2020 NFL Mock Draft: Patriots draft Justin Herbert, Jordan Love goes in top 10 to Chargers
The two most polarizing quarterbacks in the 2020 class go to AFC clubs in this mock
Even after one of his stronger performances of the season against the Buffalo Bills, Tom Brady has to know the New England Patriots are going to draft his heir apparent soon.
And that's precisely what happens in this mock draft.
The order of selections below is based on teams' records through the first 16 weeks of the season. 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 • Jr • 6'5" / 264 lbs
Outside of Dwayne Haskins getting hurt, Week 16's loss to the New York Giants worked out well for Washington. Their young quarterback looked good, and they lost, which moves them one step closer to landing Young at No. 2 overall.
Round 1 - Pick 3
Jeff Okudah CB
Ohio State • Jr • 6'1" / 205 lbs
The Lions clearly needs loads of work personnel-wise (and maybe coach-wise?), but the biggest issues are on the defensive side. Okudah is a pretty easy pick here for Detroit, as he's a long, twitchy, ball-hawking outside corner.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Jordan Love QB
Utah State • Jr • 6'4" / 224 lbs
The Chargers have watched Patrick Mahomes in the division the past two years and get a project-y version of him here at No. 7 overall to ultimately replace Philip Rivers, even if that doesn't happen until 2021.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Javon Kinlaw DL
South Carolina • Sr • 6'5" / 324 lbs
The Panthers move ahead with Cam Newton as the quarterback in this scenario and turn their attention to the woefully bad run defense with Kinlaw, a heavy-handed, versatile defensive lineman. He can really get after the passer too.
Round 1 - Pick 9
CeeDee Lamb WR
Oklahoma • Jr • 6'2" / 198 lbs
In the eyes of many, Lamb had a better season than Jerry Jeudy, and his time spent in an Air Raid system is the reason he's the choice over the Alabama star here for Kliff Kingsbury and the Cardinals.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Alabama • Jr • 6'4" / 312 lbs
Wills has made a meteoric rise up boards this season after putting loads of clean pass sets on film and bulldozing in the run game for Alabama. The right side of the Browns offensive line was brutal this season.
Round 1 - Pick 17
From Chicago Bears
Round 1 - Pick 18
A.J. Terrell CB
Clemson • Jr • 6'1" / 195 lbs
With this selection, the Raiders will have the starting cornerback group that upended Tagovailoa and the Crimson Tide in last year's national title game. Terrell is a stickier version of Trayvon Mullen.
From Pittsburgh Steelers
Round 1 - Pick 19
Round 1 - Pick 22
K'Lavon Chaisson EDGE
LSU • Soph • 6'3" / 254 lbs
The Titans must add more edge-rushing talent to keep the defense moving forward after Cam Wake retires. Chassion is a hybrid linebacker/edge rusher with bend, acceleration, and a non-stop motor.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Alabama • Jr • 6'6" / 310 lbs
The Vikings have to continue to build the offensive line while the defense is clearly of Super Bowl caliber. Leatherwood has the athleticism to work well in Minnesota's zone-blocking scheme.
From Houston Texans
Round 1 - Pick 25
Round 1 - Pick 28
Purdue • Sr • 6'4" / 245 lbs
Hopkins is a twitchy, smooth athlete ready to contribute in the passing game immediately. Look out for him and 2019 third-round pick Jace Sternberger as favorite targets for Aaron Rodgers in 2020.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Oregon • Sr • 6'6" / 236 lbs
This is the draft where the Patriots prioritize getting Tom Brady's eventual replacement. Herbert is going to be one of the most polarizing prospects in the entire class and has the ability to connect on throws no other quarterbacks could make.
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