2020 NFL Mock Draft: Cowboys pick up a cornerback, Tua heads to Tampa and more Thanksgiving treats
Cincinnati completes Operation Bungle for Burrow
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Fans will be thankful for these new 2020 NFL Draft projections as they assuredly are every week; use them to spark conversation with that cousin you talk to twice a year or the father-in-law that you are trying to impress. But be sure to gobble them up fast before you are stuck holding the cranberry sauce -- looking at you, Miami!
Now, let's dive in.
The order of selections below is based on teams' records through the first 11 weeks of the season. Position rankings are based on our.
Round 1 - Pick 1
Joe Burrow QB
LSU • Sr • 6'4" / 216 lbs
It is hard to envision a scenario where Burrow is not the No. 1 overall selection right now. The Bengals already moved away from Andy Dalton even though they named him the starter again, which proved Ryan Finley was not their guy either.
Round 1 - Pick 3
Round 1 - Pick 4
Georgia • Jr • 6'5" / 320 lbs
Is Andrew Thomas flashy enough for Washington? I don't know. With the ongoing Trent Williams situation, the Redskins need a new left tackle to protect Dwayne Haskins, who they have publicly committed to for the long run.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Jerry Jeudy WR
Alabama • Jr • 6'1" / 192 lbs
Courtland Sutton has burst onto the scene this season. He was the No. 1 wide receiver on my board in 2018, but he needs a running mate following the trade of Emmanuel Sanders. Jeudy is my favorite receiver in the 2020 NFL Draft class, although by a narrow margin.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Round 1 - Pick 13
From Chicago Bears
Round 1 - Pick 14
Round 1 - Pick 15
Alabama • Jr • 6'6" / 310 lbs
Left tackle, right tackle, it doesn't matter. Cleveland needs to get better. They do not have a ton of weaknesses on their team right now, but this is one of them. It would not be a surprise to see them push for Trent Williams in the offseason again either.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Boise State • Jr • 6'3" / 265 lbs
Marvin Wilson could be an option here for the same reasons I have laid out in previous mock draft projections. However, Weaver is the best player available and he also fills a need opposite Justin Houston.
Round 1 - Pick 21
LSU • Sr • 6'0" / 200 lbs
Dallas could lose Byron Jones in free agency despite Jerry Jones recently stating he has no problem writing checks. However, the salary cap is only so flexible and Dallas still hopes to pay Amari Cooper and Dak Prescott.
From Pittsburgh Steelers
Round 1 - Pick 22
Auburn • Sr • 6'7" / 305 lbs
If I were building a team -- and there are probably reasons why no one has asked me -- I would build up the trenches on both sides of the ball. The car can not run if it does not have an engine. The offensive line is the engine.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Georgia • Jr • 5'9" / 215 lbs
Okudah and Tega Wanogho may not be the types of players that put butts in seats, but Swift is. Why would a team take a running back in the first round given the passing direction of the league? Swift is an above average pass protector as well as pass catcher.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Round 1 - Pick 29
Colorado • Jr • 6'2" / 220 lbs
Five months stand between us and the 2020 NFL Draft, yet Shenault and the Saints already seem like the perfect pairing. Sean Payton is a creative play-caller that will maximize his potential in harmony with Michael Thomas.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Yetur Gross-Matos EDGE
Penn State • Jr • 6'5" / 264 lbs
The defensive line has been so dominant that fans actually forget their linebacker group is not very good with Kwon Alexander injured. Gross-Matos can provide some athleticism and versatility on the edge.
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