2020 NFL Mock Draft: Six potential first-round trades as two teams jump for QBs while Jets swing two deals


LSU

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 221 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

The Bengals may be having trouble finding the right trade partner for Andy Dalton, but that shouldn’t affect taking Burrow as the team’s next franchise QB at all.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 217 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

2nd

If the Dolphins are sold on Tua’s health, they should get aggressive to make sure they land him. According to my draft value chart, paying No. 5, 26 and 39 would be an overpay, but one in line with teams moving up for QBs in 2018.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 264 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

The Lions are in a perfect position — they could find an unrefusable offer to trade down with a team looking to draft Tua, or they could have Young fall into their laps should Washington trade down from No. 2. Talk about a win-win.

Louisville

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 364 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The offensive line is the Giants’ greatest need, but it’s one I remain skeptical they address at No. 4 overall. However, let’s plug in the most mountainous prospect on the board here as a fix on the right side who could eventually move to the blind side down the road.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 238 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

Moving down to No. 5 and picking up No. 26 and 39 makes perfect sense for Washington, as they’d be assured of getting either Chase Young, Jeff Okudah or Isaiah Simmons in that spot. Those are three very different players, but each is a game-changer on defense.

Utah State

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 224 lbs

The Chargers appear to ready to roll with Tyrod Taylor in the short-term, but Love is a great option to bring in and develop into the team’s new franchise QB. He presents more upside than Justin Herbert, and if he reaches that ceiling it gives the Chargers hope to compete long-term in a division with Patrick Mahomes.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Panthers found a potential franchise QB in Teddy Bridgewater, and I expect them to focus heavily on the defensive side in the draft. Here they get the best corner in the class as a worthy successor to James Bradberry.

Iowa

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Wirfs flashed his athleticism during the combine, and I think that will make him the Cardinals’ target at No. 8 as someone who can hold up in a Kyler Murray-led offense.

Auburn

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 326 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Jaguars are in a good spot to address one of their many needs with this pick, and I wonder if their direction at No. 9 will be reflected by who they expect to be available at No. 20. Brown helps replenish the defensive line during an offseason of rebuilding.

Georgia

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 315 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

4th

The Browns land a left tackle to pair with big free-agent signing Jack Conklin and give the offensive line the upgrade it desperately needs.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 312 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

1st

With three tackles off the board in the top 10, the Bucs can’t afford to wait any longer, so they ship No. 14 and 76 to the Jets for No. 11 and 120, then get a plug-and-play tackle in Wills with experience on both sides of the offense.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 204 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

2nd

With all options available at receiver, the Raiders instead take the clear No. 2 corner in this draft in Henderson, addressing another big need while potentially hitting receiver at No. 19 or after a trade back to take advantage of the deep class.

South Carolina

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 324 lbs

This is a prime trade-down spot for the 49ers, but it’ll depend on who’s available when they come on the clock. With teams biding their time at receiver due to the depth of the class, this scenario expects there to be little interest in paying the price to move up this far, so the 49ers select a difference-maker to replace DeForest Buckner.

Oklahoma

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 198 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Jets move back three spots in order to upgrade pick No. 120 to No. 76, and they still get the top receiver on the board at No. 14.

Alabama

• Jr

• 5’11”

/ 188 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

3rd

I could see the Broncos looking to trade back yet again to keep accumulating picks and then taking a linebacker in the 20s, but in this scenario, they’ll hold tight and add some speed at receiver instead.

Oregon

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 236 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

20th

POSITION RNK

4th

With teams like the Raiders, Jaguars and Saints possibly in the market for a QB, either at their own picks or via trade, the Patriots make a bold move to secure the last first-round talent at the position, giving up No. 23, 87 and 125.

LSU

• Soph

• 6’3″

/ 254 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Ravens leap up the board to secure the second-best pass-rusher in the draft, giving up No. 28 and 60 to find a potential long-term No. 1 edge talent should Matt Judon not stick around past this season.

Houston

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 319 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

32nd

POSITION RNK

5th

The Dolphins spent three of their four top-40 picks to get Tua in this mock draft, and they use the pick that’s left to add a potential franchise left tackle.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 193 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

2nd

I believe the depth at receiver could cause some players to fall further than they should based on talent alone, and that opens up the possibility the Raiders pass on one at No. 12, expecting someone like Jeudy to be around at No. 19.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 201 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Jaguars can virtually go best player available with both their Round 1 picks considering all their needs as they rebuild, and here they get a versatile defensive back to build the secondary around.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 202 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

31st

POSITION RNK

5th

With receiver as their clear biggest need, the Eagles might not be able to wait until Round 2 to address the position if they want to land a player who can quickly develop into a reliable weapon. I’m not sure they have the draft capital to move up for a top-three guy after the Darius Slay trade though.

TCU

• Sr

• 5’10”

/ 191 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

36th

POSITION RNK

6th

Gladney is part of a jumble at the corner position behind Okudah and Henderson, but he’s one that I think will appeal to several teams looking to add a corner in the 20s.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 229 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

34th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Falcons add No. 87 and 125 while moving back seven spots, where they add an impact player at linebacker to help shore up the defense.

Oklahoma

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 241 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

25th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The board breaks well for the Saints here, as they’re able to land one of the draft’s top linebackers.

Iowa

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 275 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Epenesa’s stock fell after a disappointing combine, but as decision-makers spend weeks reviewing tape in lieu of scouring pro days, the Iowa defender will emerge as a first-round talent.

LSU

• Sr

• 6’0″

/ 197 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

22nd

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Redskins passed on the opportunity to land Chase Young earlier but wind up with upgrades on the other two levels of the defense instead, plus another shot to land an impact player at No. 39.

Penn State

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 266 lbs

Projected Team

Indianapolis

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

4th

The Colts trade No. 34 and No. 75 for this pick and No. 133 to climb up the board and land the last first-round talent at defensive end, someone with plenty of untapped upside.

Alabama

• Sr

• 6’1″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

28th

POSITION RNK

4th

The Cowboys landed this pick and No. 60 to move back before addressing their cornerback need with the talented Diggs.

Utah

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 193 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

57th

POSITION RNK

9th

The Titans continue the run on corners in the 20s with the underrated Johnson, who can help replace Logan Ryan.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 312 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

60th

POSITION RNK

10th

The Packers can wait on a receiver and take advantage of the depth in the class. Here, they pick up an interior lineman who can eventually settle in at center with Corey Linsley in the last year of his contract.

Wisconsin

• Sr

• 6’2″

/ 238 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

35th

POSITION RNK

4th

With the Jets adding an extra Day 2 pick earlier in this mock, they’re able to package No. 48 and 68 to get to this spot for linebacker help in the form of Baun, who should also help the team’s pass rush.

Auburn

• Jr

• 5’10”

/ 198 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

37th

POSITION RNK

7th

The Chiefs have a big need at cornerback, and even with several coming off the board in the back half of the first round, Igbinoghene represents a great find who can lock down one starting spot.





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