NFL Mock Draft 2020: Justin Herbert goes to a surprise team who trades up to get him, three more surprises


LSU

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 221 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

Everyone better get at least one pick correct in their mock draft. Joe Burrow to the Bengals is as big a slam dunk as they come.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 264 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

Ultimately I think if Washington is trading this pick, they’ll do it before the draft. If that happens, you’re getting a mulligan on my final mock draft. I don’t think anyone will pay the price they want to move down, so they stay here and take a stud in Chase Young.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 238 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

They have a need at cornerback certainly, but I’m gonna go back to what I thought out of the gate with this draft: that Bill Belichick would take Simmons here, so I’m going to have Matt Patricia do the same.

Georgia

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 315 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Dave Gettleman is telling us what he plans to do and when he does that, he usually follows through. I would have had Mehki Becton here, but I think Gettleman is one of those GMs, given his job security, who will be worried about a guy with a off-field red flag in NYC if he struggles on the field and what people will say.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 217 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

2nd

It is my belief the Dolphins are smokescreening right now to land Tua at No. 5. And you know what? It’s been hilariously transparent but I think it’s working! It did here anyway.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 205 lbs

The Chargers could definitely take Justin Herbert OR they could add to an already-loaded defense. I think Tom Telesco’s QB depth chart is by design and he’ll add to it after the draft or on Day 2 instead of doing the very obvious and taking Herbert here.

Oregon

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 236 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Seeing Herbert drop past the Chargers, the Jaguars make a small move up — I think Carolina would flip in this spot for just the cost of 116 overall. That doesn’t add up but it’s an extra pick for a small move down.

Auburn

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 326 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

1st

Offensive line would be fine here but the Cards are more about winning now than people think. Brown will greatly improve the defense immediately.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 204 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Another trade! I think with an increased involvement from David Tepper plus Matt Rhule looking to stockpile a questionable roster, Carolina will be aggressive about trying to move back. We know Thomas Dimitroff wants to move up and the Falcons need one of his signature draft splashes to work out. They grab a corner we know they adore.

Iowa

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

1st

Impossible to imagine the Browns going in a different direction than offensive line here. They’ll feel good heading into 2020 if they nab one of the top guys.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 193 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

2nd

They could go offensive line, but Jeudy is a perfect fit for the Jets, Adam Gase’s system and Sam Darnold. They need results on offense right now. Jeudy can give them that.

Oklahoma

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 198 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

1st

Wanted to have them trading up to get Lamb, who is my top wide receiver on the board. Don’t think it would be crazy at all with their ammo, but at 12 they have to feel good about getting one of these guys, especially if it works out this way.

Alabama

• Jr

• 5’11”

/ 188 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Eagles reportedly love Lamb too, but can they get that high without paying too much? This is a perfectly fine consolation prize. The 49ers desperately want to trade down.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 312 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

2nd

I think the Bucs are a decent bet to move up as well but trading will be tough and as long as three quarterbacks and plenty of defensive players go, they should be able to get one of their primary offensive line targets at 14. If a surprising OL selection happens early, they might have to make a move.

South Carolina

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 324 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Broncos wanted one of the three big wideouts in this draft and contemplated going with Justin Jefferson here, but Kinlaw gives them some serious juice on the interior moving forward.

Louisville

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 364 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

4th

They could have viably taken him at seventh overall but land him here after acquiring some extra draft picks in the process.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 202 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

4th

This seems redundant because of Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup but this WR corps would be STACKED with those three in the fold long term.

USC

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 322 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

54th

POSITION RNK

9th

Projectable tackle, but the Dolphins might be a year away from hoping everything clicks. Either way they get some much needed protection for Tua.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

24th

POSITION RNK

3rd

You know what Mike Mayock isn’t scared to do? Draft a productive Clemson defensive player higher than you think he should go. Terrell is gonna be a first-round pick regardless I think, so why not have him land with the Raiders, a position of need and value that isn’t too far off?

Utah

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 193 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

48th

POSITION RNK

8th

The Jaguars are taking a cornerback with the Jalen Ramsey pick. I know a spite pick if I’ve ever seen one.

Arizona State

• Sr

• 6’0″

/ 205 lbs

Think the 49ers will go corner or wideout here, picking the best available guy. Aiyuk can get loose in space, which is a dangerous thing for anyone on a Kyle Shanahan offense.

LSU

• Soph

• 6’3″

/ 254 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

2nd

I think they’ll double dip on defense here and in this instance the Vikings are trying to make up for the loss of Everson Griffen.

Penn State

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 266 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

20th

POSITION RNK

3rd

This just feels like a very Patriots pick for some reason.

Oklahoma

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 241 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

22nd

POSITION RNK

2nd

Some people like them taking a QB here but I think they want to keep shoving in on 2020 and figure out the Drew Brees thing later.

LSU

• Sr

• 6’0″

/ 197 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

24th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Two LSU starters added to this defense isn’t going to be the worst thing in the world.

Michigan

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 307 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

39th

POSITION RNK

6th

If the Dolphins come out of this draft with a QB and two potential long-term answers on the OL, they should be doing cartwheels.

Minnesota

• Soph

• 5’9″

/ 203 lbs

Projected Team

Seattle

PROSPECT RNK

60th

POSITION RNK

5th

This guy is a BALLHAWK. Who cares less about what you think they need than Pete Carroll and John Schneider?

LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 229 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

23rd

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Ravens should be adding people who can help them immediately as they push all in on Lamar Jackson’s rookie deal.

Alabama

• Sr

• 6’1″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

30th

POSITION RNK

5th

Cornerback is suddenly kind of a thin position for this team as it transitions on defense.

Colorado

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 227 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

37th

POSITION RNK

7th

This guy is a MONSTER and won’t have to carry the load with Davante Adams in town too.

Utah State

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 224 lbs

I think the 49ers want to trade down badly, and if Love is there, someone will pay the price to come up and get him. The Chargers make as much a sense as anyone, especially since they don’t need to start Love this season as they go all-in on Tyrod Taylor.

TCU

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 290 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

29th

POSITION RNK

3rd

I want nothing more than to give Andy Reid a running back here but he just doesn’t draft them early. Instead, he’ll shore up the defensive line even further to try and make another title run.





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