2020 NFL Mock Draft: Dolphins trade up for Tua Tagovailoa, Jets draft Henry Ruggs
The Dolphins use their extra draft capital to make sure they get Tagovailoa
A collection of establishedare likely to land on new teams this offseason, but a few rebuilding teams are going to wait until the draft to address the game's most vital position.
One of those latter teams is likely to be the Miami Dolphins, and even after the dust settles on the veteran quarterback market in March, they will probably realize it'd be a minor miracle if Tua Tagovailoa lasts all the way until the No. 5 overall pick. So they make a trade to go up and get him in this mock.
The draft order is now set. Position rankings are based on our composite prospect rankings.
Now, to the picks.
Round 1 - Pick 2
Mock Trade from Detroit Lions
Round 1 - Pick 3
Alabama • Jr • 6'0" / 217 lbs
I'm starting to realize the Dolphins aren't just going to be able to lay comfortably in a beach chair at pick No. 5 overall and have Tagovailoa fall right into their lap. They have the ammo to trade up, and in this deal, it'd only take a second-round pick (No. 39 overall) and a late-rounder to get the deal done with Detroit. During his time in New England, Lions GM Bob Quinn saw many trade backs from Bill Belichick.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Mekhi Becton OL
Louisville • Jr • 6'7" / 364 lbs
I actually really like this prospect-team pairing. Nate Solder was a colossal flop for the Giants, and Daniel Jones needs to be protected better. Becton is a gargantuan, highly athletic tackle who may take some time to acclimate to traditional pass blocking but has all the tools to rock in that area and is a club bouncer at a bar frequented by unruly patrons in the run game.
Mock Trade from Miami Dolphins
Round 1 - Pick 5
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Round 1 - Pick 7
Clemson • Jr • 6'4" / 238 lbs
Could the Panthers be gearing up for a low-key tank in 2020? It's all about the long-term with a new owner and a new head coach, so don't be surprised when Cam Newton is traded in March. Matt Rhule loves freaky athletes, and Simmons is the modern-day linebacker prototype.
Round 1 - Pick 8
CeeDee Lamb WR
Oklahoma • Jr • 6'2" / 198 lbs
I keep wavering back and forth between Lamb and an offensive tackle for Arizona. Both position groups are deep in this class, but in this mock, Kliff Kingsbury gives Kyler Murray his familiar target from Oklahoma to jump start the Air Raid in the desert.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Javon Kinlaw DL
South Carolina • Sr • 6'5" / 324 lbs
The steadiest player in Jacksonville over the past few seasons has quite easily been Calais Campbell, and the towering defensive lineman could be a cap casualty this offseason. Therefore it'd make sense for the Jaguars to replace him with a similarly tall, explosive, dominant pass-rusher like Kinlaw.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Georgia • Jr • 6'5" / 315 lbs
Cleveland's new head coach Kevin Stefanski is going to want to run the football, and Thomas is a mack truck in the run game. He's darn impressive in pass protection too, which is a good thing for Baker Mayfield.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Alabama • Jr • 5'11" / 188 lbs
With three tackles off the board, the Jets go with pure speed for Sam Darnold. I'm thinking he's going to run in the 4.20s at the combine, and that type of acceleration down the field historically has not lasted long in the draft.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Oregon • Sr • 6'6" / 236 lbs
The Raiders are so difficult to peg because Derek Carr could definitely be the quarterback in 2020 and I don't think many people would view that as a massive mistake. But Herbert's size, athleticism, starting experience, and arm talent get him drafted inside the top 15.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Round 1 - Pick 17
Trevon Diggs CB
Alabama • Sr • 6'2" / 207 lbs
Diggs is an ultra-physical cornerback who can make plays in man or zone but is best near the line of scrimmage where he can use his length and physicality to disrupt the beginning of receiver's routes.
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Round 1 - Pick 32
Auburn • Jr • 5'11" / 200 lbs
Igbinoghene is a former receiver turned corner with amazing athletic traits and mirroring ability down the field. The Chiefs add another awesome physical specimen to the secondary after drafting Juan Thornhill last year.
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