The 2019 NFL Draft only ended a couple of weeks ago and the 2020 NFL Draft is nearly a full year away, but everybody is already buzzing for next years’ class. It’s fun to speculate who could be the top picks in the draft when it’s so far in the future and it can create a lot of excitement for both the NFL and college football season. It’s a silly, but fun exercise to do a mock so far ahead of the draft and it gives you an idea of what players to watch heading into the season. After grinding tape on the 2020 draft eligible prospects, projecting the leaps these prospects can take, and looking at what needs NFL franchises still have, this is my way-too-early 2020 NFL mock draft.
*Draft order based on mybookie.ag Super Bowl odds
1. Miami Dolphins +12500- AJ Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
- With the thinnest roster in the league it’s likely the Dolphins will be picking early in 2020, but they’ve already got their franchise QB in Josh Rosen. AJ Epenesa has a chance to go top five. He’s a sack artist with dominant hand use, impressive power/leverage, and a big motor.
- Pro Comparison: Joey Bosa
2. Cincinnati Bengals +12500- Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
- If the Bengals are picking this early in 2020 then it’s probably the end of the Andy Dalton era and new head coach Zac Taylor will want his own guy. Justin Herbert has the arm talent, mechanics, and athleticism the NFL covets. If he gets more consistent as a senior, then he’ll be QB1.
- Pro Comparison: Carson Wentz
Not a lot of QBs in college football can make this play. Justin Herbert has loads of talent. If he can get more consistent as a Sr he could be QB1 in the 2020 NFL Draft. pic.twitter.com/8KlpFXke81
— Rob Paul (@RobPaulNFL) April 10, 2019
3. Buffalo Bills- +10000- Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
- Buffalo has built a strong core on defense for head coach Sean McDermott, but they still need a stud edge rusher. Chase Young looks like he’s a build-a-player in Madden. Young has the explosiveness, motor, and violent hands needed to be a top pick at EDGE. He could go first if he develops a consistent pass rush plan.
- Pro Comparison: JD Clowney
Ohio State EDGE Chase Young has some scary ability. Already a top-end run defender and if he develops as a pass rusher he could be a top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. pic.twitter.com/ZZDebwaijV
— Rob Paul (@RobPaulNFL) April 28, 2019
4. Arizona Cardinals +8000- Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
- It’s clear the Cardinals are all in on the Kliff Kingsbury-Kyler Murray duo, but they still need to build an offensive line to protect the franchise. Tristan Wirfs is a monster in the run game and plays with dominant hand use. His power, anchor, and edge will give Arizona a star right tackle.
- Pro Comparison: Trent Williams
Any 2020 NFL mock draft that doesn’t include Iowa right tackle Tristan Wirfs is lying to you. Drives the defender 10 yards and puts him in the dirt. pic.twitter.com/Ac1I7wR01f
— Rob Paul (@RobPaulNFL) April 29, 2019
5. Detroit Lions +8000- Raekwon Davis, IDL, Alabama
- Clearly the Lions are trying to build a team like the Patriots with Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn calling the shots. Raekwon Davis gives them the versatility they love with an ability to play 3-Tech and 5-Tech. Davis needs to reach his potential this year to go this early, but the length, hand work, and athleticism are exciting.
- Pro Comparison: Calais Campbell
6. Washington +8000- Grant Delpit, S, LSU
- After an impressive 2019 draft Washington is trending in the right direction on both sides of the ball. Adding the best player in the country could solidify their core. Grant Delpit is a do everything freak. Stick Delpit on the backend with his athleticism, coverage ability, physicality, and instincts and it’ll remind many of a former Washington safety.
- Pro Comparison: Sean Taylor
7. New York Jets +8000- Tyler Biadasz, C, Wisconsin
- Nabbing franchise cornerstones in the past two drafts and spending in free agency has the Jets more exciting than ever, but they need to protect Sam Darnold. Tyler Biadasz could have gone first-round in 2019. His short area quickness, physicality, and football IQ will make him a Pro Bowl center early.
- Pro Comparison: Jason Kelce
Absolutely love Wisconsin center Tyler Biadasz (#61) and his movement skills. Down blocks the 1T then works out of the pile into the second level and puts a linebacker in the dirt. pic.twitter.com/q94QFY5IYN
— Rob Paul (@RobPaulNFL) May 9, 2019
8. Denver Broncos +6600- Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia
- There’s a lot of uncertainty in Denver, but if the Broncos keep adding pieces for Vic Fangio that defense will be a top unit. Bryce Hall might have been the top CB taken in 2019 with his length, instincts, and press-man ability. Fangio will love his physicality and elite ball skills.
- Pro Comparison: Charles Tillman
9. Las Vegas Raiders +6600- Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
- By this time next year, the Raiders will be in Vegas and we’ll know if Derek Carr is the guy to run things for Jon Gruden. If he falters, then it could be Tua time in Sin City. There are many questions with Tua about his pre and post-snap ability, but the arm talent, poise, and athleticism are eye-popping.
- Pro Comparison: Russell Wilson
10. New York Giants +6000- Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
- Dave Gettleman is the worst GM in the NFL and might not have a job by the 2020 draft. Whoever is calling the shots needs to get a star WR to replace the one they traded. Jerry Jeudy is a top five talent and future star. His hands, route running, YAC ability, and athleticism will make him an All-Pro.
- Pro Comparison: Odell Beckham Jr.
11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers +6000- Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
- After spending all their early picks on defense and ignoring their O-line need in the 2019 draft, the Bucs need to get Jameis Winston protection in 2020. Andrew Thomas is a physical run blocker and has the anchor, balance, and heavy hands to hold up in pass protection. He can plug-and-play at right tackle.
- Pro Comparison: Duane Brown
Georgia left tackle Andrew Thomas is a big name to watch for the 2020 NFL Draft. Man has a strong anchor and uses his length very well. pic.twitter.com/Zksj8fAdax
— Rob Paul (@RobPaulNFL) April 30, 2019
12. Tennessee Titans +6000- Creed Humphrey, C, Oklahoma
- Jon Robinson clearly likes to build his teams with elite talent in the trenches and the O-line is a piece away from being a top group. Adding Creed Humphrey at center can be a game changer for this offense. Humphrey is a physical finisher who can lock down D-linemen with his strength and all-around game.
- Pro Comparison: Travis Frederick
Oklahoma center Creed Humphrey (#56) is the real deal. Sees the LB shooting the gap, comes off the double, and body slams him into the ground to help spring a massive TD run. pic.twitter.com/7z4XhMZQ6E
— Rob Paul (@RobPaulNFL) April 30, 2019
13. Carolina Panthers +4500- CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
- Taking DJ Moore in 2018 was a good start to building Cam Newton a WR core, but Carolina needs to do more. CeeDee Lamb is a top 10 talent and the perfect downfield compliment to Moore. He’s got elite body control and consistently wins 50/50 balls. Put Lamb at X, Moore at Z, and Curtis Samuel in the slot.
- Pro Comparison: DeAndre Hopkins
14. Jacksonville Jaguars +3300- Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado
- Throwing money at Nick Foles was the Jaguars way of giving their offense some identity, but they still lack a go-to playmaker. Taking Laviska Shenault Jr. to play in the slot would spark their O. LSJ is a big bodied explosive YAC playmaker with strong hands. He can win downfield or break short plays for chunk gains.
- Pro Comparison: Michael Thomas
When Colorado needs a big play they just need to give Laviska Shenault Jr. a chance to make a play. He’s like a power forward playing WR. pic.twitter.com/sGLBuoHc39
— Rob Paul (@RobPaulNFL) May 10, 2019
15. Atlanta Falcons +3300- Derrick Brown, IDL, Auburn
- There was speculation the Falcons would go D-line early in the 2019 draft, but they didn’t. If Dan Quinn is back, they could get him a toy in 2020. Derrick Brown has tons of talent with his athleticism and pass rush ability, but needs to be more consistent. Quinn could unlock that and stick him with Grady Jarrett.
- Pro Comparison: Nick Fairley
16. San Francisco 49ers +3300- Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
- Kyle Shanahan and Jimmy Garoppolo need to prove they’re the guys to take San Fran back to the promise land and could be a playmaker away on offense. Tee Higgins is a big downfield threat with awesome contested catch ability. Jimmy G could flourish with Higgins, Dante Pettis, Deebo Samuel, and George Kittle.
- Pro Comparison: Kenny Golladay
17. Baltimore Ravens +2800- Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
- The Ravens are kings of the comp pick game and with Jimmy Smith hitting free agency after the season, they could let him walk. To keep their secondary one of the best in the league, taking Kristian Fulton makes sense. Fulton is a smooth press-man corner with the fluidity and footwork to be a top CB.
- Pro Comparison: Darius Slay
18. Houston Texans +2800- Trey Adams, OT, Washington
- It was a tough go for the Texans in the 2019 draft. They drafted project O-linemen far too early and still have a major need there. If Trey Adams can stay healthy this season he could still go first-round. Adams is a dominating run blocker with length and strength. He can plug-and-play at either OT spot for Houston.
- Pro Comparison: Trent Brown
19. Seattle Seahawks +2500- Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
- With the retirement of Doug Baldwin, the Seahawks only have Tyler Lockett and rookie DK Metcalf to lean on in their WR core. They’ll need to find a new star slot in 2020 and Henry Ruggs is perfect. He’s going to be the fastest player in the draft and he’s not just speed, he’s a nuanced route runner too.
- Pro Comparison: Mike Wallace
This got called back, but damn does Henry Ruggs III have burners. Alabama has the best WR core in the country and Ruggs might be the fastest player in the country. pic.twitter.com/YjBczJSUlP
— Rob Paul (@RobPaulNFL) May 9, 2019
20. Green Bay Packers +2000- Collin Johnson, WR, Texas
- In the offseason the Packers went all in on fixing their defense for Mike Pettine, but Aaron Rodgers still needs more help on offense. Collin Johnson provides a massive outside option and 50/50 ball stud. He’s raw with his route running and there are speed questions, but Johnson is the big physical threat Rodgers hasn’t had.
- Pro Comparison: Vincent Jackson
Texas WR Collin Johnson is a name to watch for the 2020 NFL Draft. He’s raw, but the size, athleticism, and catch radius are impressive. pic.twitter.com/mNGvkD9FJu
— Rob Paul (@RobPaulNFL) May 2, 2019
21. Dallas Cowboys +2000- Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
- Many expected the Cowboys to go safety early in the 2019 draft, but they ignored it. They need to address the hole in 2020 and Xavier McKinney is the perfect fit. McKinney can play single-high, in the box, or at nickel. His versatility in coverage, elite ball skills, and instincts are what’s lacking in Dallas’ safety group.
- Pro Comparison: Eddie Jackson
22. Minnesota Vikings +2000- CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
- Surprisingly, Mike Zimmer didn’t take a corner early in 2019, but the Vikings might need to in 2020. With multiple CBs hitting free agency after the season, Minnesota will have a hole. CJ Henderson is a gifted athlete with nice length. He’s smooth and instinctual in coverage and could be CB1 in 2020.
- Pro Comparison: Kyle Fuller
23. Pittsburgh Steelers +2000- Anfernee Jennings, EDGE, Alabama
- After filling multiple defensive holes in the 2019 draft, the Steelers can finalize their core in 2020. Adding an impact EDGE opposite TJ Watt is a must and Anfernee Jennings is a great fit. Jennings is a powerful pass rusher with strong hands. His impact as a run defender is exactly what the Steelers need.
- Pro Comparison: Jabaal Sheard
24. Indianapolis Colts +1600- Tyler Johnson, WR, Minnesota
- With a strong offensive core, the Colts are a few playmakers away from being a top group. They added Parris Campbell in the slot and now adding Tyler Johnson at the Z could complete the group. Johnson is one of the best route runners in the country and has some of the most trustworthy hands.
- Pro Comparison: Adam Thielen
Tyler Johnson is going to be beloved by Draft Twitter for the 2020 NFL Draft. So nuanced with his release and route running + the YAC ability. pic.twitter.com/B13D2qqGN1
— Rob Paul (@RobPaulNFL) April 28, 2019
25. Philadelphia Eagles +1600- Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama
- With a strong core on both sides of the ball the Eagles just need to retool with youth in their front seven in 2020. With Jordan Hicks gone and Zach Brown a stopgap, they can add Dylan Moses. Moses has the potential to be a stud. His explosiveness and aggressiveness are perfect in Jim Schwartz D.
- Pro Comparison: CJ Mosley
26. Las Vegas Raiders (via Chicago Bears +1400)- Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
- Mayock and the Raiders used the 2019 draft to build a high character locker room with players from big schools. They still need a linebacker and Isaiah Simmons fits what they’re look for with character and the Clemson background. Simmons, a former safety, has rare athleticism and coverage ability that will be perfect at Will.
- Pro Comparison: Lavonte David
Hard to find a better coverage LB than Isaiah Simmons. Clemson moved him from safety and he’s now one of the top LB prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft. pic.twitter.com/k9Rjps4l9O
— Rob Paul (@RobPaulNFL) May 14, 2019
27. Cleveland Browns +1400- Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn
- If the Browns are picking this late then everything is going right and they have very few roster holes. One of the clear holes is offensive tackle. Adding a freak athlete with upside in Prince Tega Wanogho would be huge. His footwork, movement skills, and length are perfect at left tackle.
- Pro Comparison: Terron Armstead
28. Los Angeles Chargers +1400- Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
- This coming offseason the Chargers need to make a choice about paying Melvin Gordon, who has dealt with injuries. If they pay him then they should target O-line, but if not then Travis Etienne is a great fit. Etienne is as smooth and elusive a runner as there is in 2020. He’s a home run threat every touch.
- Pro Comparison: Alvin Kamara
29. Kansas City Chiefs +800- D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
- With Tyreek Hill’s status in doubt and Kareem Hunt already off the team, the Chiefs will be in need of more offensive playmakers come 2020. D’Andre Swift is the most talented RB in the draft with a rare combo of vision, power, burst, and pass catching ability. Swift can have a Saquon Barkley type of impact in this offense.
- Pro Comparison: LaDainian Tomlinson
30. New Orleans Saints +800- Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
- With the Drew Brees Super Bowl window closing and the O-line solidified, the Saints need to get him more weapons. Jalen Reagor is a perfect Ted Ginn Jr. replacement. He’s one of the most explosive deep threats in the country and can compliment Michael Thomas and Tre’Quan Smith as the Z.
- Pro Comparison: TY Hilton
TCU WR Jalen Reagor cooked West Virginia all game with his releases and explosiveness. This was the rare time his QB gave him a chance. pic.twitter.com/oNEUSeajig
— Rob Paul (@RobPaulNFL) May 11, 2019
31. Los Angeles Rams +750- Markus Bailey, LB, Purdue
- One thing is clear, the Rams need to find impact players at EDGE and LB in the 2020 draft. Markus Bailey is an ideal fit at off-ball LB for them. He’s a physical thumper with some of the best instincts in the class. Bailey also has the athleticism to cover TEs and RBs.
- Pro Comparison: NaVorro Bowman
32. New England Patriots +700- Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
- By the time the 2020 NFL season rolls around Tom Brady will be 43 and the Patriots should have his successor on the roster. Jordan Love can sit behind Brady for a year or two until he retires and then takeover. Love has the arm talent, accuracy, and poise that fits the Patriots offensive system.
- Pro Comparison: Jimmy Garoppolo
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