2020 Mock Draft: Trades Shake Up Top 5, Okudah Slides

With the 2020 NFL Draft right around the corner, a team of writers from Unfiltered Access did a mock draft. With each writer taking on the position of several teams, it led to many surprises and different approaches to the Draft. Will it mirror the actual Draft, and we see trades, slides, and reaches?

1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

By @thatffnerd

While Andy Dalton has been a great leader for the Bengals, Cincinnati has decided to move onto a great up and comer to build around. After leading the Tigers to the College Football Championship in such a demanding fashion, Joe Burrow was the clear pick for the Bengals. His high football IQ and undoubting skill will allow the Bengals to be a force on offense.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

Traded 9th and 20th overall picks to Washington Redskins for 2nd overall

By Alex Al-Kazzaz

Although they could steal Tua, the Jaguars have faith in QB Justin Herbert out of the University of Oregon. Gardner Minshew is trustworthy, but the Jaguars feel that he’s better off being the backup. The Nick Foles investment failed miserably, and the Jaguars are desperate to avenge it and develop a franchise quarterback.

3. Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

Traded 5th and 26th overall picks to Detroit Lions for 3rd overall

By Alex Al-Kazzaz

The Miami Dolphins are in desperate need of a quarterback and they want Tua. It’s worth making a trade to acquire the 3rd overall pick. Miami didn’t want to take the chance of allowing someone else to steal him, although Jacksonville could have done so. Miami catches a huge break and it’s Christmas!

4. New York Giants: Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa

By @thatffnerd

The New York Giants have shifted on offense with the young quarterback Daniel Jones leading the way. The team is investing in the extreme talent of Tristan Wirfs to help protect him and give him time to find his weapons. The team has a very talented wide receiver corp, a top tier running back, and a tight end that when healthy, is a force. 

5. Detroit Lions: Chase Young, Edge, Ohio State

By Logan Franz

The Lions find themselves in a fever dream with this pick. Four picks have come and gone and arguably the best player in the draft is still available after the Lions traded down from pick #3. The Lions‘ defense has needed help for years, and now Young is added to a defense with Trey Flowers on the opposite side. With opportunities arising, Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn will waste no time making this pick.

6. Los Angeles Chargers: Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama

By Logan Franz

The Chargers have a few options here. Isaiah Simmons would be a great pick in this slot as well. However, the Chargers Offensive Line needs more help than the defense. Okudah would be fine as well but the Chargers already acquired Chris Harris Jr this offseason to add to a secondary with Casey Hayward. Herbert is the ideal pick here, but if three quarterbacks available go in the top three, Wills would be the best fallback option aside from trading back.

7. Carolina Panthers: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson

By Owen Ravenna

Without one of their preferred QBs available, Carolina instead benefits from other players sliding. Linebacker Isaiah Simmons will step right in to replace recently retired LB Luke Kuechly, who was the leader of the defense. While Simmons perhaps isn’t quite as good in pass coverage as Kuechly was, he is a faster player who can do everything asked of him: blitz, attack the run and cover. In Simmons, the Panthers are rebuilding their defense with a solid foundation.

8. Arizona Cardinals: Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville

By @thatffnerd

After making a splash with the trade of David Johnson for DeAndre Hopkins, the Cardinals decide to buy more time for Kyler Murray. Mekhi Becton has the talent and fits the mold of Sean Kluger, and has the speed to assist in RPOs. He is a great fit, especially in blocking for the running game.

9. Washington Redskins: Ceedee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

By Owen Ravenna

Trading back from 2nd overall was always Washington’s preference as they aim to load up on both sides of the ball. More than anything, they needed to give QB Dwayne Haskins some help. WR Ceedee Lamb will not only stretch the field but excels at adding Yards After Catch. This will make him the perfect counterpart to WR Terry McLaurin who developed great chemistry with Haskins as the possession receiver in 2019. Lamb will either make teams pay for giving him space or give McLaurin more room on the field.

10. Cleveland Browns: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

By Logan Franz

The Browns need help on the offensive line and Thomas is a plug-and-play tackle. Okudah continues to slide because the Browns don’t need to invest a high pick in a defensive back with Denzel Ward leading the secondary. He is a huge boost to the running game that already has one of the most explosive backs in the league in Nick Chubb.

11. New York Jets: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

By @thatffnerd

With the loss of Robby Anderson, the New York Jets are looking for a solid wide receiving option. The talent of Jeudy, especially his route running, should be a huge help to Sam Darnold. His speed will also assist the team in stretching the field.

12. Las Vegas Raiders: Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State

By Owen Ravenna

A beneficiary of an early run on QBs and OTs, the Raiders can address their biggest need by also drafting the best player available. CB Jeff Okudah gave WRs little space in college and trailed his opponent closely to allow few completions. And with strong WRs on each divisional opponent, Okudah will be a Day 1 starter on the left side of the field.

13. San Francisco 49ers: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn

By Logan Franz

The 49ers pick up their DeForest Buckner replacement with the pick they received in the trade. Brown being available at 13 comes as a bit of a shock, but the 49ers would be more than happy with that. Brown helps solidify an already top-notch defense.

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Josh Jones, OT, Houston

By Alex Al-Kazzaz

The Buccaneers have Tom Brady under center and they need to find him some good protection. Tampa Bay needs pieces to improve offensive production. Known for his blocking and ability to excel in pass-protection, Jones is capable of protecting Brady and playing a role in sparking the offense. 

15. Denver Broncos: CJ Henderson, CB, Florida

By @thatffnerd

The Denver Broncos are looking to assist the young quarterback and ease his load by providing a defense. The Broncos have always had a solid defense and this pick should help the team. Henderson’s talent could make him a top Cornerback in the AFC West.

16. Atlanta Falcons: Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

By Owen Ravenna

The Falcons are looking to solidify the middle of their defense and become more potent, and Javon Kinlaw does just that. With Grady Jarrett already in place at DT alongside Kinlaw, it frees up both to play their natural games. Jarrett gets good penetration in the pocket, as does Kinlaw, and both absorb blockers well to create chances for others. With Kinlaw potentially giving Jarrett more one-on-one matchups, or himself having such opportunity, the pockets of the NFC South should see more pressure up the middle.

17. Dallas Cowboys: K’Lavon Chaisson, Edge, LSU

By Alex Al-Kazzaz

The Cowboys are always needing to find a new asset to bulk up their defense, especially the pass-rush. Chaisson has a habit of being able to pressure and get to the QB. The more pressure Dallas’s defense can inflict, the better. Chaisson is their guy. 

18. Miami Dolphins: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

By Alex Al-Kazzaz

Miami needs to provide their new QB with a valuable and effective weapon. Jefferson has an impressive catching ability. That’s what Miami needs out of a WR. They need a WR that can get along famously with Tua and put positive results on the field.

19. Las Vegas Raiders: Antoine Winfield Jr., Safety, Minnesota

By Owen Ravenna

Despite WR still being a huge need, the depth at the position allows Las Vegas to be patient and instead continue taking guys they love. After drafting Strong Safety Johnathan Abram in the first round in 2019, the Raiders complete their secondary with Free Safety Antoine Winfield Jr. Winfield Jr. flies around the field, cleaning up anyone that gets into the second level of the defense. He has good closing speed and great awareness, meaning the Raiders can be a little less afraid of Kansas City Chiefs’ QB Patrick Mahomes.

20. Washington Redskins: Grant Delpit, Safety, LSU

By Owen Ravenna

Although Head Coach Ron Rivera doesn’t value defensive backs greatly, Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio will feel better with greater coverage in the secondary. Delpit will slide into the Free Safety position, and paired with fellow Safety Landon Collins gives the defensive versatility. Both can cover well, as well as play closer to the line of scrimmage, meaning Washington can move them around and disguise their coverages and blitzes. Delpit becomes the team’s safety net, and is best when he keeps everything in front of him, which will be his main role.

21. Philadelphia Eagles: Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State

By @thatffnerd

With the inconsistent play and health of the Wide Receivers, the Eagles are in need of more options. Teams were able to focus on the Tight Ends with Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson having health issues and with a lot of rookies having playing time. With Aiyuk’s skills in yards after the catch, ability to confuse Cornerbacks, and his wide catch radius, he should be a huge help for Wentz and the Eagles’ offense.

22. Minnesota Vikings: Patrick Queen, LB, LSU

By Logan Franz

The Vikings lost a lot in the secondary this offseason, and that move may be a better one than this. But they have another pick where they can grab a Cornerback or Safety. Queen is a great run defender with a knack for playing in coverage that can add some versatility to the Vikings‘ defense, alongside Eric Kendricks in the middle.

23. New England Patriots: Zack Baun, Edge, Wisconsin

By Owen Ravenna

Although New England strongly considers a few positions here, including Wide Receiver and Quarterback, getting a playmaker like Zack Baun is too tempting for Bill Belichick. Baun can play multiple roles, which suits Belichick’s style, including pass rusher, run stopper, linebacker, and defensive back in coverage. With a weakened offense on the cards for the Patriots in 2020, they instead try to build a dominant defense that shuts down opponents.

24. Los Angeles Chargers: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

Traded 37th and 71st overall pick to New Orleans Saints for 24th and 130th overall

By Logan Franz

After Herbert went in the top three picks, the Chargers trade back into the first round to grab their Quarterback. Tyrod Taylor is not the answer and they need to be aggressive and make a move at quarterback in the offseason. They could sign Cam Newton after the Draft, but Love has the tools to be a quality NFL Quarterback if he cleans up a few aspects of his game. If this pick pans out, he’ll be around for a while, as he’s only 21 years old.

25. Minnesota Vikings: Xavier McKinney, Safety, Alabama

By Logan Franz

McKinney is perhaps the best Safety in the Draft, and he fell to the Vikings. They could use a guy like him to help in the secondary, especially after passing on him three picks ago. Queen and McKinney can help strengthen the defense that lost so much in Free Agency.

26. Detroit Lions: Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU

By Logan Franz

With the second pick the Lions received in a move down with the Dolphins, they took a Cornerback to pair with new addition Desmond Trufant and potentially replace Darius Slay. The offense has the pieces needed to succeed, so focusing on the defense with the high picks they acquired is very necessary to make them a playoff contender. There are no more excuses for Head Coach Matt Patricia with a defense that has an upgraded secondary and Chase Young upfront.

27. Seattle Seahawks: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

By Owen Ravenna

The Seahawks need a physical, red-zone target desperately, and draft WR Tee Higgins. They already have deep threats and YAC-ability guys in Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf, but a more physical receiver that can move around, block and fight for catches is exactly what they need. Higgins can work the underneath routes and medium distance throws but has the capacity to be a downfield threat too.

28. Denver Broncos: Henry Ruggs, WR, Alabama

Traded 46th, 77th and 181st overall picks to Baltimore Ravens for 28th overall

By @thatffnerd

With Lock’s skill and Courtland Sutton on the other side, the Broncos were in need of a Wide Receiver in the first round. After seeing Ruggs fall, a move had to be made. While they gave up a lot, the Denver Broncos rebuild on offense takes a huge step forward. The team has a strong receiver corp with the speed and quickness of Ruggs, the size of Sutton, the skill of Noah Fant and the addition of Melvin Gordon in the offense makes this team take a huge leap forward.

29. Tennessee Titans: Yetur Gross-Matos, Edge, Penn State

By @thatffnerd

The strong showing of the Titans‘ offense led by Tannehill showed some glaring holes in the defense. The pass rush that Gross-Matos provides can be a huge leap. While the offense was able to keep the team in games, the defense needs huge improvements and he fits the Vrabel mold.

30. Green Bay Packers: Justin Madubuike, DT, Texas A&M

By Alex Al-Kazzaz

Green Bay’s defense had trouble against the running game and they need to put effort into resolving that situation. Justin Madubuike out of Texas A&M is their guy. Madubuike is known for good production and build-up power. He’s also been described as one of the better run-stuffers in this Draft, and Green Bay needs that.

31. San Francisco 49ers: Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor

By Logan Franz

Mims is the perfect fit for the 49ers in this draft. He’s a big-bodied Wide Receiver that plays physical. Mims stands tall at 6’3” 208 lbs and has the speed. He ran a 4.38 40 yard dash at the scouting combine. He has strong hands as well and can make contested catches. Mims has all the tools to be a team’s top Wide Receiver, and the 49ers offense could use a playmaker like him so that they don’t have to always rely on the run game.

32. Kansas City Chiefs: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU

By Owen Ravenna

Able to play both sides of the field, as well as in zone and man schemes, CB Kristian Fulton becomes a defensive weapon for the Chiefs. He has the size to match against bigger receivers, such as Denver Broncos’ Courtland Sutton, as well as the athleticism to mirror twitchier players like Keenan Allen. Although he won’t win all of these matchups, he can be physical at the line of scrimmage to jam opponents, as well as get his hands in and break up receptions. Fulton’s versatility and physicality provide the Chiefs to continue playing the style of defense that had great success in last season’s playoffs.

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