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Sam’s 2020 NFL mock draft 2.0: Patriots replace Brady

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Source: Alabama Athletics

With the combine in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to look at how the 2020 NFL Draft has shifted. The combine doesn’t make as much of an impact as some people believe. You can only learn so much from football players running around without pads or opponents. The film players have already accumulated should hold more weight.

Nevertheless, recent reports and shifting concerns have led to alterations in how the 2020 draft could play out.

1. Cincinnati Bengals- Joe Burrow, QB LSU

Previous Pick in 1.0: Same

At this point, Burrow must be the first pick in the draft. Don’t believe any of the noise about him forcing his way out of Cincinnati if they take him. That’s just media noise.

2. Washington Redskins- Tua Tagovailoa, QB Alabama

Previous Pick in 1.0: Chase Young EDGE

Dwayne Haskins could be out of luck in Washington. With Ron Rivera taking over, Haskins will become the new Josh Rosen. 

3. Detroit Lions- Chase Young, EDGE Ohio St.

Previous Pick in 1.0: Jeffrey Okudah CB

The Lions did nothing, and the best player in the draft fell into their lap. Maybe Young can finally give Matt Patricia a superstar to serve as the defense’s cornerstone.

4. New York Giants- Jedrick Wills Jr., OT Alabama

Previous Pick in 1.0: CeeDee Lamb WR

Offensive success begins with building up the line. With Mike Remmers entering free agency, the Giants can transform their right tackle spot. 

5. Miami Dolphins- Justin Herbert, QB Oregon

Previous Pick in 1.0: Tua Tagovailoa QB

While the Dolphins hoped to land Tua, the team will settle for Herbert. Now he can either sit behind Ryan Fitzpatrick for a season or compete for the starting job.

6. Los Angeles Chargers- Jeffrey Okudah, CB Ohio St.

Previous Pick in 1.0: Justin Herbert QB

Hopefully, the Chargers find a quarterback in free agency because the three top ones are gone by this point. At least Los Angeles lands a Pro Bowl-caliber cornerback to pair with Casey Hayward.

7. Carolina Panthers- Isaiah Simmons, LB Clemson

Previous Pick in 1.0: Derrick Brown DT

After losing Luke Kuechly to retirement, the Panthers can replace their Hall of Fame linebacker with a dynamic beast from Clemson. 

8. Arizona Cardinals- Tristan Wirfs, OT Iowa

Previous Pick in 1.0: Jedrick Wills Jr.

When developing a young quarterback, it’s key to build up the offensive line. Arizona will hope the receivers they drafted last year bloom in 2020 and focus on the line.

9. Jacksonville Jaguars- Derrick Brown, DT Auburn

Previous Pick in 1.0: Jerry Jeudy WR

One of the few blue-chip players in the draft, Brown would be a steal at the ninth spot. He could become what Marcell Dareus never was for Jacksonville.

10. Cleveland Browns- Mekhi Becton, OT Louisville

Previous Pick in 1.0: Same

A better offensive line would make life much easier on Baker Mayfield. With Greg Robinson heading to free agency, and jail, the Browns need a new left tackle anyway.

11. New York Jets- Jerry Jeudy, WR Alabama

Previous Pick in 1.0: Andrew Thomas OT

New York’s offensive line is in shambles. I don’t think they can fix it this offseason, even if they drafted several linemen. With that in mind, the top receiver in the draft is too tempting at this spot.

12. Las Vegas Raiders- CeeDee Lamb, WR Oklahoma

Previous Pick in 1.0: Henry Ruggs III

Hunter Renfrow, Darren Waller, and Tyrell Williams are not enough in Las Vegas. Derek Carr needs more receiving threats, and Lamb could be the best receiver in this draft.

13. Indianapolis Colts- Javon Kinlaw, DT South Carolina

Previous Pick in 1.0: Same

Another blue-chip player who fell down the board, Kinlaw would be the perfect fix for Indianapolis’s questionable defensive line.

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Andrew Thomas, OT Georgia

Previous Pick in 1.0: Tristan Wirfs OT

While the three top linemen are off of the board, the Buccaneers can still work on fixing their offensive line for their new quarterback.

15. Denver Broncos- Henry Ruggs III, WR Alabama 

Previous Pick in 1.0: Isaiah Simmons LB

After trading for A.J. Bouye, the Broncos forego drafting a cornerback and look for a receiver to pair with Courtland Sutton.

16. Atlanta Falcons- A.J. Epenesa, EDGE Iowa

Previous Pick in 1.0: K’Lavon Chaisson EDGE

With Vic Beasley and Adrian Clayborn walking out of the door, the Falcons desperately need pass rush help.

17. Dallas Cowboys- Xavier McKinney, S Alabama

Previous Pick in 1.0: Same

The Cowboys have wanted a new safety for several years. Now, they take the top one in the 2020 NFL Draft.

18. Miami Dolphins (Via Steelers)- K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE LSU

Previous Pick in 1.0: D’Andre Swift RB

Miami passes on D’Andre Swift, hoping he’ll be around later in the draft. Instead, the Dolphins focus on rebuilding their terrible defensive front.

19. Las Vegas Raiders (Via Bears)- Kenneth Murray, LB Oklahoma

Previous Pick in 1.0: Patrick Queen LB

Murray will become what the Raiders hoped Vontaze Burfict would be: an anchor in the center of the defense.

20. Jacksonville Jaguars (Via Rams)- C.J. Henderson, CB Florida

Previous Pick in 1.0: Same

With Bouye and Jalen Ramsey on new teams, the Jaguars need to rebuild their cornerback corps from scratch.

21. Philadelphia Eagles- Kristian Fulton, CB LSU

Previous Pick in 1.0: Grant Delpit S

Since all of the top three wide receivers got snatched up, the Eagles decide to take a top-three cornerback. With Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills heading for free agency, the Eagles need a corner anyway.

22. Buffalo Bills- Laviska Shenault Jr., WR Colorado

Previous Pick in 1.0: Justin Jefferson WR

Not that Cole Beasley and John Brown are bad, but Josh Allen and the Bills need more offensive weapons.

23. New England Patriots- Jordan Love QB

Previous Pick in 1.0: Cole Kmet TE

More than three quarterbacks will go in the first round. It’s just a question of who swings and misses on the fourth one. If the Patriots get desperate to find Tom Brady’s successor, they could pick Love. 

24. New Orleans Saints- Grant Delpit, S LSU

Previous Pick in 1.0: Brandon Aiyuk WR

If the Cowboys and Eagles pass on Delpit, the Saints could use him to replace Vonn Bell. Despite legitimate tackling concerns, Delpit’s game should translate well to the NFL.

25. Minnesota Vikings- Trevon Diggs, CB Alabama

Previous Pick in 1.0: Jaylon Johnson CB

The Vikings will throw high-round picks at cornerbacks until they’re blue in the face. Mackensie Alexander and Trae Waynes will enter free agency after failed stints with Minnesota. Mike Hughes looked terrible as a rookie.

26. Miami Dolphins (Via Texans)- D’Andre Swift, RB Georgia

Previous Pick in 1.0: Kristian Fulton CB

The Dolphins passed on Swift earlier and get rewarded for their patience with the top running back in the draft. 

27. Seattle Seahawks- Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE Penn St.

Previous Pick in 1.0: Ross Blacklock DT

A year after whiffing on TCU’s L.J. Collier, the Seahawks reach on another controversial defensive end.

28. Baltimore Ravens- Patrick Queen, LB LSU

Previous Pick in 1.0: Kenneth Murray LB

Baltimore could lose all of its starting linebackers from this past season in free agency. Drafting Queen alleviates a need in the middle of the defense.

29. Tennessee Titans- Justin Jefferson, WR LSU

Previous Pick in 1.0: A.J. Epenesa EDGE

A year after striking gold with A.J. Brown in the second round, the Titans search for his running mate.

30. Green Bay Packers- Tee Higgins, WR Clemson

Previous Pick in 1.0: Same

After suffering without Davante Adams for four games last season, the Packers realize how desperately they need another reliable receiver. 

31. San Francisco 49ers- Zack Baun, EDGE Wisconsin

Previous Pick in 1.0: A.J. Terrell CB

Arik Armstead will enter free agency. If the 49ers have no confidence in Dee Ford taking over as a starter again, they could go for a new starting lineman. They seem to like drafting at that position anyway.

32. Kansas City Chiefs- J.K. Dobbins, RB Ohio St.

Previous Pick in 1.0: Same

Damien Williams is a solid player, but the Chiefs could land a dominant back in Dobbins. The Ohio St. product doesn’t need to replace Williams either. This could simply be Kansas City doubling down on their running game and offense.

Best remaining

Jonathan Taylor, RB Wisconsin

Cole Kmet, TE Notre Dame

Hunter Bryant, TE Washington

Brandon Aiyuk, WR Arizona State

Austin Jackson, OT USC

Neville Gallimore, DT Oklahoma

Ross Blacklock, DT TCU

Terrell Lewis, EDGE Alabama

A.J. Terrell, CB Clemson

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