2020 Mock Draft

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Ah, yes, another mock draft 12 months in advance. Soon it will be time to pull out the tape, or download the video as the case may be these days, and while waiting to begin preparing for the 2020 draft, here’s a way-too-early mock.

1) Arizona Cardinals - Chase Young/DE/Ohio State: Offers Arizona the edge rusher it should’ve considered in this year’s draft.

2) Cincinnati Bengals - Justin Herbert/QB/Oregon: The Bengals move on from Andy Dalton.

3) Detroit Lions - Raekwon Davis/DT/Alabama: The Lions may regret passing on Ed Oliver. Davis is a different type of defensive tackle, but he’s a potential game changer up front.

4) Denver Broncos - Tua Tagovailoa/QB/Alabama: John Elway did a masterful job this past draft. While they took Drew Lock in the second round, Tagovailoa is more of a sure thing, if there is such a thing.

5) New York Jets - Walker Little/OT/Stanford: The Jets will need upgrades to protect Sam Darnold, and Walker delivers great potential.

6) Baltimore Ravens - Grant Delpit/S/LSU: Delpit has Jamal Adams’ skills.

7) Tampa Bay Bucs - Derrick Brown/DT/Auburn: I think the Bucs will be a team that plays competitive football next season but needs a few more pieces. Brown is one of them.

8) New York Giants - Jerry Jeudy/WR/Alabama: A big-play receiver to replace Odell Beckham Jr.

9) Oakland Raiders - Jake Fromm/QB/Georgia: Rumors had the Raiders taking a quarterback in this year’s draft. That becomes reality in 2020.

10) San Francisco 49ers - CJ Henderson/CB/Florida: I’m a little surprised the Niners did not address cornerback in this year’s draft.

11) Minnesota Vikings - Jordan Love/QB/Utah State: Love is the best quarterback no one talks about. The Vikings will have Kirk Cousins under contract for just one more season when the 2020 draft comes around.

12) Buffalo Bills - Laviska Shenault/WR/Colorado: I really wanted to put a tackle in this spot, but Shenault’s talent is too good to pass up.

13) Tennessee Titans – A.J. Epenesa/DE/Iowa: Epenesa is a terrific pass rusher who has the physical frame to grow into the Titans defensive end position.

14) Carolina Panthers - Xavier McKinney/S/Alabama: A young, dynamic safety for the Panthers.

15) Miami Dolphins - Yetur Gross-Matos/DE/Penn State: They lost out on Trey Flowers in free agency and never addressed their pass-rushing need in the draft.

16) Jacksonville Jaguars - Kristian Fulton/CB/LSU: I’m going under the assumption that Jalen Ramsey will not be with the Jags in 2020.

17) Washington Redskins - Anfernee Jennings/LB/Alabama: A big thumper to help improve the linebacker unit.

18) Dallas Cowboys - Isaiah Simmons/S/Clemson: Simmons is an explosive, game-changing hybrid safety.

19) Atlanta Falcons - Nick Coe/DE/Auburn: With Vic Beasley likely gone after this season, a replacement will be needed.

20) Pittsburgh Steelers - Jordan Fuller/S/Ohio State: The Steelers had a tremendous draft. Not many grade Fuller as a first-round prospect, but if he gets back to where he was in 2017, he’ll be a top-32 selection.

21) Houston Texans - Tyler Biadasz/OC/Wisconsin: I know they went heavy on the offensive line this year, but an upgrade at center is still needed.

22) Green Bay Packers - Trey Smith/OT/Tennessee: Elgton Jenkins was a terrific choice in Round 2, but new blood will eventually be needed at tackle.

23) Cleveland Browns - Andrew Thomas/OT/Georgia: If Greg Robinson is playing well this season expect talks of a contract extension in November.  Otherwise look for them to upgrade left tackle in the draft.

24) Oakland Raiders (from Chicago Bears) - Albert Okwuegbunam/TE/Missouri: The depth chart at tight end is a problem now for the Raiders.

25) New England Patriots - Jabari Zuniga/DE/Florida: The Pats selected a good pass rusher in Chase Winovich and will need a replacement for 33-year-old Michael Bennett.

26) Seattle Seahawks - Trevon Diggs/CB/Alabama: A big, sturdy corner for the Seahawks.

27) Los Angeles Rams - Dylan Moses/LB/Alabama: A smallish, run-and-chase linebacker with great instincts.

28) Los Angeles Chargers - Jaylon Johnson/CB/Utah: Eventually the Chargers must add a future passer, but corner is a pressing need.

29) New Orleans Saints - Malik Harrison/LB/Ohio State: Harrison has excellent size and has shown consistent progress in his game.

30) Kansas City Chiefs - Cohl Cabral/C/Arizona State: A little-mentioned name who I presently grade as a second-round prospect but expect to move up boards.

31) Philadelphia Eagles - J.R. Reed/S/Georgia: Had Reed entered this April’s draft, I graded him as a top-50 pick.

32) Indianapolis Colts - Colton McKivitz/T/West Virginia: I always had McKivitz graded higher than his teammate Yodny Cajuste, even when the latter was getting first-round mention. The question is, can either McKivitz or Braden Smith play left tackle?