The 2020 NFL Draft is now less than a month away and this is our 30th (!) mock draft, dating back to the start of the 2019 college football season. This week, not only do we bring you another three-round mock draft, but this one has trades, starting very early in the first round and going all the way through the Round 3 compensatory picks.
Not surprisingly, we have four quarterbacks go in Round 1 and a run on offensive tackles in the first 10 picks, but we also found a way to shoehorn six wideouts among the first 32 selections. Before we get to all 106 picks, here are the terms of the mock-draft trades:
- Dolphins get No. 3; Lions get No. 5, No. 39
- Buccaneers get No. 7; Panthers get No. 14, No. 45
- Jaguars get No. 17; Cowboys get No. 20, No. 116, No. 137
- Browns get No. 32; Chiefs get No. 41, No. 97
- Patriots get No. 50; Bears get No. 87, No. 98, No. 100
OK, let's get to it.
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Mock Trade from Detroit Lions
Round 1 - Pick 3
Alabama • Soph • 6'1" / 217 lbs
The Dolphins reportedly tried to have Tagovailoa in for a visit before the NFL shut down during the coronavirus outbreak, and you'd have to think that if he's healthy the Dolphins will be willing to move up to get him.
Mock Trade from Miami Dolphins
Round 1 - Pick 5
Clemson • Soph • 6'4" / 238 lbs
Isaiah Simmons told us at the combine that his versatility is what makes him so special and it's hard to argue. He patterns his game after Tyrann Mathieu and Von Miller though he also reminds us of Derwin James. Whatever player comp you use, the Lions' defense is vastly improved with him on it, and they get an extra pick in the process.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Oregon • Soph • 6'6" / 236 lbs
The Chargers reportedly won't look for a QB in free agency, which means Tyrod Taylor is the man ... for now. But the team will have a decision to make at No. 6. Herbert had a solid 2019 season but improved his stock during the Senior Bowl and combine.
Mock Trade from Carolina Panthers
Round 1 - Pick 7
Iowa • Soph • 6'5" / 320 lbs
Wirfs was dominant during the 2019 season and he can play either right or left tackle. The Bucs move up to get him because a. it's imperative they protect Tom Brady, and b. they desperately need a right tackle.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Georgia • Soph • 6'5" / 315 lbs
The Cardinals need to get better up front; the O-line ranked 21st in run blocking and 26th in pass blocking, according to Football Outsiders. Andrew Thomas was a three-year starter at Georgia where he was dominant at times in protecting Jake Fromm and blocking for D'Andre Swift.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Mekhi Becton OL
Louisville • Soph • 6'7" / 363 lbs
The QB job is now Gardner Minshew's. Knowing that -- and with Cam Robinson entering the final year of his deal -- the Jags are doing to need to protect the second-year passer. Becton is a left tackle who will bookend 2019 second-rounder Jawaan Taylor on the offensive line.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Javon Kinlaw DL
South Carolina • 6'5" / 319 lbs
The Browns have their (latest) coach in Kevin Stefanski, whose job now entails getting this talented group to play like a team. The team would've loved an offensive tackle but four are already off the board. Not a bad consolation prize: landing the best pass-rushing defensive tackle in the country. Kinlaw thought about coming out last year but returned to South Carolina where he had a stellar season, and then capped it off with an even better week of practice at the Senior Bowl.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Jerry Jeudy WR
Alabama • Soph • 6'1" / 193 lbs
Jamison Crowder led the Jets in receptions, followed by running back Le'Veon Bell. Third on that list: explosive downfield threat Robby Anderson, who is now in Carolina. Jeudy has drawn comparisons to Odell Beckham and there's no doubt he'd be a welcome addition to Adam Gase's offense.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Jeff Okudah CB
Ohio State • Soph • 6'1" / 202 lbs
It's hard to imagine Okudah falls this far but with several trades in the top 10, and a run on QBs and OTs, Okudah is still available here at No. 12. The Raiders could opt instead for a wide receiver but they have bigger needs in the secondary and Okudah is the best CB in this class.
From Indianapolis Colts
Round 1 - Pick 13
Round 1 - Pick 15
Alabama • 6'0" / 190 lbs
Courtland Sutton is an emerging star who is a bona fide deep threat. Noah Fant is the dynamic tight end entering Year 2. Phillip Lindsay and Melvin Gordon are the backfield playmakers, and Drew Lock is the quarterback who appears ready for the full-time job. Why not add one more weapon to this offense in Ruggs, who was the fastest player on Alabama's roster last season? He can score from anywhere on the field.
Mock Trade from Dallas Cowboys
Round 1 - Pick 17
From Pittsburgh Steelers
Round 1 - Pick 18
Josh Jones OL
Houston • Soph • 6'7" / 310 lbs
We know some Dolphins fans don't like Jones here but he had a great 2019 campaign and an even better Senior Bowl. He has a chance to be really good, and young, athletic O-linemen is exactly what Miami needs.
From Chicago Bears
Round 1 - Pick 19
Denzel Mims WR
Baylor • Soph • 6'3" / 207 lbs
The Raiders didn't expect Okudah to still be available at No. 12 and now they get their big-play wide receiver. No player has had a better pre-draft season than Mims, who reminds us of Josh Gordon.
Round 1 - Pick 21
K'Lavon Chaisson EDGE
LSU • Soph • 6'3" / 245 lbs
We've routinely had the Eagles taking a cornerback here for weeks (OK, months), but now that Darius Slay is in the fold the attention turns elsewhere. Receiver is a popular pick too, and Justin Jefferson would make sense, but with the No. 2 edge rusher still available Philly instead decides to address that position.
From Buffalo Bills
Round 1 - Pick 22
Trevon Diggs CB
Alabama • Soph • 6'1" / 204 lbs
Xavier Rhodes is now in Indy after a disappointing '19 season and Diggs is a logical replacement; Diggs, who also happens to be Stefon Diggs' brother, is a big, physical playmaking cornerback who has drawn comparisons to Rhodes.
Round 1 - Pick 23
LSU • Soph • 6'1" / 195 lbs
The Pats could be looking for a QB here and trading up is certainly a possibility, but adding a WR is an obvious need too. Jefferson played primarily in the slot last season for LSU and he was electric, but he can also play out wide too.
Round 1 - Pick 24
LSU • Soph • 6'0" / 232 lbs
Yes, Demario Davis is coming off an insanely good 2019 campaign but Kiko Alonso is 30 years old and on a one-year deal, and there's not much depth behind him. Queen, who has sideline-to-sideline speed, is one of the best athlete's in this draft class.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Jalen Reagor WR
TCU • Soph • 5'11" / 197 lbs
The Vikings have a ton of needs; they addressed cornerback above and now they go about trying to replace Stefon Diggs. Reagor is a four-down player who can score anytime he touches the ball. He'll complement Adam Thielen nicely.
From Houston Texans
Round 1 - Pick 26
Round 1 - Pick 27
Yetur Gross-Matos EDGE
Penn State • Soph • 6'5" / 265 lbs
This has been a popular pick for us in recent weeks. Maybe Jadeveon Clowney returns but for now his future in Seattle remains up in the air. L.J. Collier isn't a pure pass rusher. Gross-Matos is raw but he's only going to get better.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Oklahoma • Soph • 6'2" / 241 lbs
Josh Bynes played out of his mind last season but he's 30 and now with the Bengals. Murray is a middle-of-the-field playmaker who has the talent to be the next great inside linebacker in Baltimore.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Auburn • Soph • 5'11" / 197 lbs
No one was talking about Igbinoghene in December but he landed on radars during Shrine Bowl week and he continues his ascent up draft boards now. He may not go this high in late April but he's a proven cover corner playing in the nation's toughest conference, who is also a rock in run support.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Jeff Gladney CB
TCU • 5'10" / 191 lbs
Gladney had a standout season for the Horned Frogs, and he might be one of the best cover corners in this draft class. He measured just 5-foot-10 but he's incredibly physical and will have little trouble matching up with NFL receivers.
Mock Trade from Kansas City Chiefs
Round 1 - Pick 32
Boise State • Soph • 6'6" / 311 lbs
The Browns didn't get an offensive tackle at No. 10 so they trade back into the first round to land Cleveland, who will bookend Jack Conklin in 2020 and provide Baker Mayfield some much-needed protection.
From Washington Redskins
Round 2 - Pick 2 (34)
Tee Higgins WR
Clemson • Soph • 6'4" / 215 lbs
There's a lot to love about Higgins' game but questions remain about his deep speed. That said, Philip Rivers finds a way to get the most out of his receivers and this could be a great landing spot for the Clemson standout.
From Las Vegas Raiders
Round 2 - Pick 11 (43)
Jacob Eason QB
Washington • Soph • 6'6" / 231 lbs
Same as last week for the same reasons: Is Mitchell Trubisky the answer? How about Nick Foles? No? Then why not take a chance on the strong-armed QB from Washington who would've likely been a first-rounder had he returned to school in 2020.
Round 2 - Pick 17 (49)
LSU • Soph • 5'8" / 209 lbs
Same as last week because this is such a good fit. Edwards-Helaire is as dangerous catching passes out of the backfield as he is running the ball; if James Conner can't stay healthy, Edwards-Helaire would give this offense one more weapon.
Mock Trade from Chicago Bears
Round 2 - Pick 18 (50)
Jalen Hurts QB
Oklahoma • Soph • 6'1" / 223 lbs
This assumes the Patriots don't make a play for one of the free-agent QBs. Either way, Hurts helped himself at the combine and he could serve in a Taysom Hill role while learning New England's offense.
Round 2 - Pick 22 (54)
Round 2 - Pick 26 (58)
Round 2 - Pick 30 (62)
Round 3 - Pick 12 (76)
Round 3 - Pick 30 (94)
Bartch is a small-school player who opened a lot of eyes at the Senior Bowl.