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The order of this 2020 NFL Mock Draft is completely random, save for playoff seeding in the 21-32 range. First-round picks from the 2018 NFL Mock Draft and the 2019 NFL Mock Draft have been factored into the picks.
*** 2020 NFL MOCK DRAFT updated April 25. This mock draft will be updated occasionally. Follow @walterfootball for NFL Draft updates. ***
Jacksonville Jaguars: Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia 2018 and 2019 NFL Mock Draft Picks (as of 4/25): Hayden Hurst, TE; Greg Little, OT
Yes, we're doing a 2020 NFL Mock Draft already. Why? Well, I love the draft, and this is fun for me. Plus, after the national championship, I was eager to slot the two quarterbacks into a mock draft.
The Jaguars just gave Blake Bortles a new contract, but the lack of new guaranteed money speaks volumes. If Bortles falters in each of the next two years, Jacksonville will be aiming to select a new franchise quarterback.
Jake Fromm was tremendous as a rookie for SEC champion Georgia. He has a great skill set and is the very early favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, though a lot could obviously change in the next two years.
New England Patriots: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama 2018 and 2019 NFL Mock Draft Picks (as of 4/25): Rashaan Evans, LB and Kolton Miller, OT; Rodney Anderson, RB
Tom Brady turns 41 this August, which means he'll be 42 during the 2019 season. Will he eventually slow down at 42? If so, the Patriots could finally collapse, forcing them into selecting a new quarterback.
The hero of the national championship against Georgia, Tua Tagovailoa has a big arm and scrambling ability, and will undoubtedly draw comparisons to Russell Wilson.
Denver Broncos: Jacob Eason, QB, Georgia 2018 and 2019 NFL Mock Draft Picks (as of 4/25): Quenton Nelson, G; Josh Allen, LB
Case Keenum is not the long-term answer for Denver at quarterback. It may take until 2020, but John Elway will eventually find his guy.
Jacob Eason exploded on the season for Georgia, throwing 16 touchdowns compared to eight interceptions as a freshman in the SEC. Eason still needs to work on his accuracy, but he's young enough to make vast improvements in the near future. Eason is rumored to be heading to Washington, where he'll have a chance to emerge as a top-five pick for the 2020 NFL Draft.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama 2018 and 2019 NFL Mock Draft Picks (as of 4/25): Derwin James, S; Damien Harris, RB
The Buccaneers will soon realize that DeSean Jackson does more harm than good. They'll have to find another star receiver to play across from Mike Evans.
Jerry Jeudy is a height-weight-speed freak in the mold of a Julio Jones. He's the next great Alabama receiver, and if he performs up to his skill set, he'll have a great chance to be a top-10 pick.
Minnesota Vikings: Walker Little, OT, Stanford 2018 and 2019 NFL Mock Draft Picks (as of 4/25): Mike Hughes, CB; Dre'Mont Jones, DT
The Vikings are not selecting an offensive tackle in either of the first rounds of my 2018 or 2019 NFL Mock Drafts. That might mean that this pick could happen.
Walker Little was the 25th-overall player in his recruiting class. An athletic tackle who should be proficient in both pass protection and run blocking, Little could be a top-five pick in the future.
Indianapolis Colts: Chase Lucas, CB, Arizona State 2018 and 2019 NFL Mock Draft Picks (as of 4/25): Bradley Chubb, DE; A.J. Brown, WR
I have the Colts addressing their defense in my 2018 and 2019 NFL Mock Drafts. That trend continues, as they finally can address their huge need at cornerback.
Chase Lucas is a former running back, but you wouldn't know it by how he performed as a freshman. He was tremendous, and he projects as a future top-10 pick; he has both good size (6-0, 180) and great athleticism.
Houston Texans: Jaelen Phillips, DE/OLB, UCLA 2018 and 2019 NFL Mock Draft Picks (as of 4/25): David Edwards, OT
The Texans have a pair of dynamic edge rushers, but Whitney Mercilus will be an impending free agent during the spring of 2020. If he's too expensive to re-sign, he'll need to be replaced.
Jaelean Phillips flashed as a freshman for UCLA, but was hurt too often. He has great potential and could emerge as a top-15 prospect.
San Francisco 49ers: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama 2018 and 2019 NFL Mock Draft Picks (as of 4/25): Roquan Smith, LB; Dexter Lawrence, DT
The 49ers have found a long-time member of their backfield in Jimmy Garoppolo. Why not pair him with a dynamic talent?
Damien Harris made a mistake returning to school because of Najee Harris. The latter Harris was one of the top recruits in the country in 2017, and he showed off his talents as a freshman. He'll have a larger workload this upcoming season.
Green Bay Packers: Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville 2018 and 2019 NFL Mock Draft Picks (as of 4/25): Minkah Fitzpatrick, S; Marlon Davidson, DE
Bryan Bulaga will be another key free agent during the 2020 offseason. He'll be 31 by then, so the Packers may decide to let him go and get younger at the position.
At 6-7, 340, Mekhi Becton is a massive human being. Despite his size, however, Becton is athletic and flexible.
Oakland Raiders: J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State 2018 and 2019 NFL Mock Draft Picks (as of 4/25): Mike McGlinchey, OT; DeAndre Baker, CB
I have Jon Gruden getting his next Ronde Barber in my 2019 NFL Mock Draft. Here's his new Warrick Dunn or Mike Alstott, but hopefully not Cadillac Williams. The Raiders will need a running back once Marshawn Lynch retires.
J.K. Dobbins entered 2017 as a backup, but overtook Mike Weber and had a terrific freshman campaign, showing off his great, explosive running ability.
New Orleans Saints: C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida 2018 and 2019 NFL Mock Draft Picks (as of 4/25): Lamar Jackson, QB; Ed Oliver, DT
The Saints signed Patrick Robinson this offseason, but that's just a short-term fix. Here's another starting cornerback.
CJ Henderson has good height (6-1), but needs to bulk up. He had four interceptions as a freshman. He has some great potential as a former four-star recruit.
Washington Redskins: Trey Smith, G, Tennessee 2018 and 2019 NFL Mock Draft Picks (as of 4/25): Vita Vea, NT; Ahmmon Richards, WR
The Redskins have a very good offensive line when everyone is healthy. One of the two exceptions is at left guard, which has to be addressed soon.
Despite being a freshman, Trey Smith was arguably Tennessee's best player in 2017. He was considered a top prospect coming out of high school.
New York Jets: T.J. Carter, CB, Memphis 2018 and 2019 NFL Mock Draft Picks (as of 4/25): Baker Mayfield, QB; Trey Adams, OT
The Jets used consecutive picks in the 2017 NFL Draft on safeties. Perhaps they'll do the same with cornerbacks in the near future, as that happens to be a major position of weakness.
T.J. Carter, a former four-star recruit, is a tough and mature cornerback who thrived as a freshman for Memphis.
Seattle Seahawks: A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa 2018 and 2019 NFL Mock Draft Picks (as of 4/25): Maurice Hurst, DT; Bryce Love, RB
The Seahawks will need to replace Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril; one is gone, while the other is in the latter stage of his career.
A.J. Epenesa was a five-star recruit who showed some major promise as a freshman, registering 4.5 sacks.
Los Angeles Rams: Curtis Weaver, DE/OLB, Boise State 2018 and 2019 NFL Mock Draft Picks (as of 4/25): Joe Jackson, DE
As mentioned earlier, I take my 2018 and 2019 mocks into account when making these picks. I have the Rams selecting an edge rusher in my 2019 NFL Mock Draft, yet they could go after another player at the position, given their dire need for outside linebackers.
Curtis Weaver had a ridiculous 11 sacks as a freshman. He'll have to be an edge player in a 3-4 defense.
Atlanta Falcons: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss 2018 and 2019 NFL Mock Draft Picks (as of 4/25): Taven Bryan, DT; Tyrie Cleveland, WR
The Falcons only have one dynamic downfield play-maker, so I'm sure Matt Ryan would love it if they found another talented receiver. I have them doing so in my 2019 NFL Mock Draft, but there's a slight chance Julio Jones might not be around by the 2020 NFL Draft; he'll be 31 by then, and there's already drama with him deleting pictures.
D.K. Metcalf is an athletic freak. A 6-4, 220-pound receiver, Metcalf has accomplished an 11-1 broad jump and a 37.5-inch vertical. He showed some flashes at Ole Miss, but the program is a mess.