The 2020 NFL Draft is quickly approaching. With limited personnel being encouraged to gather for the draft, teams are scrambling to create plans to communicate during the event. There will likely be an uptick in communication between general managers leading up to the draft as they try to gather information on potential trade packages so that a deal can come together quickly on draft night. In today's mock draft, I explore some of those scenarios.
Without further adieu, let's kick this off!
Round 1 - Pick 2
Mock Trade from Detroit Lions
Round 1 - Pick 3
Alabama • 6'0" / 217 lbs
Miami has the most draft capital and a need at quarterback. If they decide Tagovailoa is the second best option at the position -- and I believe they will -- then they need to do whatever is necessary to move up and select him. No excuses. It costs them No. 39 overall.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Iowa • 6'5" / 320 lbs
New York bypasses an urge to select Isaiah Simmons and instead chooses to address the right tackle position. They will likely have to address the left tackle position next offseason so it makes sense not to do it all at once.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Round 1 - Pick 7
Clemson • 6'4" / 238 lbs
Isaiah Simmons is a logical replacement for Luke Kuechly in Carolina. He is so versatile. Matt Rhule had a plan to take really talented players with upside and empower his coaching staff to develop them. If he follows the same model, then why would his pick be anyone but the Clemson linebacker?
Round 1 - Pick 9
Jordan Love QB
Utah State • 6'4" / 219 lbs
It might come as a surprise to see the Jaguars take a quarterback with Gardner Minshew on their roster. What if all those trades made were done with a purpose? They get a potential long-term fit at the position.
Mock Trade from Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Round 1 - Pick 14
Javon Kinlaw DL
South Carolina • 6'5" / 319 lbs
Jacksonville moves back up and takes a top-10 level talent. They address a weakness on defense after adding their quarterback of the future. Tampa Bay gets No. 73 overall and a future sixth to move back.
Mock Trade from Atlanta Falcons
Round 1 - Pick 16
Jerry Jeudy WR
Alabama • 6'1" / 193 lbs
Vegas is making some moves to secure elite talent. After risking the chance to select a No. 1 wide receiver at No. 12 overall, they trade back up and select Jeudy. Las Vegas moves the No. 91 overall selection for the right to Jeudy.
Round 1 - Pick 17
Mock Trade from Las Vegas Raiders
Round 1 - Pick 19
Round 1 - Pick 24
Cole Kmet TE
Notre Dame • 6'6" / 262 lbs
A long-term slot receiver could have been an option and linebacker would have been more desired. However, Murray and Queen are off the board. New Orleans gets a talented, young tight end in what sounds like Drew Brees' final season.
Mock Trade from San Francisco 49ers
Round 1 - Pick 31
USC • 6'5" / 317 lbs
Los Angeles has been busy adding Trai Turner and Bryan Bulaga at right tackle. They move back up into the first round to take Austin to play left tackle. San Francisco adds the No. 112 overall selection and a future sixth.
Round 2 - Pick 1 (33)
Mock Trade from Los Angeles Chargers
Round 2 - Pick 5 (37)
Round 2 - Pick 9 (41)
Chinn can play safety or linebacker. Cleveland needs help at both positions so they bring in an intriguing talent.
Round 2 - Pick 13 (45)
LSU • 5'7" / 207 lbs
Edwards-Helaire will not be outworked. He is one of the easiest prospects to evaluate because he is going to bring everything on every single play. Tom Brady will love having that kind of work ethic with his new franchise.
Round 2 - Pick 19 (51)
California • 6'1" / 202 lbs
Again, medicals may be a concern for the safety. He is inherently smart and instinctive. Dallas would do well to add a strong leader and communicator to the secondary. It does not hurt that he has also been a track star within the PAC-12.
Round 2 - Pick 20 (52)
Terrell Lewis EDGE
Alabama • 6'5" / 262 lbs
Los Angeles brought in Leonard Floyd as a potential high reward play but they need to quit taking such big gambles. By adding Lewis, they get two talented players that can compete and potentially fulfill a long-term role.
From New Orleans Saints
Round 2 - Pick 24 (56)
Round 2 - Pick 28 (60)
Round 2 - Pick 29 (61)
From San Francisco 49ers
Round 2 - Pick 31 (63)