22 Sep 2020

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Recently, the staff here at DraftRite collaborated on a fantastic mock draft with some very interesting selections. Now, it’s time for me to finally drop my first mock draft here on DraftRite. There will be no trades in this mock draft, however, I’m quite confident that there will be some surprises. I tried to make this a unique mock, with fun possibilities. Naturally, I will undoubtedly get called a moron. Oh well, it was fun. Roast me, question me, or maybe tell me you don’t completely hate it on my Twitter, @HindenburgScout. Let’s do it!

  1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow, QB LSU- I simply don’t buy the smoke that the Bengals may consider Herbert here. Joe Burrow just had arguably the greatest college football season by a collegiate player, ever. He has fantastic ability to extend the play with his pocket movement, and he is one of the most accurate passers I can recall. To find a weakness in Burrow is to nitpick, and we can do that to anybody. The Bengals fans, and players, will be thrilled at the upgrade Burrow brings to football’s most important position. It’s not going to be a one year fix or turnaround for this franchise, but getting a franchise quarterback is a hell of a start.
  2. Washington Redskins: Andrew Thomas, OT Georgia- I know. I know. I said I know! Calm down Ohio State fans, I know Chase Young is the best player in this draft, and that he plays a premium position. Hear me out, please. For my money, Thomas is the 2nd best player in this draft. He’s better than Becton, Wirfs, and Willis. I do not believe the Redskins relationship with Trent Williams is salvageable. If that changes, so will this prediction. Until then, Dwayne Haskins is a young franchise quarterback, and protecting him is absolutely paramount to his, and this team’s, ability to compete. Drafting the 2nd best player in the draft here is the right move.
  3. Detroit Lions: Chase Young, EDGE OSU- Christmas comes early for Detroit, getting Chase Young alters the entire defense. There’s not much to say about this, as it is absolutely a no brainer barring a trade back. Young is a complete player, equally as strong against the run as he is getting after quarterbacks.
  4. New York Giants: Isaiah Simmons, LB/S Clemson- Simmons is one of the most versatile players the NFL has ever seen. There is very little, if anything, Simmons does not bring to the table. Adding this chess piece, and resigning Leonard Williams, gives the Giants a defensive foundation moving forward. Simmons may have some difficulty early on, as coaches figure out the best ways to deploy his many talents. However, when the game slows down and he figures things out, it’s going to be a blast to watch.
  5. Miami Dolphins: Jerry Jeudy, WR Alabama- Surprised to see this particular Alabama player go here? It’s not that far fetched. No player has more riding on medical evaluation at the combine than Tua, and Miami has a plethora of picks in this draft. The decision here is to try and win football games in 2020, and Jeudy is a phenomenal player who should be able to contribute the moment he steps on the field. Whether he is catching passes from Fitzmagic, Josh Rosen, or another signal caller, it won’t matter. He is a game breaker, and deserving of this selection.
  6. Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Herbert, QB Oregon- The Chargers are in a bit of a unique situation. They entered 2019 with hopes of competing for a Super Bowl, and instead watched their season fall victim to Father Time, who appears to have claimed the career of good Philip Rivers. The potential for a quick turnaround due to the strength of the roster, means passing on a quarterback who may not be ready to play early this year for Justin Herbert. Anyone who follows me, knows I hate this selection. That said, the NFL has a history of drafting a certain prototype high, and Herbert checks all the boxes. If he pans out to his fullest potential, the Chargers are poised to make a playoff run. If he doesn’t, the Chargers may be drafting even higher next season. Chargers fans, curious to hear your thoughts on this one.
  7. Carolina Panthers: Derrick Brown, DT Auburn- The Panthers will be thrilled to have Brown, a top 5 player on most boards, here at 7 overall. Similar to the Chargers, Carolina certainly has the potential to be much improved in 2020. The gut feeling here is they address quarterback through free agency in the likely event they move on from Cam Newton. Luke Kuechly retiring leaves a gaping hole in that defense, but the addition of Brown helps hide that. He is a game wrecker on the defensive front who should push for double digit sacks from the interior.
  8. Arizona Cardinals: CeeDee Lamb, WR Oklahoma- Kyler Murray looks to be the future, and with Lincoln Riley calling the shots offense feels very likely. Larry Fitzgerald will be a great safety valve, but the days of him being a top option have passed. Lamb instantly becomes the best skill player on this team, and helps continue the transformation of the offense. Upgrading the offensive line is definitely a logical choice here, but it’s a deep draft. The drop off from Lamb to the next guy is much steeper than what they will lose by passing on the offensive line here.
  9. Jacksonville Jaguars: Javon Kinlaw, DT South Carolina- It’s a damn shame that this team may enter 2020 with no Jalen Ramsey, Calais Campbell or Yannick Ngakoue. Here’s hoping they don’t mess up that epically. Regardless, this team could not stop the run last season. Upgrades are needed in multiple areas, but none bigger than this. Kinlaw is an absolute animal in the trenches. His power is unbelievable. His performance at Mobile solidified himself as a top tier prospect, and I fully anticipate him having an amazing combine as well. Josh Allen, Javon Kinlaw and Myles Jack give the Jaguars a defensive identity moving forward. Minshew Mania is only going to get louder next season, as the feeling here is that this team is going to thrive next season. Or crash and burn. Either way, Jacksonville is interesting.
  10. Cleveland Browns: Mekhi Becton, OT Louisville- The rise in Becton’s draft stock isn’t slowing down anytime soon. He is an enormous man, who moves better than what the human body should be capable of at that size. The Browns absolutely must do everything in their power to help Baker Mayfield have a bounce back season. Jarvis Landry, Odell Beckham, Nick Chubb and David Njoku are a great supporting cast. Making sure the guy delivering the football has time to be comfortable is paramount, and Becton is the man for the job. This team has really missed future Hall of Famer Joe Thomas.
  11. New York Jets: Jedrick Willis, OT Alabama- “I’m seeing ghosts.”- Sam Darnold. Fair or not, this is the perception of the player leading this franchise. Protecting him better moving forward should be the number one priority for this team. Missing out on Thomas and Becton doesn’t really sting because Willis is a standout player in his own right. Plenty of evaluators I respect have him as OT1. While I disagree, I won’t really argue. He is a stud. With Lamb and Jeudy both off the board, this shouldn’t be a hard decision.
  12. Las Vegas Raiders: Tua Tagovailoa, QB Alabama- Does anyone really believe that Carr is Gruden’s guy? Come on, man. Moving to Las Vegas is a huge deal, and what better way to build excitement around this team than adding a player like Tua Tagovailoa? If he slides this far, there is absolutely zero chance Gruden does not pull the trigger. There are plenty of medical question marks here, but very few on the field. This is an absolute steal if Tua’s hip heals and he stays healthy.
  13. Indianapolis Colts: AJ Epenesa, EDGE Iowa- Chris Ballard is an exceptional General Manager. AJ Epenesa is simply to much of a value and need to pass up at this juncture. Chris Ballard is an exceptional General Manager, so he will pass on a project quarterback at 13 overall with the talent available here.
  14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jacob Eason, QB Washington- All it takes is one. One powerful person to fall in love with a prospect and chaos can ensue. Bruce Arians is someone who has a reputation for his work with quarterbacks, and the offense he runs is the best possible scenario for a player with Eason’s skillset. I can’t imagine Arians letting the opportunity to be the guy who makes Eason a star pass him by. I am on record as a big believer in Jacob Eason, and would have no problem selecting him here.
  15. Denver Broncos: Jeffrey Okudah, CB OSU- As I went through this mock, I couldn’t believe Okudah was available this late. I do not think he will be come draft day, and neither would the Broncos. They likely go Henry Ruggs III here, but passing on Okudah is simply not an option. He’s a top 5 player available at 15 overall. Hey, sometimes the draft is weird, y’all.
  16. Atlanta Falcons: K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE LSU- The Falcons shouldn’t think twice here. Chaisson is one of my favorite players in this draft. He’s versatile, explosive and disciplined. Dan Quinn is thrilled to draft a guy who will be right there with Chase Young in the race for DROTY.
  17. Dallas Cowboys: Grant Delpit, S LSU- LSU goes back to back on defense here, with Delpit finally coming off the board. Injuries hampered him at times this year, and some tackling concerns arose as well. Do not overthink this. Delpit’s tackling is not a liability, his ability to roam the secondary to make plays is a gamechanger. I think Delpit is a top 10 talent in this class, and absolutely think Dallas will be thrilled with what he brings to the team.
  18. Miami Dolphins: Tristan Wirfs, OT Iowa- The Dolphins have added a star in Jeudy, and grabbing Wirfs here is excellent value. Whoever is throwing the football next year, needs to have the time to do so. This selection goes a long way towards helping the cause.
  19. Las Vegas Raiders: Henry Ruggs III, WR Alabama- Gruden brings the most explosive player in the draft, and someone with whom his new franchise quarterback has a strong bond with, to the new look Raiders. Gruden is a mad scientist, and he is going to unleash a fun and explosive team on the NFL next season.
  20. Jacksonville Jaguars: Tee Higgins, WR Clemson- The Jaguars could look to corner here, but instead they go offense with Higgins. DJ Chark looks to be an emerging star, but Chris Conley is just a guy and Dede Westbrook is much more suited to the slot. Gardner Minshew is going to be the guy, for 2020 at least, and free agency is going to prioritize defense and tight end it would appear. Tee Higgins isn’t a perfect prospect, but he is a great compliment to Chark and will be a red zone threat right away. The Jaguars were the worst team in the league in that regard last season, and if they hope to compete this year it must improve drastically.
  21. Philadelphia Eagles: Kristian Fulton, CB LSU- The Eagles must address what was a truly atrocious secondary in 2019. Kristian Fulton isn’t on the level of Jeffrey Okudah, but he is excellent in coverage and should be a day one starter for this team.
  22. Buffalo Bills: Justin Jefferson, WR LSU- The Josh Allen experiment has been an interesting one so far. Justin Jefferson showed the ability to operate well outside of structure at LSU, as so often Joe Burrow was able to extend a broken play and make things happen, often with Jefferson. That ability is important to the Bills, as they have a quarterback who sometimes plays better when he’s on the move and improvising than he does from a perfectly clean pocket. This wideout group needs an upgrade, and Jefferson is a great fit.
  23. New England Patriots: Jalen Hurts, QB Oklahoma- Whatever. Fight me, draft twitter. Jalen Hurts is going to prove a lot of you wrong, and I look forward to it. He needs time, and coaching that will adjust the offense to his unique skill set. Tom Brady isn’t leaving the Patriots just yet, and Bill Belichick is always one step ahead. He and Brady will have at least one year, and possibly two, to nurture Jalen Hurts as a quarterback. No team can change it’s schematic identity with the ease the Patriots have shown over the years. Jalen Hurts couldn’t ask for a better landing spot.
  24. New Orleans Saints: Laviska Shenault, WR Colorado- No team loves gadget players quite like Sean Payton’s Saints. Shenault has so much physical talent, but he is so raw as a true receiver. I’m not on big on drafting him in the first round, but the Saints make sense. They will scheme ways to get the ball in his hands, which he will need until he develops. Until Brees officially rides off into the sunset, adding playmakers is the move.
  25. Minnesota Vikings: Jeff Gladney, CB TCU- Rhodes not closed anymore, Viking’s fans. Xavier Rhodes hit a wall this past season, as injuries have caught up to him. Name recognition earned him another Pro Bowl bid in 2019, but 2020 will likely see him wearing a different uniform. Jeff Gladney is a great player who is finally coming onto people’s radars. This is a great spot for him.
  26. Miami Dolphins: Jordan Love, QB Utah State- I’m not sold on Jordan Love, like at all. However, some teams and coaches will be. Miami played their cards well, after deciding to pass on Tua due to medical concerns, they grab one of the highest potential players in the draft. 2020 is still about building this team, so Love can learn from the sideline until Fitzmagic fizzles out for the final time.
  27. Seattle Seahawks: Neville Gallimore, DT Oklahoma- The Seahawks are always unpredictable on draft day. Adding Gallimore to the front seven that team already features is just nasty. Good luck blocking them, especially if Collier pans out the way the team envisions.
  28. Baltimore Ravens: Kenneth Murray, LB Oklahoma- The Ravens need help at receiver, but they rarely reach in the first round. Adding Murray to the linebacker group helps this defense take another step forward next season. This draft has plenty of value for receivers on days two and three.
  29. Tennessee Titans: Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE BYU- The Titans are all in on the Ryan Tannehill resurgence, so they add a raw but talented defensive player here. Gross-Matos is incredibly raw as a pass rusher but has so many tools to work with. A defensive line featuring Casey, Simmons and Gross-Matos is insanely large and athletic.
  30. Green Bay Packers: Patrick Queen, LB LSU- It was painfully clear to all that the Packers need to upgrade the linebacker position going into this season. They need athleticism and playmaking ability. Queen is exactly that. He’s going to test insanely well for a linebacker at the combine and shows plenty of solid traits on film to get excited about.
  31. San Francisco 49ers: Bryce Hall, CB Virginia- So close to the goal. Hurts to be picking at 31 if you are John Lynch here. The offense is in good shape, but this team is built on defense. Richard Sherman has been invaluable to this team, and he’s going to be remembered as an all timer. He is going to play at a high level for another couple of years, but it’s obvious now the decline athletically has began. Bryce Hall is my CB2 in this draft, and he would benefit so much from the chance to play with Sherman.
  32. Kansas City Chiefs: D’Andre Swift, RB Georgia- I am firmly against first round running backs. However, this is essentially a 2nd round value pick. Unfortunately for the NFL, the rich get richer and the best offense in the league gets even more explosive. Nothing against Damien Williams, But Swift brings something to the table this team just doesn’t have right now. The other 31 teams should veto this draft selection because it really isn’t even fair.
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