2020 NFL Mock Draft: Giants, Redskins add star Ohio State defenders while Tua heads to Las Vegas
Plus the Bengals and Bucs add quarterbacks and more from our latest first-round projection
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.
Round 1 - Pick 1
Joe Burrow QB
LSU • Sr • 6'4" / 216 lbs
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.
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Jeff Okudah CB
Ohio State • Jr • 6'1" / 200 lbs
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.
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Georgia • Jr • 6'5" / 320 lbs
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
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
Jerry Jeudy WR
Alabama • Jr • 6'1" / 192 lbs
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
A.J. Epenesa EDGE
Iowa • Jr • 6'6" / 280 lbs
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.
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Alabama • Jr • 6'0" / 190 lbs
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
CeeDee Lamb WR
Oklahoma • Jr • 6'2" / 189 lbs
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
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.
From Chicago Bears
Round 1 - Pick 14
LSU • Sr • 6'0" / 200 lbs
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 19
Alabama • Jr • 6'1" / 218 lbs
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.
From Los Angeles Rams
Round 1 - Pick 20
Bryce Hall CB
Virginia • Sr • 6'1" / 200 lbs
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 22
Javon Kinlaw DL
South Carolina • Sr • 6'6" / 310 lbs
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.
From Houston Texans
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Lucas Niang OL
TCU • Sr • 6'7" / 328 lbs
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
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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