NFL Mock Draft 2020: Colts, Patriots make surprise trades for QBs; Browns move up inside top 10


LSU

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 221 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

With or without Andy Dalton, the Bengals get their new face of the franchise. Welcome to Cincy, Joe.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 264 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

At the end of the day, a premier pass rusher is too much to pass up for new coach Ron Rivera. Washington instantly makes its front four one of the most promising in the NFC.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 217 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Dolphins acquire No. 3 from Lions for No. 5, No. 39. Tua’s medical questions may be legitimate, but Miami isn’t going to shy away from this year’s smoothest winner at the QB position. After watching Josh Rosen collapse in the pocket, they convince themselves Tagovailoa’s upside and pocket poise is a better gamble than Justin Herbert. The move up simply ensures no one can steal their guy.

Iowa

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

1st

Word around town is Dave Gettleman loves himself some Wirfs. There are more pro-ready options, but at least the Iowa product gives Daniel Jones some help.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Lions acquire No. 5, No. 39 from Dolphins for No. 3. Bob Quinn gets his wish and collects another high draft pick, all while scooping up a Day One replacement for Darius Slay on the outside.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 312 lbs

If Anthony Lynn’s touting Tyrod Taylor and/or wanted Tom Brady, it sure seems like he’d prefer to win now, and the rest of his roster justifies that mentality. So while Justin Herbert might be tempting, Wills immediately shores up the left tackle spot and pushes L.A. one step closer to the playoffs.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 238 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

Browns acquire No. 7 from Panthers for No. 10, No. 74, 2021 seventh. Andrew Berry makes like old boss Howie Roseman in his first year fully in charge, taking a big swing for a play-maker. A tackle makes all the sense in the world for Cleveland, but Simmons is a bona fide star-in-the-making who fills not one but two needs (LB, S) for the Browns’ defense.

Auburn

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 326 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

1st

With both Wirfs and Wills off the board at OT, Arizona adds more beef to its D-line in an effort to at least replicate San Francisco’s trench warfare in the West, getting maybe the best gap-plugging defender in the class.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 204 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

2nd

With Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye both long gone, Jacksonville finds its new No. 1 corner, keeping the play-making Henderson close to home.

South Carolina

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 324 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Panthers acquire No. 10, No. 74, 2021 seventh from Browns for No. 7. Carolina could’ve easily just stood pat and taken Simmons at No. 7, but instead, Matt Rhule adds another high pick for his rebuild, and Carolina snags one of the top interior D-linemen of the class — a local product who can help their porous run “D” from the jump.

Louisville

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 364 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

4th

Joe Douglas wants desperately to build New York from the trenches, and something says George Fant isn’t his only plan at LT for protecting Sam Darnold. Becton’s massive frame gives the Jets a blind-side blocker for the long haul.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 193 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Jon Gruden is ready to win some ballgames. A year after striking out on Antonio Brown, he and Mike Mayock get the guy who best resembles Brown’s abilities on the field. A pro-ready route runner, Jeudy can step in and make plays from Day One.

Oklahoma

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 198 lbs

If Kyle Shanahan is looking for a play-maker to replace Emmanuel Sanders, you can’t do much better than this.

Georgia

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 315 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

3rd

A trade up for someone like Wills would be ideal, but the reasoning for Thomas is the same: They need an OT who can help keep Tom Brady upright, and they need one now.

Alabama

• Jr

• 5’11”

/ 188 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

3rd

John Elway gets his own version of Tyreek Hill, adding a historic and much-needed deep-ball weapon for Drew Lock.

LSU

• Soph

• 6’3″

/ 254 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

2nd

If C.J. Henderson were available, he’d almost have to be the guy. Instead, the Falcons pair the draft’s second-best edge rusher with new addition Dante Fowler for a much-improved DL.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 202 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

24th

POSITION RNK

4th

Michigan OL Cesar Ruiz seems like a real possibility, especially with Travis Frederick gone. But can the Cowboys resist Jefferson, a near-perfect fit in the slot, where Randall Cobb no longer resides? If Chaisson is gone and CBs can be had later, why not give Dak Prescott even more weapons?

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 201 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

1st

With their QB in tow, the Dolphins use the pick they got for Minkah Fitzpatrick to add a guy who’s drawn Fitzpatrick comparisons, replacing Reshad Jones and bolstering Brian Flores’ rebuilt defense.

Oregon

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 236 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Patriots acquire No. 19 from Raiders for No. 23, No. 87. Surprise! Josh McDaniels bangs the table over Zoom as Herbert slides within reach, and New England gets a mentally sharp, physically gifted signal-caller for the post-Brady haul. Yes, they may have been fine rolling with Jarrett Stidham, but for this price, why not take the gamble?

Iowa

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 275 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

31st

POSITION RNK

4th

A reach at No. 20? Perhaps, but this is the kind of versatile, high-effort D-lineman Jacksonville covets after unloading Calais Campbell and Marcell Dareus.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 229 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

28th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Saints acquire No. 21 from Eagles for No. 24, No. 130. New Orleans is strictly in win-now mode for Drew Brees’ last hurrah, and they also don’t have a ton of needs. So they move up to secure the draft’s top LB, a local standout who instantly brings instincts to the middle of their “D.”

Houston

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 319 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

5th

This is purely a value pick from Rick Spielman, who can address WR and CB later. The Vikings are in perpetual need of OL reinforcements, especially now that they’re increasingly built around their ground game.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

6th

Raiders acquire No. 23, No. 87 from Patriots for No. 19. Mayock isn’t leaving the first few rounds without a CB, and Terrell hails from Clemson, which both Mayock and Gruden adore. This is a prospect who’s familiar playing with Trayvon Mullen and brings the toughness both decision-makers like.

Arizona State

• Sr

• 6’0″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

35th

POSITION RNK

6th

Howie Roseman is absolutely no lock to be pigeonholed into WR, but after moving down to collect an additional pick, he gets the next best thing at wideout after Justin Jefferson: a versatile big-play target for Carson Wentz.

Utah

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 193 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

47th

POSITION RNK

8th

The Vikings need corners like crazy after the departure of their top three guys from 2019, and Johnson fits their system like a glove.

USC

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 322 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

48th

POSITION RNK

8th

With Tua on board, the Dolphins still need more help up front, where their line was horrendous throughout 2019. Jackson gives them a starter at either LT or RT.

Utah State

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 224 lbs

Projected Team

Indianapolis

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

4th

Colts acquire No. 27 from Seahawks for No. 34, No. 75. “Take that, haters” — Frank Reich and Chris Ballard, to all the Colts fans ripping them for making Philip Rivers the only solution at QB. Indy jumps back in the first by way of the trade-happy Seahawks (and without mortgaging a huge haul) to get a high-upside project for Reich. With Rivers locked in as the stopgap for 2020, Love becomes the Colts’ franchise QB-in-waiting.

Oklahoma

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 241 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

23rd

POSITION RNK

2nd

Baltimore gets a steal at the back of the round, finally striking on a successor for C.J. Mosley in the middle of their “D.”

Auburn

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 303 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

55th

POSITION RNK

5th

With Jurrell Casey shipped out of town, the Titans land his replacement — an underrated chess piece for Mike Vrabel’s line.

Baylor

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 207 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

39th

POSITION RNK

8th

An O-lineman like Cesar Ruiz could be a sneaky good pick here, but Mims gives Aaron Rodgers the WR depth he needs.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 5’10”

/ 209 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

46th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Lions acquire No. 31 from 49ers for No. 35, No. 152, 2021 fifth. Detroit makes use of its extra capital from the earlier trade with Miami in order to add a compact complement to Kerryon Johnson. D’Andre Swift would seemingly be in play as well, but either way, the Lions capitalize on San Francisco’s desire to trade back and give Matthew Stafford a new toy.

TCU

• Sr

• 5’10”

/ 191 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

26th

POSITION RNK

5th

The Chiefs just re-signed Bashaud Breeland, but they surely aren’t done at CB. Gladney can step in right away as a slot starter and develop alongside Tyrann Mathieu.





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