2020 NFL Mock Draft: Four QBs go in Round 1 but not Justin Herbert, 49ers pass rush grows more dangerous

There are four quarterbacks taken in the first round of this mock, but one is notably missing. Oregon's Justin Herbert simply did not fit certain teams' plans. No trades are projected below, but it would not be a surprise to see a team move back into the first round to snag Herbert. The Los Angeles Chargers and Carolina Panthers jump out as teams that might explore that possibility.

Meanwhile, several teams waded into a deep pool of offensive tackle talent to add some protection for their franchise quarterbacks. Read along below to find who your favorite team is projected to take.

The draft order is now set through No. 30 overall. Position rankings are based on our composite prospect rankings.

NFL Mock Draft
Round 1
Round 1 - Pick 1
LSU • Sr • 6'4" / 216 lbs
Projected Team
Cincinnati
PROSPECT RNK
2nd
POSITION RNK
1st
Cincinnati has apparently already made it clear that they have no intention of trading the No. 1 overall selection.
Round 1 - Pick 2
Ohio State • Jr • 6'5" / 265 lbs
Projected Team
Washington
PROSPECT RNK
1st
POSITION RNK
1st
Young is the premier talent in this class, regardless of position. He is a productive, polished pass rusher. Ron Rivera will know how to work with him after spending years with Julius Peppers.
Round 1 - Pick 3
Ohio State • Jr • 6'1" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
3rd
POSITION RNK
1st
Detroit is in a position to potentially trade down and allow another team to trade up for a quarterback. They stand pat in this projection and take Okudah to bolster their secondary.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Clemson • Jr • 6'4" / 230 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
6th
POSITION RNK
1st
The Giants would love to add an offensive tackle but it will have to wait. Simmons is simply too talented to bypass at this stage. His presence allows the defense so much versatility.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Alabama • Jr • 6'1" / 218 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
4th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Tank for Tua began with the expectations that the Dolphins would have the No. 1 overall selection. Most will project them to land the Alabama product at No. 5 overall, or sooner if a trade occurs.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Auburn • Sr • 6'5" / 318 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Chargers
PROSPECT RNK
5th
POSITION RNK
1st
Brown is a dominant interior defender who can open lanes and create opportunities for the Chargers' talented pass rushers. It would not be a surprise to see the Chargers take a quarterback or an offensive tackle, either. They should truly have a handful of options at this spot.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Alabama • Jr • 6'5" / 320 lbs
Projected Team
Carolina
PROSPECT RNK
8th
POSITION RNK
1st
Carolina could take a quarterback, but the available talent does not warrant a selection at No. 7 overall. Instead, they upgrade their protection with arguably the best lineman available.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Iowa • Jr • 6'6" / 280 lbs
Projected Team
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
11th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Chandler Jones has been one of the more underrated NFL players for years, but he needs help. Epenesa is a wrecking ball off the edge and will bring great character to the locker room. Arizona could also address their protection issues here.
Round 1 - Pick 9
South Carolina • Sr • 6'6" / 310 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
13th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Kinlaw is an animal. He has shown his potential at the Senior Bowl this week. His presence should create opportunities for Josh Allen and Calais Campbell. Teams across the NFL are looking for ways to apply pressure over the ball. The South Carolina product can step in and do that immediately.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Georgia • Jr • 6'5" / 320 lbs
Projected Team
Cleveland
PROSPECT RNK
9th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Browns fans have been concerned that an offensive tackle would not fall to them at No. 10 overall. There are now four offensive tackles drawing consideration at the top of the board. They will have an opportunity to upgrade protection for Baker Mayfield.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Iowa • Jr • 6'5" / 322 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
15th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Scouts have differing opinions on Wirfs. Some think he will play guard, some think he will play tackle. The Jets have a spot for him regardless. They desperately want to improve their offensive line, and Wirfs is the best available.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Washington • Jr • 6'6" / 227 lbs
Projected Team
Las Vegas
PROSPECT RNK
26th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Eason can rip it and push the ball downfield. He does not make as many poor decisions with the football as Justin Herbert. Las Vegas opens its new stadium with some fireworks.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Utah State • Jr • 6'4" / 225 lbs
Projected Team
Indianapolis
PROSPECT RNK
36th
POSITION RNK
5th
The Kansas City Chiefs fell in love with Patrick Mahomes. Chris Ballard cut his teeth in Kansas City. There are some similarities between Patrick Mahomes and Love, who can throw from many different arm angles.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Louisville • Jr • 6'7" / 369 lbs
Projected Team
Tampa Bay
PROSPECT RNK
31st
POSITION RNK
5th
Becton is a large human being and it shocks people how well he moves for his size. There are some aspects of his game that need to be cleaned up but the sky is the limit. Tampa Bay adds some talent on the edge.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Alabama • Jr • 6'1" / 192 lbs
Projected Team
Denver
PROSPECT RNK
10th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Few would have expected Jeudy to be available midway through the first round at the beginning of the season. He is such a technician at the position. Other talented players and differing team needs allow a gifted player to slide, which benefits the Broncos.
Round 1 - Pick 16
LSU • Soph • 6'4" / 250 lbs
Projected Team
Atlanta
PROSPECT RNK
20th
POSITION RNK
4th
Chaisson is an active, fantastic pass rusher. His medical chart will be a concern but he has always been one of the premier talents, to me, in this class. The Falcons struggled to provide a pass rush in 2019.
Round 1 - Pick 17
Alabama • Jr • 6'1" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Dallas
PROSPECT RNK
21st
POSITION RNK
3rd
Dallas needs defensive backs and McKinney is one of the best. He is capable of playing multiple positions, which should benefit the expectations for the new Cowboys defense.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Oklahoma • Jr • 6'2" / 234 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
19th
POSITION RNK
1st
Murray is a fluid mover. The Dolphins already have a linebacker who can play sideline to sideline (Jerome Baker) but there is never enough in today's NFL. Murray is relentless in his pursuit of the quarterback and provides some ability in coverage.
Round 1 - Pick 19
Oklahoma • Jr • 6'2" / 189 lbs
Projected Team
Las Vegas
PROSPECT RNK
7th
POSITION RNK
1st
Jon Gruden already has Jacob Eason in his back pocket at this point. With the team's second first round pick, he has an opportunity to land arguably the best wide receiver prospect available. Eason to Lamb could be a productive duo for many, many years.
Round 1 - Pick 20
LSU • Sr • 6'0" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
16th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Jacksonville solidifies their defense with the additions of Javon Kinlaw and now Fulton. Fulton is a physical corner who needs to trust his coaching as the play progresses.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Clemson • Jr • 6'4" / 215 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
14th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Philadelphia is hopeful that Jerry Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb or Higgins fall to their pick. All three are accomplished downfield threats, which the Eagles need to replace their likely offseason losses.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Colorado • Jr • 6'2" / 220 lbs
Projected Team
Buffalo
PROSPECT RNK
28th
POSITION RNK
6th
Shenault can work underneath with John Brown working over the top. The Colorado product is almost more like a running back than a wide receiver.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Alabama • Jr • 6'0" / 190 lbs
Projected Team
New England
PROSPECT RNK
17th
POSITION RNK
4th
The 2019 season exposed New England's lack of talent and consistency at the wide receiver position. Ruggs is probably the fastest player in the first round. Bill Belichick will know how to scheme him open.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Florida • Jr • 6'1" / 202 lbs
Projected Team
New Orleans
PROSPECT RNK
22nd
POSITION RNK
4th
Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple are not staples for this team long-term. Both are free agents. Henderson was once regarded as a top 10 pick and could step in and contribute opposite Marshon Lattimore.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Oklahoma • Sr • 6'2" / 302 lbs
Projected Team
Minnesota
PROSPECT RNK
23rd
POSITION RNK
3rd
Gallimore is a really special player. The first round is actually pretty deep and that allows a player like Gallimore to slip into the later portion. He is very active, capable of applying some pressure up the middle.
Round 1 - Pick 26
LSU • Jr • 6'3" / 203 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
12th
POSITION RNK
2nd
It may come as a surprise to see Grant Delpit on the board this late, but his final college season was a bit disappointing. Miami has no problem gambling on him with one of their three first round picks. This could play out to be another Derwin James situation.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Houston • Sr • 6'7" / 310 lbs
Projected Team
Seattle
PROSPECT RNK
47th
POSITION RNK
9th
Jones has risen into a firm first round grade. The tackle class is so deep and talented; teams better load up because this kind of talent pool will not come along again soon.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Penn State • Jr • 6'5" / 264 lbs
Projected Team
Baltimore
PROSPECT RNK
18th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Gross-Matos is another productive edge rusher. Matt Judon is a free agent and Jaylon Ferguson flashed but was not consistent. The Penn State product is an insurance policy in the event that either of those two players disappoints next season.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Fresno State • Jr • 6'3" / 307 lbs
Projected Team
Tennessee
PROSPECT RNK
63rd
POSITION RNK
13th
When healthy, Muti is a dominant interior lineman. He has battled some injuries but they are not lingering, long-term issues. The Fresno State product should slide into one of those two starting guard spots with ease.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Notre Dame • Jr • 6'5" / 250 lbs
Projected Team
Green Bay
PROSPECT RNK
39th
POSITION RNK
1st
Green Bay replaces Jimmy Graham and Marcedes Lewis with Kmet -- a young Rob Gronkowski? Kmet excels as an in-line blocker but is also capable of impacting the game through the air.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Wisconsin • Jr • 6'3" / 321 lbs
Projected Team
Kansas City
PROSPECT RNK
24th
POSITION RNK
4th
Biadasz slips a bit but the Chiefs welcome him with open arms. He is a strong interior lineman capable of solidifying the center position for many years in Kansas City.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Alabama • Sr • 6'5" / 252 lbs
Projected Team
San Francisco
PROSPECT RNK
40th
POSITION RNK
6th
San Francisco has other needs but it is difficult to pass on Lewis. He can start immediately as an outside linebacker behind that talented defensive line. The 49ers will become even more dangerous next season.
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