2020 NFL Mock Draft - Corey Long
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Last update: Thursday, April 23, 2020. Round 1 added.
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Nothing has changed, and nothing is expected to change unless the Bengals get absolutely blown away with a trade from another team in the top six to move up and take the quarterback of their choice.
The Redskins seem more likely to entertain trade offers than the Bengals, but Young is their guy and there's certainly some comfort in knowing that a guy with his sort of pass-rushing skills is there for the taking. All that talk about Washington possibly taking Tua Tagovailoa has faded and was a smoke screen to begin with.
The general belief is that the Lions have the third pick for sale and the cost might be considerably less than what the Redskins will went for the second pick. Cornerback is the need, however, and it's a big need. Okudah can fill that role nicely and bring a major upgrade to a pass defense that got torched last season.
Isaiah Simmons seemed like the pick for a while, but as time has went on, I think offensive lineman became where the Giants are going to go, and it seems like Wirfs has risen about the other linemen in this draft class.
As long as the medical reports come back clear and Tagovailoa shows teams what they want to see, he'll be the second quarterback taken in the 2020 NFL Draft. I think the Dolphins could make a trade to get to No. 3 and assure themselves of taking Tagovailoa, but they might not have to. Either way, this is the pick.
Click links to see the Dolphins' picks across all rounds:Rd: 1 Pk: 18 | Rd: 1 Pk: 26
The Bucs need to get a plug-and-play offensive lineman in this draft, and it'll be easier moving up eight spots with San Diego and giving up some picks than holding firm at No. 14. Whether Thomas plays on the right or left side, he's got the potential to be a centerpiece on the offensive line over the next decade.
There's a big hole in the Carolina defense due to the retirement of Luke Kuechly, and replacing him with Simmons makes a lot of sense. I understand the desire for Derrick Brown, but the Panthers need so much help on defense that bringing in a guy who can tackle, rush the passer and drop into coverage seems like the smart move.
After fleecing the Texans for DeAndre Hopkins - seriously, Bill O'Brien?? -, the Cardinals don't have a burning need to use a top-10 pick on a wide receiver, so that makes the likelihood of selecting a tackle pretty high. Becton is a big, talented athlete with size (6-7, 364) to spare and a lot of upside.
I have little doubt the rebuilding Jagaurs will look to deal this pick to add to their collection of early-round draft capital. But here they can grab the second-best cornerback in the 2020 NFL Draft and start to replace the pieces they've lost on a once-dominant defensive unit.
Click links to see the Jaguars' picks across all rounds:Rd: 1 Pk: 20
By adding Wills, the Browns will have shored up both tackle positions between the draft and adding Jack Conklin in free agency. Andrew Thomas or Tristan Wirfs are also potential picks here, but I have them going earlier. Wills had played right tackle at Alabama, but he's more than capable to jump in on the left side.
The Jets might want to deal this pick, and if Henderson is still on the board, I think they could get the Cowboys to move up. But in this mock, Henderson is gone and the top four offensive linemen are gone. The next need is wide receiver, and Lamb (6-2, 198) has such a quality skill set that even Adam Gase should be able to get some good production from him.
Jon Gruden has one Super Bowl ring as a head coach, and he didn't get it because of the offense. If Brown is the dominant defensive lineman some scouts believe he is, the Raiders can build a unit around him. Obviously Jerry Jeudy is here, but this is a receiver-heavy draft and Brown is too good to pass up at No. 12.
Click links to see the Raiders' picks across all rounds:Rd: 1 Pk: 19
I think the 49ers were expecting to choose between Henderson or another defensive lineman like Javon Kinlaw at this spot, but Jeudy is there and he has a chance to be special. The 49ers could use more "oomph" in their passing game to go with Deebo Samuel and George Kittle. Jeudy gives San Francisco a future WR1.
Click links to see the 49ers' picks across all rounds:Rd: 1 Pk: 31
I'm still not sold on Herbert, and I'm curious if other teams think he's really worthy of a top-10 pick. The Chargers need a quarterback, and taking the chance of getting Herbert at No. 14 and getting some extra draft capital is a better move than taking Herbert in the top 10.
Ruggs is a speedster who can get down the field in a snap. I don't think he's a one-trick pony, but it remains to be seen if he is a high-volume receiver - he only caught 40 passes last season even though he averaged a little under 19 yards per catch. Even if Ruggs isn't a true No. 1, he'll be the most dangerous offensive weapon on the field.
Kinlaw brings a lot of scheme versatility and a good motor. These are things that the Falcons need on this defense if Dan Quinn is going to remain head coach past the 2020 season. This is a big athlete with a lot of special talent and is a good pick midway through the first round.
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