2020 NFL Mock Draft: Chargers trade up for Tua Tagovailoa, Lions add picks and still get perfect fit
The Lions are the fulcrum of the first round
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.
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Round 1 - Pick 2
Chase Young EDGE
Ohio State • Jr • 6'5" / 264 lbs
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
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 5
Georgia • Jr • 6'5" / 315 lbs
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
Round 1 - Pick 7
Auburn • Sr • 6'5" / 326 lbs
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
Mekhi Becton OL
Louisville • Jr • 6'7" / 364 lbs
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 11
Mock Trade from Las Vegas Raiders
Round 1 - Pick 12
Jacob Eason QB
Washington • Jr • 6'6" / 231 lbs
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
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.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Iowa • Jr • 6'5" / 320 lbs
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
From Pittsburgh Steelers
Round 1 - Pick 18
From Chicago Bears
Round 1 - Pick 19
From Los Angeles Rams
Round 1 - Pick 20
LSU • Jr • 6'0" / 229 lbs
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 22
Yetur Gross-Matos EDGE
Penn State • Jr • 6'5" / 266 lbs
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
Jordan Love QB
Utah State • Jr • 6'4" / 224 lbs
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
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
Trevon Diggs CB
Alabama • Sr • 6'1" / 205 lbs
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
Cole Kmet TE
Notre Dame • Jr • 6'6" / 262 lbs
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 29
Oklahoma • Sr • 6'2" / 304 lbs
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
KJ Hamler WR
Penn State • Soph • 5'9" / 178 lbs
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 32
Jeff Gladney CB
TCU • Sr • 5'10" / 191 lbs
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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