The coronavirus has made the NFL go through drastic changes for this years. It will no longer be held in Las Vegas. Draftees will not be transferred by boat to the stage when their names get called. Instead, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will announce all first-round draft picks from his lovely basement.
Team personnel will not allowed to be in the same room during the draft. They will have to communicate virtually from their own homes in hopes to put together the best draft class they can. Nonetheless, the draft will often serve as an entertaining event for fans all across the globe.
With all the complications the COVID-19 pandemic presented, such has not seeing prospects at Pro Days, being unavailable to having meetings in person with a potential draft pick or not being able to have team doctors to exam a players health, some teams may struggle in this draft. For teams with multiple first-round picks like the Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders, they were still able to put together a great first-round in this mock draft.
1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
Heisman trophy winner, National Champion, record breaker, perfect season and now the number one overall draft pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Burrow is on cloud nine. Burrow, who grew up in Ohio, gets to play professional football for his home state. Life just keeps improving for him.
2. Washington Redskins: Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
Possibly the easiest selection of the draft, the Redskins get the best prospect in the draft in Young. He will fit right in along the Redskins front seven opposite edge rusher Ryan Kerrigan and interior lineman Jonathan Allen and Da’Ron Payne who are all former first-round draft picks.
3. Detroit Lions: Jeffery Okudah, CB, Ohio State
Darius Slay is no longer with the Lions, so enter Okudah to fill his role. In a division with receivers such as Davante Adams, Adam Thielen and Allen Robinson, Okudah will have plenty of opportunities to show being selected this early in the draft is worth it.
4. New York Giants: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
To put it quite frankly, Simmons is an athletic freak. The 6-feet-4-inch, 238-pound linebacker ran a 4.39 40-yard dash and jumped 39 inches at the 2020 NFL Combine. At Clemson, Simmons played all over the field and it should be no different in the NFL. Just put him on the field and watch him make plays for your defense.
5. Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
At the number five pick, the Dolphins get a gift with Tagovailoa. Before last season, many projected Tagovailoa to go first overall, but after a hip injury that ended his college season, he slips just a little. The Dolphins can allow Tagovalioa to sit for a year behind Ryan Fitzpatrick while also building around him in this draft with the rest of their 13 remaining picks.
6. Los Angeles Chargers: Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
With Russell Okung getting traded this offseason, the Chargers have a need at the left tackle position. Wirfs, the 6-foot-5-inches, 320 pound athletic lineman can slide right in and play left tackle while also serving as a bit of an upgrade for the Chargers.
7. Carolina Panthers: Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn
At 6-foot-5-inches and 326 pounds, Brown is a disruptive player in the middle of the defensive line. He will push the pocket and make life easier for the Panthers edge rushers and draw double teams in the run game so linebackers can attack unblocked.
8. Arizona Cardinals: Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama
The Cardinals have a need at right tackle, so why not select the best right tackle in all of college football last season? After filling a need at receiver by trading for DeAndre Hopkins this offseason, the Cardinals keep improving their offense by selecting Wills Jr.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars: Javon Kinlaw, DL, South Carolina
After absolutely killing it at the Senior Bowl this year, Kinlaw finds himself being selected in the top-10. Kinlaw is a physical player on the defensive line and loves to bull rush opposing offensive lineman when pass rushing. His play style should transfer over great to the NFL.
10. Cleveland Browns: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
The hype last season for the Browns was high, but they failed to meet expectations. On paper, the Browns still have one of the more talented offensives in the NFL. Adding Thomas only helps and should be key in protecting Baker Mayfield to get the ball to the Browns playmakers.
11. New York Jets: Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
After allowing 52 sacks last season, the Jets desperately need to improve their offensive line. At 6-foot-7-inches, Becton is massive, but he is athletic enough to not let his size be a problem when moving. He should be able to protect Sam Darnold’s blindside for years to come.
12. Las Vegas Raiders: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
With his speed and route running, Jeudy is a nightmare matchup for any defensive back. Jeudy played in a pro style offense in college, so he should be able to pick up Jon Gruden’s complex offense better than most rookies.
13. San Francisco 49ers (via Indianiapolis Colts): Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
The fastest player in the draft, Ruggs finds himself in a great situation with the NFC Champions 49ers. His 4.27 40-yard dash he ran at the NFL Combine requires safety help over the top, which frees up routes underneath for his teammates and keeps an extra player out of the box when the team decides to run the football. Just a complete difference maker Ruggs is for an offense.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Josh Jones, OT, Houston
Ideally, the Bucs trade back in this scenario as the top four offensive tackles, but in this situation they select the fifth best offensive tackle out of Houston. Jones will have the task of protecting the blindside of Tom Brady.
15. Denver Broncos: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
Drew Lock went 4-1 in his five starts to end the season, Courtland Sutton appeared in his first Pro Bowl in only his second season, Phillip Lindsay had his second consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season and they added Melvin Gordon in the offseason. The Broncos offense is ready to take off with the addition of Lamb.
16. Atlanta Falcons: CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
A Pass rusher is a possibility for the Falcos here, but they lost their number one corner in Desmond Trufant this offseason. At 6-foot-1-inch and 204 pounds, Henderson has good size for a cornerback, can mirror the receiver and has great hips when changing his direction. When guarding Mike Thomas and Mike Evans twice a year, those traits will be needed.
17. Dallas Cowboys: K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
With Demarcus Lawrence on the opposite side, Chaisson provides a great counterpart coming off the edge. Chaisson is also a great locker room guy. He was awarded the number 18 for LSU, which is given to a high-character leader.
18. Miami Dolphins (via Pittsburgh Steelers): Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
Brian Flores and the Dolphins drafted their quarterback of the future earlier in the draft, and now they select their quarterback on defense in Murray. Murray has the speed to be able to play sideline to sideline and provides an immediate upgrade to any teams locker room with his high character.
19. Las Vegas Raiders (via Chicago Bears): Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
With the Rose Bowl offensive MVP in Herbert falling to 19, Gruden cannot pass him up. At 6-feet-6-inches, 236 pounds and a strong arm, Herbert is the prototype Gruden quarterback.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Los Angeles Rams): Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
With the pick they acquired after trading cornerback Jalen Ramsey, they replace him by drafting Fulton. Fulton is the type of corner to frustrate an offense passing game plan. He only allowed 40 percent completion rate since 2018.
21. Philadelphia Eagles: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
A 2-star recruit out of high school, Jefferson finds himself as a first-round draft pick. With 111 catches and 15 touchdowns at LSU last season, Jefferson gives the Eagles the dynamic receiver they need.
22. Minnesota Vikings (via Buffalo Bills): AJ Terrell, CB, Clemson
The Vikings have two first-round picks after trading Stefon Diggs to the Bills and they use one of the picks by adding Terrell to their secondary. With cornerbacks Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes leaving in free agency, Terrell has a great opportunity to come in and make an impact on an already talented defense.
23. New England Patriots: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
Well, Tom Brady is no longer with the Patriots, so the quarterback position is now a need. Love is able to slip to the Patriots after teams are fearful of his subpar 2019 college season, but Bill Belichick sees the talent in Love and find Brady’s successor.
24. New Orleans Saints: Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
The Saints stay in state and draft the hometown linebacker, Queen. After only starting one season at LSU, Queen showcased enough of his talent to become a first-round draft selection. He will be a nice fit next to Demario Davis, one of the best linebackers in the NFL.
25. Minnesota Vikings: Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
After running an unimpressive 4.47 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, Reagor ran a reported 4.22 unofficial at his virtual NFL Draft pro day. If you turn on the game tape, you would believe Reagor plays more so to the speed of the 4.22 suggests. With this selection, the Vikings find their big play guy with Diggs no longer in town.
26. Miami Dolphins: Ceaser Ruiz, C, Michigan
The Dolphins already selected their quarterback of the future (Tua Tagovailoa), future leader on defense (Kenneth Murray) and now they take Ruiz to be their leader on the offensive line. Brian Flores and company use the first-round to build the foundation of their team.
27. Seattle Seahawks: AJ Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
The Seattle Seahawks still have not agreed to terms on a new contract with Jadeveon Clowney, so they draft Epenesa for insurance. With 11.5 sacks last season for Iowa, Epenesa showcased his premier pass rushing ability, earning second-team Associated Press All-American accolades.
28. Baltimore Ravens: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
At 6-feet-4-inches, Higgins is the big body receiver the current NFL MVP Lamar Jackson and the Ravens need. As Marquise Brown provides the speed for the offense, Higgins will be used in the red zone and to make contested catches to move the sticks.
29. Tennessee Titans: Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
Malcolm Butler season ended early injury last season due to a wrist injury and it does not appear the Titans are looking to bring back Logan Ryan. Gladney is a corner who can play in man or zone coverage and can play both outside corner and inside at nickel. His coverage skills should allow him to have a long career wherever the team sees the best fit.
30. Green Bay Packers: Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
Outside of Davante Adams, the Packers do not have another pass threat option for Aaron Rodgers. Enter Mims, who impressed at the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine. Standing 6-feet-3-inches, 207 pounds and ran 4.38 40-yard dash, Mims is a deep threat and number two option Rodgers desperately needs.
31. San Francisco 49ers: Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
Diggs gives the 49ers insurance at cornerback as Richard Sherman is in the last year of his deal. On an already talented defense, Diggs will be able to learn under Sherman while possible getting solid playing time.
32. Kansas City Chiefs: D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
With the final pick of the first round, the 2020 Super Bowl Champions Chiefs select the first running back. Damien Williams, 28, is entering his final year of his contract and Swift provides a younger and cheaper option for the Chiefs for the foreseeable future. He is able to be a workhorse for a team and is a legitimate pass catching option out of the backfield.