2020 NFL Mock Draft: Dolphins trade up for Justin Herbert, Jaguars land Tua Tagovailoa


LSU

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 221 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

As has been the case since the NFL season ended, there’s no intrigue here. Roughly 99.99 percent of mock drafts have the Bengals taking Burrow for a reason.

Oregon

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 236 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

3rd

If the Dolphins are set on getting their QB in this draft, they’re not going to be able to sit at No. 5 to do so. Here I have them sending two of their firsts (Nos. 5 and 18) to Washington to get Herbert.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 217 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Lions suddenly find themselves in a spot where Jacksonville and the Chargers are vying to move up for Tua, and Jacksonville wins the bidding by including both their firsts this year (plus more). I don’t think the Jaguars are sold on Gardner Minshew being the long-term answer, but he does provide insurance should Tua not be 100 percent ready for the season.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 264 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good, and the Giants get very lucky here. With the run on QBs at the top, Chase Young, whom I believe to be the best prospect in this draft, falls to them at No. 4. They still need an OT, but the chance to draft Young was too much to pass up on.

Iowa

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Redskins moved down from No. 2 because, even though Chase Young is a terrific prospect, he’s not good enough to fill all of Washington’s holes. So they get extra picks and start their draft with the top OT on their board.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 312 lbs

The Chargers miss out on getting their QB but address another significant need on the offensive line.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

1st

Carolina has its pick of the three top defensive players still on the board and goes with the corner. Okudah has the potential to be a shutdown corner in the NFL, and that’s an extremely valuable asset these days.

Louisville

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 364 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

4th

By stealing DeAndre Hopkins from the Texans, Arizona puts itself in a position to take an offensive tackle to help protect Kyler Murray, who is loving the hell out of this offseason, I’m sure.

Georgia

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 315 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Seeing a run on tackles, Tampa Bay decides to move up and take Thomas to help protect the new franchise, Tom Brady. Tampa swaps firsts with Detroit, as well as its third-rounder this year and a conditional future pick.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 238 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

The bad news for Cleveland is that all the top tackles are gone before it gets to pick, and that’s the most pressing concern. The good news is that Isaiah Simmons still finds himself on the board, and he’s a nice consolation prize.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 193 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Vikings are still in a win-now mode despite trading Stefon Diggs, and they use the No. 22 pick they received in that deal in a package to move up and take the top WR on their board before the WR run is expected to begin.

Alabama

• Jr

• 5’11”

/ 188 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

3rd

There is no receiver in this draft with a higher ceiling than Ruggs. He can develop into an Antonio Brown-like player, and he’s extremely dangerous in the return game.

Oklahoma

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 198 lbs

Plenty of teams will have Lamb as the No. 1 WR on their board, and the Niners get him here as the third taken. I’m imagining him and George Kittle having a competition to see who can break the most open-field tackles.

Auburn

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 326 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

1st

It’s not the most pressing need for the Lions, but if Brown falls to them here after they traded down twice and picked up more picks, there’s no way they could pass on him.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 202 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

24th

POSITION RNK

4th

With the top tackles off the board, I went back and forth on the Broncos going receiver or corner here. They go with Justin Jefferson, who could be everything Emmanuel Sanders had been.

South Carolina

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 324 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Here’s a dirty little secret between you and me: Derrick Brown was the more impactful player in college, but I think Kinlaw will be the better player in the NFL.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 204 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Cowboys have a need at corner now that Byron Jones is gone, and Henderson has shown a knack for being a reliable playmaker in his college career.

LSU

• Soph

• 6’3″

/ 254 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Redskins missed out on Chase Young after trading down, but they’re still able to get one of the top edge rushers in this draft in Chaisson.

LSU

• Sr

• 6’0″

/ 197 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

22nd

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Raiders go back to the SEC West to address another one of their biggest needs. Fulton and Ruggs would be a terrific start to their 2020 draft.

TCU

• Sr

• 5’10”

/ 191 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

26th

POSITION RNK

5th

The Lions turn the No. 3 pick into Derrick Brown, Jeff Gladney, and more draft picks. While some Lions fans likely have their hearts set on Okudah, it’d be hard to be upset with the team if this is how the first round plays out.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 201 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

1st

Eagles fans will want a WR here, but with the top guys gone, and such a deep class overall, Philly addresses another primary need at safety.

Utah State

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 224 lbs

The Chargers still need a QB, and with the Patriots up next, they convince the Jets to trade out of the first round altogether. The Chargers get somebody they can groom behind Tyrod Taylor, or perhaps start right away. The Jets turn the No. 11 pick into a lot more draft picks while also potentially keeping a QB away from a division rival.

Oklahoma

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 241 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

23rd

POSITION RNK

2nd

I would expect the Patriots to try and trade down out of this spot, but the problem was I couldn’t figure out who would be trying to trade up for it. So the Pats address a need, even if it isn’t the most pressing one.

Baylor

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 207 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

39th

POSITION RNK

8th

Michael Thomas is already impossible to cover, and by adding Mims (not to mention Emmanuel Sanders) the Saints add a vertical threat to their offense defenses will have to respect, giving Thomas even more room to do his thing.

Utah

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 193 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

47th

POSITION RNK

8th

The Vikings were able to hold on to No. 25 when they traded up for Jeudy, and use it to address another major need. I went back and forth between Johnson and an offensive tackle, but I think Johnson’s a better prospect than any of the tackles remaining.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 213 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

29th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Dolphins leave the first round with a franchise QB in Herbert, as well as an answer at safety in Delpit. While they still need to address the offensive line, they have roughly 45 picks left in the draft to do just that.

Penn State

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 266 lbs

Projected Team

Seattle

PROSPECT RNK

20th

POSITION RNK

3rd

I’ve had Gross-Matos here for my last few mocks, as he just strikes me as the kind of player the Seahawks like on their defensive line.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 229 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

28th

POSITION RNK

3rd

I toyed with the idea of Baltimore being the team to break the RB seal here, but LB is a more significant need, and Queen makes a lot of sense on this defense.

Boise State

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 311 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

50th

POSITION RNK

9th

While there’s nearly a consensus about who the top four OTs are — if not the order of them — after that opinions vary, and Boise State’s Ezra Cleveland is a name that’s picking up steam lately.

TCU

• Jr

• 5’11”

/ 206 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

43rd

POSITION RNK

9th

If the draft indeed goes the way I’m projecting it to, I have a hard time believing the Packers don’t take a receiver here. It might not be Reagor — I considered Shenault and Aiyuk as well — but, in my opinion, he makes the most sense for Green Bay.

Auburn

• Jr

• 5’10”

/ 198 lbs

Wouldn’t be surprised if the Niners trade out of this spot. If they don’t, they would likely address their need at corner after getting CeeDee Lamb earlier.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

6th

I’ve had the Chiefs messing around with running backs in this spot in previous mocks, but the truth is they would likely address a few needs on defense. Terrell would be more valuable to Kansas City than any of the running backs still waiting to be drafted.





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