2020 NFL Mock Draft: Chargers trade up for a quarterback, Patriots select Tom Brady’s replacement


LSU

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 221 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

Burrow to Cincinnati is the worst kept secret in sports right now.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 264 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

Will it be Tua Tagovailoa or Young for the Redskins?

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 217 lbs

I’m convinced that Indianapolis and Tampa Bay prefer to add a veteran. I’m not as convinced with the Chargers. Tagovailoa can be a franchise quarterback in a market that desperately needs a recognizable face.

Iowa

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Wirfs just seems like a Dave Gettleman pick. I come back to that every week. The offensive line has been important to them. I would expect them to solidify those roles before venturing to other positions.

Oregon

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 236 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

20th

POSITION RNK

4th

Miami loses out on Tagovailoa so they turn to Herbert, who they are apparently enamored with as well.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

1st

In a deal with the Chargers, Detroit moved down to No. 6 overall. In exchange, they add a 2021 first round pick. Detroit was probably torn between Isaiah Simmons and Okudah at No. 3 overall. They have the same dilemma at No. 6 overall but now have additional draft compensation in their back pockets.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 238 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

Simmons is not a traditional off-ball linebacker. He can fill so many roles but the idea is that he will replace Luke Kuechly and cover every blade of grass. As the saying goes, the Earth’s surface is 71 percent water-covered and the other 29-percent is covered by Simmons.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 312 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

1st

Arizona locked up D.J. Humphries but I’m not convinced that he is the answer long-term. If he is, then they still need to upgrade the other side. Wills steps in and starts Day 1.

Auburn

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 326 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

1st

Derrick Brown could strengthen an already formidable defensive line. He adds an element of pass rush up the middle, which should benefit Calais Campbell and Josh Allen.

Georgia

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 315 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

4th

With Tristan Wirfs off the board, Thomas is probably the best fit for what Cleveland wants to do in their offensive scheme. They could still pursue some veteran options but it would not be a surprise to see them add two offensive tackles.

Louisville

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 364 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Becton is a monster of a lineman. He will not fit every scheme and will require some extra coaching attention. His potential is off the charts though. With his size, he could become a truly dominant left tackle.

Oklahoma

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 198 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

1st

The first wide receiver comes off the board at No. 12 overall. It would not surprise me if Lamb was the first wide receiver drafted. It would not surprise me if Jerry Jeudy is the first wide receiver drafted. There should not be much of a gap between when the two are selected.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 193 lbs

Projected Team

Indianapolis

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Jeudy gives Indianapolis another explosive element to their offense. They become less reliant on the usually reliable T.Y. Hilton by adding the soundest technician at the wide receiver position.

LSU

• Soph

• 6’3″

/ 254 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Tampa Bay would love to take an offensive tackle but Chaisson is the best value. The Buccaneers can potentially take an offensive tackle on Day 2. A rookie quarterback does not seem likely for them.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 204 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Denver needs to bolster its secondary. They will lose Chris Harris Jr. but that only intensifies the need at the position. Henderson could lock down half the field and allow those talented pass rushers to do work up front.

Oklahoma

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 241 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

25th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Atlanta has pigeon-holed themselves into a position where they should take the best defensive front seven player on the board. Javon Kinlaw would make some sense as well but the pick is Murray. He is an active linebacker capable of covering sideline-to-sideline.

South Carolina

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 324 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Everyone is familiar with Dallas’ needs in the secondary but they could have a glaring weakness up the middle as well. Kinlaw is a freakish athletic specimen that could deliver what they were hoping to receive from Taco Charlton.

Alabama

• Jr

• 5’11”

/ 188 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

3rd

It is all about best player available for the Dolphins. After adding Justin Herbert, they land one of Tua Tagovailoa’s favorite wide receivers. Ruggs has speed to burn but is also a better route-runner than many are willing to credit.

Utah State

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 224 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Las Vegas added a game-changing wide receiver at No. 12 overall before swooping back down to address the quarterback position. Love is a good value at this stage considering recent buzz that he could go within the top 10.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 229 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

34th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Queen is a smaller off-ball linebacker but that is what Jacksonville needs if Telvin Smith does not return. The Jaguars are really building a phenomenal front seven but the secondary has to become their focus on Day 2.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 202 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

31st

POSITION RNK

5th

The Tiger has landed…with the Eagles. Jefferson is a viable deep threat option for Carson Wentz. Philadelphia probably needs to take another wide receiver or two before the weekend closes.

Penn State

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 266 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

4th

Bills Mafia opts not to reach for a wide receiver and instead replaces Jerry Hughes with a strong edge rusher from Happy Valley. Gross-Matos has been a consistent producer for the Nittany Lions.

Washington

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 231 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

39th

POSITION RNK

5th

Operating under the possibility that Tom Brady signs with either Tampa Bay or Tennessee, it makes sense that New England would broach the idea of taking a quarterback in the first round. They have Jarrett Stidham on the roster but only the organization knows whether he could be a long-term solution.

LSU

• Sr

• 6’0″

/ 197 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

22nd

POSITION RNK

3rd

New Orleans lands a really good football player at a position of need. Fulton gets a little handsy downfield and that will need to be cleaned up or the NFL will do it for him. However, he does a good job mirroring receivers down the sideline. It should make for some physical practices with Michael Thomas.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 201 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

1st

If Anthony Harris leaves in free agency, then McKinney can fill the void. Regardless, I like him in a role where he can play a variety of positions and be allowed to operate freely in the secondary.

Iowa

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 275 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Best player available. Miami can slide A.J. Epenesa inside of their base 4-3 defensive scheme and allow him to push the pocket. His combination of strength and technique will present problems for the AFC East.

Alabama

• Sr

• 6’1″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Seattle

PROSPECT RNK

28th

POSITION RNK

4th

Diggs has been the selection for Seattle on more than one occasion. He fits their profile at quarterback. He is long, which gives him a larger range to make plays on the ball.

Wisconsin

• Sr

• 6’2″

/ 238 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

35th

POSITION RNK

4th

Baun can play on the edge but is best suited inside as an off-ball linebacker. He is a smart player capable of handling the defensive calls. The Ravens still need to address the edge roles with Matt Judon potentially gone this offseason.

Houston

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 319 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

32nd

POSITION RNK

5th

It becomes increasingly likely that Jack Conklin departs in free agency with each passing day. Rather than crossing their fingers and hoping for the best, Tennessee decides to be proactive and fix the problem.

USC

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 322 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

47th

POSITION RNK

6th

Similar to the aforementioned Conklin, it seems likely that Bryan Bulaga will leave in free agency. My understanding is that Green Bay has not had serious contract conversations with his representatives. Jackson was not fully healthy for most of the season and is only 20 years old. His best days are still ahead of him and that entices the Packers to snag him in Round 1.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 213 lbs

San Francisco could lose their safeties this offseason as well. Those roles need to be addressed. Delpit is capable of filling either role. There were points that he was a top 10 pick and others have suggested he should not be taken until the fourth round. The difference is split a bit in this scenario.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

30th

POSITION RNK

5th

Cornerback, offensive line and running back will likely rotate as Kansas City’s pick of choice in any given week. The board sets up well for them to add a cornerback and swing back around to get a running back later.





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