Nat L. Faybian’s 2020 NFL Mock Draft Version 1.0, Round 1

Round 1

1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

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Burrow has opted out of the Senior Bowl, but even if he opted out of the Combine, he’d still look like a lock for the No. 1 overall pick.

2. Washington Redskins: Chase Young, DE, Ohio State

With new head coach Ron Rivera being a defensive-minded guy, it seems reasonable Washington could build around a player of Young’s caliber.

3. Detroit Lions: Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State

Lions should jump at the chance to take a lockdown cover corner.

4. New York Giants: Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa

A surprise to everyone, Giants GM Dave Gettleman took Duke QB Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick. This year, Gettleman can get him a blindside protector.

5. Miami Dolphins: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

With five picks in the first two rounds, Miami can load up in this draft. They have several options with this pick, including a quarterback, but they will most likely upgrade their offensive and defensive fronts as the rebuild continues.

6. Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

Photo: University of Oregon Athletics

Strangely enough, most analysts seems to forget that Herbert was in the conversation of being a top three pick last year. In 2019, his stats improved all across the board, and he led his team to a top five finish. Chargers take Herbert to replace Phillip Rivers.

7. Carolina Panthers: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

Baylor’s Matt Rhule is the new head coach in Carolina: that means a dedication to the spread offense. That means an offense that scores a lot of points. Rhule will need smart, athletic, quarterback with a strong arm.

8. Arizona Cardinals: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

Arizona has needs on both lines. I think Kingsbury addresses those needs in FA and later in the draft and uses the No. 8 overall pick on a playmaker for his offense.

9. Jacksonville Jaguars: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn

The Jags finished 28th in the league versus the run. Brown is the most athletic interior lineman in the draft. The Jags are hoping that Brown, the winner of the 2019 Lott IMPACT Trophy, can make an immediate impact in Jacksonville.

10. Cleveland Browns: Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama

Baker Mayfield, much like Kyler Murray, has found out he’s not in Oklahoma anymore. These guys are running for their lives play-after-play. So, like Arizona, Cleveland will look for some OL help early in the draft.

11. New York Jets: A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa

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When it’s all said and done, Epenesa could be the best unheralded prospect in this class. He doesn’t necessarily have star-power, but he does everything right. The Jets finished 26th in the league in sacks per attempt, Epenesa would be a great addition.

12. Las Vegas Raiders: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

The Raiders have two first round picks. They need a wide out and a cover corner. Jeudy is a top ten talent, Raiders gladly grab him at twelve.

13. Indianapolis Colts: Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama

QB Jacoby Brissett is one of the top deep ball passers in the league. By giving him a guy with 4.25 speed, Indianapolis could become a quick strike team.

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson

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Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has his defense going in the right direction and expects a leap from year one to year two. Simmons’ versatility, coverge skills, and sideline-to-sideline athleticism would make him an excellent fit. They could also go with Javon Kinlaw here.

15. Denver Broncos: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU

Denver could use an offensive tackle, a wide receiver, and a cornerback. With five picks in the middle rounds, they could easily trade up for a receiver in round two while grabbing the second best corner in the draft.

16. Atlanta Falcons: Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State

The Falcons are getting some pressure upfront with Jarrett, McKinley, and Beasley, but not enough. They finished 28th in the league in sacks. Getting some help along the defensive line should be a priority.

17. Dallas Cowboys: Javon Kinlaw, DT, So. Carolina

Dallas ranked just outside the top ten in run defense, still Jerry Jones knows how important it is to stop the opponent’s running game. Kinlaw would be a great pick for the Cowboys at this pick.

18. Miami Dolphins (from Pitt): Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

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Dolphins are ranked 30th, defensively, in yards per game. There is no question they’ll have to address their lack of talent and depth an cornerback. Diggs looks like a top 25 pick at this point.

19. Las Vegas Raiders (from Chi): Grant Delpit, S, LSU

Delpit looked like a top ten pick heading into the season. Injuries slowed him down a bit in 2019, but his football instincts and athleticism make him seems like a steal here.

20. Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR): K’lavon Chaisson, OLB, LSU

Jacksonville took some defensive line help with pick No. 9. Here, look for them to address the offensive line. However, if they can add to the pass rush with redshirt sophomore K’lavon Chaisson from LSU, it’s a possibility.

21. Philadelphia Eagles: Kenneth Murray, ILB, Oklahoma

The Eagles will look to bolster their defense during the offseason. Murray is capable of directing the Philadelphia defense.

22. Buffalo Bills: Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado

Shenault will give the Bills the opportunity to stretch the field.

23. New England Patriots: Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame

For the Patriots offense to truly be effective, they need a solid all-around tight end. Kmet gives them a guy who can block and find the seams.

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QB | RB | WR | TE | OT | OG | OC

Nat L. Faybian’s NFL Draft Players Position Rankings

DE | DT | OLB | ILB | CB | S | ST

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24. New Orleans Saints: Jacob Eason, QB, Washington

Eason has all the tangibles. It will be Sean Payton’s job to grow him into the quarterback of the future.

25. Minnesota Vikings: Austin Jackson, OT, USC

The Vikings continue to improve their offensive line by picking up USC tackle Austin Jackson.

26. Miami Dolphins (from Hou): Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia

The Dolphins pick their quarterback of the future in 5-star recruit Jake Fromm. Fromm’s football IQ would be valued by a defensive-minded head coach who like mistake free football. By picking up a quarterback in the first round, Miami can sign him to a five-year contract instead of four.

27. Seattle Seahawks: D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia

Seattle surprised everyone when they selected San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny in the first round in 2018. Penny and starting running back Chris Carson are both recovering from injuries. Perhaps its time Pete Carroll invest in a blue-chip running back?

28. Baltimore Ravens: Patrick McQueen, LB, LSU

Seattle could go wide receiver if they had their eye on a particular guy. They are also in need of a starting linebacker. McQueen proved in his junior year to be a nice combination of size and speed.

29. Tennessee Titans: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama

Titans shore up the middle with a guy that’s known as a box safety. Although, that’s not entirely true, as McKinney spent nearly equal time covering the back end or walking out as a slot defender.

30. Green Bay Packers: Tyler Biadasz, OC, Wisconsin

Technically sound and assignment savvy, Biadasz is the country’s top center. He fires off the ball, plays with a bit of a nasty streak and is still learning the position.

31. San Francisco 49ers: Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia

Hall could have been a first round pick last year had he decided to come out. He returned to Virginia, but injured his leg returning a punt against Miami. His health evaluation will determine his final draft grade.

32. Kansas City Chiefs: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin

The Doak Walker Award winner racked up over 6,000 yards in three seasons in Madison. His ability to find the crease and explode through the hole is second to none.

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The 85th NFL Draft will take place from April 23-25, 2020, in Las Vegas on the iconic Las Vegas Strip.

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