2020 NFL Mock Draft: Panthers begin franchise rebuild with Justin Herbert, Chargers take Jerry Jeudy
Carolina starts fresh with Justin Herbert and Kyle Allen atop their quarterback depth chart in 2020
With Ron Rivera stunningly fired before Week 14, the stars are aligning for Cam Newton to be playing elsewhere in 2020.
Kyle Allen has flashed during his long audition as Carolina's starter, and while I don't think the franchise will nor should completely move on from him, he certainly hasn't been good enough to preclude the team from picking a quarterback in Round 1.
The order of selections below is based on teams' records through the first 11 weeks of the season. Position rankings are based on our.
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Now, to the picks.
Round 1 - Pick 2
Chase Young EDGE
Ohio State • Jr • 6'5" / 265 lbs
This has to be the pick for the Giants. No ifs, ands, or buts. Young is an elite defensive end prospect, and New York has had major problems on that side of the ball this year, especially when needing to get after the quarterback.
Round 1 - Pick 3
Georgia • Jr • 6'5" / 320 lbs
Get Dwayne Haskins some offensive line help, Washington. Donald Penn is near the end of his career, and it's not a positive development for a young quarterback if he's trying to learn the intricacies of the position with pressure constantly in his face.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Jeff Okudah CB
Ohio State • Jr • 6'1" / 200 lbs
The Lions defense has gotten shredded by most teams this year, and Matt Patricia can't like that too much given his background. If he's still the head coach in 2020, expect him to prioritize the acquisition of a lockdown corner on the outside. Darius Slay could be released to save the club more than $10 million.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Round 1 - Pick 9
Iowa • Jr • 6'5" / 322 lbs
With Joe Douglas making the personnel decisions for Gang Green, expect the Jets to go offensive line early, especially considering what Douglas experienced in Philadelphia. Wirfs is a powerful left tackle with good feet for his size.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Jerry Jeudy WR
Alabama • Jr • 6'1" / 192 lbs
Even if the Philip Rivers era for the Chargers concludes after this season, the team does have ideal bridge quarterback Tyrod Taylor on the roster. With Burrow and Tagovailoa gone, Los Angeles dips into the Round 1 receiver well again with Jeudy.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Auburn • Sr • 6'5" / 318 lbs
With Derek Wolfe now done for the year and set to hit free agency, the Broncos have to do some patchwork on their defensive line. Brown is a monstrous nose tackle with three technique explosiveness but thrives more against the run than he does as a pass rusher.
Round 1 - Pick 12
CeeDee Lamb WR
Oklahoma • Jr • 6'2" / 189 lbs
Based on my Twitter mentions, all of Philadelphia would boo if the team didn't pick receiver in Round 1. In Lamb, the Eagles get a well-rounded wideout with freakish yards-after-the-catch ability.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Round 1 - Pick 14
Oregon • Sr • 6'6" / 237 lbs
With a new coach in 2020, I envision Cam Newton in another NFL city next year. But that doesn't mean whoever is hired will solely tie himself to Kyle Allen. Herbert is probably too talented to pass on here.
Round 1 - Pick 15
From Chicago Bears
Round 1 - Pick 18
From Los Angeles Rams
Round 1 - Pick 20
Round 1 - Pick 26
Tee Higgins WR
Clemson • Jr • 6'4" / 215 lbs
Back to receiver for Buffalo, and if the board fell this way, I assume the Bills would decide between Higgins or LSU edge rusher K'Lavon Chaisson. Higgins would give Buffalo the size it currently doesn't have at receiver.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Trevon Diggs CB
Alabama • Sr • 6'2" / 207 lbs
Even with Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey at corner, the Ravens go back to that position here with the physically overpowering Diggs. Jimmy Smith and Brandon Carr are already in their 30s and set to hit free agency in 2020.
Round 1 - Pick 32
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