CPGM Headley’s 2020 NFL Mock Draft 1.0
1. Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Burrow (LSU) Quarterback
This is a slam-dunk pick as I view Burrow as the best quarterback in the class going to the QB needy Bengals offense. With Joe Mixon, Tyler Boyd, and John Ross (and A.J. Green) in the fold to go along with a healthy offensive line in 2020, I think the Bengals can improve drastically if head coach Zac Taylor opens up the offense for Burrow to do work.
2. Washington Redskins – Chase Young (Ohio State) Edge Rusher
New head coach Ron Rivera likes to build his defense with a strong front four. Although the Redskins have more pressing needs at linebacker and cornerback, it will be hard to pass up on Young who may remind Rivera of Julius Peppers.
3. Detroit Lions – Jeff Okudah (Ohio State) Cornerback
This is a great trade down spot for the Lions with a quarterback needy team. If they stay put I believe head coach Matt Patricia would love to acquire Okudah who has excellent man cover skills. Patricia comes from the Belichick tree that puts great value on having a shut-down corner that can man up with no help over the top.
4. New York Giants – Tristin Wirfs (Iowa) Offensive Tackle
Although I have Andrew Thomas as OT1 due to his pass pro capabilities, I think the Giants will be better served with the more natural right tackle in Wirfs. Facing off against defensive left ends Ryan Kerrigan, Demarcus Lawrence, and Brandon Graham twice a season makes Wirfs a great pick who can be a high-level plug and play right tackle.
5. Miami Dolphins – Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama) Quarterback
Drafting Tua is a perfect fit for the Miami Dolphins as they can start Ryan Fitzpatrick to start the 2020 season and wait for Tua to become fully healthy. Fitzpatrick is a great bridge quarterback that can show Tua the ropes early in his career.
6. Los Angeles Chargers – Justin Herbert (Oregon) Quarterback
Head coach Anthony Lynn recently gave incumbent quarterback Tyrod Taylor a vote of confidence. To me that’s just coach speak as the Chargers will be targeting a quarterback in this class if they don’t sign one in free agency. Herbert is not a finished product but he can serve as the Chargers quarterback post Philip Rivers.
7. Carolina Panthers – Isaiah Simmons (Clemson) Linebacker
Simmons maybe listed as a linebacker but he is so much more. What he brings with his versatility to play all over the football field, movements in space, and pass coverage ability makes him a true chess piece. What a luxury it will be for the Panthers to lose Luke Kuechly and replace him with Simmons.
8. Arizona Cardinals – Andrew Thomas (Georgia) Offensive Tackle
The Cardinals may be tempted to pair Ceedee Lamb with college teammate Kyler Murray, but if they know what’s best for them they need to draft offensive line help. As mentioned above, Thomas is my top tackle in the class due to his quickness and pass pro technique.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars – Derrick Brown (Auburn) Defensive Tackle
I tried hard to fill the Jaguars cornerback need at cornerback, but couldn’t pull the trigger on C.J. Henderson this early as he looked disinterested at times watching the tape. So I opted for the best defensive player on the board with Brown. The jury is still out on Taven Bryan, Calais Campbell is in Baltimore now, and the Jags didn’t pick up Marcell Dareus’ 2020 option which makes perfect sense for them to draft a guy in the middle of the defense that can wreck a game.
10. Cleveland Browns – Mekhi Becton (Louisville) Offensive Tackle
There was immense hype on the 2019 Cleveland Browns, but CPGM tried to tell you it was doomed from the start because of their lackluster offensive line. Greg Robinson was the starting left tackle and now faces drug charges after 157 pounds of marijuana was found in a car he was in. It makes sense to draft Becton and plug him in to protect Baker Mayfield’s blind side.
11. New York Jets – Jedrick Wills (Alabama) Offensive Tackle
The Jets could’ve addressed their wide receiver or cornerback need here at 11, but those positions are pretty stacked and Wills is the last of the tier one offensive tackles on the board. Protecting Sam Darnold is key and is a common theme in this mock as young QBs Daniel Jones, Kyler Murray, Baker Mayfield, and now Darnold have a franchise offensive tackle.
12. Las Vegas Raiders – CeeDee Lamb (Oklahoma) Wide Receiver
The Antonio Brown experiment didn’t go as planned for the Raiders last season. Why not get the best wide receiver in the class with Lamb. I’ve said many times that there are quarterbacks that make wide receivers look good, Lamb is a receiver that will make a quarterback look good. No matter who is starting for the Raiders at QB in 2020, Lamb will be a much needed weapon on the outside.
13. Indianapolis Colts – Jordan Love (Utah State) Quarterback
I believe a team will trade up in front of the Colts to select Love but if that doesn’t happen they will be happy to take him at 13. The Colts most likely will bring in a veteran like Philip Rivers, but they need a youngster they can groom. Love is not ready just yet ala Patrick Mahomes (2017) but with the right coaching and a veteran QB to show him the ropes, the sky is the limit.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Javon Kinlaw (Auburn) Defensive Tackle
With the top four quarterbacks off the board, the Buccaneers opt for the best defensive player left on the board. If they let Ndamukong Suh walk in free agency, Kinlaw can fill that position and give them more pass rushing upside. He’s a power player with an elite first step. Kinlaw is the best interior pass rusher in the class.
15. Denver Broncos – Kenneth Murray (Oklahoma) Linebacker
The Broncos will be tempted to select a receiver to go opposite of Courtland Sutton for 2nd year QB Drew Lock. However, the WR class is stacked and they can get a starting caliber WR on Day 2. Vic Fangio and linebackers are synonymous with each other, so getting a player like Kenneth Murray in the middle of their defense will be paramount. Not only does Murray provide them with an athletic sideline-to-sideline playmaker, but he is a leader that can help the Broncos defense get back to prominence.
16. Atlanta Falcons – A.J. Espenesa (Iowa) Edge Rusher
I admit this is a homer pick as my Falcons need a physical defensive end that can get to the quarterback. Based on their prior draft history, they may rather go with a more athletic pass rusher like K’Lavon Chaisson. Give me Espeneda instead to help sure up the run and pass defense in one swoop.
17. Dallas Cowboys – Jerry Jeudy (Alabama) Wide Receiver
This pick depends solely on Amari Cooper leaving for another team in Free Agency. If the Cowboys retain Cooper, then they may go with their top defensive back on the board, but if not Jeudy can fill in for Cooper to keep Dak Prescott happy and comfortable. One Bama receiver out and another one to replace him. Jeudy’s route running is top in the class as he can stop on the dime and accelerate with no wasted movements.
18. Miami Dolphins – K’Lavon Chaisson (LSU) Edge Rusher
With so many holes to fill on their roster, the Dolphins fill a need and get great value with Chassion. The former LSU standout is a versatile stand up edge rusher that can bend the edge, drop back in coverage, and set the edge in the run game.
19. Las Vegas Raiders – Patrick Queen (LSU) Linebacker
After grabbing CeeDee Lamb with their first 1st round pick, the Raiders can focus on the defensive side of the ball. A cornerback will be tempting here, but drafting a game changing, athletic linebacker in Queen is long overdue.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevon Diggs (Alabama) Cornerback
Look at what the Jags pulled off. They didn’t overdraft at 9 and got one of the top 5 talents in the class with Derrick Brown and now can fill that cornerback need. However, they pass on C.J. Henderson and grab one of the top cover 3 corners in the class with Diggs. Perfect fit in their zone heavy defense as Diggs is a long ballhawking CB that attacks the football at the highest point.
21. Philadelphia Eagles – Henry Ruggs (Alabama) Wide Receiver
Explosiveness… Lots of gas with great breaks. Ruggs plays at a different speed with an uncanny ability to accelerate, throttle down, and then re-accelerate again. Great pick for an offense that needs more explosive players on their offense.
22. Buffalo Bills – Tee Higgins (Clemson) Wide Receiver
The run on wide receivers have officially started. The SPARQ community may not like this pick due to Higgins subpar athletic testing numbers, but he said turn on the tape and see what he can do. The Bills continue to improve their offense. Young RB check (Devin Singletary), speed WR check (John Brown), slot WR check (Cole Beasley), and now physical above the rim WR check (Higgins).
23. New England Patriots – Xavier McKinney (Alabama) Safety
The Patriots have a big need for more pass catching weapons, throw a curveball and get a versatile safety in McKinney. Belichick has a close relationship with Bama head coach Nick Saban and fully understands what McKinney brings to the table. McKinney is a leader on defense with awareness and instincts in spades.
24. New Orleans Saints – Brandon Aiyuk (Arizona State) Wide Receiver
The Saints may be a wide receiver away from a Super Bowl run. Michael Thomas is a beast but grabbing a route runner and guy that has plus run after the catch ability can give Brees another weapon to threaten defenses.
25. Minnesota Vikings – Ross Blacklock (TCU) Defensive Tackle
What were once strengths for the Vikings, are now needs along the defensive line and cornerback position. They opt to improve the front end and get a guy that can impact the quarterback from the inside. Blacklock flashes a disruptive game wrecking skill-set that’s reminiscent of Grady Jarrett.
26. Miami Dolphins – Austin Jackson (USC) Offensive Tackle
After trading away Laremy Tunsil in a package for two 1st round picks, the Dolphins use one their 1st round picks on his replacement. Jackson has the length and athleticism that pro teams covet but also has to clean up some things from a technical standpoint. His ceiling is high and the Dolphins need to protect their new franchise quarterback.
27. Seattle Seahawks – Yetur Gross-Matos (Penn State) Edge Rusher
We will find out pretty soon once Free Agency starts but Jadaveon Clowney might be on the move. Even if he stays in Seattle, the Seahawks still have a need for another pass rusher. There is a lot to like about Gross-Matos as I am a fan of his hand technique, short area agility, arm length, and motor. Sounds like a guy Pete Carroll would love to have on his defense.
28. Baltimore Ravens – Zack Baun (Wisconsin) Linebacker
The Ravens have historically taken the best player available in the NFL Draft and Baun fits that mantra and also fills a need. After losing C.J. Mosley last off-season and both their inside linebackers not under contract at the moment, Baun can fill that need on the inside. He’s a versatile defender that can play off ball linebacker or line up on the edge to rush the quarterback.
29. Tennessee Titans – Jonathan Greenard (Florida) Edge Rusher
There is always at least one curveball or head scratching pick in the first round and Greenard to the Titans looks to be it in my mock draft. I am not sure how other draft evaluators feel about Greenard, but I think he is a first round talent. After transferring to Florida, Greenard displayed his pass rushing repertoire with 9.5 sacks and his versatility to drop into coverage. A pass rusher opposite Harold Landry is just what the Titans need.
30. Green Bay Packers – Josh Jones (Houston) Offensive Tackle
Drafting a wide receiver here would be great for Aaron Rodgers, but getting an offensive tackle would be just as nice with Bryan Bulaga more than likely leaving in Free Agency. As I mentioned before, the wide receiver class is stacked, so the Packers can get a quality one on Day 2.
31. San Francisco 49ers – Grant Delpit (LSU) Safety
The 49ers would be ecstatic if they can get Delpit this late in the draft. Delpit has some weaknesses in his game (tacking) but he will benefit playing in a 49ers defense that’s fast and attacks the football. He’s an amazing talent that can cover a lot of real estate. Once the light bulb goes off he has the athleticism and freakish ability to be a top safety in the league.
32. Kansas City Chiefs – Kristian Fulton (LSU) Cornerback
The Chiefs should continue to build their defense after winning the Super Bowl off the right arm of Patrick Mahomes. After revamping their secondary last year with two interchangeable safeties Tyrann Mathieu and Juan Thornhill, drafting a sticky man-to-man corner like Fulton would pair nicely with the up and coming Charvarius Ward.