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Updated October 13

2020 NFL Mock Draft 7 Rounds

Our 2020 NFL Mock Draft 7 Rounds will appear about halfway through the 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.

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.

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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings:

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2020 NFL Draft Picks 1-20 | 2020 NFL Draft Picks 21-32 | Round 2 | Round 3

NFL Mock Draft - Miami Dolphins

1. Miami Dolphins

Last Year’s Record: 7-9

REGULAR SEASON RANKINGS:

Total Offense: 31 Passing: 30 Rushing: 18

Total Defense: 29 Passing: 21 Rushing: 31

Tua Tagovailoa NFL

2020 NFL Mock Draft Miami Dolphins:

Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama [ View Top Quarterbacks ]

Scouting Report | Highlights

The good news is that the Miami Dolphins will most likely have the top pick in the 2020 NFL draft. They will also have a lot of extra draft picks. Furthermore, they will have around $100 million in salary cap space.

The bad news is that they don’t have a blue chip player at any of the four major positions: QB, LT, DE, CB. Although, with another year, Howard, could prove to be an elite CB. 

Rosen will get a season to prove he can be a better option than Tua or whomever breaks away as the top QB prospect, but will have to do it without his start left tackle. 

The Dolphins are going to have a very difficult year this year being competitive, but are loaded with draft picks and salary cap room. As things stand, this team needs to get a QB and then a LT in this first round.

 

NFL Mock Draft - Washington Redskins2. Washington Redskins

Last Year’s Record: 7-9

REGULAR SEASON RANKINGS:

Total Offense: 28 Passing: 28 Rushing: 17

Total Defense: 17 Passing: 15 Rushing: 17

Chase Young NFL

2020 NFL Mock Draft Washington Redskins:

Chase YoungDEOhio State [ View Top Defensive Ends ]

Scouting Report | Highlights

The Redskins are a fairly imbalanced team, but it hasn’t been for a lack of trying. They have missed or partially missed on a lot of defensive players, but have largely ignored the WR position.

With a deep unit at RB, and presumably their QB of the future waiting in the wings, the Redskins seemed to be a team on the move. Now, their LT is not playing, and their star young RB could be a major injury concern. 

Furthermore, Washington needs more help in the secondary, especially considering the division they play in. The first evaluation of this team for the draft is what positional needs will cure themselves.

 

NFL Mock Draft - New York Jets3. New York Jets

Last Year’s Record: 4-12

REGULAR SEASON RANKINGS:

Total Offense: 29 Passing: 25 Rushing: 26

Total Defense: 25 Passing: 24 Rushing: 26

 2020 NFL Mock Draft Jerry Jeudy

2020 NFL Mock Draft New York Jets:

Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama [ View Top Wide Receivers ]

Scouting Report | Highlights

The Jets got arguably the best offensive and defensive players in last year’s free agency. They have an excellent young QB and a GM that knows how to build a team.

What the Jets sorely need are a pass rusher, some wide receivers, and help on the offensive line. This gives them a wide range of players that they can target in the draft, and they should be able site back and truly grab the best player available.

 

NFL Mock Draft - Cincinnati Bengals

4. Cincinnati Bengals

Last Year’s Record: 6-10

REGULAR SEASON RANKINGS:

Total Offense: 26 Passing: 24 Rushing: 21

Total Defense: 32 Passing: 32 Rushing: 29

2020 NFL Mock Draft AJ Epenesa

2020 NFL Mock Draft Cincinnati Bengals:

A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa [ View Top Defensive Ends ]

Scouting Report | Highlights

The Bengals are installing a very modern offense under their new head coach, and the season will demonstrate what players fit and what players don’t.

They could have their future QB on their roster in Ryan Finley, but will he see the field this year? Dalton doesn’t have much more time on his contract, and this might be a prove it year for him.

The Bengals have a lot of offensive playmakers, and actually have quite a talented roster. They still need to get to opposing QB’s much better than they have in recent years, and could also use some new blood on that offensive line.

 

NFL Mock Draft - Arizona Cardinals5. Arizona Cardinals

Last Year’s Record: 3-13

REGULAR SEASON RANKINGS:

Total Offense: 32 Passing: 32 Rushing: 32

Total Defense: 20 Passing: 4 Rushing: 32

Andrew Thomas NFL

2020 NFL Mock Draft Arizona Cardinals:

Andrew Thomas, OT , Georgia [ View Top Offensive Tackles ]

Scouting Report | Highlights

The Cardinals are installing much of the Air Raid offense this season, with a mix of some more pro-style concepts, and it will be interesting to watch this development.

As much as the new passing game will be a focus, this team has to find the right offensive line players that can operate effectively in space. Their talent lies in some older pass rushers, a superstar CB, an ageless wonder at WR, along with some unproven young WR talent. 

As the season progresses, the ability of this offensive line is what is going to be the main story. They haven’t addressed that very well in free agency or the draft, and their could be glaring need at multiple positions on the O-line by the time the draft comes around.

 

NFL Mock Draft - Denver Broncos

6. Denver Broncos

Last Year’s Record: 6-10

REGULAR SEASON RANKINGS:

Total Offense: 19 Passing: 19 Rushing: 12

Total Defense: 22 Passing: 20 Rushing: 21

Tristan Wirfs NFL

2020 NFL Mock Draft Denver Broncos:

Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa [ View Top Offensive Tackles ]

Scouting Report | Highlights

The Broncos brought in a new defensive minded head coach and a Superbowl winning QB to revive a team caught in neutral. They might have found a future QB in last year’s draft as well, but he is very raw.

Currently, the strength of the team comes in the form of their pass rushers. They have one of the best tandems in the league in that regard, and it should be the identity of the team for the next few years.

The Broncos still have a lot of work to do on their offensive line, but do have a few promising young pieces. They would like to be able to pound the rock in the run game and play great defense, and that requires an elite offensive line.

 

NFL Mock Draft - Miami Dolphins7. Miami Dolphins (from Pittsburgh)

Last Year’s Record: 7-9

REGULAR SEASON RANKINGS:

Total Offense: 31 Passing: 30 Rushing: 18

Total Defense: 29 Passing: 21 Rushing: 31

Alex Leatherwood NFL

2020 NFL Mock Draft Miami Dolphins:

Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama [ View Top Offensive Tackles ]

Scouting Report | Highlights

The good news is that the Miami Dolphins will most likely have the top pick in the 2020 NFL draft. They will also have a lot of extra draft picks. Furthermore, they will have around $100 million in salary cap space.

The bad news is that they don’t have a blue chip player at any of the four major positions: QB, LT, DE, CB. Although, with another year, Howard, could prove to be an elite CB.

Rosen will get a season to prove he can be a better option than Tua or whomever breaks away as the top QB prospect, but will have to do it without his start left tackle.

The Dolphins are going to have a very difficult year this year being competitive, but are loaded with draft picks and salary cap room. As things stand, this team needs to get a QB and then a LT in this first round.

 

NFL Mock Draft - New York Giants

8. New York Giants

Last Year’s Record: 5-11

REGULAR SEASON RANKINGS:

Total Offense: 17 Passing: 11 Rushing: 24

Total Defense: 24 Passing: 23 Rushing: 20

2020 NFL Mock Draft Walker Little

2020 NFL Mock Draft New York Giants:

Walker Little, OT, Stanford [ View Top Offensive Tackles ]

Scouting Report | Highlights

If Daniel Jones continues to develop, the Giants could be in a good position heading into this draft. They still need a lot of help on defense and on the offensive line. It will take much of this season to bring all of those players together, but many of the key parts are there.

What the Giants need more than anything is help at the wide receiver core. Golden Tate is toward the end of his career, and could be an excellent #3, but they need two guys ahead of him to allow him to fully take advantage of what he does best – convert 3rd downs.

 

NFL Mock Draft - Oakland Raiders9. Las Vegas Raiders

Last Year’s Record: 4-12

REGULAR SEASON RANKINGS:

Total Offense: 23 Passing: 18 Rushing: 25

Total Defense: 26 Passing: 19 Rushing: 30

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2020 NFL Mock Draft Las Vegas Raiders:

Laviska Shenault Jr. WR, Colorado [ View Top Wide Receivers ]

Scouting Report | Highlights

Everyone is familiar with the drama surrounding the Raiders’ offseason, but they seem to have stabilized so far.

Will Carr be the long term answer at QB? Gruden doesn’t love rookie QB’s, but then again he does have a contract for a decade, which gives him some time to develop a rookie QB for the first time.

The Raiders have lots of draft picks and salary cap room, so this is going to be one of the most frenetic teams to mock for the entire draft season.

 

NFL Mock Draft - Atlanta Falcons

10. Atlanta Falcons

Last Year’s Record: 7-9

REGULAR SEASON RANKINGS:

Total Offense: 6 Passing: 4 Rushing: 27

Total Defense: 28 Passing: 27 Rushing: 25

Jeffrey Okudah NFL

2020 NFL Mock Draft Atlanta Falcons:

Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State [ View Top Cornerback ]

Scouting Report | Highlights

The Falcons did a nice job of adding talent to their offensive line in the last draft, and have found an excellent #2 WR in Ridley. They have quality running backs, and talent on their defensive line.

They are lacking at some key defensive positions, particularly with their secondary. They have a difficult time sustaining leads, and keeping opposing QB’s from passing all over them.

Look for the Falcons to really put some effort into adding talent to their secondary through free agency and the draft.

 

NFL Mock Draft - Jackson Jaguars11. Jacksonville Jaguars

Last Year’s Record: 5-11

REGULAR SEASON RANKINGS:

Total Offense: 27 Passing: 26 Rushing: 19

Total Defense: 5 Passing: 2 Rushing: 19

Travis Etienne NFL

2020 NFL Mock Draft Jacksonville Jaguars:

Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson [ View Top Running Backs ]

Scouting Report | Highlights

There was a lot of optimism about the Jaguars and Nick Foles, but he is already injured for the short term. The next major question was if their feature RB would be able to get his head on straight and be the focus of their offense. That, too, is up in the air.

The Jaguars have a solid offensive line, and plenty of talent on the defense. They could use some help at WR, and unfortunately, might have to target a QB, a RB or both in the next draft.

 

NFL Mock Draft - Tampa Bay Buccaneers12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Last Year’s Record: 5-11

REGULAR SEASON RANKINGS:

Total Offense: 3 Passing: 1 Rushing: 29

Total Defense: 27 Passing: 26 Rushing: 24

CJ Henderson NFL

2020 NFL Mock Draft Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida [ View Top Cornerbacks ]

Scouting Report | Highlights

Is Jameis Winston the long-term solution at QB for Tampa Bay? That is the question that will drive how they draft in 2020. So far, the answer is no, and they will most certainly be looking for a young QB to start grooming. One problem here is that their current head coach doesn’t love working with rookie QBs.

The Bucs have a lot of offensive weapons, and are a fairly talented team from top to bottom. They are in the process of transitioning to a 3-4 defense, which means that they still have major needs finding better suited players in their front seven.

From the draft’s perspective, the Bucs simply need to find out of they have something in Winston. If they can salvage his career, they can spend a top pick on something other than a player that they have to build around for several years. One area to look at here is who are going to be the top free agent QB’s next year. That could very well be an option for the Bucs if Winston doesn’t show promise.

 

NFL Mock Draft - Carolina Panthers13. Carolina Panthers

Last Year’s Record: 7-9

REGULAR SEASON RANKINGS:

Total Offense: 10 Passing: 16 Rushing: 4

Total Defense: 15 Passing: 182 Rushing: 12

Justin Herbert NFL

2020 NFL Mock Draft Carolina Panthers:

Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon [ View Top Quarterbacks ]

Scouting Report | Highlights

There are a couple of major questions for the Carolina Panthers at the moment, the results of which could send this team in two wildly different directions.

First, does Cam Newton’s future hold? He has been both wildly inconsistent and injured. If the two are directly related, and he can get healthy, they won’t have to consider starting over with a new QB.

Second, they are converting to a 3-4 defense. If this can go smoothly, they can gradually add players that fit this system without major downtime, then no issue. However, most of the time with this type of conversion, it requires very different types of players in the front seven.

They have some excellent offensive weapons, but need some depth at the wide receiver position. They always seem to have just one WR that is a threat, but need to finally have a true WR core.

 

NFL Mock Draft - Indianapolis Colts

14. Indianapolis Colts

Last Year’s Record: 10-6

REGULAR SEASON RANKINGS:

Total Offense: 7 Passing: 6 Rushing: 20

Total Defense: 11 Passing: 16 Rushing: 8

Joe Burrow NFL

2020 NFL Mock Draft Indianapolis Colts:

Joe Burrow, QB, LSU [ View Top Quarterbacks ]

Scouting Report | Highlights

Not sure what else could go wrong for the Colts, but they have shown to be the most resilient team in the NFL.

They have had a coach take the job and then leave, leaving them scrambling, and then had their QB retire during the 3rd preseason game. Each time they get hit with adversity, they seem to bounce back very well. This is due to smart drafting, and wise free agency moves.

They have an entire year to evaluate their QB position, but if they aren’t happy, they will need to find one in the draft early.

 

NFL Mock Draft - Tennessee Titans

15. Tennessee Titans

Last Year’s Record: 9-7

REGULAR SEASON RANKINGS:

Total Offense: 25 Passing: 29 Rushing: 7

Total Defense: 8 Passing: 6 Rushing: 18

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2020 NFL Mock Draft Tennessee Titans:

Isaiah SimmonsS /OLBClemson [ View Top Safeties ]

Scouting Report | Highlights

The Titans might have attained the stability on the offense that they have been teetering on for years. If their QB can stay healthy, they seem to have found balance in their run and pass game.

The defense has been built in the Patriots’ mode, with smart, versatile players. This team would prefer to be able to shut down opposing offenses, and have a dependable offense that can put up enough points to win week in and week out.

Again, the Titans are looking for smart and versatile players. They will be probably looking for another year of building the defense that they want before reaching for any offensive weapons early.

 

NFL Mock Draft - Cleveland Browns

16. Cleveland Browns

Last Year’s Record: 7-8-1

REGULAR SEASON RANKINGS:

Total Offense: 13 Passing: 14 Rushing: 14

Total Defense: 30 Passing: 25 Rushing: 28

Trey Adams

2020 NFL Mock Draft Cleveland Browns:

Trey Adams, OT, Washington [ View Top Offensive Tackles ]

Scouting Report | Highlights

From top to bottom, the Browns have lots of talent on their roster… except for their offensive line. There is plenty of optimism surrounding them, but with the issues on the O-line, coupled with too many red flags, the season could be very up and down.

First of all, they need to address their offensive line. They need both young talent through the draft and through free agency.

Next, the season and the offseason will reveal issues with the current red flag players on their roster. Depending on who is a problem, they might have some unexpected holes to fill.

 

NFL Mock Draft - San Diego Chargers

17. Los Angeles Chargers

Last Year’s Record: 12-4

REGULAR SEASON RANKINGS:

Total Offense: 11 Passing: 10 Rushing: 15

Total Defense: 9 Passing: 9 Rushing: 9

Jacob Eason NFL

2020 NFL Mock Draft Los Angeles Chargers:

Jacob Eason, QB, Washington [ View Top Quarterbacks ]

Scouting Report | Highlights

The Chargers always seem to be a team right there ready to compete for a championship, and then something goes very wrong for them. Right now, they are facing some very unexpected injuries and have an unhappy star RB.

They have drafted for need the last few years, but it hasn’t been an issue as the draft has generally fallen to them where need matches talent available. With an offseason to heal up, look for the Chargers to draft the best player available, regardless of position.

 

NFL Mock Draft - Detroit Lions

18. Detroit Lions

Last Year’s Record: 6-10

REGULAR SEASON RANKINGS:

Total Offense: 24 Passing: 20 Rushing: 23

Total Defense: 10 Passing: 8 Rushing: 10

Lucas Niang NFL

2020 NFL Mock Draft Detroit Lions:

Lucas Niang, OT, TCU [ View Top Offensive Tackles ]

Scouting Report | Highlights

The Lions have an emerging defense, and lots of offensive weapons. Patricia has completely revamped their defense, and their offense is now built around a power run game and their star young tight end.

They have spent a lot of draft resources on their offensive line, but might have a major issue with their left tackle. Decker has had some injuries, and it appears that they are hindering his performance on the field.

The Lions have to have a dependable offensive line to make their offense work. Depending on how the season goes, they could be looking for a new left tackle in the next draft.

 

NFL Mock Draft - Minnesota Vikings

19. Minnesota Vikings

Last Year’s Record: 8-7-1

REGULAR SEASON RANKINGS:

Total Offense: 20 Passing: 13 Rushing: 30

Total Defense: 4 Passing: 3 Rushing: 15

Trevon Diggs NFL

2020 NFL Mock Draft Minnesota Vikings:

Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama [ View Top Cornerbacks ]

Scouting Report | Highlights

Minnesota looks like they have completed their overhaul in fixing their offensive line and establishing their run game.

The defense has helped this team get wins over the last few years, but they have some positions that they need to replenish. Specifically, they really need to add another star to their secondary.

The Vikings do very well against the pass when all of their players are healthy, but that isn’t the case that often. By adding another elite prospect, it will give them the insurance against an injury causing major breakdowns.

 

NFL Mock Draft - Miami Dolphins

20. Miami Dolphins (from Houston)

Last Year’s Record: 7-9

REGULAR SEASON RANKINGS:

Total Offense: 31 Passing: 30 Rushing: 18

Total Defense: 29 Passing: 21 Rushing: 31

Yetur Gross-Matos NFL

2020 NFL Mock Draft Miami Dolphins:

Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State [ View Top Defensive Ends ]

Scouting Report | Highlights

The good news is that the Miami Dolphins will most likely have the top pick in the 2020 NFL draft. They will also have a lot of extra draft picks. Furthermore, they will have around $100 million in salary cap space.

The bad news is that they don’t have a blue chip player at any of the four major positions: QB, LT, DE, CB. Although, with another year, Howard, could prove to be an elite CB. 

Rosen will get a season to prove he can be a better option than Tua or whomever breaks away as the top QB prospect, but will have to do it without his start left tackle. 

The Dolphins are going to have a very difficult year this year being competitive, but are loaded with draft picks and salary cap room. As things stand, this team needs to get a QB and then a LT in this first round.

 

2020 NFL Draft Picks 1-20 | 2020 NFL Draft Picks 21-32 | Round 2 | Round 3

 

2020 NFL Mock Draft Concepts

When: Late Aprl / Early May 2020

Where: Paradise, 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

R-E-L-A-X

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.

NFL Draft Trading Chart
When is the 2020 NFL Draft?

April 23rd to 25th, unofficially.

Where is the 2020 NFL Draft to be held?

The 2020 NFL Draft will be held in Paradise, Nevada.

Who are some of the top prospects for the 2020 NFL Draft?

Tua Tagovailoa, Jerry Jeudy, Chase Young, Andrew Thomas, Justin Herbert, and Jake Fromm.

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