2020 NFL Mock Draft: Three wild trades as Patriots get surprise QB, Tom Brady gets some big help


LSU

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 221 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

Unless the Dolphins offer every single one of their draft picks for the next five years, there’s no way the Bengals will be giving up this pick, and there’s no way they won’t be selecting Joe Burrow.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 217 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Dolphins have been eyeing Tua for nearly a year, and to prevent anyone from stealing him, Miami decides to make a trade all the way up to the second spot in the draft. To get the Redskins to agree to a deal, the Dolphins had to give Washington three picks (5, 26 and 39).

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

1st

After trading away Darius Slay, the Lions are in dire need of some help in their secondary, and that’s where Okudah comes in. The former Ohio State corner would be an instant starter on Detroit’s defense.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 264 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

The Giants went into the draft with plans to take a left tackle at fourth overall, but then they threw those plans out the window after seeing Chase Young fall into their lap.

Iowa

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

2nd

With Trent Williams doing everything he can to get out of Washington, the Redskins are going to need to replace him at tackle. Not only do they get Wirfs here, but they also now have two more picks (26 and 39) to fill some of the many holes on their roster.

Georgia

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 315 lbs

With multiple players — like Keenan Allen, Melvin Ingram, Hunter Henry and Joey Bosa — set to hit free agency after the 2020 season, the Chargers are a team that’s built to win now, and drafting a QB won’t do much to help them win in 2020. Instead of going for Herbert, the Chargers add a key piece to their offensive line by selecting one of the best tackles in the draft.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 238 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

The Panthers lost a lot of players on defense this offseason, which is why Simmons would be the perfect pick. The human Swiss Army knife can play multiple positions, which means the Panthers can put him where they need him most as they look to rebuild their defense.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 312 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

1st

After watching Kyler Murray get sacked an NFL-high 48 times in 2019, Kliff Kingsbury does the smart thing and beefs up the Cardinals offensive line.

Auburn

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 326 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Jaguars defensive line took a hit this offseason with the losses of Calais Campbell and Marcell Dareus, so they decide to fill the void by selecting the best defensive tackle in the 2020 draft.

Louisville

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 364 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Browns need a tackle and Beckton is the best one left on the board, which makes the pick an easy one for Cleveland.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 193 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

2nd

You could certainly make the case for an offensive tackle here, but with the top four players already off the board, the Jets decide to grab a receiver. The selection of Jeudy will take the sting off the fact that Robby Anderson left in free agency.

Oklahoma

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 198 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Raiders’ decision here is to add a weapon for Derek Carr, who won’t have any excuses for not getting the job done in 2020.

Alabama

• Jr

• 5’11”

/ 188 lbs

With Emmanuel Sanders now in New Orleans, the 49ers have to do something to replace him, which is why they’re going with Ruggs here.

Houston

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 319 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

32nd

POSITION RNK

5th

Now that the Buccaneers have Tom Brady, they need to make sure he doesn’t get killed behind their mediocre offensive line, which is why they’re adding Jones at 14th overall.

South Carolina

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 324 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Broncos went into the draft hoping to land a receiver, but with all the prospects they like off the board, Denver decides to add Kinlaw, who would likely be able to be a Day 1 starter on a depleted defensive line.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 204 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

2nd

If C.J. Henderson is still on the board at 16, it wont take the Falcons long to turn in their draft card. Atlanta is in dire need of some help in the secondary, which makes this an easy pick.

LSU

• Sr

• 6’0″

/ 197 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

22nd

POSITION RNK

3rd

After losing Byron Jones in free agency, the Cowboys’ biggest goal in the draft was to find his replacement, and that’s exactly what they’re going to do with this pick.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 201 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Dolphins’ secondary already includes two of the best corners in the NFL, so why not add one of the best safeties in the draft? If the Dolphins land McKinney, it’s going to be nearly impossible to throw on them next season.

Oregon

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 236 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

20th

POSITION RNK

4th

With Justin Herbert still on the board, the Patriots decide to pull the trigger and make a move up to grab their quarterback of the future. To move up four spots, the Patriots send their highest third-round pick (87th overall) and a sixth-round pick (195th overall) to the Raiders. The Patriots make the move here because they wanted to jump Jacksonville, a team that could also be in the market for a quarterback.

Utah State

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 224 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Jaguars still have no idea whether or not Gardner Minshew is their quarterback of the future, so they decide to grab a quarterback here. With Love and Minshew both on their rookie contracts, the Jags will have the two players compete in training camp to see who earns the starting job.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 202 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

31st

POSITION RNK

5th

Carson Wentz needs some offensive help in Philly, so the Eagles decide to add Justin Jefferson.

TCU

• Sr

• 5’10”

/ 191 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

36th

POSITION RNK

6th

The Vikings are basically starting from scratch in their secondary this season after letting their top three corners from 2019 leave. To help fill the void at cornerback, the team selects Gladney.

Alabama

• Sr

• 6’1″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

28th

POSITION RNK

4th

The Raiders’ two biggest needs in this draft are at wide receiver and corner. After filling their first need by selecting CeeDee Lamb with the 12th overall pick, the Raiders race to turn their card in to grab Diggs.

Oklahoma

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 241 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

25th

POSITION RNK

2nd

They don’t have many holes on their roster, but one position where they could definitely use some help is at linebacker. A speedy middle linebacker could be that one missing piece the Saints need to get them back to the Super Bowl.

Baylor

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 207 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

43rd

POSITION RNK

8th

After trading away Stefon Diggs, the Vikings need to find someone to take his place, and they’ll be more than happy if Mims is still available for the taking at 25th overall.

TCU

• Jr

• 5’11”

/ 206 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

45th

POSITION RNK

9th

For the past few months, everyone has assumed that the Redskins would take Chase Young, but instead of taking at him with the second overall pick, the Redskins get two starters out of the first round in Andrew Thomas and Reagor.

LSU

• Soph

• 6’3″

/ 254 lbs

Projected Team

Seattle

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider will probably ignore all social distancing guidelines if this pick happens, because they’re definitely going to want to hug each other if Chaisson falls into their lap.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 229 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

34th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Ravens had one of the best defenses in the NFL last season and the addition of Queen would only make them better.

Iowa

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 275 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Although the Titans signed Vic Beasley this offseason, there’s no guarantee that he’s going to produce, especially when you consider that he just hasn’t been that good over the past two seasons. The Titans still need pass-rushing help and they get that by drafting Epenesa.

Colorado

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 227 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

33rd

POSITION RNK

6th

Aaron Rodgers needs someone to throw the ball to besides Davante Adams, which is why they go with Shenault here.

Wisconsin

• Jr

• 5’10”

/ 226 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

24th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Buccaneers are going all-in to win with Tom Brady, which is why they decide to trade back into the first round. After landing a tackle with the 14th overall pick, the Bucs use the 31st overall pick to land the best running back in the draft. To move up, Tampa had to give the 49ers two picks (45 and 76), and the 49ers gladly accept those picks since they don’t currently have any picks in the second, third or fourth rounds.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

30th

POSITION RNK

5th

If the Chiefs defense has one glaring hole, it’s at cornerback, and it’s a hole they’re going to attempt to fill by selecting Terrell with the final pick of the first round.





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