2020 Mock Draft: Five quarterbacks go in first round as Patriots draft Tom Brady's replacement
It's never to early to look ahead to the 2020 class
If you think creating a mock draft of the current year's first round is a dart throw, doing one for the next season's draft is virtually impossible.
Actually as it turns out I'm not terrible at it., with two players being first rounders the next year (Christian Wilkins and Clelin Ferrell surprised and returned to Clemson). Last year I managed to and I would have nailed Dexter Lawrence to the Giants if I'd known Dave Gettleman was going to have two first-round picks. It was that obvious.
Less obvious is this draft class, although I think we could see a serious bender when it comes to quarterbacks. What's new?? There are QB-needy teams at the top of this draft -- the order is based on SportsLine's simulations, don't get mad at me -- and there are some teams on the back end of the first round who need to eventually replace older quarterbacks.
Let's get drafting.
Round 1 - Pick 1
Jake Fromm QB
Georgia • 6'2" / 215 lbs
The Dolphins traded for Josh Rosen during the 2019 NFL Draft, and I think/hope he'll work out in Miami, but I ultimately see a QB going first overall and Rosen wouldn't prohibit them from taking someone they believe in like Fromm.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Round 1 - Pick 9
Jerry Jeudy WR
Alabama • 6'1" / 193 lbs
More weapons for Dwayne Haskins and Washington even gets to take another Alabama player! Win-win-win all around. This is decent value for Jeudy and it means the Redskins really surprised some people this season.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Round 1 - Pick 11
LSU • 5'11" / 197 lbs
Amani Oruwariye was thought to be a possible first-round pick, but he didn't go off the board until Day 3. The Lions get their first-round talent in Fuller -- plus, you can never have too many good defensive backs.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Clemson • 6'4" / 238 lbs
The Titans will probably keep pumping talent into this defense for the next year or so, barring an opportunity to take a quarterback or Marcus Mariota/Ryan Tannehill completely disappointing in 2019.
Round 1 - Pick 20
The Ravens have a lot of defensive needs, including pass rusher, after losing a lot of guys in free agency and adding only Jaylon Ferguson.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Round 1 - Pick 27
Iowa • 6'5" / 320 lbs
How the offensive line operated in 2019 is going to play a big role in deciding whether the Browns are a playoff contender. Clearly they were in this simulation, but they still need to get more protection for Baker Mayfield.
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