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With the 2020 NFL Draft only a few days away, it’s time for my final mock of the year. This time, I’ve included some trades that shake up the first-round.
This is the only guaranteed pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Cincinnati needs Burrow to breathe some life into the Bengals.
By far the best player available, Young heads to Washington as the Redskins begin the Ron Rivera era.
After trading away Darius Slay, the Lions need a new shutdown cornerback.
4. Los Angeles Chargers (*Via Giants)- Tua Tagovailoa, QB Alabama
Fearing what the Dolphins could do, the Chargers trade up for the second-best quarterback in the draft.
While linebacker is hardly a primary need for Miami, the Dolphins can’t pass on Simmons’ talent.
6. Cleveland Browns (*Via Giants)- Mekhi Becton, OT Louisville
The Browns leapfrog several teams to draft a massive but raw tackle prospect.
The Panthers renew their defensive front by selecting the fourth-best defensive prospect available.
After beefing up their offensive weapons this spring, the Cardinals focus on protecting Kyler Murray.
9. Atlanta Falcons (*Via Jaguars)- C.J. Henderson, CB Florida
News that the Falcons plan to trade up recently surfaced. Atlanta claims the second-best cornerback in the draft.
After trading down twice and accumulating picks, the Giants still end up with arguably the best offensive tackle in the draft.
Ruggs is the third receiver on my board, but his sub-4.3 forty-yard dash speed elevates him to the top position for a team in desperate need of pass-catchers.
The Raiders played last season without a true number one receiver. Lamb automatically fixes that problem.
Per Michael Lombardi, the 49ers put safety Jaquiski Tartt on the trade block recently. McKinney replaces Tartt immediately.
Tom Brady needs protection. Tampa Bay also needs defensive backs, but Brady’s health comes first.
Courtland Sutton came into his own last year. He and Jeudy give Denver its best wide receiver pairing since Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas.
The Jaguars trade down and still ended up with one of the best prospects in the draft.
With Henderson off of the board, Dallas forgoes finding a cornerback in favor of replacing Robert Quinn.
With no guarantees of a top pick in 2021, the Dolphins take their potential quarterback of the future.
19. Baltimore Ravens (*Via Raiders)- Patrick Queen, LB LSU
Fearing New Orleans and Philadelphia, Baltimore jumps up several spots to grab their replacement for C.J. Mosley.
With the team preparing to trade Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville takes another shot at a top-rated running back.
After the 2019 season devastated Philadelphia’s wide receiver room, the Eagles add a new top pass-catcher.
After losing their three top cornerbacks during the offseason, the Vikings quickly begin rebuilding their depth chart.
23. Indianapolis Colts (*Via Patriots)- Jordan Love, QB Utah St.
The Patriots didn’t love any of the remaining players, so New England let Indianapolis chase its quarterback dreams.
After missing out on Queen, the Saints take the last remaining first-round-caliber linebacker.
With Stefon Diggs in Buffalo, the Vikings find a new partner for Adam Thielen.
Miami parted ways with Minkah Fitzpatrick and Reshad Jones over the past year. The team needs new safeties.
27. Chicago Bears (*Via Seahawks)- A.J. Terrell, CB Clemson
After screwing up their last two first-round selections, the Seahawks decide to trade back. Chicago pairs Terrell with Kyle Fuller, bumping Artie Burns down the depth chart.
The Raiders missed out on Fulton and Terrell because they traded back. However, Las Vegas still takes a cornerback.
Tennessee adds another big body to their retooling defensive front.
Aaron Rodgers cannot survive another season with Davante Adams as his only proven receiver.
With their second pick in the first-round, the 49ers indulge themselves with a boom or bust prospect.
The Super Bowl champions remain dedicated to their offense by adding a productive running back.
Brandon Aiyuk, WR Arizona St.
Zack Baun, EDGE Wisconsin
Ross Blacklock, DT TCU
Trevon Diggs, CB Alabama
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB LSU
Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE Penn St.
Austin Jackson, OT USC
Jaylon Johnson, CB Utah
Josh Jones, OT Houston
Cole Kmet, TE Notre Dame
Jonathan Taylor, RB Wisconsin
For comparison, check out my previous mock draft.
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