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2020 NFL Draft Picks 1-20 | 2020 NFL Draft Picks 21-32 | Round 2 | Round 3 | Round 4 | Round 5 | Round 6 | Round 7
Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
This seems fairly certain at this point that Joe Burrow will be going first overall to the Bengals. He does have the option to decline to sign with them and demand a trade, but it is not as easy to do as it once was. Also, there have been reports from his direct family that he will sign with them if picked first. Tua could make a run at being the top pick, but if you put together Burrow’s exceptional year, championship game and Tua’s injury, Burrow has a big lead.
Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
Most draft talk right now centers on trades starting at the third pick. This is overlooking the fact that the Redskins have a new GM, Head Coach, and Offensive Coordinator, none of which have any connection to Haskins. Until the NFL Combine, we will not be doing any projected trades, so for now will have Chase Young in this spot, the most likely pick for Washington if they stay put.
Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
The Lions are projected to have the spot in the draft where all of the trading begins. This could very well be true, even if the Redskins decide to go with Tua with the second pick. Justin Herbert’s stock is rising, and the draft might very well go QB with the first three picks. Until things progress, we are projecting picks without trades. The Lions need help at CB, DE, DT, OG, and can sit and take the best available prospect.
Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
You would have to think that the Giants are going to take a long look at offensive tackle at their top pick. They have to get that offensive line finally stabilized. It is a fairly deep draft at the offensive tackle spot, and they may just hold true to their board and go after a superstar skill position prospect. Jeudy would give the Giants a potent, young, and cheap WR/RB combo.
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
Miami has to get their QB of the future in this draft. They have plenty of draft currency, and can easily move up to make an offer at 1 or 2. It doesn’t seem to fit draft history that Tua will be available here, so if Miami really wants Tua they are going to have to move up two or three spots.
Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
Rivers is now gone from the Chargers, and they will have to make a decision on how to approach the draft in terms of finding his replacement. Do they simply wait and see if Herbert falls to them at six? Are the high on any QB prospects after the top three stars?
Isaiah Simmons, S/OLB, Clemson
The Panthers are loaded at their skill positions, but have a lot to figure out at the QB spot. With a perpetually banged up superstar, a fill in that shined at moments, and looked at others, and a rookie that needs more time to develop, they have some difficult questions ahead. If they can decide upon a plan with one of their three guys, they can sit back and wait for the best player to fall to them here.
Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
The Cardinals showed some progress last year, but they were gambling with the health of their budding superstar QB behind a lackluster offensive line. With the wide open offense and the mobility of their QB, they just need consistent pieces in place to buy him enough time to make plays. Look for them to address the offensive line multiple times in this draft.
Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
One way or another, the Jaguars are going to roll with their QB’s on their roster. They traded away a very good (although somewhat overrated) cornerback, and will probably need to address that early in the draft.
10. Cleveland Browns
Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
There is no greater need of teams this year than at left tackle, and the Browns, and the Jets picking after them are the teams with arguably the biggest need at that spot. This could make for some interesting jostling come draft day.
11. New York Jets
Tristan Wirfs, OT/OG, Iowa
As previously stated, the Jets are one of the teams with perhaps the most glaring need at offensive tackle. With several teams with the same need ahead of them, it will be interesting to see if they fall in love with someone enough to trade up, or have a few guys that they like that they can wait until their natural pick.
Laviska Shenault Jr. WR, Colorado
The Raiders continue to be a focus of the draft, with all of their extra picks. They got a ton of production in the passing game from their tight end, but desperately need stars at the WR position.
Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
With a likely run on quarterbacks and offensive tackles, there are going to be some elite defensive talents that fall and get swooped up by happy teams. There are just too many glaring needs by teams early in the draft that need a QB or LT, and that could mean a smart drafting team like the Colts could win the lottery.
C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida
Tampa Bay became a bit of a one dimensional defense, and need to get more talent in their secondary. They have a major question at the QB spot, which could be handled early in the offseason, but there is a long way to go. 30 INT’s is just hard to swallow.
15. Denver Broncos
Austin Jackson, OT, USC
The mantra coming out of Denver will be “fix the O-Line”. It is actually a much better issue than “we need a QB”. The Broncos look like they have their QB of the future, but he won’t be around long if they don’t hit on some of their O-Line draft picks soon.
16. Atlanta Falcons
Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
There would be a temptation to say that the Falcons need to draft offensive linemen, but they were more banged up than lacking at that position group. If they can get last year’s draft picks healthy, this team could have an excellent offensive line without having to draft anyone new. The Falcons looked very impressive in the end of the season, and just need to fill a few holes on their defense.
17. Dallas Cowboys
CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
You simply can’t win in the NFL by paying a QB, WR, and RB all top 5 money. Cooper’s play was on and off all year, and the Cowboys would have to consider just letting him walk in free agency. They have some emerging WR talent, and by adding a young star early in the draft, could save money and have a more balanced roster in terms of salary expenditures.
18. Miami Dolphins (from Pittsburgh)
Josh Jones, OT, Houston
Josh Jones could be a riser as the draft process moves forward, as the system he played in didn’t afford him a lot of NFL type tape to showcase. With several top prospects at the position going early in this draft, teams will have to make a decision on the next tier of talent.
19. Las Vegas Raiders (from Chicago)
Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
The Raiders have another multi-pick first round this year, and can be patient and let the draft come to them. They do need some help at corner, and this surely will be a position they address early in the draft.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR)
A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
Will the Jaguars get back to being a dominant defense? They have some players at the end of their careers, and traded away another star. But, they can get younger and cheaper with their extra first round pick.
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Early 2020 NFL Mock Draft
The current mock drafts from DraftBlaster and DraftGeek are our Early 2020 NFL Mock Drafts. The first one is published even before the last draft and starts with just one round. A second and third round are added soon afterword, and some prospect rankings begin to emerge. The Early 2020 NFL Mock Draft is in place until about the middle of the NFL season.
Latest 2020 NFL Mock Draft
The Latest 2020 NFL Mock Draft contains all relevant changes as per retirements, injuries, prospect rankings (now that the college football season as started, and any other external influences on our mock drafts.
2020 NFL Mock Draft 7 Rounds
Our 2020 NFL Mock Draft 7 Rounds will appear after the current NFL season. This allows us to evaluate team needs, team standings, prospect rankings, and all of the other variables needed to have the preliminary data to publish a 2020 NFL Mock Draft 7 Rounds.
2020 NFL Mock Draft Concepts
When: April 23rd to April 25th, 2020
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
The annual NFL Draft is a prolific topic on sports channels, social media, and the web. Information that is distributed ranges in quality, and coverage builds to a crescendo, culminating in the ratings-giant, three-day draft extravaganza. As with any popular topic these days, much of what you hear or read is nonsense, or at least, “near nonsense.”
Question: What is the major dichotomy of types of mock drafts?
Answer: In a perfect world, all mock drafts would have to state clearly whether the selections are what the writer thinks the teams WILL do, or what the teams SHOULD do. Unfortunately, there is a lot of hedging of bets, and most mock drafts contain a mix of both. By literal interpretation, a mock draft should always be a representation of what the writer thinks each team will do instead of their opinion on what the team should do in the draft. However, mock drafts that are purely based on what a writer thinks a team should do are refreshing and can tell you a lot about the writer’s football acumen.
Question: What is the difference between a mock draft and a “big board”?
Answer: This should be very clear in the description before either. A mock draft is a prediction of the actual draft results. A big board is a rating system of players’ quality. This throws out all other variables such as team needs, supply and demand, etc. Big boards are a more difficult analysis, as assigning a raw number of quality to players regardless of position is a tricky proposition.
Question: I see a lot of NFL mock drafts out there, what are some initial qualities that I should look for to judge if a writer is doing a good job or not?
Answer: Analyzing all of the NFL teams and making informed, thoughtful assessments of how they should draft is an exhaustive process. The first assumption you might want throw out is counter-intuitive, but important: don’t necessarily judge a mock draft by how accurate they have been. NFL drafts involve human beings as the “product,” and it is a process of guessing, albeit highly educated guessing. Look for writers that explain themselves logically and thoroughly.
It is easier to do a little elimination of many mock drafts right from the start. You want to avoid mock drafts that:
- Assign players to teams in their mock most often because the current player on that team is… and insert pejorative comment. This will clear out a large amount of mock drafts. An example is “The X Team should draft Y Player because their current play A is just terrible.” Football is a much more complex game than that, and you don’t want to invest in a mock draft that reads like a local talk sports radio show.
- Are in love with descriptions in “absolutes.” There is a time and a place for absolutes, such as “Jerry Rice is the greatest wide receiver of all-time.” This is sports talk, so it doesn’t need be 100% a definitive truth, but just near it. However, more often than not you will see so-called analyses that are drenched in words like “the worst,” “the best,” “the most powerful,” “the greatest athlete,”, etc. It is lazy, and loses power when over-used.
- Frame up arguments that give the writer a position of complete infallibility. Professional sports writers and analysts fall into this trap often. In a mock draft it goes like this: “If the Titans don’t draft X, they are just stupid, but they probably will draft X.” The writer is giving himself an “out.” They are putting forth an opinion, and if option A happens where the team does what they say, they are smart, and if the team goes with option B then they are stupid, and the writer still looks smart. Unfortunately, this thought process is the world we live in now.
Question: What prep work should I do on my favorite team to be prepared for the 2020 NFL draft?
Answer: This is where it should always start, not by first looking at shiny new players and how they would help. The NFL draft is simply an exercise in allocating finite resources. By understanding how your team uses and needs resources, you can be well prepared to enjoy the draft process. Consider:
- If you have a returning GM and front office, you should try to learn their patterns. Do they more often lean toward either defense or offense in the draft and the other in free agency? Does your front office adhere to a best player available, best player that fits a need, or more pure need type philosophy? If you have a new front office, it is not difficult to study the philosophy of where they learned.
- For key positions, understand the player type based on that system. West Coast Offense wide receivers have different desired skill sets than Air Coryell type wide receivers. First know the type of system that is going to be used for each part of the offense and defense, and know the desired type of players for those schemes.
- Remember what you just saw the year before. It is not a cheap cliché that the NFL is a copycat league. This is not as reckless as it sounds, as it is more accurately a reactive league. For instance, if a few teams realized that slot corners can’t cover the new breed of “move” tight ends, and have been carving up defenses, you will most probably see an increase in the value of athletic, pass-catching tight ends in the draft.
- Look around the division for major personnel changes. Front offices put a lot of weight into the actions of those teams they will play twice a year. If a team in a division has a fast rising QB and WR combo that was hard to handle the year before and only getting better, the cornerback position will become more of a premium.
- Take a look at upcoming contracts. The draft is a great way to trim payroll. When there are declining players with big salaries, teams will look to find a young player with a manageable cap hit to replace them. A position group that contains players with high salaries on a team will be a position group that increases in value for that team in the draft.
Question: Where should I get my 2020 NFL draft information?
Answer: Start locally. Covering the entire league is a daunting task, so if you start by studying what the folks that cover your team day in and day out say, you are logically getting more focused opinion. That is not a given, as local sports coverage varies greatly from town to town and reporter to reporter. You should be able to identify the thoughtful, intelligent reporters from the goofballs.
DraftBlaster Provides Broad, Non-Biased Draft Scouting Reports
Next, for overall draft coverage triangulate. That is what DraftBlaster is all about, providing multiple, and diverse sources of analysis on each player. If you identify a player you are interested in, read a few player profiles from different sites and look for patterns. Next, for national analysis on your team, look for analysts that played, coached, or are familiar with your teams systems. For instance, if your team employs the West Coast Offense, you would give a little more weight to what someone like Steve Young says, as he played in that offense during his Hall of Fame career.
Question: Now that I am prepped about my team, and have a good understanding of team needs, what other factors should I look for in players available for the draft?
Answer: Your expectations for the draft will come crashing down if you don’t prepare yourself by knowing the supply and demand dynamic of each position. For instance, your team might be desperate for a RB. Your local sports radio shows and columnists are saying how your team must draft a RB in the first round, as it is their biggest need. The first round comes and goes, and your team picks up a defensive end. The sky falls, and the local sports press panders to the lowest common denominator thinking, and the calls flood in to the afternoon shock radio station.
As Aaron Rodgers says… R-E-L-A-X. Just because your team NEEDS a player at a certain position, don’t necessarily assign that to where they should take them in the draft. Look at the entire RB class as a whole. Are there a few superstars that were gone when your team picked? Is there a large grouping of the next level of RB’s after the elite ones? Is there a history of mid to late round RB’s thriving in the draft? More often than not, teams that seem to always hit their top need in the first round are simply reaching.
The draft process is a moving target, and what you think you need at that moment can change very quickly with free agency, injuries, surprise low rounders or undrafted free agents. What you need to do is look for patterns. What do the best teams seem to do in the draft? If you said pick the best player available most of the time, with some, but not total relation to need… you are correct.
The 2020 NFL Draft Trading Chart
The NFL Draft Trading Chart is a very rough estimation of value per draft slot. It was developed by Jimmy Johnson in the early 1990’s. It is only meant as a rudimentary guide to trade pick value.
April 23rd to 25th, unofficially.
The 2020 NFL Draft will be held in Paradise, Nevada.
Tua Tagovailoa, Jerry Jeudy, Chase Young, Andrew Thomas, Justin Herbert, and Jake Fromm.