The 2020 NFL Draft is here. Before the Cincinnati Bengals are officially on the clock, here’s one last look at a 2020 NFL mock draft.
It’s here. It’s finally here. One of the most anticipated drafts in NFL history starts tonight from Roger Goodell’s basement.
The Redskins will pick second but then don’t have another selection until 66. However, this first-round will be something to watch closely. With the Trent Williams situation hanging in the balance, the landing spot of each first-round tackle will be noteworthy, especially at No. 10 with the Browns. If they don’t go with a tackle, could Williams be in play for a second-round swap? It seems possible.
So what happens at that juncture? Here’s one last mock projection of how the first night of tonight’s draft will go.
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1. Cincinnati Bengals: QB Joe Burrow, LSU. This pick is locked in. Burrow is coming off a prolific season at LSU that vaulted him from being a mid-round prospect to being the No. 1 overall pick. He won the Heisman, led LSU to a National Championship, and posted an absurd stat line with a 76.3 percent completion rate, 5,671 passing yards, 60 passing touchdowns, and just six interceptions.
Burrow has excellent arm talent and elite-level ball placement that is somewhat reminiscent of Drew Brees. He’ll need to prove that last season wasn’t just a one-year wonder scenario, but he obviously has the skills needed to do that and could become the next star quarterback at the NFL level.
2. Washington Redskins: EDGE Chase Young, Ohio State. Here’s another pick that is just about guaranteed to happen. Barring a team blowing them away with an insane offer, Chase Young will be the pick for the Redskins.
Young is the best defensive player in this draft class and may well be the best overall player. The edge rusher totaled 16.5 sacks last season for Ohio State and was a force in almost every game he played in. He’s very polished as a pass rusher and has great get-off, a plethora of pass-rushing moves, and very good bend off the edge. Young will be a long-term starter for Washington and has the chance to be a double-digit sack artist very early on in his career. With Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, Matt Ioannidis, Montez Sweat, Ryan Kerrigan, and Young in the fold, the Redskins will have one of the best defensive lines in the NFL.
3. Miami Dolphins (via DET): QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama. The Lions are almost certain to move down from this spot and the Dolphins are rumored to want to move up. While some speculation has tied them to a tackle, seeing them move up for a quarterback makes a lot more sense.
The Dolphins could be interested in either Tua or Justin Herbert, and they could go either way. Had Tagovailoa not gotten hurt at the end of his Alabama career, he could’ve challenged Burrow for the No. 1 spot in this class. He’s a Russell Wilson-like passer who was a winner at ‘Bama and had a prolific career. He has elite accuracy and should be able to do a lot to give the Dolphins a chance at a bright future so long as he can stay healthy.
Tagovailoa’s medical report is concerning. But if Miami believes in him, they have to take him. They need a quarterback of the future and Tua should be a solid starter.
4. New York Giants: OT Tristan Wirfs, Iowa. What I do know: The Giants are almost certainly going to take a tackle here. What I don’t know: Which tackle they’re going to take. I considered Tristan Wirfs, Jedrick Wills, and Andrew Thomas for this spot. And it could be any of them, or maybe even Mekhi Becton.
But so far, the Giants haven’t tipped their hand. So, I’m going to go with Wirfs here. He’s my No. 1 overall tackle by a hair and Dave Gettleman should love his athletic ability. But a year after taking a couple of players that fall into the higher floor, lower ceiling mold in the first round, Thomas could certainly make a late push for this spot.