NFL Mock Draft 2020
Written by Christian Hinton on April 22, 2020
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Remember when sports were on almost every night? Because, same. As all of us deal with the coronavirus situation and this “new normal”, the NFL says, “The show must go on” as the NFL Draft kicks off tomorrow night. A night that is usually filled with excitement and nerves for players will turn into a virtual experience – the likes of which we have never seen with any draft, except fantasy of course.
For this mock draft, I will only give my take on the Top 10 picks. With news constantly changing about prospects and pre-draft activity by teams, it likely will be a very exciting top-heavy draft.
1. Cincinnati Bengals- Joe Burrow, QB LSU
Look, we know this is a pretty obvious pick for the Bengals. Despite the possible greatness of Chase Young, the Bengals have an opportunity to grow with the best quarterback coming out of the draft since Andrew Luck.
2. Washington Redskins- Chase Young, DE Ohio State
Speaking of the best player in the draft, Ohio State fans: Remember this guy? Young has the ability to help a defense go from an average one to an explosive one over night.
3. Detroit Lions- Isaiah Simmons, DE Clemson
Alright Browns fans: Let’s talk. I know everyone wants to have Simmons magically fall to 10, but I do NOT see that happening. Reports have teams ranking him even above Chase Young in some situations, and as a powerhouse linebacker/safety combo, you can see why. As one of the best prospects in the draft, I struggle to find a better pick for a team like Detroit right now.
4. New York Giants- Tristan Wirfs, OT Iowa
It’s hard to know what OT will be best coming out of this draft, but Wirfs could be that pick for the Giants. With a second year QB in Daniel Jones, they’ll need some protection to help build their team around him.
5. Miami Dolphins- Tua Tagovailoa, QB Alabama
Sorry Burrow fans, but I personally have Tagovailoa ranked a *tad* bit higher than Burrow. Not only does he have the arm talent of an NFL veteran, but his speed and mobility make him the dual threat QB teams salivate over. Even if he doesn’t start in his first year due to injury, the Dolphins will be very happy with this pick for years to come.
6. Los Angeles Chargers- Jordan Love, QB Utah State
Stop! Are you reading this correctly?!
That’s right, Jordan Love gets picked up by the Chargers here after the Dolphins take Tagovailoa. Reports recently have the Bolts in a bit of a “love” triangle if you will with the speedy QB. Don’t take his loss to Kent State as a good measurement for Love. His height matched with his arm talent and speed makes him a perfect candidate for the Chargers. With Anthony Lynn saying that Tyrod Taylor is the starter, look for Love to sit one or two years until he is completely ready.
7. Carolina Panthers- Derrick Brown, DL Auburn
Anyone who watched Carolina last year knows the team has holes that are just begging to be filled. They solved the issue at QB when they signed Teddy Bridgewater this offseason, but their defensive line needs some major help too. Look for the big man Derrick Brown to come in and be a plug and play type of guy immediately.
8. Arizona Cardinals- Jedrick Wills, T Alabama
With so much talented offensive linemen in this draft, most teams should be happy selecting one of the top four. One of those four, Jedrick Wills, would be another plug and play type of guy that Arizona’s offense will need if they want to be successful. Everyone saw what happened in Cleveland last year: Your offense is only as good as the big men up front.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars- Jeff Okudah, CB Ohio State
Ohio State fans, please stop yelling at me. Listen, I know Okudah is probably the best CB in this draft, and I know he *probably* will go in the Top 5, but with all the talent to be had basically throughout the entire first round, don’t be surprised if the Jags get a star here at nine.
10. Cleveland Browns- Andrew Thomas, T Georgia
As much as I hope this pick is Isaiah Simmons, I would probably be way off base to have him falling to the Brows here. While Mekhi Becton would be my pick here otherwise, I can certainly see the Browns passing on him due to his recent issues. Look for the Browns to go tackle here if they don’t pull off a trade with Washington’s Trent Williams. If they do land Williams, look for the Browns to select a defensive guy. Plenty of talent still left on the board here for Cleveland.