NFL Mock Draft 2020: Patriots trade up for Tua Tagovailoa as Dolphins wait on a quarterback


LSU

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 221 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

PAYDS

5671

RUYDS

368

INTS

6

TDS

65

Once he put any potential draft-day drama to bed at the combine, Burrow to Cincinnati has been 100% locked in. Short of a team giving Cincy its first-round picks for the next four years (at least), the Bengals cannot move out of this slot. They get their quarterback of the future, and Andy Dalton will be traded for something around the fourth or fifth round.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 264 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

TACKLES

46

SACKS

16.5

FF

7

TFL

21

As I’ve reported since the combine, it’ll take a Ricky Williams-like haul for Washington to move out of this pick if Burrow is off the board. Washington would love to have more picks between now and No. 66, but not at the risk of losing the top player on its board. It’s a no-brainer here, and there will be no fireworks in the first two picks this year.

Oregon

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 236 lbs

PAYDS

3471

RUYDS

50

INTS

6

TDS

36

Lions receive picks 6, 37, 112 and LAC’s second-round pick in 2021 in exchange for No. 3. The Chargers stood pat at this position in free agency because they were intent on drafting a QB and using capital in order to get their guy. All that Detroit-interviewing-QBs nonsense is just smoke, and L.A. knows it needs to get ahead of Miami if the Chargers want the most sure-fire quarterback remaining. GM Tom Telesco watched Herbert closely at the Senior Bowl and his pro day, and the Chargers get the QB without medical concerns in this trade up.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 312 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Giants ranked 25th in run blocking last season and Dave Gettleman knows this type of tackle class doesn’t come around often. Though Isaiah Simmons is sitting there for the G-Men, G-Man gets the top tackle in the draft to protect his franchise quarterback and improve the blocking for his franchise back in a make-or-break 2020 season for the general manager.

Georgia

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 315 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Wait … no Tua? Nope. Sadly, there are too many medical questions around the former Alabama quarterback during a time where team doctors can’t get their hands on him. The Dolphins can’t afford to pull the trigger on such an unknown this high in the draft. Thomas can play either tackle position after playing the last two seasons at left tackle against the best competition in the country.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

1st

TACKLES

34

PD

9

FF

1

INTS

3

This is essentially the Colts-Jets trade from two years ago, except the Chargers don’t give up three second-round picks like the Jets did because that was ridiculous. The Lions move back to get the guy they were all mocked at No. 3 to get anyway, replacing Darius Slay with the draft’s best cornerback.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 238 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

TACKLES

104

SACKS

8

FF

2

INTS

3

The Panthers aren’t planning for Simmons to fall to them and are fully prepared to take Derrick Brown here (or C.J. Henderson if both are unavailable.) The Matt Rhule era has begun with a new-look offense for Joe Brady but a defense that will get boat-raced in most games this season. Getting the most versatile defender in the draft to fill as many needs as the Panthers have is the obvious move based on how the board falls.

Iowa

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

1st

Cardinals receive picks 14, 45 and 117 in exchange for No. 8. Tampa Bay has the GOAT for the next two seasons and a giant hole at right tackle. With two of the top four tackles already off the board and with the tackle-needy Browns looming in the draft order, GM Jason Licht makes a big play to get his Day 1 right tackle. The Bucs still have their third-round selection, which will be good value for the running back they need.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 204 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

2nd

TACKLES

33

PD

11

FF

0

INTS

0

With 12 picks in this year’s draft, the Jags have the capital to move up anywhere and anytime they please. This could be too high for Henderson, but the need for corner help is real in Duval and the drop-off after Henderson is legitimate. Dave Caldwell has plenty more picks to fill plenty more holes for his team in a hot-seat year for him.

Louisville

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 364 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

4th

I can see new GM Andrew Berry manipulating this draft to get more than just his seven current picks. But I keep the Browns here to fill their huge need with this huge player. Becton is going to maul AFC North defenders for years to come.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 193 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

2nd

REC

77

REYDS

1163

YDS/REC

15.1

TDS

10

You can’t go wrong with either receiver here. New York takes the Alabama product over the Sooner to immediately become the Jets’ top option for Sam Darnold.

Oklahoma

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 198 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

1st

REC

62

REYDS

1327

YDS/REC

21.4

TDS

15

Las Vegas gets this YAC machine for Derek Carr. The Raiders have been in on Lamb since the combine, and it’s difficult to imagine he makes it out of this small group of receiver-needy teams.

South Carolina

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 324 lbs

TACKLES

35

SACKS

6

FF

0

TFL

6

Teams are going to have to rely on tape and their notes in this draft. San Francisco scouted WR Deebo Samuel last year in the pre-draft process, and they go back to the Columbia well with this pick to replace DeForest Buckner. Their biggest need remains receiver, and they’ll fill that with a value pick later.

Auburn

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 326 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

1st

TACKLES

54

SACKS

4

FF

2

TFL

11.5

Arizona gets a good haul from Tampa Bay and still gets a top-10 talent in Brown. Interior disruption is desperately needed in a division with Russell Wilson, Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay. Teams won’t know who to double when the Cards pair Brown with Jordan Phillips.

Alabama

• Jr

• 5’11”

/ 188 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

3rd

REC

40

REYDS

746

YDS/REC

18.7

TDS

8

This pair appears in most mock drafts for obvious reasons. Denver needs speed on its offense and Ruggs is the best option this year. John Elway is hopeful Courtland Sutton will take control of that X position with the help of Ruggs spreading the defense vertically.

LSU

• Soph

• 6’3″

/ 254 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

2nd

TACKLES

60

SACKS

6.5

FF

1

TFL

13.5

It’d make sense if Atlanta wants to be aggressive here and trade up. But as the board breaks the Falcons’ way, and they get the LSU EDGE that could help Dan Quinn restore his defense to its former glory.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 217 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

2nd

PAYDS

2840

RUYDS

17

INTS

3

TDS

35

Cowboys receive picks 23, 87 and 125 in exchange for No. 17. Madness! With his medicals, Tagovailoa sees his value drop to the middle of the first round. And whaddayaknow … it’s Bill Belichick. New England has to get ahead of Miami, Jacksonville and Las Vegas for the ‘Bama QB, and Jerry Jones is willing to slide back six spots to pick up an extra third and fourth-round pick.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 201 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

1st

TACKLES

95

PD

5

FF

4

INTS

3

With Tagovailoa off the board, the Dolphins draft an Alabama safety with the pick acquired after they traded away an Alabama safety. Miami’s defensive backfield will rival the Patriots for best in the division in 2020.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 202 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

4th

REC

111

REYDS

1540

YDS/REC

13.9

TDS

18

Raiders receive picks 21, 127 and 168 in exchange for No. 19. Since winning the Super Bowl, Howie Roseman has drafted only five players in each year’s draft. He has eight picks this year, and he burns a fourth and fifth he probably wasn’t using anyway to make sure he gets this championship playmaker.

Baylor

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 207 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

40th

POSITION RNK

8th

REC

66

REYDS

1020

YDS/REC

15.5

TDS

12

This Baylor product was fantastic at contested catches last season and has silly 4.38 speed at 6-foot-3. Again, the Jags have enough picks to manipulate this draft several times over, but I like them taking the best available corner (at No. 9) and receiver in the first round.

LSU

• Sr

• 6’0″

/ 197 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

24th

POSITION RNK

3rd

TACKLES

38

PD

14

FF

0

INTS

1

Mike Mayock winds up turning Khalil Mack into his starting running back (Josh Jacobs) and top cornerback with this pick. Fulton is the third corner off the board because his ball skills, age (22 at the start of the season) and championship pedigree will help him assimilate faster to a Raiders team wanting to contend in 2020 season that may very likely have a truncated preseason.

Penn State

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 266 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

20th

POSITION RNK

3rd

TACKLES

40

SACKS

9

FF

0

TFL

14.5

Minnesota opted against bringing back Everson Griffen and need to fill that pass-rush vacancy. Enter Gross-Matos, who in his last 24 games has 18.5 sacks and 34.5 tackles for loss. (I would also expect Rick Spielman to do what needs to be done and deal his second-round pick to Washington for Trent Williams.)

TCU

• Sr

• 5’10”

/ 191 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

33rd

POSITION RNK

6th

TACKLES

31

PD

14

FF

0

INTS

1

Remember that teams are going to pick who they know the best. Well, the Cowboys trade down and still get a fantastic cornerback prospect out of Texas Christian in Gladney, who loves to play physically and has a swagger about him that demands he wear the star.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 229 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

23rd

POSITION RNK

3rd

TACKLES

85

SACKS

3

FF

0

INTS

1

If the Saints don’t turn this pick into more top-100 capital, this is the no-brainer selection. He’s a homegrown talent with unreal sideline-to-sideline speed at the position of greatest need for a team looking for a four-peat in the NFC South.

TCU

• Jr

• 5’11”

/ 206 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

41st

POSITION RNK

9th

REC

43

REYDS

611

YDS/REC

14.2

TDS

7

I’m not sure I believe this Horned Frog went from a 4.47-second 40 at the combine to a true 4.22-second 40 at his pro day, but I believe in his on-field speed. Minnesota has to replace Stefon Diggs with someone of equal speed explosiveness, and they get that here with Reagor.

Utah State

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 224 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

4th

PAYDS

3402

RUYDS

175

INTS

17

TDS

20

Love’s value has always been at the end of the first round, and the Dolphins finally get a quarterback with their last pick in the first. This selection outside the top-20 means Miami can go into Week 1 starting Ryan Fitzpatrick, easing the pressure on the first-round QB and giving Love the necessary time to develop.

Iowa

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 275 lbs

Projected Team

Seattle

PROSPECT RNK

34th

POSITION RNK

4th

TACKLES

49

SACKS

11.5

FF

4

TFL

14

Epenesa was productive both as a backup and as a starter. He’s a high-motor player who will set the edge with his size. Even if the Seahawks and Jadeveon Clowney reunite, I still like Seattle going defensive end here.

Oklahoma

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 241 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

22nd

POSITION RNK

2nd

TACKLES

102

SACKS

4

FF

0

INTS

0

With two second-round picks already the Ravens don’t need to trade back. Eric DeCosta let the board come to him and he gets a much-needed linebacker with great speed whose deficiencies can be covered up with a great rush and secondary while improving throughout his rookie season. Murray won’t be C.J. Mosley immediately but it’s the move Baltimore has to (finally) make.

Houston

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 319 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

5th

Tennessee needs to fill the hole left by Jack Conklin after the Titans opted against paying him. I’m split on Jones or Cesar Ruiz here, but I think the reward of what Jones can be with some NFL coaching is too good to pass up for Jon Robinson.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 216 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

35th

POSITION RNK

6th

REC

59

REYDS

1167

YDS/REC

19.8

TDS

14

The Clemson product gives Aaron Rodgers a massive target. Not only that, but Higgins comes from a receiver factory in Clemson that prepares wideouts for things like playoff games at Lambeau. Green Bay’s offense outside of Rodgers and Devante Adams wasn’t good enough to even compete with the 49ers in two games last year and Higgins gives the Pack an instant lift.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

25th

POSITION RNK

4th

TACKLES

34

PD

3

FF

0

INTS

2

49ers receive picks 48 and 79 in exchange for No. 31. The 49ers turn this pick into an auction and the Rams are excluded from getting back into the first here. The Jets make a move to get a corner opposite Pierre Desir while maintaining their high third-round pick. The Niners, who previously weren’t selecting again until No. 156, get more picks in the meat of this draft after having the best draft in the league last year.

Georgia

• Jr

• 5’8″

/ 212 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

43rd

POSITION RNK

2nd

RUYDS

1218

YDS/ATT

6.2

REYDS

216

TDS

8

The rich get richer here. The best offense in the league gets the best running back in the draft at the end of the first round. The Chiefs kept most of their Super Bowl-winning team intact, and this move will have the rest of the league wondering why they didn’t step in and stop Andy Reid from getting the Georgia Bulldog.





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