The 2020 college football season ended, with LSU being the national champion after defeating Clemson 42-25 in the final of the College Football Playoff in New Orleans. O 2020 NFL Playoffs reached the end of the game, with the 49ers and Chiefs ready to face Super Bowl 54 in Miami.
With more NFL 2020 draft order resolved now that two more teams have been eliminated and with final information on how many underclassmen declared, was a good time for an updated draft of the Sporting News NFL.
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Several CFU stars from LSU and Clemson are expected to arrive early, including a third consecutive QB winner of the Heisman Trophy in 1st place overall. Without further ado, here's how we see the choices of the first round of April 23, from number 1 to number 32.
NFL mock draft 2020
1. Cincinnati Bengals (2-14)
Offensive coach Zac Taylor needs a passerby with Andy Dalton disappearing and Ryan Finley not showing much. Burrow had a meteoric rise as the winner of the Heisman Trophy and the best QB in the class. At 6-3, £ 215, he combines his physical and mental stamina in his pocket with a strong arm and precise delivery. His leadership and athletic skills also flourished in Baton Rouge, with his ridiculous performances in the Alabama game and in the CFP against Oklahoma and Clemson being a big game sauce. Consider it a better versatile version of Jared Goff.
2. Washington Redskins (3-13)
- Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio
Young qualifies as a better prospect than the recent Ohio state prisoners, Joey and Nick Bosa. With defensive-minded Ron Rivera hired as a coach, assuming that the Redskins do not receive an offer that they cannot refuse to switch back to, they should take the chance to gain this fundamental talent for the team's defensive reconstruction. Young (6-5, 265 pounds) is a game-changing disruptor who had 16.5 bags in just 12 games as a junior. He's the right choice for a team that doesn't need a QB.
3. Detroit Lions (3-12-1)
- Derrick Brown, DT, Red
The Lions were terrible against the race in 2019, and Matt Patricia, with some faded talent in the middle of his defensive front, could use an elite stuffer with excellent pass-rush juice. Brown would do well. At 6-5, 318 pounds, he is a quick disruptor who makes many plays in the backfield. Lions may also consider the advantage here, but Brown is the best pure striker in the class, period.
4. New York Giants (4-12)
The Giants will lose Young's services to general manager Dave Gettleman, but they can recover well here with another perspective from the top ten Big Ten. Epenesa (6-6, 280 pounds) is a powerful, explosive and burly player. He can push blockers out of the way to get to the quarterback and also stay strong against the race. He confirmed his top 10 status with 2.5 bags and a forced fight against the USC at the Holiday Bowl.
5. Miami Dolphins (5-11)
- Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
Now that we know that Tagovailoa (6-1, 218 pounds) must fully recover from his frightening hip injury, he must be chosen by the dolphins. Miami may retain Ryan Fitzpatrick as a QB bridge, in case Tagovailoa needs more time to gain full strength. When healthy, Tagovailoa is a precise, mobile, deep-ball QB with Russell Wilson's head, just playing with his left arm.
6. Los Angeles Chargers (5-11)
- Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
Herbert is the ideal size (6-6, 237 pounds) for a team that needs to look to the future of QB in addition to Philip Rivers. Herbert comes with some durability concerns and, although he is efficient and mentally tough in general, there are times when he can collapse with decision making, forcing moves out of overconfidence. With good NFL training, however, he can live up to a prototypical star. Anthony Lynn would have a strong influence on Herbert, and his recent athletic boom would be a welcome addition to LA.
7. Carolina Panthers (5-11)
- Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
The Panthers must be thinking about the best defensive player available to Matt Rhule, as, behind the poor defense, they also had difficulties covering the field, with Donte Jackson not looking good and James Bradberry being a pending free agent. Okudah, an elite 1.5 to 1.5 kg ball falcon, has the structure to handle receivers of all sizes. He is fluid and fast enough with great recovery skills on the cover to turn into a kind of shutdown, with his strengths showing up in the press.
8. Arizona Cardinals (5-10-1)
Giving Kyler Murray a true versatile guy would allow Christian Kirk to be more dangerous as a complementary ace. Jeudy fits the profile as a number 1 receiver; it is a classic intermediate to deep field stretcher and smooth-action finisher in the red zone, weighing 1.6 to 1.8 kg.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-10)
- Isaiah Simmons, OLB, Clemson
The Jaguars had some of the worst NFL linebacker moves in 2019. Simmons seems to be all over the field all the time for Clemson with great speed and a 6-4, 230 pound range, and he can also reach the quarterback. He posted 104 tackles, 7 bags, 16.5 losses and 3 interceptions in 15 games.
10. Cleveland Browns (6-10)
- Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
The Browns have an incredible set of skill players around Baker Mayfield, but the protection of the passes was the reason they were slow to find their explosiveness in early 2019. That will change with new coach Kevin Stefanski, who has an attitude offensive and offensive. Thomas combines great size (6-5, 320 pounds) with good hands and footwork. Stefanski will also love what Thomas can do to open holes for the racing game.
11. New York Jets (7-9)
The Jets can consider a wide receiver, but they can also use a stone for their offensive line in front of Sam Darnold. Jackson (6-6, 310 pounds) entered the first round fight as an athletic beast, gaining more attention with his Trojan tape.
12. Las Vegas Raiders (7-9)
Raiders need help in the backend after they have consistently burned this season, despite some improvements in the pass run. Fulton (6-1, 192 pounds) has the size, speed, intelligence and sound coverage skills to have a long and prosperous career.
13. Indianapolis Colts (7-9)
- CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
Colts have an aging (and hurting) T.Y. Hilton with little pop playmaking elsewhere in the wide receiver. Lamb, a clone of DeAndre Hopkins, can be an explosive stretcher and a man in stable possession outside. With 6-2, 199 pounds, he needed only 62 receptions to place 1,327 yards and 14 TDs in 13 games in his last season in Oklahoma.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9)
Wirfs has athletics at 6-5, 322 pounds to hold the left side for a long time. He combines his passing blocking skills with power and physicality in the racing game. In the worst case, he can start immediately on the right side, next to Donovan Smith, with Demar Dotson, 34, going into free regime.
15. Denver Broncos (7-9)
- Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
The Broncos need some defensive and retreating help, but they can also use a boost in their offensive attack to help QB Drew Lock in the second year and Phillip Lindsay in the second year. Wills (6-5, 320 pounds) is a strong and powerful running blocker that needs a little time to transform into an elite pass protector.
16. Atlanta Falcons (7-9)
- Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
Falcons always seem to be looking for more interruptions in the rush to help secondary (also a primary need), as some choices did not work as expected. Gross-Matos (6-5, 242 pounds) is a well-built, explosive and versatile defender who can thrive in Dan Quinn's 4-3 scheme.
17. Dallas Cowboys (8-8)
Cowboys need a free security upgrade to improve coverage of the back and tight ends. Delpit flies across the field, interrupting the race as an extra linebacker and making great plays on the ball on the field cover. He plays as Dergers James of Chargers, with a tremendous hybrid size (6-3, 203 pounds) for the position.
18. Miami Dolphins (from 8-8 Steelers)
- Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
Dolphins desperately need a real workhorse for their reconstruction. Taylor (5-11, 219 pounds) has great eyesight and burst as a runner. He also doesn't get enough credit for what he can do as a receiver, which was shown more during his last college season. In three years for the Badgers, he put 6,581 scrimmage yards and 55 total TDs.
19. Las Vegas Raiders (8 to 8 bears)
- Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
Raiders need to get stronger on the inside front with a Geno Atkins player for Paul Guenther. They can look to the defense of Will Muschamp, where the 6 to 6 kg and 310 kg Kinlaw posted 6 bags in 12 games for the Gamecocks. The offensive attack will also consider this choice.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars (9 to 7 Rams)
- Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
The Jaguars can replace Jalen Ramsey with the choice they got for him with Diggs, who can pair well with A.J. Bouye because of his size (6-2, 207 pounds), strength and speed on the field. Diggs quickly climbed the board with his big senior season (3 interceptions in 12 games).
21. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7)
The Eagles desperately need a major threat to Carson Wentz's receiving bodies, given the age of DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery. Higgins is a dangerous and versatile ace who can be a force in the red zone. At 6-4, £ 215, Higgins posted 59 receptions for 1,167 yards and 13 TDs in 15 games. He also ran for a 36-yard score against LSU.
22. Buffalo Bills (10-6)
- Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
The Bills need another big weapon to complement their two suddenly established veterans, John Brown on the outside and Cole Beasley in the slot. Ruggs (6-0, 190 pounds) fits the bill like a field stretcher who can also use his route-tracing skills to win on shorter routes.
23. New England Patriots (12-4)
- Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado
The Patriots could also think of various defensive needs, but they don't sleep with them receiving another big receiver in the first round, a little more complete to work with N & # 39; Keal Harry, which is still in development. Shenault (6-2, 220 pounds) is a safe field stretcher who has great great game talent after catching. He posted 56 catches for 764 yards and 4 TDs for the Buffaloes, standing out in a struggling team.
24. New Orleans Saints (13-3)
- Tyler Biadasz, G, Wisconsin
The saints should seek to leave pending free agent Andrus Peat after his unstable and injury-ridden season. They can also return to a Badger program that served them so well with Ryan Ramczyk, the right striker. Biadasz (6-3, 321 pounds) is next in the strong line of badgers' interior blockers (see Cowboys' Travis Frederick and Giants' Kevin Zeitler).
25. Minnesota Vikings (10-6)
- Cameron Dantzler, CB, State of Mississippi
Xavier Rhodes quickly disappeared as a great cover man and Trae Waynes is a pending free agent. Dantzler (6-2, 185 pounds) is a good size and uses his hands and hips well to cause damage to field receivers. He's doing his best in the area. He can be highlighted well in the defense of Mike Zimmer.
26. Miami Dolphins (10 to 6 Texans)
- Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
Dolphins know that DeVante Parker will be around for a while. Now they can get someone to supplement it as a major threat out there. Jefferson (6-2, 185 pounds) emerged in the LSU passing game as a fast and efficient runner, with good hands whose speed remains underestimated. He posted 111 catches for 1,540 yards and 18 TDs in 15 games.
27. Seattle Seahawks (12-4)
- Curtis Weaver, EDGE, State of Boise
The Seahawks will have a hard time keeping pending free agent Jadeveon Clowney, who appears to be intent on breaking the bank with any candidate. Weaver (6-3, 265 pounds) was an absolute beast on the blue field, with 13.5 bags in 14 games in his last season in college.
28. Baltimore Ravens (13-3)
- Henderson, CB, Florida
Jimmy Smith is a pending free agent, and the Ravens must go early in some defensive direction. Henderson (6-1, 202 pounds) plays more than his size, with great athletics and technique in his favor. It just needs to be a little more physical to trust the receptors that depend on the position of the body to open up.
29. Tennessee Titans (9-7)
- Tyler Johnson, WR, Minnesota
Titans can choose the best player available in various positions after their surprise in the playoffs. Corey Davis gave them limited returns, and they could use a robust big play target to increase AJ Brown's explosives. Johnson (6-2, 205 pounds) can solve this problem as a strong pass catcher and great route runner for Ryan Tannehill, who is likely to be re-signed. He can go up and get any ball and fight someone to get it.
30. Green Bay Packers (13-3)
- Kenneth Murray, ILB, Oklahoma
Packers still need to support their defense in a number of ways. Murray (6-2, 243 pounds) is an active and varied ace, who can be just as effective in backing down as he is going downhill or running.
31. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)
- D & # 39; Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
With Travis Etienne of Clemson not participating in the 2020 draft, Swift is the best option for the Chiefs to move forward after making the most of defense veteran Damien Wiliams, who was a little overextended with a prominent role and is still a year old. of experience. his contract coming into his 28 season age. Swift (5-9, 229 pounds) is able to get the tough yards in and break free for big shots in the open. He also shone as a receiver for the Bulldogs and can stand out in the screen game that Andy Reid loves.
32. San Francisco 49ers (13-3)
- Xaiver McKinney, Alabama
The Niners saw their defensive work worthwhile, but with Jimmie Ward as an outstanding free agent, they could think of approaching security alongside Jaquiski Tartt. With 6-1, 197 pounds, McKinney could do anything for San Francisco, dealing with split ends on the roof and cleaning up against runners.