2020 NFL Mock Draft: Post Free-Agency Mock with Trades

I never thought I would see the day Tom Brady left the Patriots. I figured he would play as long as he could in New England and then retire. His decision to join the Buccaneers shakes up the entire league. Really, with Brady in Tampa, Philip Rivers in Indy and Teddy Bridgewater in Carolina, the quarterback market has shifted drastically. New England is now a major player, while the obvious candidates like Cincinnati, Miami and Los Angeles still remain.

With free agency mostly behind us, it feels like a good like to reexamine how the first round could shake out. After all, Minnesota and San Francisco now own an extra pick each in the opening round. While players like Jadeveon Clowney, Jameis Winston and Robby Anderson remain unsigned, there aren’t really any others that could influence the decision making behind a first round pick. With the dust mostly settled, here are the trades I like to go down.

Projected Trades:

Dolphins send 1.5 and 1.26 to Lions for 1.3

Buccaneers send 1.14, 2.45 to Arizona for 1.8, 4.114

Vikings send 1.22, 3.89 and 5.155 to Cowboys for 1.17

Broncos send 2.46, 3.83 to 49ers for 1.31

Trying to predict draft day trades is like trying to pick the winning lottery numbers. Fun, but nearly impossible. There will be plenty more moves I never saw coming. With just about a month until the draft gets underway, let’s dive in to this latest mock draft!

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1. Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
Unless Cincinnati suddenly gets an offer that blows them away, this will likely be the pick. He handles pressure exceptionally well and can throw on the move. Those will be important early on given the Bengals offensive line struggles.

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2. Washington – Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
The likely smokescreen for Tua Tagovailoa took a hit with the coronavirus shutdown of the pre-draft process. I think Washington was always going to take Young. He has the physical tools all coaches crave and will be a Day 1 contributor.

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3. Miami Dolphins via Detroit Lions – Tua Tagovailoa, QB Alabama
I still believe Miami needs to move up to secure this deal. If not, I think the Giants will be getting a lot of calls at pick four. Tagovailoa’s medicals looked good the last time we had an update. He would come into a situation where he can fully rehab for a year behind Ryan Fitzpatrick while this team continues to rebuild.

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4. New York Giants – Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
I expect the Giants to listen to some trade offers here, but when it’s all settled, I think Dave Gettleman will gladly just take an offensive lineman. They have their pick of a talented bunch and I think they will land on Wills. He is solid as a pass blocker with room for some growth in the run game. Keeping Daniel Jones clean has to be a priority.

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5. Detroit Lions via Miami Dolphins – Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
Detroit moves down and still lands the player everyone expects them to target. Even with Desmond Trufant on the roster, this team needs so much help at corner. Okudah is dominant in man-to-man coverage, using smooth hips and good closing speed to make a lot of disruptive plays.

6. Los Angeles Chargers – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
Los Angeles is committed to starting Tyrod Taylor in 2020. While that is a mistake for at least a dozen reasons, there is no one on this roster that looks the part of a franchise quarterback. Herbert has his knocks, but his arm strength and experience make him a solid fit for a Chargers team needing to rebuild.

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7. Carolina Panthers – Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson
With Luke Keuchley gone, this feels like an obvious move. Carolina could target an offensive tackle here, but I think they trust their recent draft picks to step up. Simmons can be a game-changing player on defense and someone new coach Matt Rhule can rebuild this defense around.

8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers via Arizona Cardinals – Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
They got the future Hall of Fame quarterback. Now Tampa needs to protect Brady. Trading up to get their pick of those remaining is important, and it’s far from a guarantee anyone will still be available at 14. Wirfs can step in and lock down the right side of the line immediately at either guard or tackle. His versatility is intriguing and his long-term potential at left tackle makes him the best option here.

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9. Jacksonville Jaguars – Javon Kinlaw, DL, South Carolina
This vaunted Jaguars defense is in shambles. They spent some money on Joe Shobert, but that does not solve the underlying issues. Assuming Yannick Ngakoue stays, Kinlaw would be a great fit next to him. He can collapse the pocket and has the size to plug up the middle against the run.

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10. Cleveland Browns – Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
Cleveland found it’s right tackle in Jack Conklin. Now it needs to find its left tackle. Thomas is a pro-ready option who can run block with the best of them. He has some raw power to work with. He is my favorite tackle in this class. I just don’t think his potential is quite as high the rest.

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11. New York Jets – Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
Joe Douglas has sunk a lot into the offensive line, but the outlook at tackle is still a bit murky. Becton needs a lot of refining, but based on raw skill and size, he has the highest ceiling of any tackle in this class. He should be in the mix at right tackle right away with the potential to kick to the other side with a bit of seasoning.

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12. Las Vegas Raiders – CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
I had been mocking receivers to the Raiders for months. While they haven’t done much to address the need, I think they will wait given the relative depth of the class. Instead, they tab the best corner on the board. I don’t rate Henderson this highly, but it is unlikely he makes it to their second selection this round. He has the athleticism and size to develop into a solid starting option.

13. San Francisco 49ers – Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
The defensive line was getting too expensive to keep together, so John Lynch pulled a masterclass move to position himself to find his receiver of the future. Jeudy is the best route runner in the class and has plenty of athleticism. With Emmanuel Sanders headed to New Orleans, this fills a huge need.

14. Arizona Cardinals via Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn
Arizona can recoup the second round pick it gave up in the trade for DeAndre Hopkins. This might be best case scenario as well for the Cardinals defense as they land a talented interior option. Brown shows flashes of being an elite pass rusher and should contribute against the run. He fits the build of a 3-4 end with good upside.

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15. Denver Broncos – CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
Courtland Sutton is a great starting option. However, he needs a partner in crime. Lamb should benefit from playing with an arm like Drew Lock’s. Sutton and Lamb have the potential to develop into the best tandem in the NFL in a few years. This would be a huge step in the Broncos turning this roster around.

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16. Atlanta Falcons – K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
Picking up Dante Fowler is a nice addition, but Atlanta can’t count on that being enough. Chaisson brings impressive strength for his size. I see him as being a situational rusher for the Falcons while he continues to develop other parts of his game. He has a long way to go as a run defender.

17. Minnesota Vikings via Dallas Cowboys – Henry Ruggs, WR, Alabama
With two first round picks and a ton of of mid round options, Minnesota can afford to be aggressive in finding its replacement for Stefon Diggs. Ruggs has dynamite speed with a bigger frame than most realize. He has a different skill set than Diggs, but should help this Vikings offense add a new dimension to the passing game.

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18. Miami Dolphins – Josh Jones, OT, Houston
Miami made some questionable moves in free agency, but did not find it’s offensive tackle of the future, so taking a flier on Jones feels like a smart move. He is a bit raw despite being a little older than some of the other tackles in this class. However, he brings an impressive blend of mobility and power to the table and should be able to help the Dolphins in both the short term and long term.

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19. Las Vegas Raiders via Chicago Bears – Tee Higgins, WR, Alabama
Mike Mayock loves Clemson players. Even if the Raiders GM hadn’t spent three picks on former Tigers in 2019, this would be a great landing spot for Higgins. His size and ball skills make him a matchup nightmare with tons of potential to contribute in the red zone. He didn’t run at the combine, so he might never get to answer questions about his speed for teams, but his game tape makes him worth a top-20 pick.

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20. Jacksonville Jaguars via Los Angeles Rams – Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
Gardner Minshew is the best option Jacksonville has for 2020, but beyond that, that is up for debate. Love is an unfinished product with lots of potential. After shipping off Nick Foles, this team could use another option to build around going forward.

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21. Philadelphia Eagles – Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
After trading for Darius Slay and signing Jonathan Hargreave, Philly has set themselves up to target a receiver early in this draft. Jefferson is a great fit given his size and playmaking ability. Given the team’s struggles at receiver this past season, this will be a welcome addition.

22. Dallas Cowboys via Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills – Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia
Dallas slides back a few spots and still lands a solid corner with some potential to contribute for next season. Hall is coming off an injury, but he was putting together a really strong senior year before going down. He tracks the ball well in coverage and has the size to be a prototypical starter. With Byron Jones now in Miami, this is a huge need.

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23. New England Patriots – Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
What comes next for the Patriots without Tom Brady is anyone’s guess. What feels like a Bill Belichick move is to grab a linebacker with great coverage ability and range. Queen is the perfect fit for New England’s defense with the loss of Kyle van Noy.

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24. New Orleans Saints – Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
Emmanuel Sanders is 32 and does not solve New Orleans’ long-term need for a receiver, but it does give them flexibility in the draft. Adding a downhill linebacker with good speed and instincts is never a bad thing. The Saints have been trying to solidify their linebacking corps for years. Murray might actually help them do it.

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25. Minnesota Vikings – Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
The Vikings went bold and grabbed a top-end receiver, but they still need to patch up the secondary. Gladney is a bit undersized, but he plays the ball well and plays his man even better. He is a bit rough around the edges, but he should be capable of contributing early on in his NFL career.

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26. Detroit Lions via Miami Dolphins and Houston Texans – A.J. Epenesa, DL, Iowa
Adding Danny Shelton was a good move, but it does not solve all of Detroit’s defensive line needs. Epenesa has really good play strength and some versatility as a pass rusher. He is a bit inconsistent, but when he is on, he has the talent of a top-10 player in this draft. This is not the biggest need on Detroit’s board, but he is the best player left available and they pick again early in round 2.

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27. Seattle Seahawks – Ross Blacklock, DL, TCU
Rumors point to Jadeveon Clowney returning to Seattle, who at the time of writing, is still unsigned. If Clowney does come back, Blacklock could slot in well next to him and create a dynamic front four for the Seahawks. He rarely loses ground in the trenches and often drew double teams at TCU. It would be fun to see him run free because Clowney would definitely be drawing the majority of the attention.

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28. Baltimore Ravens – Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
Baltimore made some savvy moves to restock the defense without breaking the bank, but those moves were in the front seven. To round out the defense, the Ravens can tab a rangy safety who likes to play down in the box. McKinney should help soften the blow of Tony Jefferson’s departure and give John Harbaugh another starting option in the secondary.

29. Tennessee Titans – Austin Jackson, OT, USC
Jack Conklin is now a Brown. That means the Titans desperately need help on the right side of the line. Jackson is a bit of a project. However, he has great size and measurables along with some solid moments on tape. Putting him on the right side could hide some of his deficiencies while he develops.

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30. Green Bay Packers – Michael Pittman Jr., WR, USC
Here is my comp for Pittman: Jordy Nelson. Nelson is 6’3″, 217 pounds and ran a 4.51 40 time. Pittman is 6’4″, 223 pounds and ran a 4.52 40 time. We know what Aaron Rodgers did with Nelson. I think Pittman could be the perfect complement to Davante Adam’s and help jumpstart this offense.

31. Denver Broncos via San Francisco 49ers – Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
With a bunch of mid-round picks, Denver can get aggressive in moving up to find Chris Harris’ replacement. Yes, they traded for A.J. Bouye, but when you play in the same division as Patrick Mahomes, you need a few good corners. Fulton is aggressive and played against some great competition this year. He is a bit inconsistent, but at his best, he is a lockdown corner.

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32. Kansas City Chiefs – Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
Given the way the board broke for the Chiefs, I could see them trading out. Instead, Kansas City should tag the lengthy Diggs to help rebuild a decimate cornerback room. His size and physicality would bring a different element to this Chiefs secondary and it should be a welcome one.

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2020 NFL Mock Draft: Post-combine mock with trades

With the combine officially over, it’s time for another mock draft. Let’s make this one a fun and chaotic one. For the first time in preparing for the 2020 draft, I am allowing trades! I am also predicting a couple of the big time free agent decisions for this offseason to help guide some of the decision making here. Before we dive into the mock itself, let’s review a couple of the biggest moves and all the trades.

Projected free agent signings:

Colts sign Jadeveon Clowney

Chargers sign Teddy Bridgewater

Patriots sign Tom Brady, Amari Cooper

Buccaneers sign Philip Rivers, Jack Conklin, tag Shaq Barrett

Projected Trades:

Dolphins send 1.5 and 1.26 to Lions for 1.3

Colts trade 1.13, 2.44 and 2021 first to Giants for 1.4 and 6.164

Buccaneers send 1.14, 3.76, 2021 first and 2021 fourth to Chargers for 1.6

Giants send 1.13, 2.44 to Cardinals for 1.8

Chargers trade 2.37 and 4.109 and 2021 fourth (from TB) to Titans for 1.29

Eagles trade 2.53, 3.85, 4.124 and 5.168 to 49ers for 1.31 and 6.210

Chiefs tag and trade Chris Jones to Seattle 2.59

Ravens tag and trade Matt Judon to Detroit for 3.67

Lions trade Darius Slay to Broncos for 3.77

Bengals tag and trade A.J. Green to Raiders for 3.91

This is obviously far from an exact science, but it helps guide the discussion a little bit and certainly makes for a very interesting mock draft. With tons of movement coming in draft stock for players following the combine, let’s get into this wild mock draft!

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1. Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
Don’t overthink this one, Cincinnati needs a franchise quarterback to build around. Burrow has great pocket mobility, a strong enough arm and none of the injury questions facing Tua Tagovailoa.

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2. Washington – Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
There is a bit of buzz about the potential Washington will target Tagovailoa, but Young is the safer bet. He becomes a headache opposing offenses right away. Ron Rivera would love to get that type of player.

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3. Miami Dolphins via Detroit Lions – Tua Tagovailoa, QB Alabama
First trade of the draft here. Miami needs to find its quarterback of the future and Tagovailoa should be an excellent option. He needs to answer those injury concerns, but he comes into a great situation to sit behind Ryan Fitzpatrick for a year before he takes over as starter. Sending the 26th pick in the draft ensures the Dolphins get their guy.

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The Giants said they are open to trading down. That is an opening the Colts should pounce on. With lots of draft capital to work with, Indy can send a pair of first round picks and it second second rounder of the year to New York to sign its quarterback of the future. Herbert showed out at both the Senior Bowl and combine. I think he should be locked in as the third quarterback taken.

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5. Detroit Lions via Miami Dolphins – Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
Okudah fills a huge need and is the best player available. His closing speed is impressive and he can fit into either a man or zone scheme. Especially with Darius Slay getting traded in this scenario, the Lions would be wise to find his potential replacement. Detroit drops two spots, lands pick 26 and still gets their guy.

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Tampa Bay might have signed a veteran quarterback in Philip Rivers, but that is a short-term fix. Love could be the future at the position. He has a strong arm and Bruce Arians will be determined to bring out his 2018 form, when he had a better supporting cast. With Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, Love should have plenty of talent to work with.

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Luke Keuchley retired, perhaps a bit earlier than most expected. As it turns out, Carolina has the best linebacker in the class fall into its lap. Now Simmons is not a perfect replacement for Keuchley, but he has the same nose for the football. He would be a difference maker Matt Rhule can build his defense around.

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Let’s get weird and have the Giants start wheeling and dealing. Unlikely with Dave Gettleman calling the shots, but one can pretend. Not wanting to miss out on the top tackles in the class, New York can send the second round pick it got from Indianapolis to Arizona to land their favorite of the group. I expect it will be Wills, who faced great competition and has the movement skills to be a starting left tackle.

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Jacksonville has a lot of questions to answer this offseason. If they can hang on to their top free agents, they can target a player to help Gardner Minshew. Jeudy would complete a solid receiver core with D.J. Chark and Chris Conley. He is dynamic and about as polished as it gets when it comes to route running.

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10. Cleveland Browns – Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
Protecting Baker Mayfield is the top priority for this team. I think Cleveland will fall in love with the upside Mekhi Becton brings to the table. He is very raw, but his physical skills are incredible given his size. It might take him a year or so to get fully acclimated, but he has the potential to be one of the best tackles in the league with the right coaching.

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The run on tackles should continue with the Jets picking at 11. They have made it no secret they want to rebuild this offensive line in front of Sam Darnold. Wirfs is a powerful prospect who could start in a couple different positions. He has the size and mobility to play tackle, which makes him worth taking here. He should also also help Le’Veon Bell be a bit more effective.

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I really debated the Raiders going after Jordan Love here or getting aggressive and trading up for Isaiah Simmons. Instead, Vegas should stand pat and let the draft come to them. Nabbing CeeDee Lamb gives them a dynamic playmaker on the outside that should open up the offense a lot more for Derek Carr.

Arizona_Cardnals_logo_(1994-2004)13. Arizona Cardinals via New York Giants Indianapolis Colts – Javon Kinlaw, DL, South Carolina
Arizona pulls a savvy move here by trading down and landing a player I thought they might take at number eight. The interior of the Cardinals defensive line was awful in 2019. Javon Kinlaw has flashed incredible pass rushing ability and dominated at Senior Bowl week. I think he should make an immediate impact.

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Los Angeles adds a ton of draft capital by moving down and still manages to land one of the top tackle prospects. Thomas is a proven run blocker who struggles occassionally with speed rushers. He should be able to develop into a solid starter on the left side of the line. Thomas will be tasked with keeping Teddy Bridgewater upright.

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Courtland Sutton and Henry Ruggs would form a formidable duo for Drew Lock to work with. His speed in off the charts and he showed it by running a 4.27 40 at the combine, but he brings more than that to the table. He needs to develop his route running, but he should make an instant impact.

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16. Atlanta Falcons – Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn
While Atlanta needs an edge rusher, I don’t think K’Lavon Chaisson fits this defense or is as well-rounded as some in the draft community. Brown could step in next to Grady Jarrett and create a huge strength on that defense. He moves really well for his size and could develop into a solid interior pass rusher.

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17. Dallas Cowboys – Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
Receiver, really? I think so. My guess is Dallas will franchise tag Dak Prescott and lock up Byron Jones to a big deal. That could leave Amari Cooper on the open market, where the Cowboys could get priced out. Instead, Jerry Jones can find an immediate replacement with tons of big-game experience and impressive physical tools in Jefferson.

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18. Miami Dolphins – K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
I personally think Chaisson has a long way to go as a run defender, but he has the chops to be a solid pass rusher. He is a bit undersized, but he is explosive and brings the physical tools scouts want to see. After finishing last in the league in sacks last season, this is a no-brainer for Miami.

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19. Las Vegas Raiders via Chicago Bears – Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
In the 2019 draft, the Raiders stocked up on Clemson players. I could see them doubling up on Oklahoma standouts in 2020. Murray gives Las Vegas some much needed speed along the middle of that defense. He diagnoses plays well and is an effective tackler.

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20. Jacksonville Jaguars via Los Angeles Rams – Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
Telvin Smith is not coming back. Queen can step in to fill that void. He has a nose for the football and should be a three-down contributor from the moment he arrives in Jacksonville. There is no denying his big-game experience either after winning a national championship. This Jaguars roster looks a lot better with him and Jeudy.

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21. Philadelphia Eagles – Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
While fans may be clamoring for a receiver, there are going to be a lot of talented ones available in the second round. Instead, Philly should look to patch a woeful secondary. Xavier McKinney has enough speed to be effective in coverage, but he is truly special making plays downhill. He tackles well and takes good angles to make plays in space.

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22. Buffalo Bills – Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
Everyone wanted to see Higgins run at the NFL combine. We will have to wait for Clemson’s pro day, but he is a great fit in Buffalo. With solid possession receivers in Cole Beasley and John Brown, Higgins’ big play ability and size would make him an excellent complement. Josh Allen will love working with a player that has Higgins’ catch radius.

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23. New England Patriots – Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
I expect Tom Brady back in New England. I also expect the Patriots to be aggressive in finding a receiver in free agency, landing Amari Cooper. That means New England can turn its attention to other needs. With no tight ends worth going in the first round, the Patriots tab Gross-Matos, who has a good motor and solid pass rush moves. He would immediately become a situational rusher in this defense.

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Laviska Shenault will have to undergo surgery, but I think his tape should keep in the first round. He is quick, athletic and reliable. Colorado did all sorts of things to get the ball in his hands. He would be able to line up across from Michael Thomas right away and hopefully give Drew Brees another dependable target.

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25. Minnesota Vikings – CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
After a tough season from its secondary, Minnesota should look to add another corner to its defensive backfield. Henderson had a great combine and should, hopefully, put injury concerns behind him. He was a bit inconsistent this year, but he has all the measurables. Give him a year with Mike Zimmer and he could be a great starting option.

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Epenesa’s combine numbers solidified him as an interior lineman. He clearly does not have the necessary speed to play on the outside. He still has the size and strength to be a 4-3 defensive tackle or maybe even a 3-4 defensive end. He can still rush the passer, but Detroit would definitely be lining him up inside. After cutting Damon Harrison, the Lions definitely have a need there.

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27. Seattle Seahawks – Josh Jones, OT, Houston
Seattle could head in a few directions here, but I think bolstering the offensive line in front of Russell Wilson makes the most sense. Jones has been generating buzz since showing up big time at the Senior Bowl. He is a bit unrefined despite being a redshirt senior. I could see him growing into Wilson’s blindside protector down the line.

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28. Baltimore Ravens – Zach Baun, LB, Wisconsin
Now Baun is not a pure edge rusher, at least not anymore. He worked out as an off-ball linebacker at the Senior Bowl and thrived in the role. His versatility and speed should intrigue the Ravens. With Matt Judon gone, potentially along with Patrick Onwuasor as well, Baun fills a major need.

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After signing Bridgewater and drafting Thomas, Los Angeles needs to retool its offense around them. With Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler both slated for free agency, getting a young running back with game-breaking speed is a must. While the league values the position less than ever, spending a first round pick on a back gives the Chargers an extra year of control. Dobbins should give LA an exciting back to rely on.

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30. Green Bay Packers – Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan
Peoples-Jones had very pedestrian numbers in college playing at Michigan. I think that can mostly be blamed on the system and the quarterbac.  (Sorry Shea Patterson fans.) However, he put up some eye-popping numbers at the combine. Peoples-Jones the best vertical of any participant by 2.5 inches and ran a 4.48 40, which matched Jerry Juedy. If anyone can capitalize on that physical ability, it will be Aaron Rodgers.

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31. Philadelphia Eagles via San Francisco 49ers – Michael Pittman, WR, USC
Pittman had an excellent combine that went a bit under the radar. He does not have the same blazing speed as Henry Ruggs, but he ran a 4.52 40 which is really impressive at 6’4″, 223 pounds. He also finished top four in both the three cone and 20-yard shuttle. Across the board, he posted better numbers than a former USC standout by the name of Juju Smith-Schuster. He would give Carson Wentz a huge upgrade on the outside. San Francisco is lacking draft picks and all too happy to pick up a bounty of picks to move out of the first round.

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32. Kansas City Chiefs – Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia
It feels good to be on top. In order to stay there, Kansas City will need to rebuild its cornerback room. Kendall Fuller, Bashaud Breeland and Morris Claiborne are all free agents. Hall missed the second half of the season with an ankle injury, but looked the part of a shutdown corner prior to that. He has the size and speed to turn into a starter in the next few seasons.

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NFL Draft Podcast – AFC Free Agency Primer and Draft Implications

After breaking down the NFC last week, it is time to discuss which AFC free agents will impact the 2020 NFL Draft. The Patriots await Tom Brady’s free agent decision while the rest of the division hopes to close the game and patch up their offensive lines. Tennessee’s incredible run came courtesy of a number of players that are not under contract for 2020. Houston, Indianapolis and Jacksonville all enter free agency with at least one major player it needs to bring back. The reigning Super Bowl champs have to figure out what they will do with Chris Jones. Meanwhile, Los Angeles might need to rebuild its whole offense. In the North, the Ravens have some difficult decisions to make regarding Matt Judon and Michael Pierce. The Browns, Bengals and Steelers all need reinforcements in the trenches. Catch up on all the major pending free agents ahead of the scouting combine! Listen to the latest episode now on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.
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2020 NFL Mock Draft: Post Super Bowl 3-Round Mock

That’s all she wrote! The NFL season came to a thrilling conclusion that for once didn’t involved Tom Brady. Patrick Mahomes proved he truly is the golden boy and delivered Kansas City’s first Super Bowl title in 50 years. With that, the draft order is officially set and now the offseason begins. As a Jets fan, I am used to being more excited about the offseason than the actual season because it means my team can finally start to fill the glaring holes on the roster. Browns and Buccaneers fans should know what I am talking about. With the next major event on the NFL calendar being the scouting combine in Indianapolis, every team now shifts its attention to the NFL draft.

On the heels of the Senior Bowl, which led to some major movement in my latest big board, this new mock draft should look very different than my last one. With player declarations behind us and the combine still to come, this is how I think things will go down in Vegas when draft day finally rolls around. Quick notes: no trades were allowed (but I will be rolling out some mock drafts with trades in the coming months) and the draft order is according to Tankathon with compensatory picks calculated by Over The Cap.

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1. Cincinnati Bengals (2-14) – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
This is pretty much solidified at this point. But then again, I never would have thought that Kyler Murray or Baker Mayfield would be the top pick at this point in the past two drafts. Joe Burrow has the accuracy and mobility to be a Pro Bowl quarterback.

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2. Washington (3-13) – Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
Regardless of position, Chase Young is the best player in this draft. He is an elite pass rusher who excels against the run as well. He is a plug-and-play option with Hall of Fame potential.

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3. Detroit Lions (3-12-1) – Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
With Detroit not able to trade down in this mock, Jeff Okudah fills a huge need and is the best player available. His closing speed is impressive and he can fit into either a man or zone scheme.

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4. New York Giants (4-12) – Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson
New York desperately needs an infusion of talent on the defensive side of the football. Isaiah Simmons brings an incredible blend of versatility and playmaking. He has lined up at outside corner, slot corner, linebacker and safety for Clemson. Play him wherever you like.

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5. Miami Dolphins (5-11) – Tua Tagovailoa, QB Alabama
This pick will remain Tua Taogovailoa until further notice. Miami has a veteran quarterback in Ryan Fitzpatrick to help the transition for Tua as he recovers from his hip injury. When healthy, his accuracy is the best in the class.

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6. Los Angeles Chargers (5-11) – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
Justin Herbert answered some questions about his ability to lead at the Senior Bowl. With reports surfacing that Philip Rivers has severed ties with Los Angeles, this franchise needs to identify its quarterback of the future. Herbert has the talent to develop into just that.

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7. Carolina Panthers (5-11) – Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
Could Jordan Love go in the top 10? It’s not out the question, but Carolina has a trio of potential options, so adding a top-tier offensive lineman feels like a more pressing need. Andrew Thomas has impressive play strength. He has some room for development as a pass blocker.

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8. Arizona Cardinals (5-10-1) – Javon Kinlaw, DL, South Carolina
Following a dominant week at the Senior Bowl, Javon Kinlaw has himself in the top 10. He showed out as a pass rusher in Mobile and showed the potential he flashed at South Carolina. Slot him into a terrible Arizona defensive line and he should make an immediate impact.

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9. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-10) – Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
Gardner Minshew is set to be the quarterback for 2020 in Jacksonville and he will need some targets to throw to. DJ Chark and Chris Conley feel like nice complementary pieces, whereas Jerry Jeudy would be a true No. 1 receiver. He is the best route runner in the class and with sneaky good athleticism.

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10. Cleveland Browns (6-10) – Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
Meet the most polished pass blocker and the answer to Baker Mayfield’s prayers. Cleveland struggled to keep Baker clean this year and needs a player like Jedrick Wills to fix that. Wills should be a day one starter.

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11. New York Jets (7-9) – Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
While the hype around Mekhi Becton has continued to build, Tristan Wirfs is a more polished version of him. He has the size and power to transition well to the NFL. He also fills a major need for the Jets.

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12. Las Vegas Raiders (7-9) – CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
Rumors are swirling that the Raiders are interesting in a certain veteran quarterback with six Super Bowl rings. Regardless of who is at quarterback, they need a top-tier receiving option. CeeDee Lamb is a menace after the catch and shows up whenever you watch Oklahoma play.

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13. Indianapolis Colts (7-9) – Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn
While fans are desperate for a new quarterback, I don’t see Indianapolis moving for Jordan Love. Instead, they snag a run stuffing interior lineman that fills a huge need in what has been a run-heavy division. Derrick Brown will be an upgrade on the inside.

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14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9) – Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
Tampa Bay does not want to pay Jameis Winston this offseason. Instead, they draft Jameis Winston 2.0 in Jordan Love. He has all the arm talent in the world, but his decision making is rough. Love has loads of potential, but he could end up as a gunslinger just like Winston as well.

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15. Denver Broncos (7-9) – Henry Ruggs, WR, Alabama
With a speedster like Henry Ruggs on the board, Denver can pair him with Courtland Sutton and give Drew Lock a great tandem at receiver. Ruggs is the fastest player in this draft, but his game is more diverse than that. He could have a Tyreek Hill-type impact on the offense.

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16. Atlanta Falcons (7-9) – A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
A.J. Epenesa fits the mold of a disruptive 4-3 defensive end. Atlanta is in desperate need of pass rushing help, which Epenesa should provide plenty of. He is a steal at this spot.

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17. Dallas Cowboys (8-8) – Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
Dallas seems set to franchise tag Dak Prescott, which means Amari Cooper and Byron Jones could hit free agency. With a ton of depth at receiver in this class, the Cowboys opt to bolster the secondary with the physical and aggressive Kristian Fulton.

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18. Miami Dolphins via Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8) – Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
With the quarterback position set, Miami needs to protect its investment. Mekhi Becton is a bit of a project, but his potential is massive, literally. He is 6’8″ and 365 pounds. That frame is exactly what offensive line coaches want to work with.

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19. Las Vegas Raiders via Chicago Bears (8-8) – Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
Las Vegas can double dip on Sooners. The defense needs more speed up the middle. Kenneth Murray fits to modern day mold at linebacker. He is quick and explosive. He reacts fast to plays in front of him and should help with the Raiders’ continuing defensive remodel.

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20. Jacksonville Jaguars via Los Angeles Rams (9-7) – CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
After landing the top receiver in the class, Jacksonville turns to the other side of the ball. CJ Henderson won’t fill the void Jalen Ramsey left, but he has the size and athleticism to develop into a high-end starter.

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21. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) – Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
With Henderson and Fulton off the board, Philly bolsters its porous secondary in another way. Xavier McKinney is a heat-seeking missile who should add some much needed playmaking to the back end of the defense.

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22. Buffalo Bills (10-6) – Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
Buffalo has some good depth at receiver, but needs a No. 1 option. Tee Higgins is the perfect complement to John Brown and Cole Beasley. He has excellent body control and excels on jump balls. He has to work on generating separation, but he should be an immediate boost to the red zone offense.

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23. New England Patriots (12-4) – Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
Will Tom Brady be back? That question will dictate the Patriots’ offseason plans. Assuming he returns to New England, the defense needs an infusion of young talent. Yetur Gross-Matos can stand up or play with his hand in the dirt. That type of versatility is something this team will love.

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24. New Orleans Saints (13-3) – Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado
Much like the Patriots, the Saints face the similar quarterback conundrum. If Drew Brees returns, New Orleans will be eager to find him another receiver to play across from Michael Thomas. Laviska Shenault’s versatile skill set would be fun to watch in Sean Payton’s offense.

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25. Minnesota Vikings (10-6) – Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia
Minnesota lacked consistency at the cornerback position all season long. Bryce Hall should rise up some draft boards if he can test at the combine. He has the size and technique that should turn some heads.

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26. Miami Dolphins via Houston Texans (11-5) – Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama
No one had fewer sacks in 2019 than the Dolphins. Terrell Lewis bounced back well after injury kept him out for all of 2018. He will likely need to bulk up a little bit, but he should serve well as a pass rushing linebacker.

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27. Seattle Seahawks (11-5) – Bradlee Anae, EDGE, Utah
The only team that finished with fewer sacks than the Seahawks last season was the Dolphins. Bradlee Anae looked like an NFL-ready pass rusher in the Senior Bowl. He showcased a full arsenal of pass rushing moves in Mobile.

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28. Baltimore Ravens (14-2) – K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
Baltimore does not have a ton of needs after a fantastic regular season. Matthew Judon could be gone next season though, so finding another edge rusher has to be a priority. K’Lavon Chaisson has a good blend of power and speed. He has a long way to go as a run defender.

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29. Tennessee Titans (9-7) – Tyler Biadasz, C, Wisconsin
Tennessee made a remarkable run in the postseason, but still has some room for growth. The interior of the offensive line could use an upgrade. Tyler Biadasz is an old school road grader. He fits the type of player the Titans want in their power run scheme.

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30. Green Bay Packers (13-3) – Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
There is no question Green Bay’s passing offense took a huge step back this year. Davante Adams missed some time and Green Bay desperately needs someone to play across from him. Justin Jefferson tore up opposing secondaries this year. He has the size and speed to be an effective weapon for Aaron Rodgers.

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31. San Francisco 49ers (13-3) – Josh Jones, OT, Houston
San Francisco capped off a great season with a Super Bowl appearance. In order to return, the 49ers need to prep for the future. Joe Staley only has a few years left in his playing career and Josh Jones could the 49ers’ next left tackle. He is physical and powerful, but needs a bit of refining.

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32. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4) – Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
The Mahomes Magic will end with a trip to Disney! Kansas City’s defense took major steps in 2019, but still needs some more playmaking. Patrick Qeuen’s speed alone should help.

33. Cincinnati Bengals (2-14) – Michael Pittman, WR, USC
With a new quarterback in the mix, he will need players to throw to. Michael Pittman is a possession receiver with great size and hands. He can quickly become a quarterback’s best friend.

34. Indianapolis Colts via Washington (7-9) – Jacob Eason, QB, Washington
Jacoby Brissett did not lock up the starting role this year. Jacob Eason is not pro ready, but he has a huge arm. He isn’t very mobile, but he would be playing behind one of the best lines in the NFL.

35. Detroit Lions (3-12-1) – Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State
They missed out on Chase Young, but Curtis Weaver is a solid edge rusher to integrate into the defense. He was extremely productive in college.

36. New York Giants (4-12) – Julian Okwara, EDGE, Notre Dame
New York should continue to retool its defense. Julian Okwara is a high-upside 4-3 defensive end who can rush the passer.

37. Los Angeles Chargers (5-11) – Austin Jackson, OT, USC
LA needs some new blood along its offensive line. Austin Jackson is big and raw, but could develop into Justin Herbert’s blindside blocker.

38. Carolina Panthers (5-11) – Neville Gallimore, DL, Oklahoma
The Panthers are in a weird state of flux and need to rebuild in the trenches. Neville Gallimore will provide a boost to a terrible Carolina run defense.

39. Miami Dolphins (5-11) – J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
Miami had a revolving door at running back this season. J.K. Dobbins’ combination of power and speed should provide some consistency at the position.

40. Arizona Cardinals (5-10-1) – Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
After trade rumors swirled last year regarding Patrick Peterson and his contract up after 2020, Arizona can get ahead of the curve by drafting Trevon Diggs. He is a big-body corner who looks the part of a future starter.

41. Cleveland Browns (6-10) – Grant Delpit, S, LSU
Damorious Randall is set for free agency. If he doesn’t come back, Grant Delpit should be a starting option right away. He needs to clean up his technique and tackling, but he has the tools of a playmaker.

42. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-10) – Ross Blacklock, DL, TCU
Jacksonville finished in the bottom five in rushing yards allowed and yards allowed per carry. Ross Blacklock moves well and should help plug up the middle.

43. Chicago Bears via Las Vegas Raiders (7-9) – Matt Hennessy, C, Temple
While many point to Mitchell Trubisky’s struggles, Chicago fell apart trying to run the ball. Matt Hennessy is an excellent zone run blocker who should help open some holes.

44. Indianapolis Colts (7-9) – Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State
Whoever is under center next year, they need someone else to throw to other than T.Y. Hilton. Brandon Aiyuk and Paris Campbell should round out a dynamic trio.

45. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9) – Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn
Tampa Bay could use a rework of the right side of the line. Prince Tega Wanogho is impressive as a pass blocker. He is battle tested as well coming from the SEC.

46. Denver Broncos (7-9) – Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
Chris Harris is not likely to return. Bryce Callahan should finally suit up, but Jeff Gladney will round out the group. He is a bit undersized, but his ball skills make up for that.

47. Atlanta Falcons (7-9) – D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
Devonta Freeman can’t stay on the field and there is not a clear successor to him. D’Andre Swift can be used in the passing game as well. Keep the Bulldog instate.

48. New York Jets (7-9) – Lloyd Cushenberry, C, LSU
Sam Darnold needs time to throw. Lloyd Cushenberry should be the next step for the Jets rebuilding their offensive line.

49. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8) – Zach Baun, LB, Wisconsin
There are needs for this Steelers team across the board. Zach Baun is not overly athletic, but he is versatile as a coverage linebacker and edge rusher.

50. Chicago Bears (8-8) – Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame
For most of the year, I was unable to identify most of the players starting at tight end for the Bears. Cole Kmet should stop the carousel. He can create separation and give Trubisky another target to work with.

51. Dallas Cowboys (8-8) – Ashtyn Davis, S, California
The Cowboys can continue their secondary makeover by adding the speedy and rangy Ashtyn Davis. He is a bit raw, but he was a track athlete at Cal.

52. Los Angeles Rams (9-7) – Cesar Ruiz, C, Michigan
Jared Goff struggled a lot more this season without a proven offensive line in front of him. Cesar Ruiz can step in and play any spot along the interior of the line right away.

53. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) – Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
Give Carson Wentz a healthy receiver and see what happens. Jalen Reagor struggled with drops in 2019, but his speed makes him electric. He can play the slot right away.

54. Buffalo Bills (10-6) – Marlon Davidson, DL, Auburn
Buffalo has a lot of talent on that defense, but they can continue to build depth and build for the future. Marlon Davidson can line up all over the defensive line and should provide some power.

55. Atlanta Falcons via New England Patriots (12-4) – Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State
After an impressive national semifinal game, Damon Arnette should hear his name called by the end of round two. He could develop into a player to start across from Desmond Trufant.

56. Miami Dolphins via New Orleans Saints (13-3) – Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan
Donovan Peoples-Jones is almost something of a luxury pick for Miami. After addressing a number of key positions, the Dolphins add a high-upside receiver to grow with their rookie quarterback.

57. Houston Texans (11-5) – Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
With just one pick in the first 100 selections, spending that on a running back might feel odd. However, Jonathan Taylor is a powerful runner who can help Houston in the short term with Carlos Hyde set for free agency. Taylor does need to take care of the football though.

58. Minnesota Vikings (10-6) – Leki Fotu, DL, Utah
For what he lacks in stamina, Leki Fotu makes up for in explosiveness. Minnesota can add another disruptive defensive lineman to make it a clear strength.

59. Seattle Seahawks (11-5) – Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn
After nabbing an edge rusher, Seattle can continue to add depth to the defense by adding a raw corner. Noah Igbinoghene has a lot of potential, but will need some work to clean up his technique.

60. Baltimore Ravens (14-2) – Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
Looking at this roster, Baltimore needs to continue to surrounding Lamar Jackson with playmakers. Denzel Mims has excellent body control and routinely finds soft spots in zone coverage.

61. Tennessee Titans (9-7) – Jonathan Greenard, EDGE, Florida
While the Titans defense was fierce this season, it still lacks edge rushers. Jonathan Greenard has the tenacity to rush the passer and handle facing the run.

62. Green Bay Packers (13-3) – Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio State
After addressing its need at receiver, Green Bay needs to find a future middle linebacker. Blake Martinez will be a free agent and Malik Harrison can take his place. He is a bit rough around the edges, but he plays downhill.

63. Kansas City Chiefs via San Francisco 49ers (12-4) – Josh Uche, EDGE, Michigan
Kansas City went after Terrell Suggs for a reason. They need to find more edge rushers. Josh Uche brings tons of the speed to the position and should help out as a rotational rusher right away.

64. Seattle Seahawks via Kansas City Chiefs (13-3) – John Simpson, G, Clemson
Seattle wants to run the football a lot and needs to beef up his offensive line. John Simpson was an All-American for a reason. He has some raw power to work with.

65. Cincinnati Bengals (2-14) – Matt Peart, OT, UConn
Cincinnati will get 2019 first round pick Jonah Williams back this year. Adding another tackle to develop could turn this line around.

66. Washington (3-13) – Trey Adams, OT, Washington
If he is able to get back to full health, he could be their future franchise tackle. However, there are so many red flags with injuries that Trey Adams will likely find his way into the third round.

67. Detroit Lions (3-12-1) – K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn State
With Kenny Golladay locked in as the top receiving option, K.J. Hamler would be a great option out of the slot.

68. New York Jets via New York Giants (4-12) – Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah
There are a ton of holes on this Jets roster. Cornerback is one of the highest priorities to address. Jaylon Johnson plays like a shutdown corner, but has a long way to go in his development.

69. Carolina Panthers (5-11) – Jared Pinkney, TE, Vanderbilt
Greg Olsen will not be back as a Carolina Panther. Whoever is playing quarterback will need a target to find across the middle. Even with Ian Thomas, Jared Pinkney is a worthy add in round three.

70. Miami Dolphins (5-11) – Ben Bredeson, G, Michigan
NFL games are won in the trenches. Miami snagged Mekhi Becton in the first round, but could use some depth along the interior. Ben Bredeson could slide into either guard spot.

71. Los Angeles Chargers (5-11) – A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
Playing in a division with Patrick Mahomes means your secondary has to be ready to drop into coverage a lot. A.J. Terrell has the technique to develop into a solid No. 2 corner.

72. Arizona Cardinals (5-10-1) – Devin Duvernay, WR, Texas
Devin Duvernay seems like the type of crafty route runner with decent speed to help move this offense along. He has the makings of a great slot receiver.

73. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-10) – Troy Dye, LB, Oregon
Telvin Smith probably isn’t coming back, so adding another quick, aggressive linebacker feels like a necessary move.

74. Cleveland Browns (6-10) – Justin Madubuike, DL, Texas A&M
Cleveland needs to seek out talented players that can make a difference in the next year or two. Justin Madubuike should be a rotational option who can develop into a starter.

75. Indianapolis Colts (7-9) – Kenny Willekes, EDGE, Michigan State
Kenny Willekes might not have eye-popping measurables, but he is a high-motor difference maker. He had a very productive career at Michigan State and should fit well as a tone-setting 4-3 end.

76. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9) – Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU
Tampa Bay had absolutely no running game to lean on this season. Clyde Edwards-Helaire would provide a versatile option with good power. He lacks elite speed, but he can still pick up chunk plays.

77. Denver Broncos (7-9) – Lucas Niang, OT, TCU
Lucas Niang has some raw ability and size to work with. Denver will count on their ability to develop offensive linemen in drafting him.

78. Atlanta Falcons (7-9) – Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama
Raekwon Davis has tons of potential, but he has failed to improve in either of his past two years at Alabama. Atlanta is willing to take a chance on helping him take the next step.

79. New York Jets (7-9) – Ben Bartch, OT, St. John’s
If you watched the Jets play this season, you know that there probably is no such thing as too many picks invested on the offensive line. Ben Bartch will need some time to acclimate, but he showed at the Senior Bowl he can be brought up to speed quickly.

80. Las Vegas Raiders (7-9) – Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State
Even after hitting with Trayvon Mullen last year, Las Vegas still needs secondary help. They shipped out Gareon Conley after all. Cameron Dantzler is a bit of a project, but his physical skill is enticing.

81. Las Vegas Raiders via Chicago Bears (8-8) – Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir Rhyne
Pairing Kyle Dugger with Johnathan Abram should give Las Vegas an exciting safety combo. Dugger showed he can hang with the big boys at the Senior Bowl despite coming from a small school.

82. Dallas Cowboys (8-8) – Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton
Jason Witten played well in his return from retirement, but the fact that he was their top option makes tight end a need. Adam Trautman has the size and dependability needed to make the transition. He caught 110 passes over his past two seasons.

83. Denver Broncos via Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8) – Troy Pride, CB, Notre Dame
Denver’s wealth of picks allows them to double up at corner and find a player to develop. Troy Pride has the speed to be an elite corner, but needs some seasoning before he is ready to contribute.

84. Los Angeles Rams (9-7) – Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia
They might have needs elsewhere, but this team is going to struggle until it rebuilds the offensive line. Isaiah Wilson can slot in at right tackle or possibly kick inside to guard given his size.

85. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) – A.J. Green, CB, Oklahoma State
Philadelphia desperately needs some swagger in its secondary. Xavier McKinney should bring that and so should A.J. Green. His long frame and physical play style make him an intriguing prospect.

86. Buffalo Bills (10-6) – Dane Jackson, CB, Pittsburgh
Buffalo does not have a whole lot of proven options at corner opposite Tre’Davious White. Dane Jackson should come in and compete for a spot. If not, he will provide some much-needed depth.

87. New England Patriots (12-4) – Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
Who is the heir apparent in New England? It might be Jared Stidham, but his brief audition this year led the Patriots to sign Cody Kessler. Jake Fromm is the type of quarterback that can succeed in this offense, bringing poise, accuracy and high football IQ to the position.

88. New Orleans Saints (13-3) – Logan Stenberg, G, Kentucky
Part of the Saints’ success in recent years has been the play of the offensive line. Adding Logan Stenberg provides a future starter, especially if Andrus Peat leaves in free agency.

89. Minnesota Vikings (10-6) – K.J. Hill, WR, Ohio State
Between Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, Minnesota has a great one-two punch. However, the depth at the receiver position is non-existent. K.J. Hill could work out of the slot right away.

90. Cleveland Browns via Houston Texans (10-6) – Robert Hunt, OL, Lousiana
After grabbing some defensive playmakers, Cleveland returns to addressing the offensive line. Robert Hunt has good power. He could potentially play at tackle, but could also end up at guard.

91. Las Vegas Raiders via Seattle Seahawks (11-5) – Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame
Even after spending a first round pick at receiver, the Raiders can afford to grab another. Plus, this is their third pick of the round. Chase Claypool is a jump ball winner who can separate downfield. He should carve a nice role in Vegas.

92. Baltimore Ravens (14-2) – Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech
In a league where mobile quarterbacks are becoming increasingly common (see: Jackson, Lamar), finding a player who can effectively spy on them is useful. Jordyn Brooks has the speed and savvy to limit scramble opportunities.

93. Tennessee Titans (9-7) – Cam Akers, RB, Florida State
Derrick Henry is a free agent. Even if the Titans bring him back, they could use a complement in the backfield. Cam Akers is elusive with plenty of pass catching experience.

94. Green Bay Packers (13-3) – Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue
Jimmy Graham is 33 and Green Bay could use a more reliable option at tight end. Brycen Hopkins is one of the best receivers in this class.

95. Denver Broncos via San Francisco 49ers (13-3) – Larrell Murchison, DL, NC State
With uncertainty about the futures of Derek Wolfe and Shelby Harris, Larrell Murchison feels like an important add. He looked sharp at the Senior Bowl and could be a solid interior option for Denver.

96. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4) – Damien Lewis, G, LSU
I had initially gone with a running back here, but Damien Williams and eventually Darwin Thompson should be able to hold down the backfield. Instead, Kansas City adds someone to block for them and keep Patrick Mahomes upright in Damien Lewis.

97. New England Patriots (12-4) – Van Jefferson, WR, Florida
It is no secret the Patriots need help at receiver. Van Jefferson showed in Mobile that he can make contested catches and create windows to throw into.

98. New York Giants (4-12) – Nick Harris, C, Washington
He struggled in Mobile, but Nick Harris has some impressive film to fall back on. The Giants should continue to invest in building an offensive line, especially after going defense with their first two picks.

99. New England Patriots (12-4) – Hunter Bryant, TE, Washington
Keep adding weapons to this offense. Hunter Bryant is a great receiving tight end. He is limited as a blocker though. I could see that being a hang up for New England, but he is the best available option here.

100. Seattle Seahawks (12-4) – James Lynch, DL, Baylor
James Lynch tore up the Big 12 this season. He is a little small for a true defensive tackle, but Seattle could find some use moving him around the line as a situational pass rusher.

101. Houston Texans (10-6) – Darrell Taylor Jr., EDGE, Tennessee
In terms of raw physical athleticism, Darrell Taylor is up near the top of the class. He gives Houston an edge rusher to develop.

102. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7) – Gabriel Davis, WR, UCF
This front office loves drafting receivers in the middle rounds and turning them into starters. Pittsburgh struggled to find a secondary option after Juju Smith-Schuster. Gabriel Davis should be able to work his way into the mix pretty quickly.

103. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) – Evan Weaver, LB, California
With Nigel Bradham a potential salary cap casualty, adding Evan Weaver makes a ton of sense. He is a proven tackler who can contribute on special teams.

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2020 NFL Mock Draft: Post Bowl Season Edition

Monday night was a coronation of what we have all expected since at least November. Joe Burreaux led LSU to a dominant national championship victory over a Clemson team that was simply overmatched. JaMarr Chase made a real case to be a top-5 pick in the 2021 NFL draft in the process. There have been few teams in sports in general that were ever more fun to watch offensively than LSU this year.

After watching another great game, I couldn’t wait to dive into another mock draft. A lot has changed even in the past two weeks since my last mock draft due to all the player declarations. Even beyond that, my opinion on players has changed with the chance to go back and watch more film. With college football season officially over, it is time to fully shift our attention to the NFL draft process. This current order is according to Tankathon.

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1. Cincinnati Bengals (2-14) – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
Joe Burrow is far from a perfect quarterback prospect. However, he has the mobility, football IQ and arm talent to be a solid starter in the NFL and get Cincinnati back into playoff contention. Everyone once in a while, he makes a play that is flat out special.

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2. Washington (3-13) – Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
I don’t care who will be running the Washington front office. Even with a decent front seven, Chase Young is definitely the best option. He has the physical tools to be a Hall of Fame pass rusher.

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3. Detroit Lions (3-12-1) – Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
This is where the draft gets really interesting. Detroit could realistically trade down from this spot with a team needing a quarterback. If they don’t trade down, tabbing the best corner in this draft is a great move. Jeff Okudah would immediately start for this Lions defense.

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4. New York Giants (4-12) – Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson
Dave Gettleman is known for taking offensive and defensive linemen, but he should break that trend given how talented Isaiah Simmons is. He would provide the Giants with a defensive playmaker capable of lining up all over the place. New York’s defense could use the help as well.

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5. Miami Dolphins (5-11) – Tua Tagovailoa, QB Alabama
He has entered the draft, which means he must have some good news regarding his recovery. If you put the injury history aside, Tua Tagovailoa has the tape, experience and intangibles to be the first overall pick. That injury history will probably make him the second quarterback drafted, but he should stay in the top five.

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6. Los Angeles Chargers (5-11) – Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
L.A. desperately needs a future quarterback, but I think the Chargers will go the veteran route at the position and bolster the offensive line instead. Andrew Thomas is a great run blocker who moves well in pass protection. He also faced top-tier competition playing for three years in the SEC.

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7. Carolina Panthers (5-11) – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
Who will start at quarterback next year for Carolina? With Matt Rhule joining the Panthers, odds are he will want to find a young quarterback to work with. Justin Herbert has the physical traits, from arm strength to mobility, to be a successful starter. He needs some refining, but Rhule can help get him there.

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8. Arizona Cardinals (5-10-1) – CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
I still think Jerry Jeudy is the best receiver in this class, but I know there is a connection between Kyler Murray and CeeDee Lamb. Lamb fights through contact and uses his hands well to snag the ball out of the air. His route running might need some refining coming out of Lincoln Riley’s wide open system, but he should eventually take over as the top receiver when Larry Fitzgerald wraps up his Hall of Fame career.

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9. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-10) – A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
With Yannick Ngakoue slated for free agency, Jacksonville is going to need another disruptive edge rusher. A.J. Epenesa is about as good a replacement as the Jaguars could hope for. He is a perfect fit for a 4-3 system. If he can continue to build on his second half of the 2019 season, he will be an impact player.

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10. Cleveland Browns (6-10) – Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
Cleveland needs to do a much better job keeping Baker Mayfield upright. New coach Kevin Stefanski will be tasked with trying to get Mayfield back on track. That job will be much easier with a potential franchise tackle on the roster. Jedrick Wills is an elite pass blocker who should be able to anchor down the left side of the line.

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11. New York Jets (7-9) – Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
Tristan Wirfs could be a starting left tackle in the NFL. That is his ceiling. His floor is likely as a starting caliber guard or right tackle. Truth is, the Jets could use an upgrade at every position along the offensive line. Sam Darnold needs more protection and Wirfs should open some holes for Le’Veon Bell in the run game.

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12. Las Vegas Raiders (7-9) – Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
Oakland Las Vegas is in desperate need of a No. 1 receiver and Jerry Jeudy might just fall into their lap. If Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb or Henry Ruggs is here, I fully expect the Raiders to tab a receiver. Especially with another first round to work with, this feels like an easy decision.

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13. Indianapolis Colts (7-9) – Henry Ruggs, WR, Alabama
There are already rumors swirling about the Colts trading down, but it would be hard to pass up a player with Henry Ruggs’ speed. He was the most dynamic playmaker in college football this season and is more than just a straight-line runner.

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14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9) – Grant Delpit, S, LSU
Tampa Bay could be interested in a quarterback, but that secondary needs loads of help. Grant Delpit would give Todd Bowles the type of player he had in Jamal Adams when he coached in New York.

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15. Denver Broncos (7-9) – Tyler Biadasz, OL, Wisconsin
While receiver is certainly an option here, Denver looks to continue to build its offensive line in front of Drew Lock. Tyler Biadasz is the best interior lineman in this class. He could slot in at guard or center from day one.

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16. Atlanta Falcons (7-9) – Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn
With no good edge rushers available, Atlanta finds a run stuffing option with pass rushing potential. In watching Derrick Brown’s film, I think he has a bit of ways to go as a pass rusher still. It’s hard to justify drafting an interior defensive linemen who doesn’t generate a ton of pressure in the top 10. At 16, his potential and talent make him a great value.

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17. Dallas Cowboys (8-8) – Javon Kinlaw, DL, South Carolina
Unlike Derrick Brown, Javon Kinlaw has put together some solid tape as a pass rusher. He is not as physically dominant, but should help the Cowboys defensive line right away. He would be a menace playing alongside DeMarcus Lawrence.

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18. Miami Dolphins via Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8) – Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
Miami tabs its franchise quarterback with the fifth pick, but the Dolphins still need more people for him to throw to. Even after locking up DeVante Parker, Tee Higgins would be a great fit to run alongside him. They have slightly similar play styles, but would offer Tua a pair of great downfield targets.

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19. Las Vegas Raiders via Chicago Bears (8-8) – Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
Las Vegas needs help along the middle of its defense and the best solution for that at this spot is grabbing a speedy linebacker. Kenneth Murray is a decisive playmaker who would immediately give the Raiders someone to cover tight ends and running backs while making plays in the backfield.

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20. Jacksonville Jaguars via Los Angeles Rams (9-7) – Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
Jacksonville continues to reshape its defense by grabbing the best corner left on the board. Kristian Fulton is a physical presence who has the chops to turn into a starting-caliber corner. LSU sends a few great defensive backs to the NFL every year, so you can trust his pedigree.

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21. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) – Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
Philadelphia will get healthier at receiver and can afford to wait until the second round to draft one. Instead, the Eagles grab a big-bodied corner who projects as a future starter. Trevon Diggs has the athleticism and size to help what has been a terrible Philly secondary.

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22. Buffalo Bills (10-6) – Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
John Brown and Cole Beasley have performed admirably this season, but Buffalo needs to find a player who can be a number one receiver. Justin Jefferson benefited from playing with Joe Burrow in a pass-happy offense, but he has the size, speed and ball skills to become the Bills’ top option within a year or two.

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23. New England Patriots (12-4) – Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame
New England bowed out of the postseason after managing a meager 13 points against Tennessee. All season long, the Patriots have needed a tight end to help stretch the field and open up the offense. Cole Kmet should be able to do that from his first day with the team.

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24. New Orleans Saints (13-3) – Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado
It was another heartbreaker for the Saints, but rather than look to rebuild, I think New Orleans will continue to get the most out of Drew Brees’ final few seasons. Adding another receiver to play across from Michael Thomas has to be high on the to-do list. Laviska Shenault Jr. is a proven playmaker with a skill set I believe Sean Payton can maximize.

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25. Minnesota Vikings (10-6) – Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia
Bryce Hall was one of the best corners in the country before going down with an ankle injury. He is big enough with good enough ball skills to aid a depleted Vikings’ secondary early on. I believe he has the potential to become Minnesota’s top corner down the line.

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26. Miami Dolphins via Houston Texans (11-5) – Austin Jackson, OT, USC
Given Miami’s overall lack of talent on the roster, the Dolphins are probably still a year away from really competing in the AFC East. That gives them time to develop a player like Austin Jackson. The USC left tackle is a bit raw, but has shown flashes of franchise tackle potential. With a bit of patience, he might just become the Dolphins’ long-term starter.

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27. Seattle Seahawks (11-5) – Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
Jadeveon Clowney and Ezekiel Ansah are free agents this offseason. That means it’s time for Seattle to address its pass rush. Yetur Gross-Matos is a high-motor player with plenty of pass rushing moves to go to. He is close to be a finished product, but could use a bit more polish before being a double-digit sack option at the next level.

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28. Baltimore Ravens (14-2) – Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama
After a shocking exit from the playoffs, Baltimore has very few holes to fill. Matt Judon is a pending free agent and regardless, the Ravens could afford to add another pass rusher. Terrell Lewis impressed in his return from injury this season and should contribute right away.

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29. Tennessee Titans (9-7) – Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State
Somehow, Tennessee is still alive after knocking off New England and Baltimore. The Titans did beat the Chiefs earlier this year, so anything is possible, but looking to their future, the Titans should continue to stock up on pass rushers. Curtis Weaver was dominant in his three years at Boise State and should translate well to the NFL.

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30. Green Bay Packers (13-3) – Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
Green Bay is lacking a player who can take the top off the defense and can be electric in the open field. Jalen Reagor should do exactly that and give Aaron Rodgers a speedy target. Reagor brings a blend of athleticism and aggression that make him a fun addition to this offense.

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31. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4) – CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
Kansas City’s defense is improved from what we were accustomed to, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t use a bit more young talent. CJ Henderson has a bunch of physical traits teams look for in a corner. He needs to work on his press technique and improve his tackling, but his speed and hand usage make him a player worth taking here to develop.

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32. San Francisco 49ers (13-3) – Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
If the NFL valued the safety position more, Xavier McKinney would probably go in the top 20. As it stands, he would slot in very nicely for a San Francisco 49ers team in need of an upgrade at the position. His physicality and experience make a great option to start right away.

33. Cincinnati Bengals – Michael Pittman, WR, USC

34. Indianapolis Colts via Washington – Jacob Eason, QB, Washington

35. Detroit Lions – K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU

36. New York Giants – Josh Jones, OT, Houston

37. Los Angeles Chargers – Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

38. Carolina Panthers – Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville

39. Miami Dolphins – Ashtyn Davis, S, California

40. Arizona Cardinals – Julian Okwara, EDGE, Notre Dame

41. Cleveland Browns – Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio State

42. Jacksonville Jaguars – Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan

43. Chicago Bears via Las Vegas Raiders – Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn

44. Indianapolis Colts – Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU

45. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Trey Adams, OT, Washington

46. Denver Broncos – Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State

47. Atlanta Falcons – D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia

48. New York Jets – Bradlee Anae, EDGE, Utah

49. Pittsburgh Steelers – Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue

50. Chicago Bears – Hunter Bryant, TE, Washington

51. Dallas Cowboys – Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State

52. Los Angeles Rams – John Simpson, G, Clemson

53. Philadelphia Eagles – KJ Hamler, WR, Penn State

54. Buffalo Bills – Zach Baun, EDGE, Wisconsin

55. Atlanta Falcons via New England Patriots – Jonathan Greenard, EDGE, Florida

56. Miami Dolphins via New Orleans Saints – Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson

57. Houston Texans – Justin Mandubuike, DL, Texas A&M

58. Minnesota Vikings – Gabriel Davis, WR, UCF

59. Seattle Seahawks – Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State

60. Baltimore Ravens – Bryan Edwards, WR, South Carolina

61. Tennessee Titans – Matt Hennessey, OL, Temple

62. Green Bay Packers – Jared Pickney, TE, Vanderbilt

63. Kansas City Chiefs – Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin

64. Seattle Seahawks via San Francisco 49ers – Lucas Niang, OT, TCU

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