Watch Now: Takeaways from HQ Mock Draft 4.0 (4:39)

The (virtual) 2020 NFL Draft is right around the corner, and aside from maybe the first two picks of the process, no one's sure exactly how things will play out from the homes of all 32 NFL teams. What better way to welcome the unpredictable than by trying to predict it? Is Tua Tagovailoa actually going to fall past the Miami Dolphins? Will Justin Herbert be the second quarterback off the board? Are the New England Patriots truly content riding with Jarrett Stidham instead of pursuing a big-name Tom Brady replacement?

All of those questions -- and lots more -- are answered in the mock draft below, with a whopping six projected trades included in the first-round rundown. Will these picks come to fruition? Only time will tell! But in the meantime, try to enjoy (or, you know, find me on Twitter and ridicule me like it's your job):

NFL Mock Draft
Round 1
Round 1 - Pick 1
LSU • 6'4" / 221 lbs
Projected Team
Cincinnati
PROSPECT RNK
2nd
POSITION RNK
1st
With or without Andy Dalton, the Bengals get their new face of the franchise. Welcome to Cincy, Joe.
Round 1 - Pick 2
Ohio State • 6'5" / 264 lbs
Projected Team
Washington
PROSPECT RNK
1st
POSITION RNK
1st
At the end of the day, a premier pass rusher is too much to pass up for new coach Ron Rivera. Washington instantly makes its front four one of the most promising in the NFC.
  Mock Trade from Detroit Lions
Round 1 - Pick 3
Alabama • 6'0" / 217 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
5th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Dolphins acquire No. 3 from Lions for No. 5, No. 39. Tua's medical questions may be legitimate, but Miami isn't going to shy away from this year's smoothest winner at the QB position. After watching Josh Rosen collapse in the pocket, they convince themselves Tagovailoa's upside and pocket poise is a better gamble than Justin Herbert. The move up simply ensures no one can steal their guy.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Iowa • 6'5" / 320 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
7th
POSITION RNK
1st
Word around town is Dave Gettleman loves himself some Wirfs. There are more pro-ready options, but at least the Iowa product gives Daniel Jones some help.
  Mock Trade from Miami Dolphins
Round 1 - Pick 5
Ohio State • 6'1" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
5th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Lions acquire No. 5, No. 39 from Dolphins for No. 3. Bob Quinn gets his wish and collects another high draft pick, all while scooping up a Day One replacement for Darius Slay on the outside.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Alabama • 6'4" / 312 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Chargers
PROSPECT RNK
8th
POSITION RNK
2nd
If Anthony Lynn's touting Tyrod Taylor and/or wanted Tom Brady, it sure seems like he'd prefer to win now, and the rest of his roster justifies that mentality. So while Justin Herbert might be tempting, Wills immediately shores up the left tackle spot and pushes L.A. one step closer to the playoffs.
  Mock Trade from Carolina Panthers
Round 1 - Pick 7
Clemson • 6'4" / 238 lbs
Projected Team
Cleveland
PROSPECT RNK
3rd
POSITION RNK
1st
Browns acquire No. 7 from Panthers for No. 10, No. 74, 2021 seventh. Andrew Berry makes like old boss Howie Roseman in his first year fully in charge, taking a big swing for a play-maker. A tackle makes all the sense in the world for Cleveland, but Simmons is a bona fide star-in-the-making who fills not one but two needs (LB, S) for the Browns' defense.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Auburn • 6'5" / 325 lbs
Projected Team
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
6th
POSITION RNK
1st
With both Wirfs and Wills off the board at OT, Arizona adds more beef to its D-line in an effort to at least replicate San Francisco's trench warfare in the West, getting maybe the best gap-plugging defender in the class.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Florida • 6'1" / 204 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
15th
POSITION RNK
2nd
With Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye both long gone, Jacksonville finds its new No. 1 corner, keeping the play-making Henderson close to home.
  Mock Trade from Cleveland Browns
Round 1 - Pick 10
South Carolina • 6'5" / 319 lbs
Projected Team
Carolina
PROSPECT RNK
9th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Panthers acquire No. 10, No. 74, 2021 seventh from Browns for No. 7. Carolina could've easily just stood pat and taken Simmons at No. 7, but instead, Matt Rhule adds another high pick for his rebuild, and Carolina snags one of the top interior D-linemen of the class -- a local product who can help their porous run "D" from the jump.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Louisville • 6'7" / 364 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
13th
POSITION RNK
4th
Joe Douglas wants desperately to build New York from the trenches, and something says George Fant isn't his only plan at LT for protecting Sam Darnold. Becton's massive frame gives the Jets a blind-side blocker for the long haul.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Alabama • 6'1" / 193 lbs
Projected Team
Las Vegas
PROSPECT RNK
12th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Jon Gruden is ready to win some ballgames. A year after striking out on Antonio Brown, he and Mike Mayock get the guy who best resembles Brown's abilities on the field. A pro-ready route runner, Jeudy can step in and make plays from Day One.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Oklahoma • 6'2" / 189 lbs
Projected Team
San Francisco
PROSPECT RNK
10th
POSITION RNK
1st
If Kyle Shanahan is looking for a play-maker to replace Emmanuel Sanders, you can't do much better than this.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Georgia • 6'5" / 315 lbs
Projected Team
Tampa Bay
PROSPECT RNK
11th
POSITION RNK
3rd
A trade up for someone like Wills would be ideal, but the reasoning for Thomas is the same: They need an OT who can help keep Tom Brady upright, and they need one now.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Alabama • 6'0" / 190 lbs
Projected Team
Denver
PROSPECT RNK
16th
POSITION RNK
3rd
John Elway gets his own version of Tyreek Hill, adding a historic and much-needed deep-ball weapon for Drew Lock.
Round 1 - Pick 16
LSU • 6'3" / 254 lbs
Projected Team
Atlanta
PROSPECT RNK
14th
POSITION RNK
2nd
If C.J. Henderson were available, he'd almost have to be the guy. Instead, the Falcons pair the draft's second-best edge rusher with new addition Dante Fowler for a much-improved DL.
Round 1 - Pick 17
LSU • 6'1" / 202 lbs
Projected Team
Dallas
PROSPECT RNK
24th
POSITION RNK
4th
Michigan OL Cesar Ruiz seems like a real possibility, especially with Travis Frederick gone. But can the Cowboys resist Jefferson, a near-perfect fit in the slot, where Randall Cobb no longer resides? If Chaisson is gone and CBs can be had later, why not give Dak Prescott even more weapons?
Round 1 - Pick 18
Alabama • 6'0" / 201 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
21st
POSITION RNK
1st
With their QB in tow, the Dolphins use the pick they got for Minkah Fitzpatrick to add a guy who's drawn Fitzpatrick comparisons, replacing Reshad Jones and bolstering Brian Flores' rebuilt defense.
  Mock Trade from Las Vegas Raiders
Round 1 - Pick 19
Oregon • 6'6" / 236 lbs
Projected Team
New England
PROSPECT RNK
18th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Patriots acquire No. 19 from Raiders for No. 23, No. 87. Surprise! Josh McDaniels bangs the table over Zoom as Herbert slides within reach, and New England gets a mentally sharp, physically gifted signal-caller for the post-Brady haul. Yes, they may have been fine rolling with Jarrett Stidham, but for this price, why not take the gamble?
Round 1 - Pick 20
Iowa • 6'6" / 280 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
31st
POSITION RNK
4th
A reach at No. 20? Perhaps, but this is the kind of versatile, high-effort D-lineman Jacksonville covets after unloading Calais Campbell and Marcell Dareus.
  Mock Trade from Philadelphia Eagles
Round 1 - Pick 21
LSU • 6'1" / 227 lbs
Projected Team
New Orleans
PROSPECT RNK
28th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Saints acquire No. 21 from Eagles for No. 24, No. 130. New Orleans is strictly in win-now mode for Drew Brees' last hurrah, and they also don't have a ton of needs. So they move up to secure the draft's top LB, a local standout who instantly brings instincts to the middle of their "D."
Round 1 - Pick 22
Houston • 6'5" / 319 lbs
Projected Team
Minnesota
PROSPECT RNK
17th
POSITION RNK
5th
This is purely a value pick from Rick Spielman, who can address WR and CB later. The Vikings are in perpetual need of OL reinforcements, especially now that they're increasingly built around their ground game.
  Mock Trade from New England Patriots
Round 1 - Pick 23
Clemson • 6'1" / 195 lbs
Projected Team
Las Vegas
PROSPECT RNK
27th
POSITION RNK
6th
Raiders acquire No. 23, No. 87 from Patriots for No. 19. Mayock isn't leaving the first few rounds without a CB, and Terrell hails from Clemson, which both Mayock and Gruden adore. This is a prospect who's familiar playing with Trayvon Mullen and brings the toughness both decision-makers like.
  Mock Trade from New Orleans Saints
Round 1 - Pick 24
Arizona State • 6'0" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
35th
POSITION RNK
6th
Howie Roseman is absolutely no lock to be pigeonholed into WR, but after moving down to collect an additional pick, he gets the next best thing at wideout after Justin Jefferson: a versatile big-play target for Carson Wentz.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Utah • 6'0" / 195 lbs
Projected Team
Minnesota
PROSPECT RNK
47th
POSITION RNK
8th
The Vikings need corners like crazy after the departure of their top three guys from 2019, and Johnson fits their system like a glove.
Round 1 - Pick 26
USC • 6'5" / 317 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
48th
POSITION RNK
8th
With Tua on board, the Dolphins still need more help up front, where their line was horrendous throughout 2019. Jackson gives them a starter at either LT or RT.
  Mock Trade from Seattle Seahawks
Round 1 - Pick 27
Utah State • 6'4" / 219 lbs
Projected Team
Indianapolis
PROSPECT RNK
19th
POSITION RNK
4th
Colts acquire No. 27 from Seahawks for No. 34, No. 75. "Take that, haters" -- Frank Reich and Chris Ballard, to all the Colts fans ripping them for making Philip Rivers the only solution at QB. Indy jumps back in the first by way of the trade-happy Seahawks (and without mortgaging a huge haul) to get a high-upside project for Reich. With Rivers locked in as the stopgap for 2020, Love becomes the Colts' franchise QB-in-waiting.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Oklahoma • 6'2" / 241 lbs
Projected Team
Baltimore
PROSPECT RNK
23rd
POSITION RNK
2nd
Baltimore gets a steal at the back of the round, finally striking on a successor for C.J. Mosley in the middle of their "D."
Round 1 - Pick 29
Auburn • 6'3" / 303 lbs
Projected Team
Tennessee
PROSPECT RNK
55th
POSITION RNK
5th
With Jurrell Casey shipped out of town, the Titans land his replacement -- an underrated chess piece for Mike Vrabel's line.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Baylor • 6'3" / 207 lbs
Projected Team
Green Bay
PROSPECT RNK
39th
POSITION RNK
8th
An O-lineman like Cesar Ruiz could be a sneaky good pick here, but Mims gives Aaron Rodgers the WR depth he needs.
  Mock Trade from San Francisco 49ers
Round 1 - Pick 31
Ohio State • 5'10" / 212 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
46th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Lions acquire No. 31 from 49ers for No. 35, No. 152, 2021 fifth. Detroit makes use of its extra capital from the earlier trade with Miami in order to add a compact complement to Kerryon Johnson. D'Andre Swift would seemingly be in play as well, but either way, the Lions capitalize on San Francisco's desire to trade back and give Matthew Stafford a new toy.
Round 1 - Pick 32
TCU • 5'10" / 191 lbs
Projected Team
Kansas City
PROSPECT RNK
26th
POSITION RNK
5th
The Chiefs just re-signed Bashaud Breeland, but they surely aren't done at CB. Gladney can step in right away as a slot starter and develop alongside Tyrann Mathieu.