2020 NFL Mock Draft: Jaguars trade up for Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins trade up for Justin Herbert
The first three picks off the board are all quarterbacks
The 2020 NFL Draft, excuse me, I mean the VIRTUAL NFL Draft will begin tonight -- assuming every general manager has his WiFi password handy. That means this will be my final mock draft of the spring. While I tend to take a more experimental approach to my other mocks, in my final mock, I'm trying to accurately predict what will happen.
It's a fool's errand given the nature of the whole enterprise, but it's also a great way to keep one's mind occupied considering nothing else is going on in the world of sports. My final mock sees plenty of trades, and not just at the top.
The first three picks are all quarterbacks, and two of the teams taking them had to trade up to get there.
Mock Trade from Washington Redskins
Round 1 - Pick 2
Oregon • 6'6" / 236 lbs
If the Dolphins are set on getting their QB in this draft, they're not going to be able to sit at No. 5 to do so. Here I have them sending two of their firsts (Nos. 5 and 18) to Washington to get Herbert.
Mock Trade from Detroit Lions
Round 1 - Pick 3
Alabama • 6'0" / 217 lbs
The Lions suddenly find themselves in a spot where Jacksonville and the Chargers are vying to move up for Tua, and Jacksonville wins the bidding by including both their firsts this year (plus more). I don't think the Jaguars are sold on Gardner Minshew being the long-term answer, but he does provide insurance should Tua not be 100 percent ready for the season.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Chase Young EDGE
Ohio State • 6'5" / 264 lbs
Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good, and the Giants get very lucky here. With the run on QBs at the top, Chase Young, whom I believe to be the best prospect in this draft, falls to them at No. 4. They still need an OT, but the chance to draft Young was too much to pass up on.
Mock Trade from Miami Dolphins
Round 1 - Pick 5
Iowa • 6'5" / 320 lbs
The Redskins moved down from No. 2 because, even though Chase Young is a terrific prospect, he's not good enough to fill all of Washington's holes. So they get extra picks and start their draft with the top OT on their board.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Jeff Okudah CB
Ohio State • 6'1" / 200 lbs
Carolina has its pick of the three top defensive players still on the board and goes with the corner. Okudah has the potential to be a shutdown corner in the NFL, and that's an extremely valuable asset these days.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Mock Trade from Detroit Lions
Round 1 - Pick 9
Georgia • 6'5" / 315 lbs
Seeing a run on tackles, Tampa Bay decides to move up and take Thomas to help protect the new franchise, Tom Brady. Tampa swaps firsts with Detroit, as well as its third-rounder this year and a conditional future pick.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Clemson • 6'4" / 238 lbs
The bad news for Cleveland is that all the top tackles are gone before it gets to pick, and that's the most pressing concern. The good news is that Isaiah Simmons still finds himself on the board, and he's a nice consolation prize.
Mock Trade from New York Jets
Round 1 - Pick 11
Jerry Jeudy WR
Alabama • 6'1" / 193 lbs
The Vikings are still in a win-now mode despite trading Stefon Diggs, and they use the No. 22 pick they received in that deal in a package to move up and take the top WR on their board before the WR run is expected to begin.
From Indianapolis Colts
Round 1 - Pick 13
CeeDee Lamb WR
Oklahoma • 6'2" / 189 lbs
Plenty of teams will have Lamb as the No. 1 WR on their board, and the Niners get him here as the third taken. I'm imagining him and George Kittle having a competition to see who can break the most open-field tackles.
Mock Trade from Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Round 1 - Pick 14
Round 1 - Pick 15
Mock Trade from Jacksonville Jaguars
Round 1 - Pick 20
Jeff Gladney CB
TCU • 5'10" / 191 lbs
The Lions turn the No. 3 pick into Derrick Brown, Jeff Gladney, and more draft picks. While some Lions fans likely have their hearts set on Okudah, it'd be hard to be upset with the team if this is how the first round plays out.
Mock Trade from New York Jets
Round 1 - Pick 22
Jordan Love QB
Utah State • 6'4" / 219 lbs
The Chargers still need a QB, and with the Patriots up next, they convince the Jets to trade out of the first round altogether. The Chargers get somebody they can groom behind Tyrod Taylor, or perhaps start right away. The Jets turn the No. 11 pick into a lot more draft picks while also potentially keeping a QB away from a division rival.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Oklahoma • 6'2" / 241 lbs
I would expect the Patriots to try and trade down out of this spot, but the problem was I couldn't figure out who would be trying to trade up for it. So the Pats address a need, even if it isn't the most pressing one.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Denzel Mims WR
Baylor • 6'3" / 207 lbs
Michael Thomas is already impossible to cover, and by adding Mims (not to mention Emmanuel Sanders) the Saints add a vertical threat to their offense defenses will have to respect, giving Thomas even more room to do his thing.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Utah • 6'0" / 195 lbs
The Vikings were able to hold on to No. 25 when they traded up for Jeudy, and use it to address another major need. I went back and forth between Johnson and an offensive tackle, but I think Johnson's a better prospect than any of the tackles remaining.
From Houston Texans
Round 1 - Pick 26
LSU • 6'2" / 213 lbs
The Dolphins leave the first round with a franchise QB in Herbert, as well as an answer at safety in Delpit. While they still need to address the offensive line, they have roughly 45 picks left in the draft to do just that.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Boise State • 6'6" / 311 lbs
While there's nearly a consensus about who the top four OTs are -- if not the order of them -- after that opinions vary, and Boise State's Ezra Cleveland is a name that's picking up steam lately.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Jalen Reagor WR
TCU • 5'11" / 197 lbs
If the draft indeed goes the way I'm projecting it to, I have a hard time believing the Packers don't take a receiver here. It might not be Reagor -- I considered Shenault and Aiyuk as well -- but, in my opinion, he makes the most sense for Green Bay.
Round 1 - Pick 32
A.J. Terrell CB
Clemson • 6'1" / 195 lbs
I've had the Chiefs messing around with running backs in this spot in previous mocks, but the truth is they would likely address a few needs on defense. Terrell would be more valuable to Kansas City than any of the running backs still waiting to be drafted.
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