2020 NFL Mock Draft: Packers take combine star, Patriots land small-school sleeper, Browns trade up
Two of the most impressive combine efforts earn a pair of previously underrated prospects spots in the first round
Every year after the NFL combine, a handful of prospects are pushed into the first round thanks to stellar workouts, and a few drop into the second round after underwhelming performances. This mock draft was completed with that phenomenon specifically in mind.
The draft order is now set. Position rankings are based on our composite prospect rankings.
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Now, to the picks.
Round 1 - Pick 2
Chase Young EDGE
Ohio State • 6'5" / 264 lbs
The Redskins are doing all the right things regarding this pick as it pertains to their supposed interest in Tua Tagovailoa. They should consider him. And they should make it seem like they really want him. In this mock though, they don't get a mammoth offer and pick the best defensive prospect in the class.
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Round 1 - Pick 6
Jordan Love QB
Utah State • 6'4" / 219 lbs
The Chargers new offensive coordinator has roots with Norv Turner, a head coach who was with Philip Rivers during the most aggressive stages of his career. With Love, the Chargers get their quarterback of the future who isn't afraid to let it rip from any platform.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Mock Trade from Arizona Cardinals
Round 1 - Pick 8
Mekhi Becton OL
Louisville • 6'7" / 364 lbs
Given Becton's insane athleticism at his size at the left tackle spot, he's a perfect fit in Kevin Stefanski's zone-blocking run scheme, and the Browns can't afford for him to go one pick ahead of them to the Jaguars. Cleveland only has to move No. 105 overall (fourth round) to move up two spots.
Mock Trade from Cleveland Browns
Round 1 - Pick 10
Round 1 - Pick 13
Oregon • 6'6" / 236 lbs
This is probably the most mutually beneficial landing spot for Herbert in Round 1. He wouldn't have to start immediately and would find himself in an amazing situation behind Indianapolis' devastating offensive line, and he'd learn under Frank Reich.
Round 1 - Pick 17
From Pittsburgh Steelers
Round 1 - Pick 18
From Chicago Bears
Round 1 - Pick 19
From Los Angeles Rams
Round 1 - Pick 20
LSU • 5'11" / 197 lbs
Fulton aced his combine and measured in bigger than many expected. Even if he's not a towering outside cornerback, he has elite mirroring and click-and-close abilities and fared well over the past two years in the SEC.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Tee Higgins WR
Clemson • 6'4" / 215 lbs
The Eagles won't let the bad season from J.J. Arcega-Whiteside stop them from picking a big, ball-skills specialist in Higgins. The Clemson star has more speed and yards-after-the-catch ability anyway.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Curtis Weaver EDGE
Boise State • 6'3" / 265 lbs
Same pick as a week ago. Weaver tested as one of the best athletes -- who actually participated -- at the edge position at the combine, and adds much-needed youth and pass-rush capabilities to the outside of Buffalo's defensive line.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Bill Belichick sees a hybrid of Jamie Collins and Patrick Chung in the imposing, ultra-athletic Dugger.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Josh Jones OL
Houston • 6'5" / 319 lbs
The Vikings upgrade the left tackle position with Jones, who really cleaned up his footwork in 2019 and has the combination of nastiness, balance, and athleticism to thrive at that vital position in the NFL.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Yetur Gross-Matos EDGE
Penn State • 6'5" / 265 lbs
Gross-Matos has his best football in front of him, as evidenced by his steadily improving game at the collegiate level, and a huge frame that could still take on more weight. He'd give Baltimore a nice partner for Matthew Judon on the outside.
Mock Trade from San Francisco 49ers
Round 1 - Pick 31
Jalen Reagor WR
TCU • 5'11" / 197 lbs
The Colts have tons of draft ammo, and the 49ers will desperately be trying to trade back. Supply, meet demand. Reagor and Parris Campbell will be fun, blazing fast options in Reich's system for many years.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Auburn • 5'11" / 197 lbs
With the amount of cornerbacks the Chiefs could lose in free agency, that position has to be addressed here. Igbinoghene has only been playing corner for two years but has freaky change-of-direction skills, great size, and high-end long speed.
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