What if things don't go according to plan? What if a team at the top of the NFL Draft makes a move nobody is expecting? These are a couple of questions I was pondering as I began to work on my fifth mock draft for 2020. Well, truthfully, I've pondered these questions plenty of times, but in each of my first four mocks, I've had Joe Burrow going first to the Bengals and Chase Young second to the Redskins.
All of that was going on while we still had sports. Now I'm bored, so the best way to combat that boredom is to try new things, and in my latest mock, I'm trying something different. The Bengals are still taking Joe Burrow, but what if the Redskins take a quarterback as well?
The team checked out the QBs at the combine, and while it was seen as due diligence, it's not crazy to believe the Redskins are seriously interested. There's a new front office, and maybe this one doesn't believe in Dwayne Haskins. The Cardinals did it last year, jettisoning Josh Rosen to take Kyler Murray, and for this mock, that move proves to be the start of a trend.
Now, I still think Washington takes Chase Young in real life, but it was interesting to ponder what kind of impact it would have on the first round if Washington threw a curveball. Let's see what happened!
Round 1 - Pick 2
Alabama • Jr • 6'1" / 217 lbs
The Redskins quietly tried to trade Haskins before making this pick but found no takers. They take Tua anyway, so Haskins is on the block and is likely to go at some point during the draft. Just like Rosen last year.
Mock Trade from Detroit Lions
Round 1 - Pick 3
Oregon • Jr • 6'6" / 236 lbs
The Lions are eternally grateful to the Redskins for taking Tua, as it made their No. 3 pick extremely valuable. In the end, the Chargers wanted Herbert more than the Dolphins or anybody else, and move up to get him.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Chase Young EDGE
Ohio State • Jr • 6'5" / 264 lbs
Remember when the Giants beat the Redskins late in the season, and it angered fans because it cost them a chance to draft Chase Young? Well, not in this quarantine-induced fever-dream, it doesn't!
Round 1 - Pick 5
Alabama • Jr • 6'4" / 307 lbs
The Dolphins flirt with the idea of taking Isaiah Simmons here, but decide that addressing the offensive line is much more important. Even with two more first-round picks, the top OTs could all be off the board before picking again at No. 18.
Mock Trade from Los Angeles Chargers
Round 1 - Pick 6
Jeff Okudah CB
Ohio State • Jr • 6'1" / 205 lbs
If Matt Patricia is truly a student of Bill Belichick, he'll know that Belichick prefers to build his defense from the back end these days. So he gets the best corner in the draft and picks extra assets while doing so. Truly Belichickian.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Auburn • Jr • 6'5" / 320 lbs
Derrick Brown is extremely good at his job, but I'm not 100 percent convinced his pass-rush ability is strong enough to convince teams to take him this highly. Still, the Jaguars need help on the interior of their defensive line, and Brown's easily the best player in this draft there.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Round 1 - Pick 12
From Indianapolis Colts
Round 1 - Pick 13
Alabama • 6'0" / 190 lbs
Ruggs is one of those receivers with a higher ceiling. I don't know that he'll ever be a No. 1 from a target volume standpoint, but he has excellent hands and incredible athleticism and speed. He reminds me a lot of Santana Moss and could fit well with Deebo Samuel and George Kittle in the 49ers passing attack.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Florida • Jr • 6'1" / 204 lbs
All the top OTs are gone, as are the top three WR. Instead of addressing those needs, I have Denver taking a top CB. It's a need, and there will likely be a good WR available when they pick again in the second.
From Pittsburgh Steelers
Round 1 - Pick 18
From Los Angeles Rams
Round 1 - Pick 20
LSU • Jr • 6'1" / 195 lbs
I don't think receiver is the most significant need in Jacksonville, but it's a need, and a second first-rounder allows them a chance to go for a "luxury" pick. Jefferson is likely better-served to be a No. 2 WR in the long run, but he could prove to be the best one Jacksonville has right away.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Oklahoma • Jr • 6'2" / 241 lbs
In this mock, the Eagles decide to wait on addressing the need at WR and instead fill a need at linebacker with Murray. He's a sideline-to-sideline player that can get a bit overzealous at times but has a good chance of being a solid NFL starter.
Round 1 - Pick 23
A.J. Epenesa EDGE
Iowa • Jr • 6'6" / 260 lbs
Epenesa's talent and versatility make him the type of player that should appeal to Bill Belichick. You know, assuming New England doesn't trade down. Also, I'm not convinced the Pats will be taking a QB early. They took Jarret Stidham last year knowing full well that Brady could leave after the 2019 season.
From Houston Texans
Round 1 - Pick 26
Jordan Love QB
Utah State • Jr • 6'4" / 219 lbs
They missed out on Tua and Herbert at the top of the draft, but the Dolphins get Love here. This allows them a shot to develop him to be The Guy, but it comes at a cost that gives them the flexibility to go back to the QB well again next year if they have to.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Colorado • Jr • 6'1" / 225 lbs
It's possible Baltimore trades down here without a top LB available, but getting Lamar Jackson another weapon in the passing game would be nice too. Shenault is more of an all-around threat in the passing game than Marquise Brown but has big-play ability of his own.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Round 1 - Pick 30
Jalen Reagor WR
TCU • Jr • 5'11" / 197 lbs
The search for a reliable receiver to pair with Davante Adams continues, with Jalen Reagor being the next candidate. I like his odds of sticking. He has good footwork and plays quicker than his 40 at the combine suggests. He'll drop some passes, though, which could put him in Aaron Rodgers' dog house.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Oklahoma • Jr • 6'2" / 302 lbs
San Francisco will likely look to trade down here to get more picks, but I'm not sure who is moving up for what in this spot. So they take an intriguing prospect for the interior of their defensive line.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Georgia • Jr • 5'9" / 208 lbs
There was once a time when Andy Reid had a three-down back he could rely on, and was nearly a guarantee to be a top player in your fantasy league. Well, Andy's going back to the old days with D'Andre Swift, making an unfair offense a little less fair.