2020 NFL Draft: Eric Galko Mock Draft 1.0
My first 2020 NFL Mock Draft of the year, this is a projection based on what I’ve heard is possible to date.
This draft is a bit heavy on trades, focuses on team-player interest matching when possible.
1. Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
Bengals are actually set up to give Burrow success if their offense can stay healthy.
2. Washington Redskins – Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
It would take an RG3-level offer for the Redskins to trade.
3. Miami Dolphins (via DET) – Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
Historically, teams move up to secure their quarterback. Wouldn’t take much for the Dolphins to move up two spots.
4. New York Giants – Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
Giants could go Simmons, but if they go offensive line, I believe it’ll be Wirfs or Becton. I’ll go Becton.
5. Las Vegas Raiders (via DET)– Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
Raiders move up for a quarterback they like, giving up a 2021 1st. Derek Carr likely on the move if they draft Love. Maybe to New England?
6. Los Angeles Chargers – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
Chargers keep things quiet, but many believe Herbert is genuinely their pick. They could move up to three to secure him.
7. Carolina Panthers – Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
Carolina lost Bradberry, and need a starting cornerback.
8. Arizona Cardinals – Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
Arizona needs long term defensive line help more than an offensive tackle. They went offense heavy last draft.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars – Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
If Jacksonville goes offense, it’ll be a left tackle, so either Wirfs or Becton. Could be a trade down candidate if both are gone.
10. Atlanta Falcons (via CLE) – Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
Atlanta could move up six spots and get a perfect fit for their defense and fill a major need.
11. New York Jets - Jedrick Willis, OT, Alabama
Jets likely prefer Becton or Wirts, but Willis fits what they seem to like at tackle.
12. Detroit Lions (via LV) – CJ Henderson CB, Florida
Detroit can trade down from 3 and still get a player many teams grade similar to Okundah.
13. San Francisco 49ers – Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
49ers will likely look to trade down, but Jeudy on this offense is tempting if he’s here.
14. Tampa Bay Bucs – Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
Bucs could see a team jump to 13 to get a tackle (like Miami or Jacksonville if they pass at 9). If not, easy pick.
15. Denver Broncos – Henry Ruggs, WR, Alabama
Many teams tie Ruggs to Denver, so I included them here. Darkhorse floor for Justin Herbert.
16. Cleveland Browns (via ATL) – Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State
May be able to slide down for him a bit more, but Cleveland may be the tackle the Browns want.
17. Dallas Cowboys – Xavier McKinney, SAF, Alabama
Lots of options left, and Javon Kinlaw may be tempting. But they need to restock their DB unit.
18. Miami Dolphins – Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
Not a need, but adding a top defensive star at nose tackle is tough to pass on. They’ll need to get creative in finding an OT later.
19. Las Vegas Raiders – CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
Raiders need a cornerback, and Trevon Diggs could be the pick. But CeeDee Lamb is too good to pass on.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars – Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
Coupling a left tackle with a top receiver should give this offense every chance to succeed in 2020.
21. Philadelphia Eagles – Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
I’m expecting the Eagles to go linebacker (Murray or Patrick Queen if they trade down) or safety (McKinley) rather than receiver.
22. Minnesota Vikings – Josh Jones, OT, Houston
Vikings need a long term left tackle. Jones can sit for a year and then develop into a starter in 2021.
23. New England Patriots – K’Lavon Chaisson, DE, LSU
Patriots need a pass rusher. Zach Baun fits but Chaisson is a great value here.
24. New Orleans Saints – Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
I’d expect New Orleans to try to move down or out of the first round. Linebacker is a need. Gets thin after the 1st round.
25. Minnesota Vikings – Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State
Vikings need a receiver, but they can find one in the second or third round. Gross-Matos fits their scheme very well.
26. Miami Dolphins – D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
Dolphins need to add a running back and likely will in the first. Swift or Taylor make sense.
27. Seattle Seahawks – Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia
Seahawks could use more offensive line help, and Wilson is athletic to fit their scheme and can plug and play right tackle.
28. Baltimore Ravens – Cesar Ruiz, OC, Michigan
Ravens need a starting center, and Ruiz can replace Matt Skura right away.
29. Tennessee Titans – Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
Titans are thin in cornerback depth and prefer defensive backs who can remain versatile.
30. Green Bay Packers – Austin Jackson, OT, USC
Green Bay always looks to stash offensive line tackle. Jackson could be a replacement for Ricky Wagner in two years.
31. Tampa Bay Bucs (via SF) – JK Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
Bucs need a stable running back to lead them. Dobbins plus Thomas gives this team the necessary stability at both positions.
32. Kansas City – Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
Chiefs would likely look to trade down if Taylor wasn’t available. If he’s here, he fills their biggest need.