By Tim Monk (@Tim_MonkF10Y)
Here we are then, everyone. We made it (and well done to you for doing so!). A final mock draft means that the real thing is just around the corner. A 2 round mock from yours truly to whet the appetite ahead of the big few days in a world where we are thirsty for anything sport related (how about that marble racing!?).
I don’t know how excited you can get at being able to see inside Roger Godell’s house, but it’s happening, get over it (on a side note, if he dubs in to the broadcast a chorus of boos, he’ll instantly turn from heel to a face WWE style). Let’s see in which order the names will be announced with regards to how I see it playing out come Thursday.
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(1) Joe Burrow – QB
Obvious and everything that needs to be said has been. So let’s move swiftly on.
(2) Chase Young – EDGE
Yes, Washington have decent defensive line presence and yes they have put some feelers out for people that may want the pick to come and take a QB, but no-one is on the other end making the call so Washington stick here and pick the monster that is Chase Young.
(3) Jeff Okudah – CB
Corner is a big need for Detroit and Okudah is by far the best CB in the draft. First 3 picks are simple. Do Detroit trade back here? I think they would like to trade back with Miam, but Miami know that their trading rivals wouldn’t dare poke the bear so nothing happens here.
(4) Tristan Wirfs – OL
Gettleman uses all his bits of stacked paper to etch the name Wirfs on his draft selection card (are those still going to be written on this year?). Giants don’t trade during the draft and another option could be Simmons, but protecting Danny Dimes should be the focus with this pick.
(5) Tua Tagovailoa – QB
First big pivotal point for this mock draft and the Dolphins take Too. Would seem to be a waste of all that tanking and not get the guy you were being touted for for almost 12 months! Even better, they let him fall in to their lap.
(6) Isaiah Simmons – LB
After one pivotal selection, this one will be the same come draft night. Do the Chargers take Herbert? Well, as you can see…no. They take another piece to add to what could be a top 3 defence in 2020.
(7) Derrick Brown – DT
I would fully expect Panthers GM David Tepper to field calls for this pick and could get a lovely haul for it too should Herbert fall here. But the slide continues for the Oregon QB and Carolina add a cinder block to their defensive line. Are they tanking? Are they not? who knows, but this defence could be bottom 3 bad in 2020.
(8) Mekhi Becton – OT
I do not expect Arizona to field calls for this selection as their offensive line has been a wreck for longer than the Titanic. They pretty much get their pick of the litter here and take the half man, half monster in Becton. Coming from Louisville, he could probably pass off his helmet for a Cardinals one. There’s a couple of hundred dollars saved.
(9) Jedrick Wills – OL
Trade w/ JAX – TB sends #14, 45, 2021 2nd
We all know how much New England Tom liked offensive lineman. Tampa Tom is no different. Bruce Arians and co signal their intent by grabbing possibly the best lineman in the class, to add to a offensive line the ranked inside the top 10 according to PFF in 2019, giving all that time for Winston to…erm..yeah.
(10) Andrew Thomas – OL
I do get a sneaky suspicion that the Browns could trade back here and allow the WR party to get started. However, as the offensive lineman are starting to come off the board, the Browns may not get one if they go back to 12 or 15 so they pick the last of the big 4 lineman to help Baker Mayfield.
(11) CeeDee Lamb – WR
Trade w/ NYJ – DEN sends #15, #77, 2021 2nd
Similar comments for the Jets apply here with regards to O-lineman. This shows how pivotal it is for the Jets that Justin Herbert, still available here, goes inside the top 10 as it would allow them to get the last of the OL. However, they don’t so decide to accumulate a few more picks. Denver trade up to get the first stab at the WR and take CeeDee Lamb to partner Courtland Sutton in an offence I have high hopes for in 2020.
(12) CJ Henderson – CB
The Raiders may think at this point that they can chance their arm at WR because if the Jets wanted one, they would’ve stayed at pick 11. So Las Vegas’s first pick is CJ Henderson to help bolster a defence that started to turn a corner towards the back half of last year.
(13) Javon Kinlaw – DT
As a direct replacement for DeForest Buckner who they traded to the Colts, they pick man mountain Kinlaw and he’ll slot right in at home and that ferocious D-Line will be just as mean in 2020.
(14) Justin Herbert – QB
From Tampa Bay
Don’t be surprised to see Jacksonville have THREE first round picks in this draft, getting the additional one by way of trading Yannick Ngakoue or Leonard Fournette. Josh Dobbs should not be anywhere near 2nd on a depth chart. The Jags get some actual competition for Minshew. Yes, the Jags like him now, but wait ’til he stinks it up in the first 6 weeks of the season, the team in disarray. Mark my words, the Jags come out with a top 4 or 5 QB from this draft. It’s Herbert in this one falling to them.
(15) Jerry Jeudy – WR
Pick from Denver
The Jets get someone at 15, who they could have taken at 11. That is #Value. A big name to replace Robby Anderson in the WR and immediately comes in as their number 1. Now they just need to keep Darnold upright to do make into something useful.
(16) K’Laivon Chaisson – Edge
In the running for “most obvious pick to come true” betting without Joe Burrow and Chase Young, this surely has to be it. Tak McKinley and Vic Beasley have not lived up to the hype so Atlanta reload the gun and add another bullet to the chamber.
(17) Kristian Fulton – CB
I REALLY want Dallas to take Xavier McKinney here, but the signing of HaHa Clinton-Dix makes me feel like they’ll address safety later, possibly in the second round.
(18) Josh Jones – OL
Miami add a lineman to protect their new star QB with the 2nd of their 2 1st rounders. After splashing a lot on defence through Free Agency, expect the Dolphins to maybe use all 3 picks in the first round on the offensive side of the ball.
(19) Henry Ruggs – WR
Vegas get away with it a little bit with still having Ruggs on the board, who could have possibly gone before this pick. Only Hunter Renfrow from the wide receivers covered himself in any glory and Say Jones isn’t the answer to any question.
(20) Xavier McKinney – S
A really versatile piece in the Jags new look defence as they take the safety that can do pretty much everything from make plays in the back but also come up into the box. Guy loves a tackle. Don’t rule out a WR in the first round after the release of Marqise Lee, but it’s likely a position to address in the later rounds
(21) Justin Jefferson – WR
Philly probably won’t be as aggressive as they usually are due to hearing that they want to take care of their picks this year, luckily the number 4 WR lands here. Dustmen were lining up for the Eagles last year and still were able to make the playoffs, Jefferson will be a great tool for Pederson and Wentz.
(22) Jeff Gladney – CB
It’ll be interesting to find out whether the Vikings use either of their first round picks to draft a replacement for Stefon Diggs. Seeing as though 4 WR are off the board, a 5th here could be a bit of a waste so instead they retool their defence after a mass exodus during Free Agency.
(23) Ezra Cleveland – OL
You are seeing this right and it isn’t due to a trade but the Patriots select from 23 this year. They use that pick to add Ezra Cleveland. On a side note, don’t be surprised to see Joe Thuney offered to the masses during the draft after they placed the Franchise Tag on him.
(24) Kenneth Murray – LB
Not too many positions of need for the Saints and they are not cap healthy either so don’t expect any trading up like they did for Marcus Davenport a few years ago. A solid player here falling to #24.
(25) Patrick Queen – LB
Trade w/ MIN (BAL sends #28, #92, #106)
Baltimore got steamrolled by Derrick Henry in the Divisional round in 2019, Patrick Queen will help ensure they do not suffer a repeat. With the offence on fire, Baltimore take a defensive player with their picks and move up a few spots at the cost of a 3rd and 4th.
(26) Y. Gross-Matos – EDGE
Miami were awful last year at getting pressure and getting sacks. Gross-Matos will come in and help right away.
(27) Jordan Love – QB
Trade w/ SEA (IND sends #44, #75, 2021 2nd
Chris Ballard is usually quite conservative with his draft picks. However, Jordan Love is still here and Philip Rivers is on a 1 year deal. Love would be perfect to sit behind Rivers for a year and take over the mantle for a team still counting the cost of Andrew Luck’s retirement.
(28) Jalen Reagor – WR
Minnesota are next on the clock at #58 so unless they can move back a tiny bit once more, it’s likely that the cream of the WR crop has well and truly vanished. So here they take Reagor to replace Diggs.
(29) Austin Jackson – OL
Titans said goodbye to Conklin, which was a grave error in my opinion. However, they try to rectify that huge loss by selecting a replacement here.
(30) Laviska Shenault – WR
Green Bay have probably lost patience with their wide receivers not named Davantae Adams. They try once again with a bit more heavy investment and take Shenault who is going to be exciting to watch if Rodgers can find anything next year.
(31) Noah Igbinoghene – CB
I fully expect the 49ers to trade back here to a CB needy team, but they need one themselves and they address 2 of the few holes they have on defence with both 1st round picks. Richard Sherman has to retire one day…
(32) DeAndre Swift – RB
There is no love for the running backs these days. Kansas again could trade back a few spots and acquire some more draft capital but it would be also very fun to see Swift in an Andy Reid offence.
33. CIN – Denzel Mims WR
34. IND – Tee Higgins WR
35. DET – AJ Epenesa EDGE
36. NYG – Zack Baun EDGE
37. SEA – Cesar Ruiz IOL (Trade with LAC, SEA sends #44, #75, #133)
38. CAR – Damon Arnette CB
39. MIA – KJ Hamler WR
40. HOU – Julian Okwara EDGE
41. CLE – Joshua Uche EDGE
42. JAX – AJ Terrell CB
43. CHI – Trevon Diggs CB
44. LAC – Isaiah Wilson OL (From IND, SEA)
45. JAX – Ross Blacklock DT (From TB)
46. DEN – Bryce Hall CB
47. ATL – Jonathan Taylor RB
48. NYJ – Lucas Niang OL
49. PIT – Neville Gallimore DT
50. CHI – Ashtyn Davis S
51. DAL – Kyle Dugger S
52. LAR – Terrell Lewis EDGE
53. PHI – Jaylon Johnson CB
54. BUF – Curtis Weaver EDGE
55. BAL – JK Dobbins RB
56. MIA – Antione Winfield Jr S
57. LAR – Jordyn Brooks LB
58. MIN – Justin Madubuike IDL
59. SEA – Prince Tega Wanogho OL
60. BAL – Grant Delpit S
61. CLE – K’Von Wallace CB (CLE Sends #74, 97)
62. GB – Cole Kmet TE
63. KC – Jeremy Chinn S
64. LV – Brandon Aiyuk WR (LV Sends #81, #91)