2020 NFL Mock Draft: Cardinals add WR despite Larry Fitzgerald's return, Falcons land edge rush help

With the reported news that Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is expected to throw a full session in early April, a bidding war could be created at the top of the first round. It is doubtful that the Cincinnati Bengals or Washington Redskins would entertain the idea of trading out of the first two picks, but business is open at No. 3 with the Detroit Lions. Keep an eye on that situation as the 2020 NFL Draft draws near. 

Only a few days remain for the college football players to declare and potentially withdraw their names from the upcoming draft. This time next week, the 2020 NFL Draft order will be set, with the exception of two teams, and the pool of talent will be crystal clear. The College Football Playoff provided a glimpse into the potential that a few players offer as you might notice working through the latest mock draft projection below.

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The draft order is based on team records through the divisional playoffs.   

NFL Mock Draft
Round 1
Round 1 - Pick 1
LSU • Sr • 6'4" / 216 lbs
Projected Team
Cincinnati
PROSPECT RNK
2nd
POSITION RNK
1st
Joe Burrow slammed the door shut on any potential doubters Monday night in the College Football Playoff National Championship. Go ahead and start negotiating his contract, Cincinnati.
Round 1 - Pick 2
Ohio State • Jr • 6'5" / 265 lbs
Projected Team
Washington
PROSPECT RNK
1st
POSITION RNK
1st
There has been some buzz that maybe Young is not the best prospect regardless of position. The NFL Draft process is long and tiring. It is a classic case on some people overthinking the obvious.
Round 1 - Pick 3
Ohio State • Jr • 6'1" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
3rd
POSITION RNK
1st
Detroit is planning for a life beyond Darius Slay. Okudah is a sensational talent that deserves all the praise. His footwork and coverage skills make him a great cornerback, but his aggressive play in run support makes him an elite cornerback prospect. The Lions could probably slide down a bit and still land the Ohio State product if another team were to call about moving up for Tua Tagovailoa.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Clemson • Jr • 6'4" / 230 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
6th
POSITION RNK
1st
How could anyone watch Monday night's College Football Playoff National Championship and not be excited about the promise of Simmons? He is a chess piece in the modern NFL. He can line up inside or outside. He can play safety. He can play nickel. The man wears so many hats but he should wear only one color in the NFL for a long time.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Alabama • Jr • 6'1" / 218 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
4th
POSITION RNK
2nd
With the latest report that Tagovailoa intends to throw a full session in early April, there should be no concerns about taking him early. In fact, Miami may need to move up a little further to secure his rights.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Auburn • Sr • 6'5" / 318 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Chargers
PROSPECT RNK
5th
POSITION RNK
1st
Damion Square is scheduled to be a free agent. It was a position that likely needed a rejuvenation regardless for the Chargers. They have a dynamic pass rush tandem with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, and the addition of Brown, who is no slouch at applying pressure either, should make life even easier for those two.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Alabama • Jr • 6'5" / 320 lbs
Projected Team
Carolina
PROSPECT RNK
8th
POSITION RNK
1st
Carolina might have been hoping for Isaiah Simmons to slip to them after the Luke Kuechly news, but the Giants had other plans. Wills is a strong, technical standout at the offensive tackle position. Carolina can plug and play with him on either end without the worry of him faltering.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Alabama • Jr • 6'1" / 192 lbs
Projected Team
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
10th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Larry Fitzgerald is returning, but that is a short-term fix and the Cardinals still may need receiver help. Jeudy can be a reliable option for a long time, similar to Fitzgerald. His attention to detail as a route-runner will allow him to be around the game for a long time.
Round 1 - Pick 9
South Carolina • Sr • 6'6" / 310 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
13th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Josh Allen was tremendous as a rookie and Calais Campbell continues to deliver Pro Bowl play. The defense did not rise around them the way many had anticipated. Kinlaw will give them another daunting force up the middle for which opponents will have to contend.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Georgia • Jr • 6'5" / 320 lbs
Projected Team
Cleveland
PROSPECT RNK
9th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Thomas to Cleveland would have felt like a mirage not long ago. He has been surpassed by a more consistent Jedrick Wills as OT1. The Browns would not argue with either falling to them. It is a big need at both bookends.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Iowa • Jr • 6'5" / 322 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
15th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Wirfs is a very strong player that needs to become more consistent. New York wants to improve their pass protection, so they take the best option on the board.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Oregon • Sr • 6'6" / 237 lbs
Projected Team
Oakland
PROSPECT RNK
31st
POSITION RNK
4th
Jacob Eason could also make sense here; Jon Gruden will develop an affinity for one of them. Upside is the key word for each of those players. It will require some work to bring out the production.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Oklahoma • Jr • 6'2" / 189 lbs
Projected Team
Indianapolis
PROSPECT RNK
7th
POSITION RNK
1st
Quarterback needs to be upgraded, but it is more likely that the Colts look at themselves in a Super Bowl window and target a more established veteran to compete with Jacoby Brissett. But stop relying solely on T.Y. Hilton. He cannot do it all himself, and the offense becomes very anemic when he is dealing with injuries.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Georgia • Jr • 5'9" / 215 lbs
Projected Team
Tampa Bay
PROSPECT RNK
32nd
POSITION RNK
1st
Tampa Bay, I know you wanted an offensive tackle, and maybe you need a quarterback. The options at those two positions would be a reach right now. The board does not always fall as hoped or planned.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Alabama • Jr • 6'0" / 190 lbs
Projected Team
Denver
PROSPECT RNK
17th
POSITION RNK
4th
I apologize to Broncos fans for the lack of originality here. Ruggs has been locked in here for awhile. It is a perfect fit. The concept of Noah Fant, Courtland Sutton and Ruggs being together is exciting for a football fan.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Iowa • Jr • 6'6" / 280 lbs
Projected Team
Atlanta
PROSPECT RNK
11th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Atlanta gets an absolute steal midway through the first round. Epenesa has an argument as the second-best edge rusher in the class. He is big and has improved each year in college.
Round 1 - Pick 17
LSU • Jr • 6'3" / 203 lbs
Projected Team
Dallas
PROSPECT RNK
12th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Some are concerned with the play of Delpit during his senior season, and that is warranted. However, he battled an ankle injury and it feels as though another unnecessary Derwin James-type slide could play out.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Wisconsin • Jr • 6'3" / 321 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
25th
POSITION RNK
4th
OK, Miami has their franchise quarterback. What next? Given Tua Tagovailoa's recent injury history, it would be wise to bolster the group asked to block for him. Biadasz is hands down the top center prospect following Creed Humphrey's decision to return for his junior season.
Round 1 - Pick 19
Clemson • Jr • 6'4" / 215 lbs
Projected Team
Oakland
PROSPECT RNK
14th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Oakland lands some help at quarterback and wide receiver in the first round. It is actually becoming a bit boring because it feels like this will be the trend for the next three and a half months.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Alabama • Jr • 6'1" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
20th
POSITION RNK
3rd
McKinney is not a traditional cornerback, but he offers a lot of flexibility. He can fulfill a role similar to Minkah Fitzpatrick with the Steelers. He provides options as a safety or nickelback, and the talent is too good to pass up.
Round 1 - Pick 21
LSU • Soph • 6'4" / 250 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
24th
POSITION RNK
4th
Philadelphia needs to bolster their wide receiver unit, but it does not make sense to reach as there is depth at the position. Hold tight and take the best player available, or trade down and pick up some additional draft compensation and a wide receiver.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Colorado • Jr • 6'2" / 220 lbs
Projected Team
Buffalo
PROSPECT RNK
28th
POSITION RNK
6th
Shenault may not be a perfect fit but Buffalo is desperate for receiver help on the edge. John Brown was tremendous this season but, is it sustainable? Shenault is an insurance policy for Josh Allen.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Oklahoma • Jr • 6'2" / 234 lbs
Projected Team
New England
PROSPECT RNK
19th
POSITION RNK
1st
New England's linebackers and secondary were fantastic this season. Kyle Van Noy and Jamie Collins are among their free agents, and Bill Belichick likes to plan for the future. Murray is an active linebacker capable of playing inside or outside. He gives the defense even more flexibility.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Notre Dame • Jr • 6'5" / 250 lbs
Projected Team
New Orleans
PROSPECT RNK
38th
POSITION RNK
1st
Jared Cook performed really well this season, but he is not a long-term solution. The Saints offense is so much more efficient when they have a productive tight end. It takes some of the pressure off Michael Thomas as well. Kmet can contribute as a blocker and pass-catcher.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Oklahoma • Sr • 6'2" / 302 lbs
Projected Team
Minnesota
PROSPECT RNK
22nd
POSITION RNK
3rd
Gallimore has been a popular projection for Minnesota recently. The Vikings were dominated by San Francisco in the trenches. The defensive tackle can come in immediately and start applying some pressure on the opposition.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Penn State • Jr • 6'5" / 264 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
18th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Miami needs upgrades across the board. They have their potential franchise quarterback, so they need to focus on taking the best talent available. Gross-Matos is the best player available at this point.
Round 1 - Pick 27
LSU • Sr • 6'0" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Seattle
PROSPECT RNK
16th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Seattle needs another starting cornerback opposite Shaq Griffin. They're also set to lose a lot of depth in that room in free agency. Readers beware though: the Seahawks generally trade down or out of the first round altogether.
Round 1 - Pick 28
LSU • Jr • 6'3" / 192 lbs
Projected Team
Baltimore
PROSPECT RNK
48th
POSITION RNK
7th
Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews were great weapons for Lamar Jackson this season, but he needs a reliable downfield threat. Jefferson has great body control and size. He will make a difference for that offense.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Alabama • Sr • 6'5" / 252 lbs
Projected Team
Tennessee
PROSPECT RNK
39th
POSITION RNK
6th
The Titans have fought and clawed their way to the AFC Championship but they need some additional pass rush help. Lewis is a long, athletic player that has been well-coached. His familiarity with Rashaan Evans on that defense should help his transition.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Florida • Jr • 6'1" / 202 lbs
Projected Team
Green Bay
PROSPECT RNK
21st
POSITION RNK
4th
Green Bay actually invested a lot into the cornerback position in recent years, but it has not panned out the way many expected on the front end. It is a position of concern entering the offseason.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Virginia • Sr • 6'1" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Kansas City
PROSPECT RNK
30th
POSITION RNK
6th
Kendall Fuller and Bashaud Breeland are both scheduled to hit free agency this offseason. Kansas City was already in the market for cornerback help, so it remains an emphasis for the team. Considering their depth at the position, it might be wise to call up the Philadelphia Eagles and shop Sammy Watkins for another draft pick.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Fresno State • Jr • 6'3" / 307 lbs
Projected Team
San Francisco
PROSPECT RNK
64th
POSITION RNK
13th
San Francisco battled injuries along the offensive line all season. It hurts this argument that Muti has battled injuries the past few years as well. When healthy, he is a dominant force. Center Ben Garland is among their free agents this offseason.
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