Nat L. Faybian’s 2020 NFL Mock Draft Version 2.0, Round 1

Round 1

1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

Photo: Bill Feig|Associated Press 

Burrow has opted out of the Senior Bowl; he opted out of the Combine, and he still looks like a lock for the No. 1 overall pick.

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

Young also skipped the Combine, but continues to hold the second spot in the draft.

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: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

Quarterback Matthew Stafford was placed on I.R. with bone fractures in his back in December. The Lions went 0-8 without him in the starting lineup. Time to draft the quarterback of the future? Tua said numerous times he’d rather watch and learn for a year opposed to being a day one starter. This looks like it could be a good fit.

At the Combine, Tua said he felt good; that his medical checked out well; and that he would start throwing in the spring.

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

Giants GM Dave Gettleman took Duke QB Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick. Wirfs showed enough athletic ability at the Combine for the Giants to feel comfortable moving him to the left side. Another option, they could gamble here and go with Becton instead.

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.

Miami plays it safe, grabbing the top proven left tackle in the class.

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

Photo: University of Oregon Athletics

Herbert had a very good Senior Bowl, followed by an excellent Combine. He’s got plenty of teams interested and could end up going higher.

7. Carolina Panthers: Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State

Carolina’s new head coach, Matt Rhule takes the shut down corner from Ohio State.

8. Arizona Cardinals: Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama

Arizona has needs on both lines. Protecting last year’s number one overall pick, QB Kyler Murray, would seem to be a priority in this offseason.

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: Mikhi Becton, OT, Louisville

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. Since Cleveland needs help all across the line, they’ll certainly find the best spot to plug the raw Becton into.

11. New York Jets: C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida

The Jets finished 26th in the league in sacks per attempt, Epenesa would be a great addition. One way to improve that number is to improve coverage down the field. Henderson had an excellent Combine and keeps moving up the boards.

12. Las Vegas Raiders: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson

The versatile Simmons can do it all. He can rush the passer; he can play linebacker; and he can drop back and play some safety.

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 4.27 speed, Indianapolis could become a quick strike team.

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: K’lavon Chaisson, OLB, LSU

Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has his defense going in the right direction and expects a leap from year one to year two. Chaisson has a lot of upside, especially in the pass rush.

15. Denver Broncos: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Denver could use an offensive tackle, a wide receiver, and a cornerback. With the top four tackles off the board, and the top two corners off the board, Denver has it’s pick of the top two WR’s in this class: Jeudy and Lamb.

16. Atlanta Falcons: Javon Kinlaw, DT, So. Carolina

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: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

Dallas grabs a dynamic playmaker in Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb.

18. Miami Dolphins (from Pitt): Jordan Love, Utah State

Without having to trade up. The Dolphins find Love falling in their lap at pick 18. Love has the most raw talent and biggest upside of tall the QBs in this year’s draft.

19. Las Vegas Raiders (from Chi): Josh Jones, OT, Houston

The Raiders need help on the defensive side of the board, but with all the top tackles gone, now is not the time to wait if you want a good one. Jones has risen up the draft boards with impressive outings at the Senior Bowl and the Combine.

20. Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR): Patrick Queen, LB, LSU

Jacksonville took some defensive line help with pick No. 9. They continue to improve their defensive by taking the speedy linebacker from LSU.

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: Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State

Buffalo looks to bolster their defense by getting Penn State’s Yetur Gross-Matos. Gross-Matos showed enough athleticism to get himself into the bottom of the first round.

23. New England Patriots: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin

Preparing for life without Brady, the Patriots will need to lean on the running game more-so-than-ever. Taylor had an impressive week at the Combine.

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: Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah

The Vikings are in need of a cornerback, Johnson is one of the best.

26. Miami Dolphins (from Hou): Justin Madubuike, DT, Tech A&M

Madubuike continues to impress. His Combine efforts could push him into the first round. The 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.

27. Seattle Seahawks: Carlos Ruiz, OC, Michigan

Seattle needs to improve the core of its offensive line. Ruiz is the top center in this year’s class.

28. Baltimore Ravens: Zack Baun, LB, Wisconsin

Baun’s Combine, paired with his game film, is enough to entice a team to take him late in the first round. Baltimore could also defensive line here.

29. Tennessee Titans: Kyle Dugger, S, Lenior-Rhyne

Titans shore up the middle of the field. They surprise everybody by staying pat and taking the athletic safety from Lenior-Rhyne, Kyle Dugger.

30. Green Bay Packers: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

The Packers go out and get high caliber wide receiver for their offense.

31. San Francisco 49ers: De’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia

Swift is considered the best running back in the class. For the 49ers to find him still on the board at 31 is a steal.

32. Kansas City Chiefs: Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri

Kansas City’s game is based on speed. Albert O. ran a 4.49 forty, enough to sneak into the first round … we’ll see …

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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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