Winks’ 2020 NFL Mock Draft

This is what I think will happen in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft with the two primary goals being 1) getting the correct 32 players in the 1st round, and 2) matching the players to the correct teams.

1. Bengals – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
There hasn’t been a single credible report saying otherwise.

2. Redskins – Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
There hasn’t been a single credible report saying otherwise.

3. Lions – Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
I’m sure Detroit wants to move down to No. 5 or 6, but I think it’s more likely that those phone calls lead to nowhere, forcing them to take a top defensive player. That could be DT Derrick Brown, who definitely fills a team need, but I think Okudah is the better player and plays the more valuable position. This is definitely close to a coin flip though.

4. Giants – Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
LB Isaiah Simmons is certainly being considered, but I think tackle is the bigger need, especially after GM Dave Gettleman said retooling the offensive line was a priority when he took the job over a few years ago. Deciding which tackle they choose is tough. ESPN’s Jordan Raanan reports the Giants have been linked to Wirfs the most, and NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah mocked Wirfs there, too.

5. Dolphins – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
Which quarterback Miami picks is the top storyline of the draft. The local beat reporters have been hinting at Herbert over Tagovailoa, and I think that’s the more likely outcome given the circumstances. Tagovailoa was simply hurt by the lack of medical testing with social distancing established. In the end, I view Tagovailoa as the better player, but it’s impossible to know Tagovailoa’s projection without being a doctor and seeing him in-person.

6. Chargers – Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
I’ve heard that the Bolts have been high on Herbert for more than one season but haven’t heard how they feel about Tagovailoa. If Tua is medically cleared, I think his ceiling is too high for them to pass up. It is, however, totally possible for Tagovailoa to slide to the teens because we simply just don’t know how teams feel about his hip and ankles. The draft will be very interesting if Los Angeles picks an offensive tackle (Andrew Thomas?) and waits for a quarterback in the 2nd or 3rd round (Jalen Hurts?).

7. Panthers – Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
It’s possible that Carolina will be deciding between Brown, Isaiah Simmons, Javon Kinlaw, or C.J. Henderson with this pick, but I think the NFL in general is highest on Brown of this group. The SEC Defensive Player of the Year also fills up a massive need for the Panthers, who were absolutely destroyed on the ground last season. Defensive tackle is also weak this draft, so they can find a linebacker, corner, and the rest of their needs on Days 2 and 3.

8. Cardinals – Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson
Arizona is in a weird (but good) spot with this pick as they’ll have a couple of options at offensive tackle and defense to choose from. I think offensive tackle is the bigger need but Simmons (or Derrick Brown) just may be graded higher on their board, so I’ll slide him in here. Ultimately, the Cardinals have every incentive to move down the board as they only have one other top-100 pick (No. 72). Maybe the Bucs (No. 14) or Falcons (No. 16) come calling.

9. Falcons (from JAX) – C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida
Projected trade: ATL receives No. 9, 140, 157 and 223, and JAX receives No. 16 and 47.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Atlanta was eyeing a trade up, and I think there are three players that could be targets — C.J. Henderson, Derrick Brown, and Javon Kinlaw. With Desmond Trufant gone, corner is the biggest need on the team, and it sounds like the NFL has a decent gap between Henderson and the third-best corner, so I’m connecting the dots and having the Falcons move ahead of the corner-desperate Raiders.

10. Browns – Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
If Cleveland stays here, I think it would be for Thomas, who is arguably the most pro-ready left tackle in the class. Wills (RT), Wirfs (RT), and Becton (needs some development) don’t help the offense in 2020 and 2021 as much as Thomas would, and I think the front office knows their window to win a Super Bowl is with Baker Mayfield on his rookie contract. With that said, I can see them trading back and acquiring picks.