NFL Mock Draft 2020: Five QBs go in the first round after the Lions trade up for Jacob Eason at No. 31


LSU

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 221 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

I think the only offer the Bengals would consider for the top-overall pick and the right to draft Burrow are all three of the Dolphins’ first-round picks. I also don’t think the Dolphins (or any other team) would be willing to give up the kind of king’s ransom required to move up to No. 1. So, the Bengals take their future franchise quarterback in Burrow. I don’t really see this changing over the coming weeks as the draft approaches.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 217 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Redskins just used a first-round pick on Dwayne Haskins, but Haskins failed to prove last year that he’s the long-term answer. Maybe he still is. No one can know for certain. But until a quarterback-starved franchise like the Redskins is certain they’ve got their guy, they shouldn’t stop taking quarterbacks. At this point a year ago, Tua was the consensus top quarterback in the 2020 draft. If not for an injury, he still might be the top quarterback — at the very least, he’d be in serious contention at No. 2 overall behind Burrow. The Redskins should capitalize by taking him. If Tua beats out Haskins, they can try to flip Haskins for a pick the way the Cardinals did with Josh Rosen. Taking a quarterback again might seem like overkill, but just ask the Cardinals if they’re happy they took Kyler Murray one year after drafting Rosen. I think Tua is worth the second-overall pick, even if his injury history makes him risky.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 264 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

The Lions have a terrible defense (28th by DVOA, to be specific). The good news is that the Redskins’ decision to take Tua frees up the best defensive player in the draft for the Lions. This is a no-brainer, unless someone offers a haul to move up for Young.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 312 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

1st

Daniel Jones fumbled 18 times as a rookie. That’s partly on him and on the protection in front of him. The Giants need to build a better offensive line to give Jones a better chance to develop into a franchise quarterback. Wills would solidify the right side of the offensive line in New York.

Oregon

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 236 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

20th

POSITION RNK

4th

The Dolphins are further along in their rebuild than expected after managing to win five games in 2019 and then enjoying a successful period of free agency, which included the signing of Byron Jones. I think this team is closer to competing than many expect, and we could see the Dolphins rise to prominence as soon as 2021. All that’s missing is a long-term quarterback. I don’t know if Herbert is destined for greatness, but the Dolphins should take a chance on him. They should really be drafting a quarterback every year until they find one. Until Herbert is ready, Ryan Fitzpatrick can be their bridge quarterback. Herbert’s upside is undeniable.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 238 lbs

Sure, Simmons has drawn comparisons to Derwin James, but no team can have too many Derwin James-es on their defense. After adding Chris Harris and Linval Joseph in free agency, this defense has a chance to be nasty. With Simmons, they could make the leap to the top of the league. Initially, I wanted Herbert to fall to the Chargers, who moved on from Philip Rivers and have indicated that Tyrod Taylor is their plan A at quarterback. But if Herbert is off the board, the Chargers shouldn’t reach for a quarterback like Jordan Love and instead, they should take an impact-now player like Simmons.

Louisville

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 364 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Great deal for the Panthers, who are in urgent need of as many picks as possible. They slide back only three spots, where they’ll still be able to get a good player. As for the Browns, they desperately need a new starting left tackle. Go look at their depth chart. It’s empty at left tackle. And last year’s starter, Greg Robinson, was arrested in February. Adding Becton to an offensive line that already upgraded at right tackle with Jack Conklin would cap off a good offseason for Cleveland.

Iowa

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

2nd

They got their receiver in DeAndre Hopkins. Now, they need to provide Kyler Murray with better pass protection. Enter: Wirfs.

South Carolina

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 324 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Jaguars traded away Calais Campbell. They might be forced to trade Yannick Ngakoue, who has made it clear he doesn’t want to stay in Jacksonville. So yes, the Jaguars should absolutely be in the market for a good pass-rushing defensive lineman like Kinlaw.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Panthers traded back three spots and they still get the player they wanted in Okudah, who fills the void created by James Bradberry’s departure in free agency. This might be the best possible outcome for Carolina.

Oklahoma

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 198 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

1st

After inexplicably letting Robby Anderson walk in free agency, the Jets are desperate for pass catchers. Luckily for them, it’s a good draft for receivers. Here, the Jets grab the best receiver in the draft in Lamb, giving Sam Darnold some needed help.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 204 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Raiders have lots of holes to fill. One of them? Corner. Eli Apple isn’t the answer there. If you play in the same division as Patrick Mahomes, you’ve gotta be able to cover. Henderson can certainly do that.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 193 lbs

Emmanuel Sanders was a great acquisition last year, but he was a short-term rental, having already departed for New Orleans. Jeudy paired with Deebo Samuel would be explosive.

Georgia

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 315 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

4th

Time to go get an offensive tackle to protect Tom Brady. It’d be surprising to see the Buccaneers go in a different direction.

Alabama

• Jr

• 5’11”

/ 188 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

3rd

After getting rid of Emmanuel Sanders last year, the Broncos watched Courtland Sutton emerge as a star. But Drew Lock could still use another option in the passing game, and Ruggs could be a good fit for Lock’s arm in Denver.

LSU

• Soph

• 6’3″

/ 254 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Sure, the Falcons signed Dante Fowler in free agency, but this defense was not one pass rusher away from magically becoming good. They need more edge rushers and Chaisson at No. 16 would be tremendous value considering he might just be the second-best edge rusher in this draft.

LSU

• Sr

• 6’0″

/ 197 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

22nd

POSITION RNK

3rd

They made a mistake in letting Byron Jones walk, so that makes the secondary an urgent need. Otherwise, this defense, which also lost Robert Quinn, could take a major step back in 2020. In Fulton, the Cowboys are getting the third best corner in the draft.

Penn State

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 266 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

4th

We already know the Dolphins wanted Jadeveon Clowney a year ago. Despite signing Shaq Lawson, edge is still a need for a Dolphins team that has done well to build a good secondary. First, they get their quarterback. Then, they get a guy who can hunt opposing quarterbacks. With Gross-Matos, this Dolphins defense has a chance to be good as soon as this year.

Auburn

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 326 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

1st

What a steal this would be, as the Raiders continue to focus on building a defense. Only the Dolphins finished with a worse defense by DVOA last season. Brown would be a major force on the interior of the Raiders’ defense, even though they did sign Maliek Collins. Defensive tackle isn’t an urgent need. But the value here is too good to pass on.

Alabama

• Sr

• 6’1″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

28th

POSITION RNK

4th

Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye have both left Jacksonville in the past year. It’s time for the Jaguars to reload at cornerback. In Diggs, they’re getting a corner who NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein compared to Aqib Talib. That’d work.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 202 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

31st

POSITION RNK

5th

No need to overcomplicate things here. The Eagles don’t have enough quality receivers on their roster. Alshon Jeffery is coming off a major foot injury. DeSean Jackson is 33. Nelson Agholor is gone. Jefferson would be a quality addition to an offense that was decimated at receiver a year ago.

TCU

• Sr

• 5’10”

/ 191 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

2nd

It’s a good thing the Vikings have an extra first-round pick due to the Stefon Diggs trade, because they’re going to need as many picks as possible to rebuild a defense that got gutted this offseason. They parted ways with three cornerbacks last month. So, that makes corner an obvious need and Gladney an obvious fit. He’s undersized, but a good cover corner. And the Vikings need some of those.

Utah State

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 224 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The obvious pick. As it stands, after losing Tom Brady in free agency, the Patriots would be rolling into the season with Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham at quarterback. In Love, the Patriots are getting a high-upside quarterback. After a shortened offseason, they could still start Hoyer or Stidham due to their familiarity with the offense before Love is ready to take over. This wouldn’t be the worst way to rebound from Brady’s departure.

Oklahoma

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 241 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

25th

POSITION RNK

2nd

It would’ve been fascinating to see what would’ve happened if Love was still on the board here, because the Saints do need to plan for life after Drew Brees. But with Love off the board, the Saints address a need at linebacker. Demario Davis was fantastic in 2019, but he’s 31 years old, and Kiko Alonso is on the downslope of his career.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

30th

POSITION RNK

5th

Again: They parted ways with three corners this offseason. Besides, it’s not like Rick Spielman needs an excuse to draft cornerbacks.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 201 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

1st

Minkah Fitzpatrick was traded. Reshad Jones was cut. The Dolphins are stocked at corner, but they could use an upgrade at safety. And guess what: The best safety in the draft just happened to fall to them here. If the Dolphins add McKinney, they could have one of the best secondaries in all of football.

Iowa

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 275 lbs

Projected Team

Seattle

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Seahawks already got the cornerback they needed by trading for Quinton Dunbar. Now, they address the pass rush, an area that they need to target in the draft — unless they manage to re-sign Clowney or add, say, Everson Griffen. Even if they add someone in free agency, they can still use their first-round pick on a pass rusher. Their leading sacker a year ago tallied only four sacks. That’s where Epenesa comes into play.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 229 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

34th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Ravens lost Josh Bynes in free agency, creating a need at linebacker. Queen’s athleticism should make him attractive to the Ravens as they look to upgrade in the middle of their dfense. NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein’s comparison for Queen? Thomas Davis.

Oklahoma

• Sr

• 6’2″

/ 304 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

3rd

I still don’t understand the Jurrell Casey trade, but that trade created a void on the defensive front in Tennessee. A defensive front of Jeffery Simmons, Daquan Jones, and Gallimore would be enticing — with Harold Landry and Vic Beasley coming around the edges.

TCU

• Jr

• 5’11”

/ 206 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

45th

POSITION RNK

9th

Devin Funchess is not the upgrade that the Packers needed at wide receiver opposite Davante Adams. But in a loaded receiver class, the Packers find the upgrade they do need in Reagor, who can be used in a variety of ways.

Washington

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 231 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

39th

POSITION RNK

5th

This is still Matthew Stafford’s team. But Stafford’s cap hit climbs to $33 million in 2021. And his timeline probably doesn’t fit the Lions’ window. Stafford can start in 2020 while Eason waits his turn. There’s a chance Eason would be available at No. 35, but the Lions don’t risk another team taking him ahead of them. Meanwhile, the 49ers already got their WR at No. 13. Now, they get a couple extra picks to slide back only a few spots.

Auburn

• Jr

• 5’10”

/ 198 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

37th

POSITION RNK

7th

The Chiefs parted ways with Kendall Fuller already. Bashaud Breeland is still unsigned. So, they need a corner, badly. Igbinoghene, a former receiver, is also good against the run, which could be key, as the Chiefs have struggled to defend the run over the past couple seasons. In that sense, he could fill two needs.





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