2020 NFL Mock Draft: Tua Tagovailoa leads group of six quarterbacks taken in the first round
Ushering in a new era of quarterbacks within the NFL
The NFL has seen an infusion of young talent at the quarterback position but several teams are at a crossroads with players at the end of their rookie contracts. In some cases, a better option may not be available while other teams may not have the courage to take a big leap. In this scenario, some of the teams that could potentially be in the quarterback market are identified. Teams that have already settled on a quarterback are rewarded by having better players overall falling to them in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Here is the latest mock draft projection sure to please everyone:
The draft order is based on team records through the first seven weeks of the season.
Round 1 - Pick 1
Alabama • Jr • 6'0" / 217 lbs
Andy Dalton is not Cincinnati's quarterback of the future. The Bengals are at a critical juncture in their franchise's history. They could turn it around quickly with the right selections. Tagovailoa can lead them.
Round 1 - Pick 2
Georgia • Jr • 6'5" / 315 lbs
Miami simply needs to bolster their offensive line and Thomas is the best available. If they do not have a supportive offensive line, then no skill player will be able to have success. The Dolphins have a few other first-round picks to address needs.
Round 1 - Pick 3
Jerry Jeudy WR
Alabama • Jr • 6'1" / 193 lbs
Terry McLaurin has looked really good for the Redskins this season but they need more help. Applying Jeudy to the offense would open things up for both players.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Chase Young EDGE
Ohio State • Jr • 6'5" / 264 lbs
Young is the best pass rusher in this draft class. It is entirely possible that he goes sooner than No. 4 overall. Atlanta's defense has been awful this season so supplementing their pass rush was the best route to take.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Jeff Okudah CB
Ohio State • Jr • 6'1" / 205 lbs
Trumaine Johnson has not worked out in New York. They have a couple of talented safeties but they need additional help at the cornerback position. Okudah is a fluid athlete that can be an impact starter from Day One.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Clemson • Jr • 6'4" / 238 lbs
The Giants need to improve their linebacker group. Simmons is the best open field tackler in this draft class and he gets better at the other nuances of the position on a daily basis. He is a difference maker.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Javon Kinlaw DL
South Carolina • Sr • 6'5" / 324 lbs
There are a lot of pieces to be excited about on that Chargers defense. Before teams can worry about the likes of Melvin Ingram, Joey Bosa and Derwin James, they must worry about Kinlaw, who is a strong, physical specimen capable of pushing the pocket up the middle.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Dylan Moses LB
Alabama • Jr • 6'3" / 235 lbs
A year ago, John Elway was waiting for someone to fall to him, and when he went off the board, they called the Steelers back to trade. The Broncos still need some attitude and an identity in the middle. It may be a little high for Moses right now but he should be healthy when the pre-Draft process gets going.
Round 1 - Pick 9
LSU • Jr • 6'3" / 213 lbs
The Browns have big needs along the offensive line but it is impossible to justify reaching for one of those players when a special player like Delpit is still on the board. Cleveland can address the position with their other choices.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Jake Fromm QB
Georgia • Jr • 6'2" / 219 lbs
Bruce Arians had Carson Palmer in Arizona. There are a few similarities between Palmer and Fromm. Fromm is a tough leader that is unfazed by opposing defenses. The crux with Jameis Winston is that he turns the ball over too much. Those issues should dissipate with Fromm.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Georgia • Jr • 5'8" / 212 lbs
Detroit needs a star running back. Kerryon Johnson has looked good at times but the Lions have lacked a true star at the position since Barry Sanders. Swift has a strong base, great lateral agility and the speed to make opposing defenses pay.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Jordan Love QB
Utah State • Jr • 6'4" / 224 lbs
When Utah State and LSU played earlier this year, the difference in arm talent between Love and Joe Burrow was noticeable. Love has great ability but he makes some really disappointing decisions as well.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Joe Burrow QB
LSU • Sr • 6'4" / 221 lbs
Burrow is a fiery leader and accurate with the football. He has taken to LSU's new offensive scheme like a duck to water. Tennessee's defense is getting stronger annually. Jeffery Simmons looks like a star. They just need someone that is going to motivate the offense while also giving them a chance.
Round 1 - Pick 15
K'Lavon Chaisson EDGE
LSU • Soph • 6'3" / 254 lbs
The rich get richer. Philadelphia has one of the better rosters in the league but they are aging in the trenches as well. Chaisson, when healthy, shows All Pro potential as an edge rusher.
Round 1 - Pick 16
CeeDee Lamb WR
Oklahoma • Jr • 6'2" / 198 lbs
The difference between Jerry Jeudy and Lamb may not be as large as indicated in this mock draft. I have trumpeted Lamb as the No. 2 wide receiver in this class since before it was cool. He has great body control.
Round 1 - Pick 17
A.J. Epenesa EDGE
Iowa • Jr • 6'5" / 275 lbs
Epenesa would step in right away and provide some pass rush ability on the edge. They invested a lot in their offense last offseason -- and there is more to be done -- but more of those future assets need to go towards stabilizing the defense.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Lucas Niang OL
TCU • Sr • 6'6" / 315 lbs
Carolina needs some assistance at offensive tackle. Niang is a physical player that can supplement the team's offense via the run and pass game.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Boise State • Jr • 6'2" / 265 lbs
If (recently traded for) Michael Bennett is part of the plans over the next few years then this would appear unlikely but Weaver is a fantastic player familiar with star linebacker Leighton Vander Esch.
From Houston Texans
Round 1 - Pick 22
Oklahoma • Soph • 6'5" / 316 lbs
Humphrey has surpassed Tyler Biadasz as the top center prospect. He is a rock at the middle of the offensive line; he simply does not move. Miami needs to build a brick wall around whoever they put out there at quarterback.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Tee Higgins WR
Clemson • Jr • 6'4" / 216 lbs
The team has some issues when they are without T.Y. Hilton. If they can add a bigger body threat that can hold his own with or without Hilton, then it will serve Jacoby Brissett well.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Auburn • Sr • 6'5" / 308 lbs
Tega Wanogho is underappreciated. He shows great athletic ability at a position of need for Seattle.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Wisconsin • Jr • 5'10" / 226 lbs
Imagine the current Ravens offense with Lamar Jackson, Marquise Brown and Taylor. It would be a sight to behold. Mark Ingram is a perfectly fine stop gap and Justice Hill offers a lot of explosion but Taylor is a different level talent. Options would be nearly impossible to defend.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Auburn • Sr • 6'5" / 326 lbs
Minnesota has some talent on the edges. If they could supplement their interior defensive line, then it should free up lanes for the linebackers.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Yetur Gross-Matos EDGE
Penn State • Jr • 6'5" / 266 lbs
Gross-Matos has special talent. He could replace Jerry Hughes on the edge in that young, improving defense.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Alabama • Jr • 5'11" / 188 lbs
Ruggs in the slot with Michael Thomas on the outside is terrifying. It could be something similar to what Minnesota has with Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Wisconsin • Jr • 6'4" / 314 lbs
Kansas City's offensive line has been somewhat exposed this season. Injuries have forced them to rotate their lineup. Biadasz can't cover receivers but he can replace Mitch Morse.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Colorado • Jr • 6'1" / 227 lbs
Shenault is a versatile talent that could be used in a lot of ways. Aaron Rodgers misses Randall Cobb a lot so the void could be filled with the rookie from Colorado.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Alabama • Jr • 6'6" / 310 lbs
San Francisco lost franchise left tackle Joe Staley to injury recently. It may be time to plan for his replacement. Mike McGlinchey looks solid on the other side.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Mekhi Becton OL
Louisville • Jr • 6'7" / 364 lbs
New England attempted to fill one offensive tackle position with Isaiah Wynn but he has been unable to stay healthy. Becton is a massive human being that would slide right in on either end.
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