2020 NFL Mock Draft: Raiders take Tua Tagovailoa after trade with Lions, Dolphins find QB late in first round

The confetti just stopped falling on the Chiefs as they celebrated their Super Bowl victory on the 49ers when it became time to turn our attention toward NFL Draft season. So, now, here I am a couple of days later, with my first NFL mock draft of 2020. There's a long way to go between now and the draft, and a lot of things can change, so don't think of this mock as a prediction of what's going to happen a couple of months from now.

It's more of a feeling-out process. We all have a good idea of what teams need and what areas they want to address. I'm combining that knowledge with what I know about the players available in the draft based upon watching them in college the last few years to make my best estimation of who will go where and why.

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Of course, it wouldn't be a draft if somebody didn't trade up for a quarterback, so I have a couple of those in here as well. This mock draft is bound to look a lot different than my final version, but we have to start somewhere. 

NFL Mock Draft
Round 1
Round 1 - Pick 1
LSU • Sr • 6'4" / 221 lbs
Projected Team
Cincinnati
PROSPECT RNK
2nd
POSITION RNK
1st
A lot of things will change in my mocks over the next couple of months. This will not be one of them. It's nearly a lock that the Bengals will take the Heisman Trophy winner here, and nobody will blame them for it.
Round 1 - Pick 2
Ohio State • Jr • 6'5" / 264 lbs
Projected Team
Washington
PROSPECT RNK
1st
POSITION RNK
1st
Chase Young is the best NFL prospect in this draft class, and while it's always possible Washington falls in love with somebody else before the draft, this should be the pick.
  Mock Trade from Detroit Lions
Round 1 - Pick 3
Alabama • Jr • 6'0" / 217 lbs
Projected Team
Las Vegas
PROSPECT RNK
4th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Matt Patricia learned under Bill Belichick, and with plenty of needs that he has to address, he trades down. Oakland sends picks No. 12, No. 19 and a 2021 2nd round pick to move up and draft Tua Tagovailoa. Tua has health concerns, but most are optimistic he'll be healthy, and now the Raiders can move to Las Vegas with a shiny new franchise QB.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Clemson • Jr • 6'4" / 238 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
6th
POSITION RNK
1st
Simmons is my second-favorite player in this draft class behind Chase Young. He's so versatile and talented. Every time I watch him I think of Brian Urlacher. The combination of size and freakish athleticism is incredible.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Ohio State • Jr • 6'1" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
3rd
POSITION RNK
1st
The Dolphins don't get Tua, but they do address another need by taking the best corner in this draft. Miami essentially replaces Minkah Fitzpatrick, and can use the pick they received from Pittsburgh later in this round to address other needs.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Oregon • Sr • 6'6" / 236 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Chargers
PROSPECT RNK
33rd
POSITION RNK
4th
Justin Herbert is this year's Josh Allen. Not from a talent or ability perspective, but from the "I watched him in college, and I get why NFL teams are going to talk themselves into him, but after watching him play there's a LOT more projection than reality right now" view. Still, the Chargers need a QB.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Auburn • Sr • 6'5" / 326 lbs
Projected Team
Carolina
PROSPECT RNK
5th
POSITION RNK
1st
He's not a disruptive force in the Aaron Donald sense, but having Derrick Brown in the middle of your DL makes life easier for your other pass rushers. He's a monster, and I don't envy anybody who is tasked with trying to move him.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Georgia • Jr • 6'5" / 315 lbs
Projected Team
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
9th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Based on what's available here, and who might want to move up, I wouldn't be shocked if Arizona trades this pick. For now I have them addressing a serious concern on the offensive line to help protect last year's No. 1 pick Kyler Murray.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Penn State • Jr • 6'5" / 266 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
18th
POSITION RNK
3rd
The first "surprise" of the top 10. After seeing a lot of Gross-Matos at Penn State, I wouldn't be shocked if he's a guy who climbs up draft boards as he goes through the workout process. There's a lot to like here.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Iowa • Jr • 6'5" / 320 lbs
Projected Team
Cleveland
PROSPECT RNK
15th
POSITION RNK
3rd
The Browns need to fix the OL, and Wirfs is a good start. He doesn't strike me as a perennial Pro Bowler, but he's a tackle you can put out there and not have to worry about. He's strong enough to handle a bull rush, and athletic enough to deal with speed.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Iowa • Jr • 6'5" / 275 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
11th
POSITION RNK
2nd
We have a run on Hawkeyes! Epenesa is not a finished product, but if he reaches his potential he has a chance to be an absolute game-changer on the edge. The Jets could really use that.
  Mock Trade from Oakland Raiders
Round 1 - Pick 12
LSU • Sr • 6'0" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
16th
POSITION RNK
2nd
If the Lions stay at No. 3 they'd probably take Okudah. In my mock they trade down and still get a top corner in Kristian Fulton and pick up an extra first-round pick.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Oklahoma • Jr • 6'2" / 198 lbs
Projected Team
Indianapolis
PROSPECT RNK
7th
POSITION RNK
1st
I wouldn't be shocked if the Colts go for a QB here, but with the top three already gone, I have them opting for a receiver in Lamb who will help any QB on the roster.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Alabama • Jr • 6'4" / 312 lbs
Projected Team
Tampa Bay
PROSPECT RNK
31st
POSITION RNK
5th
Willis might be destined to play right tackle in the long run, but there's a lot to like here, and Tampa needs to improve its offensive line.
Round 1 - Pick 15
LSU • Soph • 6'3" / 254 lbs
Projected Team
Denver
PROSPECT RNK
20th
POSITION RNK
4th
The Broncos could go so many different routes here, but I think the potential that Chaisson shows will be very intriguing to them. He's not Isaiah Simmons, but he has a lot of similar traits to work with.
Round 1 - Pick 16
South Carolina • Sr • 6'5" / 324 lbs
Projected Team
Atlanta
PROSPECT RNK
13th
POSITION RNK
2nd
I first really noticed Kinlaw in South Carolina's win over Georgia. He was just pushing Georgia linemen around, and it's one of the biggest, strongest OLs in the country. There's a lot to like here.
Round 1 - Pick 17
LSU • Jr • 6'3" / 203 lbs
Projected Team
Dallas
PROSPECT RNK
12th
POSITION RNK
1st
The Cowboys need help at safety and corner, and with the top corners already off the board, they take who I believe is the best safety in this class.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Louisville • Jr • 6'7" / 364 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
31st
POSITION RNK
5th
The Dolphins don't take a QB this time, either, instead opting for a mountain of a tackle in Becton. Becton moves very well considering his size, and he has long arms and heavy hands.
  Mock Trade from Oakland Raiders
Round 1 - Pick 19
Alabama • Jr • 6'1" / 193 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
10th
POSITION RNK
2nd
The Lions use the second first-rounder they pick up from Oakland to give Matt Stafford another tool in the passing game. Jeudy is not big, but he's such a terrific route-runner. He reminds me of former Colts WR Marvin Harrison.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Florida • Jr • 6'1" / 202 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
22nd
POSITION RNK
3rd
The Jags started with the pass rush by taking Gross-Matos, and now they address a need at corner by taking Henderson. Henderson has long arms and excellent hands, but he can sometimes get a bit too preoccupied with trying to pick passes off rather than covering his man.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Alabama • Jr • 5'11" / 188 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
17th
POSITION RNK
4th
I can't say for certain that the Eagles will take Ruggs here, but I'm confident they're going to take a WR in this spot. Ruggs would be a great fit. He's an absolute burner who will give the Eagles a vertical threat.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Clemson • Jr • 6'4" / 216 lbs
Projected Team
Buffalo
PROSPECT RNK
14th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Higgins possesses some of the size that Buffalo lacks in its receiving corps, and could pair well with Josh Allen. Considering Allen's accuracy issues, it'd be nice to have a guy who can reach balls that might not be in the best spot. He'd also be an asset in the red zone.
  Mock Trade from New England Patriots
Round 1 - Pick 23
Utah State • Jr • 6'4" / 224 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
36th
POSITION RNK
5th
Worried the Saints might be a step ahead of them, Miami trades No. 26 and a future 4th to New England to take a QB in Jordan Love. It's not a heavy price to pay for a possible franchise QB, nor would it keep them from going after another QB in the 2021 draft if they chose to.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Alabama • Sr • 6'2" / 207 lbs
Projected Team
New Orleans
PROSPECT RNK
25th
POSITION RNK
4th
The Saints need somebody on the other side of Marshon Lattimore, and while opinions vary on Diggs, there's enough to like here to make this pick.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Clemson • Jr • 6'1" / 190 lbs
Projected Team
Minnesota
PROSPECT RNK
38th
POSITION RNK
6th
The Vikings need an upgrade at corner, and while Terrell had a horrible night against LSU in the title game, he's a very good player with the potential to be a solid NFL starter.
  Mock Trade from Miami Dolphins
Round 1 - Pick 26
Alabama • Jr • 6'1" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
New England
PROSPECT RNK
12th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Safety isn't the biggest need for the Patriots, but McKinney is great value at this point, and he's familiar with a lot of what the Patriots do in their defensive coverages after spending his college years with Nick Saban.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Alabama • Sr • 6'5" / 262 lbs
Projected Team
Seattle
PROSPECT RNK
40th
POSITION RNK
6th
Seattle needs pass rush help whether it keeps Jadeveon Clowney or not. Lewis is not a finished product, but the tools of a good NFL pass-rusher are all there.
Round 1 - Pick 28
LSU • Jr • 6'0" / 229 lbs
Projected Team
Baltimore
PROSPECT RNK
90th
POSITION RNK
6th
Great sideline-to-sideline speed and range, but there's more projection than production at this point. Showed plenty of flashes at LSU, but consistency is an issue.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Oklahoma • Sr • 6'2" / 304 lbs
Projected Team
Tennessee
PROSPECT RNK
23rd
POSITION RNK
3rd
Tennessee has bigger needs than this, but it'd be hard to pass up on Gallimore at this spot. He's a disruptive force on the interior of the defensive line.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Colorado • Jr • 6'1" / 227 lbs
Projected Team
Green Bay
PROSPECT RNK
28th
POSITION RNK
6th
Shenault has been one of my favorite players to watch the last few years. He can lineup outside or in the slot, and he's always trying to make a big play happen. In other words, he's the kind of player that could excel with Aaron Rodgers. Or maybe help Rodgers excel a little longer himself.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Oklahoma • Jr • 6'3" / 241 lbs
Projected Team
San Francisco
PROSPECT RNK
19th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Murray was maddeningly inconsistent at Oklahoma during games, but when it's there, it's there. He strikes me as the kind of player who could do very well in San Francisco's defense behind a dominant defensive line.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Ohio State • Jr • 5'10" / 209 lbs
Projected Team
Kansas City
PROSPECT RNK
51st
POSITION RNK
3rd
I don't know if this is somewhere the Chiefs would want to go in the first round, or if they even consider RB a legitimate need, but watching J.K. Dobbins at Ohio State the last couple years I always thought about how awesome he'd be in an Andy Reid offense. So this is mostly wishful thinking on my part.
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