2020 NFL Mock Draft: Jets trade up, Vikings trade Stefon Diggs and then draft his brother
A few new trade scenarios were explored in this week's mock draft
There are likely trade scenarios and then there are less likely trade scenarios. Rather than getting bogged down with what has become common, let's explore other possibilities. There are a few teams that may need to move up in the draft order to secure a prospect at a position of need. In today's mock draft, the New York Jets get aggressive. Meanwhile, in Minnesota, the relationship with wide receiver Stefon Diggs has grown toxic and the only resolution comes via trade.
The draft order is set. Position rankings are based on our composite prospect rankings.
Let's kick this thing off!
Round 1 - Pick 4
Round 1 - Pick 6
Auburn • Sr • 6'5" / 326 lbs
Los Angeles punts on the quarterback position and upgrades the heart of their defense with Brown. Although massive in size, Brown is not just a run stopper; he is more than capable of applying pressure from the interior.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Mock Trade from Arizona Cardinals
Round 1 - Pick 8
Mekhi Becton OL
Louisville • Jr • 6'7" / 364 lbs
New York looks at the teams sitting 8-9-10 and decides they should nab one of those offensive tackles before a run occurs. Becton is off the board in exchange for No. 11 overall and a 2020 third-round pick. They have two third-round picks following an in-season trade of Leonard Williams.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Clemson • Jr • 6'4" / 238 lbs
Jacksonville calmly watches as Simmons falls into their lap. A year ago, they were the beneficiaries of Josh Allen's slide to No. 7 overall. Lightning strikes twice for the evidently fortunate franchise.
Mock Trade from New York Jets
Round 1 - Pick 11
CeeDee Lamb WR
Oklahoma • Jr • 6'2" / 198 lbs
After moving back a few spots and picking up an additional pick, Arizona selects Kyler Murray's favorite target at Oklahoma -- Lamb. They reunite with visions of grandeur in Kliff Kingsbury's offense.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Round 1 - Pick 13
Jerry Jeudy WR
Alabama • Jr • 6'1" / 193 lbs
Indianapolis has been too reliant on T.Y. Hilton's availability over the years. And Hilton has been injury prone. They become less dependent by adding Jeudy, who is the draft's best technician. Now, do they sign Philip Rivers?
Round 1 - Pick 16
A.J. Epenesa EDGE
Iowa • Jr • 6'5" / 275 lbs
Epenesa to the Falcons may sound like a broken record at this point but there is a reason. He would be a great fit for Dan Quinn's scheme given they were in desperate need of pass rush support in 2019.
Round 1 - Pick 17
LSU • Jr • 6'3" / 213 lbs
Dallas needs a safety. If Byron Jones walks, then they need a cornerback and a safety. Delpit has seen his stock diminish but I believe a strong combine performance will get his name trending back in the right direction.
From Pittsburgh Steelers
Round 1 - Pick 18
Josh Jones OL
Houston • Sr • 6'5" / 319 lbs
Miami can ill-afford exiting the first round without addressing the offensive tackle position; especially after adding a recently injury-prone Tagovailoa. Jones will need some development, but that was once said about Ja'Wuan James as well.
From Chicago Bears
Round 1 - Pick 19
Javon Kinlaw DL
South Carolina • Sr • 6'5" / 324 lbs
After adding their quarterback, and without a top wide receiver prospect available, Las Vegas addresses the interior defensive line. They make a move to get younger with a pick for the future.
From Los Angeles Rams
Round 1 - Pick 20
Alabama • Jr • 6'0" / 201 lbs
After adding Simmons with the first of two first-round picks, Jacksonville cements their early bid for the best draft on paper. McKinney is a tremendous talent with uber-versatility. He can fulfill a variety of roles in the new-look Jaguars defense that has added Josh Allen, Simmons and McKinney over the span of two years.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Yetur Gross-Matos EDGE
Penn State • Jr • 6'5" / 266 lbs
Rather than reaching for a wide receiver to chase down Josh Allen's passes, Buffalo makes the wise choice of taking one of the best players on the board, which happens to be an ideal replacement for veteran Jerry Hughes.
Round 1 - Pick 23
K'Lavon Chaisson EDGE
LSU • Soph • 6'3" / 254 lbs
Kyle Van Voy and Jamie Collins are scheduled to hit free agency next month. If you believe that Bill Belichick does not have a contingency plan in place, then you do not know Belichick. Chaisson is a Top-10 caliber talent if he remains healthy and is deployed in a manner that best suits his skillset.
From Houston Texans
Round 1 - Pick 26
Mock Trade from Baltimore Ravens
Round 1 - Pick 28
Trevon Diggs CB
Alabama • Sr • 6'1" / 205 lbs
Minnesota trades Diggs back home to Baltimore in exchange for the No. 28 overall selection. Lamar Jackson gets another weapon to help stretch the field on offense. Meanwhile, the Vikings draft his younger brother with the pick acquired. Cornerback is a big need for them.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Colorado • Jr • 6'1" / 227 lbs
Green Bay has not taken a wide receiver in the first round since 2002. They also hadn't been notoriously big spenders in free agency until last offseason either. The Packers have Davante Adams and Laviska Shenault for the future.
Round 1 - Pick 31
LSU • Jr • 6'1" / 202 lbs
Jefferson provides some big-play ability with his great body control and evasive abilities after the catch. San Francisco added Deebo Samuel and Emmanuel Sanders last year but they still need more consistency at the position.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Bryce Hall CB
Virginia • Sr • 6'1" / 202 lbs
Kansas City needs to plug a hole at cornerback. Hall is coming off an injury but has not slipped in the rankings. He is a special player when healthy. The Chiefs would be wise to take him late in the first round.
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