2020 NFL Mock Draft: Debut
Round 1 Picks 1-16
The 2020 NFL Draft is a lot stronger at quarterback then last years group.
Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: August 15, 2019.
Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
- My Miami Dolphins 2019 Season Preview is up. Miami is on the clock as my very first 2020 NFL Mock Draft is underway.
- Miami gets a quarterback with this pick if Ryan Fitzpatrick beats out Josh Rosen for the starting job. Assuming the Dolphins finish this poorly it's safe to say that Rosen will be labeled a bust if he screws up with another bad offensive line.
- If Rosen does well, and Miami still ends up picking here then other options could include Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas as a bookend right tackle to Laremy Tunsil or Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy to build around Rosen. An edge rusher like Curtis Weaver, A.J. Epenesa, or Chase Young could also be an option. For now, I'm mocking Tua to Miami first overall.
- The 6-1 218 lb signal-caller had 3,966 passing yards, 43 passing touchdowns, 6 interceptions, and a 69% completion percentage in 2018. Tua has two number one targets to throw to, but lost two running backs, his best tight end, and three offensive linemen to the 2019 NFL Draft after being the Heisman Runner Up to last years top draft pick Kyler Murray. How Tua handles this adversity in 2019 after choking versus Clemson in the College Football Playoff Championship Game will go a long way in determing his future as an NFL quarterback since he has the throwing power you want in an NFL quarterback along with the arm strength.
- Tua showed the ability to make up to six progressions on tape last year during the regular season. Tua had multiple receivers, multiple running backs, and Irv Smith Jr. at tight end which enabled him to make multiple progressions. Against Clemson, he only made two progressions due to a stout defensive line. Tua also had accuracy issues in that game and did not react well under pressure.
- Even though Tua is the top prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft, he's not a sure fire first overall selection. He has to show he can improve on last season, otherwise someone will surpass him.
- Add me @DraftUtopia if you upload film and would like to join our film team. We are looking for new film editors to do film cuts for Draft Utopia as well.
Tennessee Titans: Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
- My Tennessee Titans 2019 Season Preview is up. Tennessee is a team that seems to have downgraded at guard while they also have a suspect defensive line until Jurrell Casey returns from the PUP as well as Jeffrey Simmons being on IR.
- Tennessee has Marcus Mariota and Ryan Tannehill. If they are picking this high, then it means both quarterbacks flopped even with quality offensive tackles like Taylor Lewan at left tackle and Jack Conklin at right tackle.
- Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm has the leadership and attitude you want in a quarterback. He's the oldest sibling in his family. He has good decision making and accuracy. Fromm never threw for more than 3,000 passing yards at Georgia despite being a five star recruit in High School.
- The 6-2 220 lb Fromm has the leadership, attitude, short accuracy, and medium accuracy that you want. His deep ball accuracy needs work. Fromm is talented, but he is 0-2 versus Tua so Tua deserves to be ranked ahead of Fromm at this point in the draft process.
Cincinnati Bengals: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
- My Cincinnati Bengals 2019 Season Preview is up. Cincinnati does not have Jonah Williams at left tackle meaning the incompetent Bobby Hart gets to remain a starter at right tackle despite struggling thanks to his contract extension. Also A.J. Green is injured again so there goes the Bengals season with the other AFC North teams at full health.
- Cincinnati could go with a quarterback to replace Andy Dalton or a receiver to replace A.J. Green. Green had an injury with his right leg in 2018 that caused him to miss the remainder of last season and this year its his left ankle. You have to wonder if age is starting to catch up to Green so if Cincinnati wanted to get Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy and keep Dalton here they could do that as well.
- In this first 2020 mock, I'm giving the Bengals Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert. Herbert becomes the first Oregon Duck to be drafted by Cincinnati since Akili Smith.
- Herbert has the arm strength and poise you look for in a quarterback. Herbert could only read up to five progressions last season, but with another year of development, Herbert may get up to six progressions.
- Herbert only started six games as a freshman. He had an injury in 2017. He was healthy in 2018 when he threw for 3,151 passing yards, 29 passing touchdowns, and 8 interceptions. Herbert has the composure you look for in an NFL quarterback, but his accuracy needs to improve since he only had a 59.7 completion percentage in 2018 following his injury in 2017 when he had a 67.5 completion percentage prior to his season ending injury. Herbert holds onto the ball too long at times and his accuracy is a correctable trait if he can fix his mechanics.
Washington Redskins: Andrew Thomas, LT, Georgia
- My Washington Redskins 2019 Season Preview is up. Trent Williams is on a holdout, and Dwayne Haskins looked sloppy and he's not even doing first team reps yet.
- The 6-5 320 lb Andrew Thomas was Geogia's right tackle next to Isaiah Wynn as a freshman. Thomas has the pass blocking strength, pass blocking footwork, run blocking strength, and run blocking footwork to be a right tackle. He can maintain blocks for 5-7 seconds at right tackle. He only maintained blocks for 3-5 seconds in pass protection at left tackle after Isaiah Wynn left. Thomas is can maintain blocks for 5-7 seconds. Thomas opened up lanes for Nick Chubb and D'Andre Swift at both offensive tackle spots. He did good, but not great in pass protection for Jake Fromm. Thomas struggled versus Kentucky pass rusher Josh Allen in 2018 only maintaining blocks for 1-3 seconds as a temporary blocker versus Allen.
- Trent Williams wants out of Washington. Dwayne Haskins struggled versus a second team defense in his preseason debut. Haskins could be great, but he needs to develop for a year like Patrick Mahomes did with the Chiefs.
- Starting Haskins right away without a quality blindside would be fatal and could increase the chances that Haskins busts. Washington uses this pick on Georgia left tackle Andrew Thomas. Coincidentally, Washington also drafted Trent Williams fourth overall in 2010 out of Oklahoma.
- Thomas may be a downgrade from Williams as far as talent goes. At the same time Williams wants out and Ereck Flowers is projected to be the blindside if Williams does not take a snap. Flowers has no business at left tackle so Washington grabs Thomas at 4 here.
New York Giants: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
- My New York Giants 2019 Season Preview is up. Daniel Jones did well in his first preseason game. Eli Manning's leash is shorter then people realize.
- New York drafted Saquon Barkley in 2018 and has their successor to Eli Manning in Daniel Jones. This team needs a number one receiver and Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy is that guy. The 6-1 193 lb Jerry Jeudy has Calvin Ridley's foot speed, Amari Cooper's route running, and the blocking of Julio Jones packed into one super receiver despite his size. He may be faster than all three receivers too with his speed and ability to stretch the field deep. He also knows how to run short, medium, or deep routes and use his agility to create separation when running a deep route with his speed.
- Jeudy was mainly used in the slot at times last year. He was used on the outside versus Clemson too where he did not drop a single ball versus Clemson's defense. There were plays where Jeudy was wide open where Tua did not make the easy play.
- Calvin Ridley had great foot speed, but his route tree was limited to about 15 routes. I'd argue Jeudy can run 18 of the 30 routes you need a receiver to run in the NFL. He does a better job creating separation than any Alabama receiver I've seen under Nick Saban. Jeudy had 68 receptions, 1,315 receiving yards, and 14 receiving touchdowns in 2018. If he improves on that in 2019, then he could easily cement himself as a top 5 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
- Jeudy may not go first overall due to the fact that he's a wide receiver in a quarteback driven league. However, I'd argue he's the safest prospect to draft among any player in the top 5 of the 2020 NFL Draft at this preliminary stage in the draft process heading into the 2019 College Football Season. I would not fault a team like the Cincinnati Bengals if they passed on a quarterback for Jeudy at 3. That's how high I am on Alabama's wide receiver.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DeAndre Swift, RB, Georgia
- My Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2019 Season Preview is up. Tampa Bay needs to put more talent around Winston if they cannot get one of the three big name quarterbacks in the 2020 NFL Draft. This front office has done a horrible job, but Arians is the one coach that can right the ship in this division.
- The 5-9 215 lb DeAndre Swift is the most elusive running back that I've seen since arguably Terrell Davis. He doesn't run with power like Todd Gurley or Nick Chubb, but he has the moves that you want an elusive back to have and is unique in his own way.
- Swift knows how to run inside and outside. He has the strength to dominate in pass protection despite his size. He can use spin moves, stiff arm players, and juke his way. Swift fights for every yard and runs with sheer determination. Some scouts say his biggest weakness is ball security. He has not fumbled once yet and has exceptional vision to go with his quickness.
- Swift is a taller version of Barry Sanders. He cuts and moves his hips like a young Arian Foster.
- Swift had 163 carries, 1,049 rushing yards, 10 rushing touchdowns, 32 receptions, 32 receptions, 297 receiving yards, 3 receiving touchdowns, 195 touches, 1,346 total yards, and 13 total touchdowns in 2018 after taking over for Nick Chubb.
- After Jerry Jeudy, I'd argue Swift is the safest prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft just based on his film heading into 2019. I love how my readers are telling me Swift isn't all that on tape when he clearly is.
Carolina Panthers: Walker Little, LT, Stanford
- My Carolina Panthers 2019 Season Preview is up. I did my Carolina preview prior to the preseason, and what I said in the preview has changed.
- Carolina can take the 6-7 315 lb Walker Little who dominates in pass protection, but sucks as a run blocker at 7. I will change this pick in my next mock draft because Greg Little, Carolina's 2019 second-round pick out of Ole Miss, looked good in his first preseason game taking first team reps. If Greg Little plays well again, that means Carolina can potentially draft a second wide receiver to compliment D.J. Moore at 7 or take the best player on their board.
Arizona Cardinals: Curtis Weaver, 3-4 ROLB, Boise State
- My Arizona Cardinals 2019 Season Preview is up. Arizona focused on getting the offense fixed long-term for Kyler Murray. He looked sloppy in the preseason, but Arizona has a better depth chart than people realize if Murray stays healthy.
- The 6-3 266 lb Curtis Weaver is my favorite edge in the 2020 NFL Draft despite not getting hype from most pundits. He can line up with or without his hand in the dirt as a hybrid defensive end/3-4 outside linebacker off the edge.
- Both Terrell Suggs and Brooks Reid are under contract. If both pass rushers do awful in Arizona a new edge will be needed. Curtis Weaver had 18.5 tackles for a loss and 9 sacks in 2018. Weaver is the best scheme fit for a 3-4 defense in my mind which is why I have him going to Arizona at 8. Dylan Moses of Alabama is another player Arizona could consider at 8.
Seattle Seahawks: A.J. Epenesa, RE, Iowa
- My Seattle Seahawks 2019 Season Preview is up. Seattle had one of the worst drafts in my mind. They still need one more pass rusher besides L.J. Collier. The front 7 is a liability and things will catch up to Seattle at some point.
- Seattle gets a 4-3 right end who has the strength, rip moves, swim moves, and block shedding to dominate on tape. Seattle drafted L.J. Collier, but he's a 4-3 left end at best.
- The 6-3 266 lb A.J. Epenesa is a sack artist who had 16.5 tackles for a loss and 10.5 sacks. His speed and burst needs to improve. Epenesa has the proudction you want a 4-3 defensive end to have.
Buffalo Bills: Chase Young, LE, Ohio State
- My Buffalo Bills 2019 Season Preview is up. Buffalo's offensive line may be fixed. Getting weapons for Josh Allen is the biggest need Buffalo has. The Bills could also use a premium edge rusher next to Jerry Hughes.
- Chase Young has the athleticism and explosiveness off the edge. The former 5-star recruit had 14.5 tackles for a loss and 9.5 sacks in 2018 when filling in for an injured Nick Bosa. Young stood out and is now the player commanding double teams with Bosa in San Francisco.
New York Jets: Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado
- My New York Jets 2019 Season Preview is up. New York needs weapons for Darnold just like Buffalo needs weapons for Josh Allen.
- The 6-2 220 lb Laviska Shenault Jr. was once a candidate to be a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. New York grabs him to be Sam Darnold's number one target. I know Bills fans will hate me for this.
- Laviska Shenault Jr. is an elite route runner who has all 30 routes down. He runs with elite speed, but lacks the explosiveness and elite first step from a receiver that you want. While his blocking is effective, it's also inconsistent and needs refinement. Shenault Jr. needs to correct this in 2019.
- Laviska Shenault Jr. had 86 receptions, 1,011 receiving yards, and 6 receiving touchdowns. Shenault Jr. could be a dark horse candidate to win the Heisman Trophy in 2019.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
- My Jacksonville Jaguars 2019 Season Preview is up. Jacksonville needs a number one target for Nick Foles.
- The Jacksonville Jaguars spent big on Nick Foles. Clemson receiver Tee Higgins had 59 receptions, 936 receiving yards, and 12 receiving touchdowns in 2018. The 6-4 205 lb Higgins has the speed and hands to be a number one target for Nick Foles in Jacksonville.
Green Bay Packers: J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
- My Green Bay Packers 2019 Season Preview is up. Green Bay has the offense you want. I feel like they downgraded at both pass rusher positions. They got younger edges. My issue is neither one is a proven sack artist. If their edges do well, Green Bay will be picking much higher than this.
- I feel like Green Bay got mediocre pass rushers in Free Agency. There isn't a 3-4 outside linebacker that is worthy of taking at 13. Green Bay drafts a running back here to upgrade their backfield.
- The 5-10 217 J.K. Dobbins has the pass blocking, vision, and pass catching out of the backfield that you want. He split carries with Mike Weber the last two seasons and will now get a majority of the carries in 2019.
- J.K. Dobbins had 194 carries, 1,403 rushing yards, 7 rushing touchdowns, 22 receptions, 135 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown, and 8 total touchdowns in 2017. Dobbins had 230 carries, 1,053 rushing yards, 10 rushing touchdowns, 26 receptions, 263 receiving yards, 3 receiving touchdowns, and 13 total touchdowns in 2018.
- Aaron Jones is good. However, I'd argue that the running backs in this draft class are all long-term upgrades over Jones. Also, Green Bay can ease Dobbins into their rotation if they feel he's not ready to start over Jones.
Los Angeles Chargers: A.J. Dillon, RB, Boston College
- My Los Angeles Chargers 2019 Season Preview is up. Los Angeles will not have left tackle Russell Okung for the early part of the season. Also running back Melvin Gordon is on a holdout. If he thinks he can poach the Chargers when a strong running back class is about to enter the 2020 NFL Draft, Gordon has another thing coming.
- The 6-0 250 lb A.J. Dillon has the pass blocking, catching out of the backfield, and arguably the best ball carrier vision of any running back in this entire draft class. He's not as elusive as De'Andre Swift and not as fast as J.K. Dobbins. He's still my third best running back in this class though.
- Dillon runs with determination when he pounds it on the ground and has first round tape in my eyes. When I watched Dillon versus Florida State he ran with so much intensity. He fought for every yard even when the Seminoles stacked the box at the line of scrimmage.
- A.J. Dillon had 300 carries, 1,589 rushing yards, and 14 rushing touchdowns as a true freshman in 2017. Dillon had 227 carries, 1,108 rushing yards, 10 rushing touchdowns, 8 receptions, 41 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown in 2018. Dillon will have his work cut out for him with Aaron Montiero and Chris Lindstrom gone.
Oakland Raiders: Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri
- My Oakland Raiders 2019 Season Preview is up. Oakland will be the Las Vegas Raiders next season. The 2020 NFL Draft will be in Las Vegas too.
- Oakland needs a tight end. Albert Okwuegbunam is the best tight end in the 2020 NFL Draft.
- The 6-5 255 Albert Okwuegbunam has the pass blocking, run blocking, catching, speed, and route running you look for in a tight end. He's not as talented as the Iowa tight ends, but he's better than Irv Smith Jr. He's the one tight end in this class who could become a Pro Bowl caliber tight end down the road.
- Albert Okwuegbunam had 29 receptions, 415 receiving yards, and 11 receiving touchdowns as a freshman redshirt in 2017. Albert Okwuegbunam had 43 receptions, 466 receiving yards, and 6 receiving touchdowns in 2018.
- Oakland has a lot of weapons at wide receiver for Derek Carr. They do not have a tight end and that's one area this offense needs to improve in.
Oakland Raiders: Trey Smith, LG, Tennessee
- My Chicago Bears 2019 Season Preview is up. Oakland gets Chicago's 2020 first round pick thanks to the Khalil Mack trade.
- The Oakland Raiders get Tennessee offensive linemen Trey Smith at sixteen. Smith lined up at left tackle, left guard, right guard, and right tackle in practices with Tennessee after being a five star recruit in High School.
- Most NFL scouts agree Smith projects better as a guard. Oakland has Ritchie Incognito replacing Kelechi Osmele at left guard. Also right guard Gabe Jackson is injured.
- The 6-6 320 lb Trey Smith, has excellent pass blocking strength. His run blocking strength needs to improve as he lacks the mean streak despite showing adequate run blocking. He lacks the footwork of a left tackle despite playing the position at Tennessee which means he's probably gonna have to kick inside to guard in the NFL.
Other 2020 NFL Mock Drafts