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Shinn 2020 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Pre Free-Agency)

Chase Young and Joe Burrow are in the running right now for the top 2 picks but are there others who could take the top spot away?

Ahhh yes, another mock draft. Who doesn’t like them? I say, if you don’t like mock drafts, then you don’t like fun. Listen, mock drafts are rarely ever close to what happens. Sometimes the position is right, but the player isn’t. Other times a team takes a player most would consider to be a massive reach. If you take these with a grain of salt, it can be fun to play the guessing game. What we can do though, is take things into consideration when doing mock drafts. I made every selection in this mock strictly based on team needs. (minus a few exceptions, like WAS) I spent hours and hours looking at team depth charts and doing research to select the players that made the most sense! (Note: This Mock Draft was completed before Free Agency began)

Also, keep in mind, this mock draft does not consider all the moves that were made in free agency and it does not include compensatory picks. I also avoided potential trades for the sake of simplicity. I hope you enjoy and thanks for reading!

Round 1

  1. Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Burrow, QB LSU: There are no guarantees in the NFL draft, except this. Burrow is a lock to go #1 overall. 
  2. Washington Redskins – Tua Tagovailoa, QB Alabama: No way the Redskins go Tua right? They just drafted Haskins in the first round last year. But really, how much do they like him? The draft gets real interesting just after the first pick. 
  3. Detroit Lions – Chase Young, EDGE Ohio State: The Detroit Lions pick could certainly trade out of this pick if the draft played out this way. But instead, they stay at three and select the best pass rusher in the draft. 
  4. New York Giants – Mekhi Becton, OT Louisville: What a match made in heaven. The Giants have been committing resources to their O-Line for a few years now. That continues with this mammoth of a man in Becton. Saquon Barkley is pleased.
  5. Miami Dolphins – Justin Herbert, QB Oregon: I think that it is very likely that the Dolphins trade up to secure one of the top QBs in the draft. But they may not have to. 
  6. Los Angeles Chargers – Isaiah Simmons, LB Clemson: I wanted to mock Okudah here but the Chargers secondary is already loaded. Adding Simmons would basically be like having TWO Derwin James’ on the field. Yikes!
  7. Carolina Panthers – Derrick Brown, IDL Auburn: Brown had a terrible performance at the combine, but you have to trust what you see on tape. Carolina does that and still makes Brown a top 10 pick. 
  8. Arizona Cardinals – Tristan Wirfs, OT Iowa: Boy oh boy would it be fun to see CeeDee Lamb reunited with Kyler Murray. Protecting the QB is more important though, so Wirfs it is. 
  9. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jeffery Okudah, CB Ohio State: The Jaguars get lucky to have a replacement for Jalen Ramsey fall right into their lap and pick Okudah without hesitation. 
  10. Cleveland Browns – Jedrick Wills, OT Alabama: OL is probably the biggest weakness of the Browns, who just so happened to be stacked everywhere else. (why are they not winning games is anybody’s guess)
  11. New York Jets – CeeDee Lamb, WR Oklahoma: Sam Darnold needs weapons and CeeDee Lamb is certainly that. 
  12. Las Vegas Raiders – Jerry Jeudy, WR Alabama: Hunter Renfrow might be the best WR on the Raiders roster as of right now. That is a problem that is fixed immediately with Jeudy, who ironically, is an Amari Cooper clone. 
  13. Indianapolis Colts – Javon Kinlaw, IDL South Carolina: Kinlaw is the best defensive player left on the board. Colts take him here to upgrade their defensive line. 
  14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Andrew Thomas, OT Georgia: OL should be a priority for Tampa, whether through the draft or free agency. Especially if they land Tom Brady. 
  15. Denver Broncos – Henry Ruggs III, WR Alabama: Ruggs has insane speed. Many thought he was going to set the combine 40 record set by John Ross. He is the perfect complement to the big bodied Sutton. 
  16. Atlanta Falcons – K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE LSU: With no plans to resign Vic Beasley, the Falcons go with the super twitchy Chaisson to fill the void at edge rusher.
  17. Dallas Cowboys – C.J. Henderson, CB Florida: Byron Jones has long felt like the odd man out in Dallas with Prescott, Elliott, and Cooper getting big deals. Henderson has the traits to step in and contribute right away. 
  18. Miami Dolphins – Josh Jones, OT Houston: Trading away Tunsil left the Dolphins with a patchwork O-Line. Protecting Herbert is a must if they want him to succeed. 
  19. Las Vegas Raiders – Kristian Fulton, CB LSU: Fulton and Trayvon Mullen would give the Raiders a very young, potentially great, CB duo. 
  20. Jacksonville Jaguars – Grant Delpit, S LSU: He is no Jalen Ramsey, but Delpit is a very instinctive, sideline to sideline defensive back that could make an immediate impact. 
  21. Philadelphia Eagles – Denzel Mims, WR Baylor: There really isn’t much to not like about Mims. I would even go as bold to say that he could end up having the best career out of this year’s WR crop. He could step in and start on the outside for the Eagles, day 1. 
  22. Buffalo Bills – Zack Baun, EDGE Wisconsin: Baun is a little undersized to be a full time edge rusher but he is an explosive athlete with a lot of potential. Jerry Hughes isn’t getting any younger. 
  23. New England Patriots – Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE Penn State: Gross-Matos is your typical Bill Belichick kind of player. Fits the mold of a 4-3 defensive end and isn’t overly flashy.  
  24. New Orleans Saints – Justin Jefferson, WR LSU: Can you name a WR on the Saints roster other than Michael Thomas? Doubt it. Jefferson is a savvy route runner who could take the Saints offense to another level…if that’s possible. 
  25. Minnesota Vikings – Jeff Gladney, CB TCU: Xavier Rhodes was garbage last year, and he is a free agent. Gladney is a sticky, press cover corner who is highly competitive on every snap. 
  26. Miami Dolphins – Jonathan Taylor, RB Wisconsin: The offensive overhaul continues with Taylor. The amount of touches he had in college may be a little concerning but he was highly productive. 
  27. Seattle Seahawks – Terrell Lewis, EDGE Alabama: Despite the injuries that cost him most of his college career, Lewis flashed some serious potential. He is an athletic freak, 
  28. Baltimore Ravens – Kenneth Murray, LB Oklahoma: Ravens drafting a middle linebacker in the first round? Shocker. 
  29. Tennessee Titans – Lucas Niang,, OT TCU: Give Henry another stud OL to run behind. Not that he needs one. 
  30. Green Bay Packers – Neville Gallimore, IDL Oklahoma: With those two stud pass rushers on the edge (Preston and Z’Darius Smith), Green Bay can make their defensive line more dangerous with this pocket pusher. 
  31. San Francisco 49ers – Xavier McKinney, S Alabama: McKinney doesn’t do anything particularly great, but he is an all-around solid player. Good player to pair with Jimmie Ward. 
  32. Kansas City Chiefs – Noah Igbinoghene, CB Auburn: Kendall Fuller and Bashaud Breeland are both free agents. Igbinoghene could provide some relief at the CB position. 

Round 2

  1. Cincinnati Bengals – Tee Higgins, WR Clemson
  2. Indianapolis Colts – Jordan Love, QB Utah State
  3. Detroit Lions – Patrick Queen, LB LSU
  4. New York Giants – A.J. Epenesa, EDGE Iowa
  5. Los Angeles Chargers – D’Andre Swift, RB Georgia
  6. Carolina Panthers – Trevon Diggs, CB Alabama
  7. Miami Dolphins – Cesar Ruiz, IOL Michigan
  8. Arizona Cardinals – Laviska Shenault Jr., WR Colorado
  9. Cleveland Browns – Antoine Winfield Jr., S Minnesota
  10. Jacksonville Jaguars – Ross Blacklock, IDL TCU
  11. Chicago Bears – Lloyd Cushenberry III, IOL LSU
  12. Indianapolis Colts – Jalen Reagor, WR TCU
  13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – J.K. Dobbins, RB Ohio State
  14. Denver Broncos – Austin Jackson, OT USC
  15. Atlanta Falcons – A.J. Terrell, CB Clemson
  16. New York Jets – Jonah Jackson, IOL Ohio State
  17. Pittsburgh Steelers – K.J. Hamler, WR Penn State
  18. Chicago Bears – Cole Kmet, TE Notre Dame
  19. Dallas Cowboys – Justin Madubuike, IDL Texas A&M
  20. Los Angeles Rams – Ashtyn Davis, S California
  21. Philadelphia Eagles – Cameron Dantzler, CB Mississippi State
  22. Buffalo Bills – Brandon Aiyuk, WR Arizona State
  23. Atlanta Falcons – Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB LSU
  24. Miami Dolphins – Julian Okwara, EDGE Notre Dame
  25. Houston Texans – Damon Arnette, CB Ohio State
  26. Minnesota Vikings – Matt Hennessy, IOL Temple
  27. Seattle Seahawks – Prince Tega Wanogho, OT Auburn
  28. Baltimore Ravens – Raekwon Davis, IDL Alabama
  29. Tennessee Titans – Jonathan Greenard, EDGE Florida
  30. Green Bay Packers – Adam Trautman, TE Dayton
  31. Kanas City Chiefs – Cam Akers, RB Florida State
  32. Seattle Seahawks – Marlon Davidson, IDL Auburn

Round 3

  1. Cincinnati Bengals – Curtis Weaver, EDGE Boise State
  2. Washington Redskins – Jaylon Johnson, CB Utah 
  3. Detroit Lions – Kyle Dugger, S Lenoir-Rhyne
  4. New York Jets – Troy Pride Jr., CB Notre Dame
  5. Carolina Panthers – Jacob Eason, QB Washington
  6. Miami Dolphins – Jordyn Brooks, LB Texas Tech
  7. Los Angeles Chargers – Isaiah Wilson, OT Georgia
  8. Arizona Cardinals – Jordan Elliott, IDL Missouri
  9. Jacksonville Jaguars – Darrell Taylor, EDGE Tennessee
  10. Cleveland Browns – Malik Harrison, LB Ohio State
  11. Indianapolis Colts – Joshua Uche, EDGE Michigan
  12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Davon Hamilton, IDL Ohio State
  13. Denver Broncos – Jeremy Chinn, S Southern Illinois
  14. Atlanta Falcons – Akeem Davis-Gaither, LB Appalachian State
  15. New York Jets – Brycen Hopkins, TE Purdue
  16. Las Vegas Raiders – Willie Gay Jr., LB Mississippi State
  17. Las Vegas Raiders – Bradlee Anae, EDGE Utah
  18. Dallas Cowboys – K.J. Hill, WR Ohio State
  19. Denver Broncos – Bryce Hall, CB Virginia
  20. Los Angeles Rams – Saahdiq Charles, OT LSU
  21. Philadelphia Eagles – Jake Fromm, QB Georgia
  22. Buffalo Bills – Darnay Holmes, CB UCLA
  23. New England Patriots – Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR Michigan
  24. New Orleans Saints – Robert Hunt, IOL Louisiana
  25. Minnesota Vikings – Rashard Lawrence, IDL LSU
  26. Houston Texans – Khalid Kareem, EDGE Notre Dame
  27. Las Vegas Raiders – Brandon Jones, S Texas
  28. Baltimore Ravens – Jabari Zuniga, EDGE Florida
  29. Tennessee Titans – Hunter Bryant, TE Washington
  30. Green Bay Packers – Matthew Peart, OT UConn
  31. Denver Broncos – Troy Dye, LB Oregon
  32. Kansas City Chiefs – Ezra Cleveland, OT Boise State

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