2020 NFL Mock Draft: Chargers trade up for Tua Tagovailoa, Lions add picks and still get perfect fit

Every first round has a fulcrum spot: The pick in the draft that either ends up going in a totally unexpected direction or is the spot where a trade is most likely to occur. I can't help but believe that fulcrum is Detroit and the No. 3 pick. I'm sure Washington will get plenty of calls about No. 2, and if the offer is good enough, maybe it'll be willing to pass up on Chase Young (though I'm not sure it should). Because of this, I believe the Lions are the most likely to determine how the first round goes.

In my first mock, I had the Raiders trading up to No. 3 to grab Tua Tagovailoa. Now, in my second version, I once again have the Lions trading down with somebody desperate to land a quarterback. This time, however, it's the Chargers, and that trade sets a few dominoes in motion.

Should we believe the Dolphins actually prefer Justin Herbert over Tua Tagovailoa? There are a lot of draft questions out there, and Will Brinson is joined by the Pick Sox Podcast Superfriends to break them all down. Listen below and be sure to subscribe for daily NFL goodness.

NFL Mock Draft
Round 1
Round 1 - Pick 1
LSU • Sr • 6'4" / 221 lbs
Projected Team
Cincinnati
PROSPECT RNK
2nd
POSITION RNK
1st
I toyed with the idea of doing a mock where the Bengals took anybody but Joe Burrow here, but I don't need the entirety of southwest Ohio hunting me down.
Round 1 - Pick 2
Ohio State • Jr • 6'5" / 264 lbs
Projected Team
Washington
PROSPECT RNK
1st
POSITION RNK
1st
Again, the Redskins will receive calls about this pick, but I would have to be offered a lot to pass up on the chance to take Young. Think of how good some of the edge rushers taken atop the last few drafts have been. Young could be better than them all.
  Mock Trade from Detroit Lions
Round 1 - Pick 3
Alabama • Jr • 6'0" / 217 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Chargers
PROSPECT RNK
3rd
POSITION RNK
2nd
The Chargers not only take their replacement for Philip Rivers, but they get a name that might make people in Los Angeles care about the Chargers. L.A. sends Detroit the No. 6, No. 71 and a 2021 2nd round pick to move up three spots to take Tua before the Dolphins can.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Clemson • Jr • 6'4" / 238 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
5th
POSITION RNK
1st
The Giants could go with an offensive tackle here, but there are a lot of offensive tackles available in this draft class. There's only one Isaiah Simmons.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Georgia • Jr • 6'5" / 315 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
10th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Left at the Tua altar after not willing to surpass the Chargers' offer, Miami settles for a left tackle with the ability to protect their QB for the next decade. Whomever that QB might wind up being.
  Mock Trade from Los Angeles Chargers
Round 1 - Pick 6
Ohio State • Jr • 6'1" / 205 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
4th
POSITION RNK
1st
The Lions trade down three spots and end up with the corner everybody is mocking to them at No. 3 while adding more picks to their arsenal. Pretty good move for Detroit!
Round 1 - Pick 7
Auburn • Sr • 6'5" / 326 lbs
Projected Team
Carolina
PROSPECT RNK
6th
POSITION RNK
1st
This pick remains the same. Carolina seems to be entering a rebuild, and while it's possible they put together a package to move up and take a QB, or just choose one here, I think Matt Rhule would rather get a lay of the land before banking his future on a QB. Brown makes the Panthers' defense better from the jump.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Louisville • Jr • 6'7" / 364 lbs
Projected Team
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
16th
POSITION RNK
4th
I get the sense from people I talk to that Becton is going to be a name climbing up a lot of boards in the coming weeks, and I understand why. He's big and mean, but also a graceful athlete that can handle the left tackle position in the NFL.
Round 1 - Pick 9
South Carolina • Sr • 6'5" / 324 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
7th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Jacksonville has more significant needs than the interior of their DL, but Kinlaw will be hard for them to pass up here.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Alabama • Jr • 6'4" / 312 lbs
Projected Team
Cleveland
PROSPECT RNK
9th
POSITION RNK
1st
If the Browns do anything but address the offensive line in this spot, the new front office should be fired before minicamp even begins.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Iowa • Jr • 6'5" / 275 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
12th
POSITION RNK
2nd
I had Epenesa here in my first mock as well. He's not a finished product, but my god, the ceiling here is sky-high. At No. 11, for a team that needs help on the edge, this is a no-brainer.
  Mock Trade from Las Vegas Raiders
Round 1 - Pick 12
Washington • Jr • 6'6" / 231 lbs
Projected Team
Tampa Bay
PROSPECT RNK
34th
POSITION RNK
5th
Jacob Eason strikes me as a prototypical Bruce Arians QB. With the Colts possibly in the market for a QB, Tampa doesn't take any chances, sending No. 14 and No. 76 to Las Vegas to move up and get their guy.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Oregon • Sr • 6'6" / 236 lbs
Projected Team
Indianapolis
PROSPECT RNK
20th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Maybe the Colts preferred Eason; perhaps they like somebody else. Either way, I have them taking Herbert here. It doesn't stop them from signing somebody like Philip Rivers. There are other directions Indy could go here, however.
  Mock Trade from Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Round 1 - Pick 14
Oklahoma • Jr • 6'2" / 198 lbs
Projected Team
Las Vegas
PROSPECT RNK
8th
POSITION RNK
1st
We don't know who Las Vegas' QB will be next season, but we know he could use a few more weapons. Now they get a fun one.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Iowa • Jr • 6'5" / 320 lbs
Projected Team
Denver
PROSPECT RNK
13th
POSITION RNK
3rd
All these trades up for a QB push Wirfs down the board, which is good news for a Denver team that desperately needs help at tackle. Garett Bolles is probably getting called for holding as you read this.
Round 1 - Pick 16
LSU • Sr • 6'0" / 197 lbs
Projected Team
Atlanta
PROSPECT RNK
18th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Without a no-doubt edge rush prospect still here, the Falcons instead address another major need by taking the top corner left on the board. I'm sure some teams will have Fulton ahead of Okudah.
Round 1 - Pick 17
LSU • Jr • 6'3" / 213 lbs
Projected Team
Dallas
PROSPECT RNK
22nd
POSITION RNK
2nd
I believe Delpit is the best safety in this draft, and with his teammate Fulton going off the board a pick ahead of him, the Cowboys take the best defensive back available.
Round 1 - Pick 18
LSU • Soph • 6'3" / 254 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
14th
POSITION RNK
3rd
LSU run! That's three Tigers in a row, as the Dolphins take an enticing prospect in Chaisson. He reminds me of a bargain-priced Isaiah Simmons, and this is great value for Miami at No. 18.
Round 1 - Pick 19
Florida • Jr • 6'1" / 204 lbs
Projected Team
Las Vegas
PROSPECT RNK
25th
POSITION RNK
4th
The Raiders could go a number of different directions here, as they have plenty of needs. Based on what's available, I think Henderson is the most logical choice.
Round 1 - Pick 20
LSU • Jr • 6'0" / 229 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
41st
POSITION RNK
3rd
Four LSU players in five picks, as Queen becomes the fifth Tiger to geaux in the 1st round. No wonder they won the national title. He's a bit undersized, but that's never stopped Jacksonville before.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Alabama • Jr • 6'1" / 193 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
11th
POSITION RNK
2nd
I had the Eagles taking Henry Ruggs in my first mock, and as I wrote then, there's no guarantee which WR it will be, but I'm very confident it'll be a WR.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Penn State • Jr • 6'5" / 266 lbs
Projected Team
Buffalo
PROSPECT RNK
19th
POSITION RNK
4th
I'm a big fan of Gross-Matos and had him going in the top 10 in my original mock. That might have been a bit optimistic. Still, he strikes me as a player who will impress during the combine and workouts, and he strikes me as a player Buffalo will like a lot.
  Mock Trade from New England Patriots
Round 1 - Pick 23
Utah State • Jr • 6'4" / 224 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
33rd
POSITION RNK
4th
The Dolphins move up three spots to get the best quarterback left on the board in Love. They send No. 26, No. 142 and No. 153 to the Pats. This gives Miami a chance to develop Love, but at a low enough cost that it won't prohibit them for going after another QB in the 2021 Draft if they're still in need. They move up out of fear that New Orleans could take Love first.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Colorado • Jr • 6'1" / 227 lbs
Projected Team
New Orleans
PROSPECT RNK
30th
POSITION RNK
5th
It would be nice to have a weapon alongside Michael Thomas worthy of drawing defensive attention, and Shenault is capable of being that guy. Plus, he's so versatile, and when you consider what Sean Payton has done with players less skilled than Shenault, this could be a lot of fun for all involved.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Alabama • Sr • 6'1" / 205 lbs
Projected Team
Minnesota
PROSPECT RNK
24th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Opinions vary on Diggs. Some I've talked to like him a lot, while others wouldn't take him until the third round at the earliest. I lean more toward there's a lot to like here, and Minnesota needs a corner. He also has the kind of size that Minnesota has a tendency to value.
  Mock Trade from Miami Dolphins
Round 1 - Pick 26
Notre Dame • Jr • 6'6" / 262 lbs
Projected Team
New England
PROSPECT RNK
46th
POSITION RNK
1st
The Pats could do anything with this pick, and I'd bet the most likely outcome is another trade down. If they do keep the pick, they could do a lot worse than Kmet. He's not Gronk, but he'd help replace a lot of what the New England offense was missing without him.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Alabama • Sr • 6'5" / 262 lbs
Projected Team
Seattle
PROSPECT RNK
38th
POSITION RNK
5th
Seattle needs pass rush help whether it keeps Jadeveon Clowney or not. Lewis is not a finished product, but the tools of a good NFL pass rusher are all there.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Oklahoma • Jr • 6'3" / 241 lbs
Projected Team
Baltimore
PROSPECT RNK
26th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Consistency is an issue with Murray, but there's no denying the talent he has. The Ravens need help at LB, and he's the best still on the board.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Oklahoma • Sr • 6'2" / 304 lbs
Projected Team
Tennessee
PROSPECT RNK
21st
POSITION RNK
3rd
The Titans might choose to address needs on the OL here, but I just like the idea of Gallimore on their defensive line. He's a disruptive force that helps out everybody else in the front seven.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Penn State • Soph • 5'9" / 178 lbs
Projected Team
Green Bay
PROSPECT RNK
52nd
POSITION RNK
9th
Aaron Rodgers has never been a check down kind of guy, but as he gets older and his arm diminishes, he could use a weapon like Hamler in the slot. He's fast enough to get deep as well, but it's his ability with the ball in his hands in space that will make him attractive to the Packers here.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Alabama • Jr • 6'0" / 201 lbs
Projected Team
San Francisco
PROSPECT RNK
15th
POSITION RNK
1st
Great value for the 49ers here, who address a need at safety with a player some consider the best in the draft at the position.
Round 1 - Pick 32
TCU • Sr • 5'10" / 191 lbs
Projected Team
Kansas City
PROSPECT RNK
37th
POSITION RNK
7th
Gladney is likely to be a player that teams have different views on. Maybe the Chiefs take him or another corner, but I think that corner will be an area they want to address with this pick, based on what's available.
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