2020 NFL Mock Draft Day 2: Trent Williams hot-spot, Redskins pick
41. Cleveland Browns: S Xavier McKinney, Alabama. This would’ve been a pick to watch for Trent Williams, but that was before the Browns took Jedrick Wills in the first round. Instead, the Browns are getting a total steal for the Browns. McKinney could’ve been a top-20 pick, but the safety position’s value has been depressed in this draft. McKinney would be an upgrade over Andrew Sendejo and Karl Joseph, both signed as free agents, and could be a long-term starter in the Cleveland secondary.
42. Jacksonville Jaguars: OT Josh Jones, Houston. Another year, another second-round steal that happens to be a tackle falls into the Jaguars’ lap. The Jags need a blindside protector to afford them a chance to move Cam Robinson inside to guard. Jones has a solid frame, kept his quarterbacks mostly clean at Houston, and should only get better at the NFL level.
43. Chicago Bears: CB Kristian Fulton, LSU. Using Artie Burns as a starter opposite Kyle Fuller isn’t recommended for the Bears. Nor is trusting Buster Skrine on the outside. Fulton could at least challenge the Steelers’ former first-round and Skrine for a job in the secondary.
44. Indianapolis Colts: WR Michael Pittman Jr., USC. The Colts need a No. 2 wideout for their offense. They have a couple of good tight ends and T.Y. Hilton, but they need more to help Philip Rivers find success. Pittman recorded 101 receptions for 1,275 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2019 and has a nice combination of size and speed for the next level.
45. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: RB Cam Akers, Florida State. The Bucs are probably a bit upset that Clyde Edwards-Helaire is off the board, as he could be an ideal pass-catching back for their offense. But they won’t complain about landing Akers, a semi-local player who should be an upgrade over Ronald Jones and could be a steal.
46. Denver Broncos: OT Ezra Cleveland, Boise State. Garett Bolles has never developed as the Broncos hoped after they made him a first-round pick in 2017. Here’s some competition for him. Cleveland is a great athlete and should have a chance to unseat Bolles if the Ute can fix his penalty issues.
47. Atlanta Falcons: DT Justin Madubuike, Texas A&M. The Falcons probably would’ve gone with Javon Kinlaw had he been on the board with the 16th pick. Madubuike is a good athlete and was once considered a potential first-round pick. Had he returned to school, he may have played himself into that conversation.
48. New York Jets: WR Denzel Mims, Baylor. The Jets need a potential No. 1 receiver after landing their potential left tackle of the future in Mekhi Becton. Mims is a big, athletic pass catcher with an insane catch radius. Sam Darnold will love throwing to him.