2020 NFL Mock Draft: Saints replace Drew Brees with Jordan Love, Eagles add speed to receiver group
New Orleans gets a new beginning at the quarterback position
Could the Saints really move on from Drew Brees? No way, right? Well, the future first-ballot Hall of Famer has never taken a hometown discount to stay in the Big Easy and is 41 years old. Let's see what it'd look like if Brees' no longer has a fleur-de-lis on his helmet.
The draft order is now set through No. 30 overall. Position rankings are based on our composite prospect rankings.
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Now, to the picks.
Round 1 - Pick 1
Joe Burrow QB
LSU • Sr • 6'4" / 216 lbs
There'll be some rumblings about the Bengals possibly not taking Burrow after a strong Senior Bowl week from Justin Herbert, but the reigning Heisman winner is about as big of a lock to go No. 1 overall as you can get in January.
Round 1 - Pick 3
Jeff Okudah CB
Ohio State • Jr • 6'1" / 200 lbs
The draft basically begins here, as I assume the Lions will field many calls about this selection for a club to jump the Miami Dolphins to get Tua Tagovailoa. Instead, they stay put and add the draft's premier man-to-man cornerback in Okudah.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Jerry Jeudy WR
Alabama • Jr • 6'1" / 192 lbs
While offensive line is the biggest need for the Giants, I can totally envision Dave Gettleman going offensive skill position player again as a way to help Daniel Jones. I have a feeling Jeudy is going to set the 40-yard dash on fire in Indianapolis.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Oregon • Sr • 6'6" / 237 lbs
This is too cushy of a landing spot for Herbert not to go here, although I expect the Chargers to explore the free-agent/trade markets for a quarterback. Herbert starts his career by sitting behind Tyrod Taylor.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Clemson • Jr • 6'4" / 230 lbs
Matt Rhule has talked about his love of acquiring high-end athletes when he was in the collegiate ranks. With Simmons, he gets a physical freak who just so happens to already be a stud football player.
Round 1 - Pick 8
CeeDee Lamb WR
Oklahoma • Jr • 6'2" / 189 lbs
The Cardinals' low-key need receiver help, even if they're expecting a big jump from KeeSean Johnson and Andy Isabella in 2020. Plus, they'll get Hakeem Butler back from injury. Either way, Lamb is a perfect, familiar fit with Kyler Murray.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Auburn • Sr • 6'5" / 318 lbs
Brown will instantly bolster Jacksonville's run defense and his bull rush is the most devastating in the class. With a few more pass-rushing moves, Brown can be one of the best young interior defensive linemen in the league.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Mekhi Becton OL
Louisville • Jr • 6'7" / 369 lbs
Surprise! The new, Ivy League trained leadership in Cleveland goes Becton over Andrew Thomas and Tristan Wirfs. Strangely enough, despite being bigger than both Thomas and Wirfs, a case can be made for Becton as being the most athletic of the trio.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Georgia • Jr • 6'5" / 320 lbs
Adam Gase has to realize Sam Darnold needs to be better protected, right? With Thomas, he gets a prototypical franchise left tackle prospect who might be a tad ahead as a run blocker than he is as a pass protector right now.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Alabama • Jr • 6'0" / 190 lbs
As part of the epically loaded Alabama receiver group, Ruggs didn't amass gargantuan numbers with the Crimson Tide but is probably going to run in the low 4.3s at the combine and has high-end twitch. Jon Gruden will adore him.
Round 1 - Pick 14
From Pittsburgh Steelers
Round 1 - Pick 18
From Los Angeles Rams
Round 1 - Pick 20
Round 1 - Pick 21
Arizona State • Sr • 6'1" / 206 lbs
Aiyuk could run in the high 4.3s at the combine and exhibited the ability to make hands catches away from his frame at Arizona State. He's over 6-foot with elite speed, so the Eagles love how well-rounded he is.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Alabama • Jr • 6'1" / 200 lbs
The Vikings aren't in a stellar cap situation, and could lose Anthony Harris to the free-agent market. If so, Rick Spielman goes safety to instantly bring a multi-faceted play-maker to the secondary.
From Houston Texans
Round 1 - Pick 26
Round 1 - Pick 28
LSU • Jr • 6'3" / 192 lbs
Jefferson gives Lamar Jackson another weapon at the intermediate portion of the field and brings more size to the receiver room. He's shifty off the line and flashed contested-catch ability in his outstanding 2019 season.
Round 1 - Pick 30
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