2020 NFL Draft: Eric Galko Mock Draft 2.0 (Final)

by Eric Galko

My final 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. Plus, they can move up for an OT later.

4. New York Giants – Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa

Giants could go Simmons, but if they go offensive line, I believe it’ll be Wirfs or Becton. I’ll go Wirfs.

5. Detroit Lions (via MIA) - Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn

Okudah makes more sense, but everyone I've talked to says it's Brown. If Brown doesn't go here, he won't last past 8.

6. Los Angeles Chargers – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

Chargers keep things quiet, but many believe Herbert is genuinely their pick. Fallback: Isaiah Simmons.

7. Carolina Panthers – Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson

Carolina lost Bradberry, and need a starting cornerback.  But Simmons too good to pass on.

8. Arizona Cardinals – Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State

Okudah would be their guy if he's available. Don't be surprised if it's CeeDee Lamb, as crazy as that sounds.

9. Jacksonville Jaguars – CJ Henderson, CB, Florida

Could come down to Becton or Henderson. Becton may not be able to beat out Robinson in year one, so I think they'll lean Henderson.

10. Miami Dolphins (via CLE) - Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

Browns trying to trade down. Dolphins come up and get their Top-5 backup plan for Tua. They can likely move up without dealing their third 1st or their 2nd rounder. Might have to move up higher.

11. New York Jets - Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville

Jets value Becton more than some of the other OTs. Andrew Thomas may be in play too.

12. Las Vegas Raiders - CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

No quarterback projected yet (though Love wouldn't surprise me), and Lamb solves one of their biggest needs.

13. San Francisco 49ers - Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Niners would love to move down, likely to a team that wants to secure their OT. If they stay, they get a top receiver in Jeudy.

14. Tampa Bay Bucs – Jedrick Willis, OT, Alabama

Bucs don't have the assets to trade up, and I think they'll take the top OT on their board at 14. Willis can play right tackle right away.

15. Denver Broncos - Henry Ruggs, WR, Alabama

Broncos might look to move up for him if Jeudy/Lamb come off the board in the top-10.

16. Atlanta Falcons - Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Kinlaw might be in line to slip, but if the Falcons can't move up (I think they covet Simmons) then Kinlaw is a nice prize).

17. Dallas Cowboys – K'Lavon Chaisson, LB, LSU

Lots of options left, and Javon Kinlaw may be tempting. But they need to improve their front seven.

18. Cleveland Browns (via MIA) - Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State

They are often tied to him and he can be a plug and play left tackle. 

19. Las Vegas Raiders – Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

Raiders need a cornerback, and Trevon Diggs could be the pick. But I can't shake the Love-Raiders connection

20. Jacksonville Jaguars – Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

Coupling Jalen Ramsey replacement 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 – Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah

Vikings love drafting cornerbacks. Johnson is one often connected to them.

23. Baltimore Ravens (via NE) - Patrick Queen, LB, LSU

Ravens are searching for a LB, and Queen is their #1 LB. If they stay at 28, Jordyn Brooks is probably in play.

24. New Orleans Saints – Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

I’d expect New Orleans to try to move down or out of the first round. Linebacker is a need, but the top two are gone. I wanted to include Diggs in round 1.

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 – Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin

Dolphins need to add a running back and likely will in the first. Taylor is a slam dunk.

27. Seattle Seahawks – Austin Jackson, OT, USC

Seahawks could use more offensive line help, and Jackson is athletic to fit their scheme and can develop at either LT or LG.

28. New England Patriots (via BAL) - Xavier McKinley, SAF, Alabama

Patriots can trade down and still draft for a position of long-term need.

29. Tennessee Titans – Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia

Titans are thin in cornerback depth and prefer defensive backs who can remain versatile.

30. Green Bay Packers – Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech

Green Bay always looks to stash offensive line tackle, but Brooks fills a big need and there isn't depth at LB.

31. San Francisco 49ers - Josh Jones, OT, Houston

49ers will likely look to move down (for a team looking at JK Dobbins or D'Andre Swift, most likely), but Jones is a possible 1st rounder and would be a good pick behind Staley.

32. Kansas City – Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU

Chiefs would love Jonathan Taylor, and I went in-between between Ross Blacklock (who a lot of teams like in the 20s and 30s of this draft) and JK Dobbins, who I think is in real play for them to take.