2020 NFL Mock Draft: Jordan Love leapfrogs Justin Herbert; Isaiah Simmons skyrockets up board


LSU

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 221 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

Joe Burrow made it clear at the combine that he would play for the Bengals. That should end the speculation … though we imagine it won’t.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 264 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

Unless the Redskins get blown away by a trade offer, they’re taking Chase Young, who will have a Nick Bosa-type impact as a rookie.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 238 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

1st

Isaiah Simmons told us at the combine that his versatility is what makes him so special, and it’s hard to argue. He patterns his game after Tyrann Mathieu and Von Miller, though he also reminds us of Derwin James. Whatever player comp you use, the Lions’ defense is vastly improved with him on it.

Iowa

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Turns out, Tristan Wirfs is somehow more athletic than any of us thought; at the combine he ran a 4.85, had a vertical of 36.5 inches, and oh by the way, he’s one of the best players in this draft class. As an O-lineman, he can play either tackle position, and even kick inside to guard.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 217 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

2nd

Will Tua be healthy enough before the draft to prove that he can hold up at the next level? That’s the biggest question of the 2020 NFL Draft. If the answer is yes, the Dolphins will have to trade up to get him. If the answer is no, Tua could fall and Miami would need a Plan B for their QB situation.

Utah State

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 224 lbs

Jordan Love has had a good draft season, which is precisely what he needed after a forgettable 2019 campaign for the Aggies. Love’s measurables are off the charts and it’s not a stretch to think that some teams will like him more than Justin Herbert.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

1st

Okudah might’ve been the most confident person in Indy last week — and he has the tape to back it up. He’s a top-5 talent who gets pushed down the board by a run on QBs, and the Panthers land one of the best players in this class.

Auburn

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 326 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Cards need to beef up the O-line, but it’s hard to pass up on Brown here, even if he didn’t test particularly well at the combine. He’s still the best defensive tackle in this draft class — and one of the best players overall — and he would upgrade a unit that wasn’t even replacement level a season ago. Plus, 31-year-old Corey Peters, who led the unit with 805 snaps, has just one more year left on his deal.

South Carolina

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 324 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Kinlaw dominated the Senior Bowl back in January and his athleticism, power and speed make him the best pass-rushing interior lineman in this draft.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 312 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

1st

Baker Mayfield can’t spend Sundays running for his life; the Browns’ O-line is an obvious area of need and Jedrick Willis is an obvious solution that problem. He hoped to run a sub-5.0 at the combine (Willis finished with a still-impressive 5.05) though he admitted to us that running that time was mostly for bragging rights. The man is a terror in the run game and will only continue to get better in pass protection.

Louisville

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 364 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

4th

Typically when you talk about freak athletes at the top of the draft, you’re referring to cornerbacks, edge rushers and wideouts. We’re 11 picks in and arguably the most athletic group so far is the three offensive linemen. Mekhi Becton is a mammoth of a man — 6-foot-7, 364 pounds — who also ran a mind-boggling 5.1 40-time. He’s as light on his feet as someone 150 pounds lighter, and he told us in Indy that he can two-hand reverse dunk with no problem. Watching him move in space, we have no trouble believing him.

LSU

• Soph

• 6’3″

/ 254 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

3rd

K’Lavon Chaisson might be only 254 pounds but he plays with such strength and leverage that he frequently marches offensive tackles that outweigh him by 50 pounds into the quarterback’s lap. He needs to play with more consistency, but that will come with experience.

Oregon

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 236 lbs

Projected Team

Indianapolis

PROSPECT RNK

20th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Herbert, like Love, has helped himself during the Senior Bowl and the combine, but if a team views Love as having more upside, Herbert could still be on the board here. Jacoby Brissett has one year left on his deal, and even if the Colts go after Philip Rivers, sitting for a year could be best-case scenario for Herbert.

Georgia

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 315 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Thomas is the fourth offensive linemen off the board, and he’s the fourth offensive linemen to help himself with a strong combine performance. In Tampa Bay, he solidifies an offensive line that ranked in the bottom third in both pass protection and run blocking, according to Football Outsiders.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 193 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

2nd

This seems nuts — the first wideout doesn’t come off the board until the middle of Round 1 — but this WR draft class is so incredibly deep that teams are addressing other needs early. Either way, this is great news for Drew Lock and the Broncos, who land the best route runner in this class.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 204 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

25th

POSITION RNK

4th

The Falcons secondary is young, but they have to get better to compete in the NFC South; the unit was 25th against the pass, according to Football Outsiders. CJ Henderson is a long, cover corner who blazed a 4.39 at the combine, and he has the ability to lock down the opponent’s best receiver.

Oklahoma

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 198 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Cowboys could target a safety here — and Xavier McKinney makes a ton of sense — but if Lamb is on the board, even if Amari Cooper returns, Jerry Jones will think long and hard about grabbing him.

Houston

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 319 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

28th

POSITION RNK

5th

Jones had an outstanding season for the Cougars, an even better Senior Bowl week, and only helped himself at the combine too. And he has the type of strength and athleticism that translates well to the NFL. In Miami, he’d be part of a rebuilding effort that would begin with protecting the new face of the franchise, Tua Tagovailoa.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 229 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

41st

POSITION RNK

3rd

Yes, we know, Henry Ruggs is still on the board. But GM Mike Mayock talked during the combine about how hard it is to predict how WRs will translate to the next level. Meanwhile, the Raiders very quietly had one of the best rookie draft classes last season and they’ll look to build on that this spring. Queen flashed early and often during the national title game and those 60 minutes of football served as a microcosm of his 2019 season.

Alabama

• Sr

• 6’1″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

24th

POSITION RNK

3rd

D.J. Hayden was the Jags’ most consistent cornerback, and the only one above replacement level, according to PFF. Jacksonville won’t replace Jalen Ramsey with one player, but Diggs would be a step in the right direction. Stefon’s brother and a former wide receiver, Trevon is a big, physical player who can stand up against the NFL’s best route runners. He’d fit right into Jacksonville’s secondary.

Alabama

• Jr

• 5’11”

/ 188 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Ruggs *only* managed a 4.27 40-time at the combine. This isn’t why he “falls” to 21st here, but again, he’s a victim of a run on other players and positions with not nearly the depth. But this is great news for the Eagles, who need help on defense but will find it hard to pass on Ruggs here.

Penn State

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 266 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

4th

Gross-Matos is a high-upside edge rusher who has yet to scratch the surface on his potential. The Bills have needs at WR too, and they just missed out on Ruggs, but the class is so deep that they can find weapons later in the draft. Also: Jerry Hughes is 31, Shaq Lawson’s contract is up and Trent Murphy’s contract is set to expire after next season.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 201 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

1st

Devin McCourty had five interceptions last season, but he’s also set to hit free agency in a few weeks. Even if the Pats bring back the 32-year-old, McKinney would be a natural fit to eventually move into the starting role. A versatile playmaker at Alabama, McKinney can line up just about anywhere.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 202 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

51st

POSITION RNK

8th

Jefferson told us at the combine that he would surprise a lot of people with his speed and he went out and ran 4.43. At 6-1, 200 pounds, he dominated from the slot last season for the Tigers, but he can also play outside. Wherever he lines up, Jefferson would make New Orleans’ offense even more potent.

TCU

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 290 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

29th

POSITION RNK

4th

Linval Joseph was the Vikings’ best defensive linemen but the unit ranked 30th against the run, according to Football Outsiders. Blacklock, meanwhile, is an explosive player with a great mix of power, quickness and strength. He requires — and routinely beats — double teams and is extremely disruptive along the line of scrimmage.

Oklahoma

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 241 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

26th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Raekwon McMillan and Sam Eguavoen both have one year left on their current deals and Jerome Baker’s contract expires in two years. None rated better than average, according to Pro Football Focus’ grades, and Murray, who has sideline-to-sideline speed and can take over games in the middle of the field, would give the Dolphins a much needed playmaker on defense.

Oklahoma

• Sr

• 6’2″

/ 304 lbs

Projected Team

Seattle

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

3rd

Gallimore is a fireplug with a non-stop motor who excels against both the run and the pass. The Seahawks, who have a history of bucking convention in Round 1, also have needs along the defensive line after the unit ranked 21st against the run and 30th in pass rushing last season, according to Football Outsiders’ metrics.

Wisconsin

• Sr

• 6’2″

/ 238 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

45th

POSITION RNK

4th

The Ravens have needs at edge rusher and linebacker and Baun fills both needs (even if Matt Judon returns — and the expectation is that he will be franchised). Baun weighed 238 pounds at the combine, which means he may be better suited for weakside linebacker at the next level. Wherever he lines up, Baun is a playmaker; he had 11.5 sacks and 55 QB pressures in 2019. This sounds like someone Wink Martindale can work with.

Auburn

• Jr

• 5’10”

/ 198 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

74th

POSITION RNK

11th

No one was talking about Igbinoghene in December, but he landed on radars during Shrine Bowl week and he continues his ascent up draft boards now. He may not go this high in late April, but he’s a proven cover corner playing in the nation’s toughest conference who is also a rock in run support.

Arizona State

• Sr

• 6’0″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

42nd

POSITION RNK

6th

Aiyuk didn’t play in the Senior Bowl because of an injury, and his 4.5 40-time in Indy doesn’t change that fact that he plays much faster. Aiyuk has just one year of productivity but he’s a threat to take it to the house every time he touches the ball — and he’s only going to get better. Added bonus: He’s dangerous in the return game too.

USC

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 322 lbs

Jackson is more athlete than polished left tackle at this point in his career, but that athleticism will serve him well in San Francisco’s offense. Plus, he can spend a year behind 35-year-old Joe Staley, whose contract expires after the 2021 season.

LSU

• Sr

• 6’0″

/ 197 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Chiefs defense improved steadily this season, right through the Super Bowl win. And while the secondary was pleasantly surprising at times, Kendall Fuller and Bashaud Breeland will be free agents in the spring. Fulton had an up-and-down 2019 campaign but is undoubtedly a first-round talent — which was also the case a year ago when he considered leaving school early.





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