NFL Mock Draft 2020: Jaguars get Gardner Minshew help at receiver, two running backs go in Round 1


LSU

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 221 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

The Bengals are taking the best player in this draft and their next franchise quarterback. This isn’t Akili Smith. Cincinnati gets this pick right and has its generational quarterback for the next decade.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 264 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

Ron Rivera is a new head coach. He didn’t draft Dwayne Haskins, which gives him every reason to select Tua Tagovailoa in this spot. But it’s hard to see Washington pass up on Young when Jack Del Rio is the defensive coordinator. They get the generational pass rusher, needed in a division with the Eagles and Cowboys offensive lines.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Lions traded Darius Slay to the Eagles and could use a cornerback on their revamped defense. Okudah has the makeup of a shutdown corner, keeping the new tradition of having them in Detroit.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 312 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Giants do need an offensive tackle to protect Daniel Jones. Nate Solder is getting paid a lot of money to be average and New York needs another tackle anyway. Dave Gettleman takes the best lineman available in Wills.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 217 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Dolphins don’t have to trade any of their first-round picks to move up and get Tua. He’ll be there at No. 5 and Miami will use 2020 to develop the most talented quarterback the franchise has employed since Dan Marino (sorry, Ryan Tannehill).

Oregon

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 236 lbs

The Chargers appear to have no interest in Jameis Winston or Cam Newton, and I find it hard to believe they will roll into the season with Tyrod Taylor having no competition. Herbert goes over Love here and will compete with Taylor for the starting job.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 238 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

The Panthers always have an excellent linebacker (is that what we’re calling Simmons?) falling into their lap. He’s perfect for what Phil Snow will want to run in Carolina, especially since he can play slot cornerback and safety as well.

Louisville

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 364 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Cardinals are loaded with offensive weapons, but Kyler Murray will be running for his life. Becton has the most upside of the “big four” offensive tackles in this draft and his athleticism fits what Arizona does on offense.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 193 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Jaguars need interior defensive line and cornerback help more than wide receiver, but they make the draft go crazy with the selection of Jeudy. Jacksonville has solid wideouts outside of D.J. Chark, but want to make Gardner Minshew a thing. Jeudy gives Minshew the best chance to succeed as the starter.

Iowa

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Browns send a “thank you” card to the Jaguars for taking Jeudy, as that enables them to land Wirfs. They solidify the right side of the line with Wirfs and Jack Conklin, as Cleveland can plug Wirfs at guard to start before an eventual move to tackle if they find another answer on the blindside this offseason.

Oklahoma

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 198 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Jets lost Robby Anderson in free agency and signed Breshad Perriman to replace him. They still need to add a receiver, even with Derrick Brown still on the board. Joe Douglas has demonstrated he prioritizes the trenches, but there’s no way he passes on Lamb.

Alabama

• Jr

• 5’11”

/ 188 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Raiders badly need a wide receiver. With Jeudy and Lamb off the board, they have no choice but to draft Ruggs. Tough to pass on Brown, but Derek Carr needs someone to throw the ball to.

Auburn

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 326 lbs

The 49ers traded DeForest Buckner for the No. 13 pick. Brown falls into San Francisco’s lap and the team adds him to an already stacked defensive line. The 49ers get one of the best picks in the draft.

Georgia

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 315 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

4th

The Buccaneers had Thomas fall to No. 14 after the top wide receivers came off the board. They get their tackle to protect Tom Brady, which is what the franchise desperately needs in order for Brady to win another Super Bowl.

South Carolina

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 324 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Denver needs a wide receiver and cornerback, but there’s no point in reaching for one at No. 15. Vic Fangio loves his defensive linemen and with Kinlaw still on the board, it’s a no-brainer.

LSU

• Soph

• 6’3″

/ 254 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Injuries and all, there’s no denying Chaisson’s ability to get to the quarterback. The Falcons addressed their pass-rushing deficiency with Dante Fowler and add another sack master in Chaisson. C.J. Henderson is tempting here, but there are corners to be had later.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 204 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Dallas has a tough call choosing between Henderson and Xavier McKinney, but the Cowboys can’t go wrong either way. The Cowboys get a cornerback that should start Week 1.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 201 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

1st

The pick the Dolphins got for Minkah Fitzpatrick and they select — a safety?! Miami needs help behind Byron Jones and Xavien Howard, and McKinney will lead the safety position on South Beach for years to come.

LSU

• Sr

• 6’0″

/ 197 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

22nd

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Raiders could have traded up to land Henderson (no trades in this mock, remember), but they settle for Fulton. Getting a good cornerback isn’t a bad consolation prize for a team that desperately needs a starter here.

Iowa

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 275 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Draft the best player available Jacksonville. The Jaguars could use an edge rusher and Yannick Ngakoue isn’t playing for them anymore. Jordan Love is tempting, but the Jaguars are still hoping for a first-round pick for Ngakoue at this stage. Plus they are convinced Gardner Minshew is going to work (at least this year).

Penn State

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 266 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

4th

The Eagles love their pass rushers, especially with Jim Schwartz putting a premium on rushing four. Gross-Matos is the long-term solution behind Brandon Graham. Besides, the Eagles don’t have much depth behind Graham and Derek Barnett at defensive end. They can get their wide receiver in the second round.

Alabama

• Sr

• 6’1″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

28th

POSITION RNK

4th

Mike Zimmer has picked a cornerback in the first round twice in the past six drafts. He takes another cornerback, especially since Minnesota could use one.

Utah State

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 224 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

3rd

How fortunate are the Patriots to have Love still on the board at No. 23? They get a year to develop him in the offense while finding out if Jarrett Stidham is the truth. Unfortunately there are no tight ends worth taking in the first round this year.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 229 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

34th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Don’t see how the Saints pass on a linebacker here, especially since they could use a starter to go with an oft-injured group that includes Kiko Alonso and Alex Anzalone. New Orleans should hope Queen is better than Kenneth Murray.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 202 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

31st

POSITION RNK

5th

No point to reach for Jefferson at No. 22 when the Vikings can land their wide receiver at No. 25. Jefferson is no field stretcher like Stefon Diggs, but he already is a polished wide receiver. The Vikings could use one of those.

Wisconsin

• Jr

• 5’10”

/ 226 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

24th

POSITION RNK

1st

Miami really needs a running back to pair with Jordan Howard. The Dolphins were last in rush yards and 31st in yards per carry. Why wait until the second round, hoping Taylor falls to them? Taylor is the best player on the board.

Houston

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 319 lbs

Projected Team

Seattle

PROSPECT RNK

32nd

POSITION RNK

5th

Jones needs to polish on his footwork and needs to improve in pass protection. The Seahawks can’t pass up his potential, especially if they can develop Jones as Brown’s successor at left tackle.

Oklahoma

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 241 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

25th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Murray is a perfect fit for the Ravens, who struggled to find an adequate replacement for C.J. Mosley last year. Murray models his game after Ray Lewis, so he’ll fit right in.

Georgia

• Jr

• 5’8″

/ 212 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

41st

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Titans are trying to win a Super Bowl this year. They get the best player on the board in Swift, who will be an excellent change-of-pace back to Henry (who is playing under the franchise tag this year). Swift can also be a long-term solution in case the Titans decide to move on from Henry.

Baylor

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 207 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

43rd

POSITION RNK

8th

Green Bay has its pickings at the wide receiver it wants between Mims, Brandon Aiyuk and Tee Higgins. Mims fits their offense the best of the three, even though the Packers could use a burner on the outside.

Arizona State

• Sr

• 6’0″

/ 205 lbs

The 49ers couldn’t get a wide receiver at No. 13. They get their man at No. 31 in Aiyuk, who is excellent in yards after the catch. Jimmy Garoppolo will be pleased with his new target.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

30th

POSITION RNK

5th

The Chiefs badly need a cornerback, someone who can start Week 1. Enter Terrell, who isn’t a ball hawk but has experience shadowing No. 1 wide receivers.





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