2020 NFL Mock Draft: Giants, Redskins add star Ohio State defenders while Tua heads to Las Vegas

The rehabilitation process of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has become one of the most interesting storylines to monitor leading up to the 2020 NFL Draft. Can he return to throwing in the spring and show that he still warrants top 10 consideration? Will his rehab take longer to the point where he returns to Alabama and prepares for the 2021 NFL Draft? A decision will need to be made in the next two months. 

NFL teams are not waiting around to find out, however, at least in this mock draft. Three quarterbacks are taken in our latest first round projection, and you can find out where Tagovailoa currently projects below. 

The order of selections below is based on the current draft order. Position rankings are based on our top 32 composite big board

NFL Mock Draft
Round 1
Round 1 - Pick 1
LSU • Sr • 6'4" / 216 lbs
Projected Team
Cincinnati
PROSPECT RNK
6th
POSITION RNK
2nd
With Tagovailoa injured, the decision for Cincinnati essentially boils down to Chase Young and Burrow. The Bengals have already made their bed with Andy Dalton, and Ryan Finley is not the answer, so they bring in Burrow.
Round 1 - Pick 2
Ohio State • Jr • 6'5" / 265 lbs
Projected Team
Washington
PROSPECT RNK
1st
POSITION RNK
1st
The Redskins need talent. Young is the best prospect regardless of position. Washington gets lucky that they took a quarterback last year and the team ahead of them needs one this season.
Round 1 - Pick 3
Ohio State • Jr • 6'1" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
2nd
POSITION RNK
1st
Isaiah Simmons or Okudah would be great options for New York, as they could not go wrong with either. The addition of Okudah allows them to finally move on from Janoris Jenkins and his huge cap hit, however.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Clemson • Jr • 6'4" / 230 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
7th
POSITION RNK
1st
The Dolphins need talent across the board. Simmons is developing as a pass rusher but he is fantastic in open space. Miami can build their defense around his length and athleticism.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Georgia • Jr • 6'5" / 320 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
4th
POSITION RNK
1st
The Jets seem hellbent on taking an offensive lineman. They have made their strategy obvious, and Thomas is the best available. If he is available, I think Joe Douglas would have a hard time bypassing him.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Oregon • Sr • 6'6" / 237 lbs
Projected Team
Tampa Bay
PROSPECT RNK
30th
POSITION RNK
4th
In an ideal world, Bruce Arians would get a Tua Tagovailoa or Joe Burrow. He has had enough of the turnovers with Jameis Winston. Given the injury to Tagovailoa, Herbert is the best option in this spot. Arians will need to continue drilling mechanics and footwork consistency into him until it becomes second nature.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Alabama • Jr • 6'1" / 192 lbs
Projected Team
Denver
PROSPECT RNK
3rd
POSITION RNK
1st
The Broncos traded Emmanuel Sanders and, while Courtland Sutton has been great, they need another outlet. Jeudy is great value here. His best trait is his attention to detail, which suggests he will be in the league for a long time.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Iowa • Jr • 6'6" / 280 lbs
Projected Team
Atlanta
PROSPECT RNK
11th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Who knew that moving the wide receivers coach to defense would be the answer to their problems? Epenesa can provide them some pass rush on the edge as they continue to build depth on that side of the ball.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Auburn • Sr • 6'5" / 318 lbs
Projected Team
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
13th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Corey Peters has been solid in Arizona but he is not getting any younger. Brown can come in and learn from the savvy veteran.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Iowa • Jr • 6'5" / 322 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
15th
POSITION RNK
2nd
The Lions' season has slowly revealed potential needs at defensive back, running back and elsewhere. However, they opt to aid three positions with the additions of the body mover, Wirfs.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Alabama • Jr • 6'0" / 190 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Chargers
PROSPECT RNK
12th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Travis Benjamin is relatively cheap if he returns next season but Ruggs would bring some much-needed explosion to this offense. Keenan Allen and Mike Williams working on the edge with Ruggs and Hunter Henry underneath is scary.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Oklahoma • Jr • 6'2" / 189 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
9th
POSITION RNK
2nd
In some cases, the draft board does not fall together as desired. Lamb is a tremendous talent with elite body control but the Jaguars realistically have bigger needs. They jump on the best talent available, however.
Round 1 - Pick 13
LSU • Jr • 6'3" / 203 lbs
Projected Team
Cleveland
PROSPECT RNK
8th
POSITION RNK
2nd
The same scenario plays out for the Browns each week. In an ideal world, a sure-fire offensive tackle would be sitting there waiting for them. It has not been the case though. Delpit is the best player available and his addition becomes even more important following an Achilles injury to Morgan Burnett and the potential departure of Damarious Randall in free agency.
Round 1 - Pick 14
LSU • Sr • 6'0" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Oakland
PROSPECT RNK
14th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Fulton is tough. Oakland drafted Trayvon Mullen a year ago but then they parted with Gareon Conley. Mike Mayock has made a lot of great decisions already so Las Vegas should be confident in whoever their new general manager chooses.
Round 1 - Pick 15
LSU • Soph • 6'4" / 250 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
40th
POSITION RNK
4th
Philadelphia could use some secondary and linebacker help and Chaisson, who has elite traits, solves one of those needs.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Oklahoma • Soph • 6'5" / 316 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
66th
POSITION RNK
12th
Build the front for whichever running back and quarterback is brought to Miami.
Round 1 - Pick 17
Wisconsin • Jr • 6'3" / 321 lbs
Projected Team
Tennessee
PROSPECT RNK
23rd
POSITION RNK
3rd
Tennessee's offensive line has regressed a bit in surprising fashion this season. Biadasz adds some new blood up the middle.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Alabama • Jr • 6'6" / 310 lbs
Projected Team
Carolina
PROSPECT RNK
49th
POSITION RNK
8th
Offensive tackle has been a consistent need for the Panthers. Leatherwood is a solid option and much less of a risk than Greg Little.
Round 1 - Pick 19
Alabama • Jr • 6'1" / 218 lbs
Projected Team
Oakland
PROSPECT RNK
5th
POSITION RNK
1st
If Tagovailoa returns to throwing in the spring, then teams should not allow him to slide from the first round. Jon Gruden wants to push the ball downfield, and that is not a strength of Tagovailoa. Justin Herbert would be a better fit here but he is already gone. Tagovailoa is a better fit for Arians, but No. 6 is probably too high given his injury.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Virginia • Sr • 6'1" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
27th
POSITION RNK
5th
Jacksonville added Lamb earlier in the process and now they get Bryce Hall to cover him in practice. The trade of Jalen Ramsey created a void in their secondary that Hall can fill when he returns from his own injury.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Nebraska • Sr • 6'3" / 215 lbs
Projected Team
Dallas
PROSPECT RNK
41st
POSITION RNK
8th
As I say every week, Dallas needs some help in their secondary. Byron Jones could potentially leave in free agency, which creates a need.
Round 1 - Pick 22
South Carolina • Sr • 6'6" / 310 lbs
Projected Team
Indianapolis
PROSPECT RNK
10th
POSITION RNK
1st
Kinlaw can occupy blockers, but he also pushes the pocket. Indianapolis could have a fun-to-watch defense with the linebackers they currently have plus Kinlaw drawing attention in front of them.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Georgia • Jr • 5'9" / 215 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
16th
POSITION RNK
1st
Kalen Ballage is not the answer in Miami. Swift is great in pass protection, provides a safety net as a checkdown option and is a great running back. The Philadelphia native is the total package.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Penn State • Jr • 6'5" / 264 lbs
Projected Team
Minnesota
PROSPECT RNK
19th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Minnesota is getting to the point where they will have to make decisions at all levels of their defense. They could be one of the more interesting teams to follow this offseason.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Florida • Jr • 6'1" / 202 lbs
Projected Team
Kansas City
PROSPECT RNK
24th
POSITION RNK
4th
Coming into the season, Henderson was a top-10 talent. Injuries and a slight dip in play have him closer to the end of the first round. Kansas City needs some help at the cornerback position.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Boise State • Jr • 6'3" / 265 lbs
Projected Team
Buffalo
PROSPECT RNK
44th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Weaver and the Bills are a great fit because he allows them to move on from Jerry Hughes and create some cap space in addition to providing another talented piece to that young defense.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Clemson • Jr • 6'4" / 215 lbs
Projected Team
Green Bay
PROSPECT RNK
18th
POSITION RNK
4th
The Packers could not stand to watch Higgins fall any further, and he is too great of a player to slip out of the first round. Green Bay has some Davante Adams insurance.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Auburn • Sr • 6'7" / 305 lbs
Projected Team
Seattle
PROSPECT RNK
33rd
POSITION RNK
4th
Just because Russell Wilson can escape pressure and make magical plays does not mean he should all the time.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Alabama • Jr • 6'3" / 235 lbs
Projected Team
Baltimore
PROSPECT RNK
34th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Moses and Baltimore are just a great fit. He brings leadership and a toughness that NFL fans have seen from the Ravens defense for years.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Colorado • Jr • 6'2" / 220 lbs
Projected Team
New Orleans
PROSPECT RNK
20th
POSITION RNK
5th
Speaking of great fits, Shenault is perfect for what Sean Payton wants to do in that offense. He brings a lot of versatility to one of the best offensive playcallers in the business.
Round 1 - Pick 31
TCU • Sr • 6'7" / 328 lbs
Projected Team
New England
PROSPECT RNK
55th
POSITION RNK
10th
Isaiah Wynn has returned from injury but this is the second consecutive year that he has been injured. Niang can play right tackle, as he did at TCU, or he could play left tackle and the Patriots could move Wynn to guard, which is where many pegged him coming out of Georgia.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Oklahoma • Jr • 6'2" / 234 lbs
Projected Team
San Francisco
PROSPECT RNK
17th
POSITION RNK
1st
The secondary has been better than expected and the defensive line has been tremendous. By adding a healthy Kwon Alexander and Murray, San Francisco can really start to build something special on that side of the ball.

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