utah State
Even with Ryan Tannehill’s success, the front office doesn’t believe he’s the long term answer. Love is big with a strong arm and the ability to scramble out of trouble.
30) Green Bay Packers- Jordyn Brooks, Inside Linebacker, Texas Tech
The defense needs upgrades, specifically at linebacker. Brooks can cover sideline to sideline and is a sure tackler.
31) San Francisco 49ers- Trevon Diggs, Cornerback, Alabama
The Niners need to add talent at cornerback and someone who can eventually replace Richard Sherman. Diggs fits the mold of what they are looking for and scheme of what San Francisco likes to do.
32) Kansas City Chiefs- D’Andre Swift, Running Back, Georgia
With no real immediate need, the Chiefs can focus on adding depth at key positions. Swift is the best back available with speed, power and pass catching ability.
33) Cincinnati Bengals- Justin Jefferson, Wide Receiver, LSU
34) Indianapolis Colts- Marlon Davidson, Defensive End, Auburn
35) Detroit Lions- Jerrell Lewis, Defensive End, Alabama
36) New York Giants- Anfernee Jennings, Outside Linebacker, Alabama
37) Los Angeles Chargers- Raekwon Davis, Defensive Tackle, Alabama
38) Carolina Panthers- Bryce Hall, Cornerback, Virginia
39) Miami Dolphins- Jonathan Taylor, Running Back, Wisconsin
40) Arizona Cardinals- Mekhi Becton, Offensive Tackle, Louisville
41) Cleveland Browns- Ashtyn Davis, Safety, California
42) Jacksonville Jaguars- Cole Kmet, Tight End, Notre Dame
43) Chicago Bears- Prince Tega Wanagho, Offensive Tackle, Auburn
44) Indianapolis Colts- Jalen Reagor, Wide Receiver, TCU
45) Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Isaiah Wilson, Offensive Tackle, Georgia
46) Denver Broncos- Jeff Gladney, Cornerback, TCU
47) Atlanta Falcons- Antonio Winfield Jr, Safety, Minnesota
48) New York Jets- Shane Lemieux, Offensive Guard, Oregon
49) Pittsburgh Steelers- Solomon Kindley, Offensive Guard, Georgia
50) Chicago Bears- Albert Okwuegbunam, Tight End, Missouri
51) Dallas Cowboys- Jacob Breeland, Tight End, Oregon
52) Los Angeles Rams- Tyler Biadasz, Center, Wisconsin
53) Philadelphia Eagles- Terrell Burgess, Safety, Utah
54) Buffalo Bills- Calvin Throckmorton, Offensive Guard, Oregon
55) Atlanta Falcons- Troy Dye, Inside Linebacker, Oregon
56) Miami Dolphins- Justin Madubuike, Defensive Tackle, Texas A&M
57) Houston Texans- Cameron Dantzler, Cornerback, Mississippi State
58) Minnesota Vikings- Damon Arnette, Cornerback, Ohio State
59) Seattle Seahawks- Neville Gallimore, Defensive Tackle, Oklahoma
60) Baltimore Ravens- Jonathan Greenard, Defensive End, Florida
61) Tennessee Titans- Kenny Willekes, Defensive End, Michigan State
62) Green Bay Packers- Denzel Mims, Wide Receiver, Baylor
63) Kansas City Chiefs- Patrick Queen, Inside Linebacker, LSU
64) Seattle Seahawks- Jaylon Johnson, Cornerback, Utah
65) Cincinnati Bengals- Davon Hamilton, Defensive End, Ohio State
66) Washington Redskins- Lucas Niang, Offensive Tackle, TCU
67) Detroit Lions- Jake Fromm, Quarterback, Georgia
68) New York Jets- Jabari Zuniga, Defensive End, Florida
69) Carolina Panthers- Jalen Hurts, Quarterback, Oklahoma
70) Miami Dolphins- Shaquille Quaterman, Inside Linebacker, Miami
71) Los Angeles Chargers- Logan Stenberg, Offensive Guard, Kentucky
72) Arizona Cardinals- Zach Baun, Outside Linebacker, Wisconsin
73) Jacksonville Jaguars- Rashad Lawrence, Defensive Tackle, LSU
74) Cleveland Browns- Julian Okwara, Outside Linebacker, Notre Dame
75) Indianapolis Colts- Jacob Eason, Quaterback, Washington
76) Tampa Bay Buccaneers- J.K. Dobbins, Running Back, Ohio State
77) Denver Broncos- K.J. Hamler, Wide Receiver, Penn State
78) Atlanta Falcons- Jake Hansen, Center, Oregon
79) New York Jets- AJ Terrell, Cornerback, Clemson
80) Las Vegas Raiders- Kyle Duggers, Safety, Lenoir-Rhyne
81) Las Vegas Raiders- Bradlee Anae, Defensive End, Utah
82) Dallas Cowboys- Tyler Johnson, Wide Receiver, Minnesota
83) Denver Broncos- Ben Bredeson, Offensive Guard, Michigan
84) Los Angeles Rams- Daryl Williams, Offensive Guard, Mississippi State
85) Philadelphia Eagles- Jonah Jackson, Offensive Guard, Ohio State
86) Buffalo Bills- Donovan Peoples-Jones, Wide Receiver, Michigan
87) New England Patriots- Alton Robinson, Defensive End, Syracuse
88) New Orleans Saints- J.R. Reed, Safety, Georgia
89) Minnesota Vikings- Hakeem Adeniji, Offensive Guard, Kansas
90) Cleveland Browns- Ben Bartch, Offensive Guard, St. John’s
91) Las Vegas Raiders- Noah Igbinoghens, Cornerback, Auburn
92) Baltimore Ravens- Bryan Edwards, Wide Receiver, South Carolina
93) Tennessee Titans- Zach Moss, Running Back, Utah
94) Green Bay Packers- Darnay Holmes, Cornerback, UCLA
95) Denver Broncos- Josh Uche, Outside Linebacker, Michigan
96) Kansas City Chiefs- Stanford Samuels III, Cornerback, Florida State
97) Philadelphia Eagles- Antonio Gandy-Golden, Wide Receiver, Liberty
98) New England Patriots- Thaddeus Moss, Tight End, LSU
99) Baltimore Ravens- Krys Barnes, Inside Linebacker, UCLA
100) New England Patriots- Anthony Gordon, Quarterback, Washington State
101) New York Giants- Shyheim Carter, Cornerback, Alabama
102) Houston Texans- Robert Hunt, Offensive Tackle, Louisiana-Lafayette
103) Seattle Seahawks- Darrell Taylor, Defensive End, Tennessee
104) Pittsburgh Steelers- Khalid Kareem, Defensive End, Notre Dame
105) Miami Dolphins- Reggie Robinson, Cornerback, Tulsa
106) Minnesota Vikings- Brandon Jones, Safety, Texas