2020 NFL Mock Draft: Patriots trade up for Tua Tagovailoa in Jason La Canfora’s one and only mock


LSU

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 221 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

Nothing to see here. The Dolphins think this kid is the next Joe Montana and would give up a ransom for him, but Bengals owner Mike Brown’s price could not realistically be met.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 264 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

Nothing to see here, either. If Tua Tagovailoa doesn’t get hurt, there might have been a feeding frenzy to trade up for him here on an RGIII-type deal. But that’s not happening now.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

1st

The GMs I talk to are split between whether they take Okudah or Derrick Brown — and the Lions are split themselves — but I am going to throw the dart in Okudah’s direction following the Darius Slay trade.

Iowa

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

1st

Could be Andrew Thomas here or another tackle. And they love Isaiah Simmons, too. And I’ve heard a strong buzz about K’Lavon Chaisson in recent days. But playing a hunch that Wirfs’ elite wrestling background and superb leverage plays well with old-school GM Dave Gettleman. I’ve also heard a lot of buzz about them trading down and someone — maybe Jacksonville? — trading up for someone (maybe Tua?).

Georgia

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 315 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Plug-and-play left tackle. The Fins love him, and the Browns love him, and GMs I talk to who aren’t picking in the top 10 all tell me he is the best ready-to-start pure left tackle in the draft. Maybe they move to No. 3 to get him. I see them drafting a QB — just not Tua, and just not yet.

Oregon

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 236 lbs

Few teams have had a worse time with team surgeons and medial teams and trainers in recent years than the always-injured Chargers. They are always very guarded with their pick, but I could see them being risk-averse with Tua, and taking the strapping passer here. Last time they took an Oregon QB, it worked out pretty well.

Auburn

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 326 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

1st

Poised to be a big-time interior disruptor for the long-term. Panthers need help all over the defense and might as well start in the trenches. Simmons is a clear consideration here, and Okudah would be, too.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 238 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

They need help all over the defense, too, and this kid might be an asset at all three levels of the defense. Could go O-line here as well, but my hunch is a blue-chip defender.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 204 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

2nd

I came this close to mocking Tua here, in the same way Josh Allen fell to their laps in the top 10 a year ago. And I could see the owner wanting him. I went Henderson because they have dealt away Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye in rapid succession and need an impact corner badly.

Oklahoma

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 198 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

1st

John Elway really wants another weapon to make his Drew Lock gamble pay off, and I don’t believe he is willing to concede defeat on his Garett Bolles debacle at left tackle. Could be any of the top three WRs in this scenario.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 312 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Joe Douglas was a part of prior franchises that built through the trenches. He’s already made some Band-Aid moves for O-linemen but desperately needs to better protect Sam Darnold. Could be a WR here.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 193 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

2nd

They love them some Crimson Tide players and Jon Gruden loves receivers. He needs to replace Amari Cooper, still. With the top two corners gone, he goes WR here.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 217 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Maybe this happens at 10. Maybe it doesn’t happen at all. It’s not a typical Belichick move, but these are not typical Patriots times. No one will have better info on the injured QB, and Belichick has made big trades with the 49ers before involving a QB. San Francisco is eager to get back, and Bill has draft capital.

Louisville

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 364 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

4th

This freak athlete joins Bruce Arians’ Super Bowl or bust offense. This pick boosts the protection for Tom Brady and adds an absolute mauler in the run game, where the Bucs need to make big gains.

LSU

• Soph

• 6’3″

/ 254 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

2nd

They just might finally land Trent Williams from Washington in trade, and if they do, this would make a lot of sense to replace Olivier Vernon and save them a boatload of money. That defense needs more bite.

South Carolina

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 324 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

2nd

They badly need to fortify the D-line. The Falcons have made a ton of noise about moving up for a corner and still could, but in this scenario I could see them grabbing this disrupter.


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Southern Illinois

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 221 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

56th

POSITION RNK

4th

They are all over Chaisson and badly need more edge presence. If he is there, I figure they grab him. They also still need safety help and have been dabbling with drafting one this high for years. Chinn checks every box possible.

Alabama

• Jr

• 5’11”

/ 188 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

3rd

They could go Jordan Love here, because they are super high on him, but I think they could wait for that. Maybe Sean Payton takes him, or someone trades up. But landing a stud receiver here fills a big need no matter who the QB is.

Utah

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 193 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

48th

POSITION RNK

8th

This is a huge hole on this roster and needs immediate attention. Any number of corners might fit the bill in this spot.

USC

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 322 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

54th

POSITION RNK

9th

They could go offensive line with their first pick in the draft. In this scenario, they did not, so they fill that need here.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 202 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

4th

This fills a need for the present and the future. Great fit. Could they grab a linebacker like Kenneth Murray, or another top player at a different position? Sure.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

25th

POSITION RNK

4th

There will be a run on corners at the back end of the first round of this draft. This team’s secondary has taken a drastic turn for the worse in recent years.

Baylor

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 207 lbs

They can get a stud receiver here after trading out of 13, and Mims could be quite the weapon in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. If they stay at 13, by the way, I could see them taking Kinlaw.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 229 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

23rd

POSITION RNK

3rd

Demario Davis is getting a little older. The Saints could use this speed on their defense, and he played right under their noses.

Arizona State

• Sr

• 6’0″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

32nd

POSITION RNK

5th

This do-everything wide receiver adds an element of versatile explosion to offset the trade of Stefon Diggs.

Utah State

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 224 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

4th

The Dolphins complete their risky expedition by getting their guy along with an elite tackle and receiver to help him out. He will be something of a project.

Auburn

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 303 lbs

After trading down from No. 13 earlier, the 49ers deal up from No. 31 to address the void created by the trade of DeForest Buckner. The Seahawks never want to use their first pick anyway.

Oklahoma

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 241 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

22nd

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Ravens have a history with Oklahoma players, and his character is off the charts. Yet I make this pick without great conviction because I could definitely see them trading down, or taking linebacker Jordyn Brooks here instead.

Georgia

• Soph

• 6’7″

/ 350 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

59th

POSITION RNK

10th

The Titans have done a ton of work on linemen, and it could be Ezra Cleveland out of Boise State here, too. Wilson could be the replacement for Jack Conklin, who they lost in free agency. I hear they really like Robert Hunt as well.

Texas Tech

• Sr

• 6’0″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

139th

POSITION RNK

11th

Blazing speed, four years of production and a serious wingspan to wrap up ball carriers. Has some metrics not that unlike Ray Lewis — both are around 6-foot — and the Packers were ready to pounce on Ray a long time ago before Ozzie Newsome traded up. Could be another interesting game of chicken between the Ravens and Packers this time around for linebackers again.

Iowa

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 275 lbs

Projected Team

Seattle

PROSPECT RNK

34th

POSITION RNK

4th

Epenesa could be a very interesting piece in their defense, playing the edge but also working inside and running some twists and stunts with him there. They have a history of tacking D-linemen kinda high — though with mixed results.

Louisiana

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 323 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

86th

POSITION RNK

17th

Hunt is going to go much higher than his original projections and has some elite athleticism and quick feet and massive frame. He could be an impact guard. I could see them taking Michigan center Cesar Ruiz here as well, or trading down.





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