2020 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1 - Picks 17-32



Last update: Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern. Final version.
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  1. Dallas Cowboys: K'Lavon Chaisson, DE, LSU
    The Cowboys lost Robert Quinn to free agency, so they'll need to find some help to bolster their edge rush in the 2020 NFL Draft.

    K'Lavon Chaisson is a long, athletic edge player with big-time potential.

    *** OTHER 2020 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. C.J. Henderson, CB - The Cowboys love Henderson, so they may trade up for him.

    2. Trevon Diggs, CB - The alternative cornerback option for the Cowboys.

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  2. Miami Dolphins: Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
    Could history repeat itself? Miami was lucky to obtain Laremy Tunsil after he fell because of the infamous bong incident. This year, Mekhi Becton tested positive at the combine, so he could slip a few spots just like Tunsil did. The Dolphins, who have one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL, would really benefit from landing a talented player like Becton. I also wouldn't be surprised if they trade up a couple of spots for him.

    At 6-7, 340, Becton is a massive human being. Despite his size, however, Becton is athletic and flexible, as he showed us at the combine. He projects similarly to Cordy Glenn.

    *** OTHER 2020 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. Josh Jones or Austin Jackson, OT - It would be a mistake for the Dolphins to not protect their new franchise quarterback.

    2. Trade Up - The Dolphins may have to move up for Becton or another tackle.



  3. Las Vegas Raiders: Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
    Charlie Campbell first reported that the Raiders and Jaguars are closing in on a Yannick Ngakoue trade. That deal would likely require moving this pick. However, the Jaguars are being stubborn and don't want to give up Ngakoue without getting the 12th pick in return even though they lost all leverage.

    If the Raiders keep this pick, Patrick Queen makes so much sense. The Raiders need to improve their linebacking corps despite the players they added in free agency.

    *** OTHER 2020 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. A.J. Terrell, CB - The Jaguars need to replace Jalen Ramsey, so here's an option if they don't take C.J. Henderson at No. 9.

    2. Austin Jackson or Josh Jones, OT - Either tackle is in play, given the Jaguars' offensive line woes.

    Pick change; previously Ezra Cleveland, OT (JAX)





  4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
    Jacksonville recently had the best defense in the NFL. Its secondary was outstanding. Now, everyone's gone, so multiple defensive backs are needed, including a major upgrade at safety.

    *** OTHER 2020 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. A.J. Terrell, CB - The Jaguars need to replace Jalen Ramsey, so here's an option if they don't take C.J. Henderson at No. 9.

    2. Austin Jackson or Josh Jones, OT - Either tackle is in play, given the Jaguars' offensive line woes.



  5. Philadelphia Eagles: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
    The Eagles are expected to target a receiver early in the 2020 NFL Draft unless they address the position in free agency. Alshon Jeffery can't stay healthy, while DeSean Jackson won't be on the team for very long, so a new No. 1 wideout is needed.

    Justin Jefferson is tall (6-3, 192), long and athletic. He was dominant throughout 2019, particularly the playoff victory over Oklahoma.

    *** OTHER 2020 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. Henry Ruggs, WR - The Eagles have some interest in moving up for Ruggs.

    2. Trade Up (CeeDee Lamb, WR) - The Eagles could trade up for a talented receiver like I have happening in my 2020 NFL Mock Draft. I discussed this in a Eagles-Browns NFL Draft Trade column. Howie Roseman reportedly loves CeeDee Lamb, and to get him, he'll have to leap over the 49ers, Raiders and Jets.





  6. Minnesota Vikings: A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
    The Vikings have let go of several veterans this offseason because of Kirk Cousins' contract. They lost several cornerbacks this offseason, so this is a position I expect them to address in the opening round of the 2020 NFL Draft. They tend to use first-round choices on cornerbacks, so here's yet another one.

    A.J. Terrell has good size (6-2, 190) and nice skill set. He did very well at the combine.

    *** OTHER 2020 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. K'Lavon Chaisson, DE - I don't think the Vikings expect to land Chaisson at No. 22, but it is possible. He would replace Everson Griffen.

    2. C.J. Henderson, CB - The Vikings love Henderson, so they could trade up for him.



  7. New England Patriots: Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton
    I would like to emphasize that I do not believe Adam Trautman will be the No. 23 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. In fact, I don't think he'll even be chosen in the first round. However, I'm attempting to match player to team, and I believe New England would like Trautman after trading down into the 35-50 range. The Patriots don't have a second-round pick, so they're eager to move down unless they can snatch a falling quarterback.

    Level of competition is a question mark, but Trautman has nice size (6-6, 251) and good hands. Some teams view him as the top tight end in this class.

    *** OTHER 2020 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. Trade Down - It would be shocking if the Patriots don't trade out of this pick. They're most likely to move down into the second round.

    2. Trade Up - However, the Patriots could also make some noise and move up for Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert.





  8. Cleveland Browns: Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State
    I'm projecting another trade. It seems as though the Saints like Patrick Queen, but if he's off the board, New Orleans could be looking to move out, given that it doesn't have a second-round pick. Meanwhile, the Browns like Ezra Cleveland, so trading up ahead of the Dolphins and Vikings makes sense.

    *** OTHER 2020 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. Patrick Queen, LB - Queen is the favorite if he falls past the Raiders and Jaguars at 19 and 20, respectively.

    2. Brandon Aiyuk, WR - Aiyuk is a possibility as well.

    Pick change; previously Patrick Queen, LB



  9. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Hennessy, C/G, Temple
    The Vikings must upgrade their offensive line to give their overpaid quarterback a chance to win more than one playoff game.

    Matt Hennessy is not a name you see in most mock drafts, but he was ranked 34th on Gil Brandt's big board. Hennessy can play both guard and center, and he fits exactly what the Vikings want from a blocker. He would start at guard on Day 1.

    *** OTHER 2020 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. Jaylon Johnson, CB - The Vikings need help at corner, and Johnson is the sort of prospect Mike Zimmer likes at the position. He's the corner option if A.J. Terrell is off the board.

    2. Ezra Cleveland, Austin Jackson or Josh Jones, OTs - The Vikings could stand to get cheaper at offensive tackle.





  10. Miami Dolphins: Josh Jones, OT, Houston
    No one should be surprised if the Dolphins spend two of their three first-round picks on offensive linemen. They have the worst blocking unit in the NFL, and they need upgrades at every position, including both tackle spots.

    Josh Jones needs to get stronger for the NFL, but his length and athleticism will interest some teams.

    *** OTHER 2020 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. D'Andre Swift or Jonathan Taylor, RBs - Both running back options make sense.

    2. Xavier McKinney, S - The Dolphins need a safety, and they could deem McKinney to be the best player available.



  11. Seattle Seahawks: Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia
    Rob Staton of SeahawksDraftBlog.com did a great breakdown of what types of prospects the Seahawks tend to draft. Isaiah Wilson fits what the Seahawks look for from offensive linemen. He also fits the range, and I'm sure Russell Wilson would appreciate the improved pass protection.

    *** OTHER 2020 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. Josh Uche, DE/OLB - Uche fills a huge need, and he's exactly what the Seahawks like.

    2. Trade Down - The Seahawks love trading down, so I expect them to move into Round 2.



  12. Baltimore Ravens: Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State
    I've slotted Jonathan Taylor here for a while. I think he's still an option, but I get the feeling the Ravens want one of the first-round linebacker prospects. It could be Patrick Queen or Kenneth Murray, but neither is available. The Ravens could also select an edge rusher like Yetur Gross-Matos or Zack Baun.

    Gross-Matos registered a ridiculous 20 tackles for loss in 2018. His potential is off the charts.

    *** OTHER 2020 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. Patrick Queen, LB - This feels like Queen's floor. He would likely be the pick if available.

    2. Zack Baun, LB - Baun makes a ton of sense for Baltimore as well.



  13. Tennessee Titans: Austin Jackson, OT, USC
    The Titans were able to bully their opponents in the trenches last year, which helped them advance to the AFC Championship. That won't work as well with Jack Conklin gone, so here's a replacement.

    Austin Jackson is a terrific athlete with quick feet and superb agility. He had a bit of a down year in 2019, but only because he donated bone marrow to his sister.

    *** OTHER 2020 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. Austin Jackson or Josh Jones, OT - The Titans need to replace the Cleveland-bound Jack Conklin.

    2. A.J. Terrell, CB - The Titans lost Logan Ryan this offseason, so a cornerback is needed.



  14. Green Bay Packers: Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
    The Packers are devoid of talent at receiver, save for Davante Adams. They desperately need to give Aaron Rodgers one more downfield threat.

    Denzel Mims has vaulted up draft boards with impressive showings at the combine and Senior Bowl. Teams are all over the place in rankings him, as some have put him in the first round, while others think he belongs on Day 3.

    *** OTHER 2020 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. Many other receivers - The Packers could take a number of other different players at the position, including Jalen Reagor, Laviska Shenault, Tee Higgins and Brandon Aiyuk.

    2. Zack Baun, LB - Green Bay needs some linebacker help, but the first-round prospects at the position are all off the board in this mock.



  15. San Francisco 49ers: Cesar Ruiz, C, Michigan
    Weston Richburg tore his patellar tendon, and there's usually no coming back from that. The 49ers need to make sure they have a viable starting center. San Francisco would love to trade down, but if it can't move out of this pick, Cesar Ruiz is a top possibility.

    *** OTHER 2020 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. Josh Jones, OT - San Francisco could take Joe Staley's successor with this pick.

    2. Jaylon Johnson or Jeff Gladney, CBs - The 49ers could be interested in a cornerback at this spot.



  16. Kansas City Chiefs: Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
    The Chiefs already needed a cornerback entering free agency, and that was before they lost Kendall Fuller to the Redskins. They need to find multiple corners in the 2020 NFL Draft.

    Jeff Gladney has off-the-field issues, but is talented enough to still be a second-round prospect.

    *** OTHER 2020 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. Damon Arnette or A.J. Terrell, CB - Here are some cornerbacks the Chiefs could consider at No. 32.

    2. Cesar Ruiz or Matt Hennessy, C/G - Andy Reid loves bolstering the trenches, and he needs some offensive line help.





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