Jacob’s final 2020 NFL Mock Draft: Redskins watching Browns No. 10 pick
9. Jacksonville Jaguars: WR CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma. The Jaguars are another team that needs to win now in order for their coaching staff and front office to keep their jobs. And that means building around Gardner Minshew as the potential savior on offense.
Minshew was solid as a rookie, especially considering that he was a sixth-round pick. He could improve with a better supporting cast and pairing Lamb with D.J. Chark and Dede Westbrook is certainly appealing. Armed with another pick at No. 20 overall and the potential to trade for the No. 19 selection as reported by WalterFootball.com’s Charlie Campbell, they can grab secondary help later on. The value of going with Lamb/best corner available seems greater than going C.J. Henderson/best receiver available, in this analyst’s opinion.
10. Cleveland Browns: LB/S Isaiah Simmons, Clemson. Tackle has been the popular mock pick here, but I think that if Simmons makes it to this pick — a strong possibility — the Browns will take him. There are a few reasons why.
First, the Browns lost Joe Schobert in free agency and as a result, they need to add a three-down playmaker to their linebacker corps. Simmons qualifies and could play at linebacker in base and move around in nickel and sub packages.
Second, the Browns are reportedly among the teams interested in trading for Trent Williams. Could that be done with a second-round pick? It’s possible. And even if they don’t trade for Williams, they may be able to get Ezra Cleveland, another tackle that they like, in the second round. So, maybe waiting would behoove them.
Finally, Simmons was highly productive, has great size, elite athletic numbers, and is insanely versatile. The analytical approach of the Browns front office may value that quite a bit, so he makes sense as the No. 10 pick here.
In short, this is a pick for the Redskins to watch. Not because they may get it, but because the Browns’ actions here may paint a picture of whether or not they’re actually willing to trade for Trent Williams.
11. New York Jets: OT Mekhi Becton, Louisville. The Jets are likely to take a tackle here but as the Giants pick at No. 4, the question is all about which one they will select. Depending on who is on the board, I think Mekhi Becton could be the selection here. It was close between he and Jedrick Wills, but considering that the Jets just paid $10 million a year to the hyper-athletic George Fant, they may be interested in a player like Becton.
Becton tips the scales at 6-foot-7, 364 pounds yet is an unbelievable athlete. He clocked a 5.1-flat at the combine and has more upside than any tackle prospect in this class. The Jets may view him as their left tackle of the future and could play Fant on the right side if they like Becton enough. Jedrick Wills is also an option at this point.
12. Las Vegas Raiders: WR Henry Ruggs, Alabama. Over Jerry Jeudy? It’s looking more and more possible. The Raiders may be looking for someone to deliver fireworks in Vegas and Ruggs has the speed needed to make a dangerous combination with Tyrell Williams.
Ruggs has Tyreek Hill-type potential and is a very good route-runner. His 4.27 speed should afford him the opportunity to make some big plays and add another dimension to the Raiders’ offense.