The college football season has just started, but it is never too early to look ahead to the next NFL Draft and what team could be targeting. Here is the 2020 NFL Mock Draft.
1. Miami Dolphins- Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
Miami traded for Josh Rosen, but that doesn’t mean they’ll keep him with how good the quarterbacks in the 2020 NFL Draft are regarded. Tagovailoa plays flawlessly for most games, but has struggled in some big games near the end of last season. A lot of that could be because he played the latter part of the season on a surgically repaired ankle. He is still currently the top quarterback in the class, but he needs to prove it on the field in 2019.
2. Cincinnati Bengals- Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
If the Bengals are selecting this highly again, they need to make a change at quarterback. Herbert was a projected top 10 pick if he came out for the 2019 NFL Draft. If he can improve his accuracy, he’ll be a top 10 pick this season.
3. Denver Broncos- Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
The Broncos have good edge rushers, but could stand to get better in the middle of their defense. Had he come out after last season, Brown would’ve been a top 10 pick. He has that potential this season if teams have a need for interior linemen.
4. New York Giants- Chase Young, Edge, Ohio State
Young looked good last season playing next to Dre’Mont Jones and Nick Bosa (for three games). The Giants need to get a great edge rusher to improve their defense as a whole.
5. New York Jets- Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
Thomas has started for two seasons and has plenty of accolades. The Jets need to protect Sam Darnold so he can continue to develop.
6. Jacksonville Jaguars- Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
Now that Jalen Ramsey has requested a trade, the Jaguars need to try to replace him. Diggs would’ve been a first-round pick last season, but he got injured.
7. Washington Redskins- Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
Jeudy has shown flashes of being a number one receiver with his ability to get open and cut on a dime. The Redskins had a good 2019 NFL Draft, but still need to give Dwayne Haskins more targets to work with.
8. Carolina Panthers- Grant Delpit, S, LSU
Delpit is a versatile player who can make an impact on an NFL defense now. The Panthers have Eric Reid and Tre Boston at safety, but Delpit will likely be better than both.
9. Miami Dolphins (via PIT)- A.J. Epenesa, Edge, Iowa
With the Dolphins tanking, they need help everywhere. Epenesa jumped out on tape when watching some of Iowa’s prospects that were eligible for the 2019 NFL Draft. He was a backup last year and now will get a chance to shine.
10. Arizona Cardinals- Walker Little, OT, Stanford
The Cardinals could go with some defensive help here, but they just took a quarterback and have to make sure he is protected. Little is athletic and will be well experienced in run blocking by the time the season ends.
11. Oakland Raiders- Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado
With Antonio Brown off the team, the Raiders may want to get a premier target for Derek Carr. Shenault has impressed at Colorado and is extremely athletic.
12. Tennessee Titans- CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
The Titans still don’t have many good receivers for Marcus Mariota to throw to. If they want their offense to improve, they have to draft playmakers.
13. Indianapolis Colts- Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
With Andrew Luck retiring, the Colts need another franchise quarterback. Fromm is a polished passer who has helped Georgia rise to prominence over the last few seasons.
14. Cleveland Browns- Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
Wirfs has some good tape at Iowa, but has played right tackle for the Hawkeyes. The Browns have to address the offensive line now that they have playmakers on the outside.
15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Isaiah Simmons, S, Clemson
In the 2018 NFL Draft, the Buccaneers passed on Derwin James and selected Vita Vea. They are still in need of a safety. Simmons has been the best player in Clemson’s secondary and needs to take it to the next level this season.
16. New Orleans Saints- Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
Okudah has some of the best athleticism in the class and should rise up draft boards soon after the season starts. The Saints traded for Eli Apple last season, but their secondary still isn’t great.
17. Miami Dolphins (via HOU)- Trey Adams, OT, Washington
If the Dolphins select a young quarterback, they need to protect him. Adams has had injury issues, but was thought of as a first-round pick at one point in his college career. He’ll have to stay healthy in 2019 to be selected this highly.
18. Las Vegas Raiders (via CHI)- Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford
Adebo is a long, talented corner who is rising up draft boards. The Raiders can focus some of their attention on their secondary in order to improve.
19. Los Angeles Chargers- Troy Dye, LB, Oregon
The Chargers have good players in the secondary and in the defensive trenches, but need better linebackers.
20. Philadelphia Eagles- Jacob Phillips, LB, LSU
Philadelphia desperately needs more linebacker help. Phillips will have to step up for LSU now that Devin White is in the pros.
21. Atlanta Falcons- Yetur Gross-Matos, Edge, Penn State
Matt Ryan is now protected for the long term after the Falcons focused on the offensive line in the 2019 NFL Draft. Gross-Matos totaled 20 tackles for loss and eight sacks last season and is poised for bigger things this year.
22. Minnesota Vikings- Raekwon Davis, DE/DT, Alabama
Davis was overshadowed by Quinnen Williams last year, but still is a good player for Alabama. The Vikings need better players on the interior of the defensive line.
23. Detroit Lions- C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida
Matt Patricia has added to the defensive line depth, but they need to address the secondary.
24. San Francisco 49ers- Paddy Fisher, LB, Northwestern
The 49ers improved their linebackers by getting Kwon Alexander this offseason, but they need more at the position.
25. Buffalo Bills- Nick Coe, DE/DT, Auburn
Buffalo needs to get more pressure on the quarterback if they want to improve.
26. Seattle Seahawks- Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri
Okwuegbunam was another player who could’ve entered the draft last season, but decided to play one more year of college football. He is an athletic tight end who could be a good target for an NFL team.
27. Baltimore Ravens- Anfernee Jennings, LB, Alabama
Jennings is a versatile linebacker who can help in a variety of ways. The Ravens lost a lot of linebackers this offseason and still haven’t replaced them.
28. Dallas Cowboys- Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
Dallas continues to ignore their need for a safety. McKinney was great last season and now all eyes will be on him.
29. Los Angeles Rams- Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State
Aqib Talib is getting older and the Rams should get more corners to plan ahead.
30. Kansas City Chiefs- Marlon Davidson, DE, Auburn
Kansas City can benefit from getting after the quarterback more.
31. Green Bay Packers- Henry Ruggs, WR, Alabama
Surprisingly, the Packers have a good defense and the offense is struggling. Ruggs could help them out with his great speed.
32. New England Patriots- Khalid Kareem, Edge, Notre Dame
New England lost Trey Flowers and added Michael Bennett, but could get better pass rushers for the future.