There’s no fooling — April’s arrival means NFL Draft month is here. With the league’s annual selection meeting set to proceed as scheduled April 23-25, the three-week countdown to all 32 teams being the clock has begun.
That makes it a great time to expand Sporting News’ mock draft into a two-round affair. The fallout of NFL free agency causes a few more changes in the first round, while now in our latest mock, every team gets at least one pick, given six don’t select in the first round.
Here is our latest NFL mock draft for 2020, expanded to two rounds covering our projections for each of the first 64 picks.
NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD:
Top 100 players in the 2020 draft class
NFL mock draft 2020: Round 1
1. Cincinnati Bengals (2-14)
Unless another team gets aggressive and makes Cincinnati an offer it can’t refuse, Burrow will be the franchise quarterback under offensive-minded coach Zac Taylor. At 6-3, 221 pounds, Burrow combines his mental and physical toughness in the pocket with a strong arm and an accurate delivery. During his Heisman Trophy- and national championship-winning run with the Tigers, his leadership skills and athleticism flourished at an unprecedented college level.
2. Washington Redskins (3-13)
With defensive-minded Ron Rivera as the new coach, assuming the Redskins do not get a can’t-refuse offer to trade back, they should jump at the chance to get this cornerstone talent for the team’s defensive rebuild. Young (6-5, 264 pounds) is a game-changing disruptor who had 16.5 sacks in only 12 games as a junior. He can produce at an all-around level even higher than that of Nick Bosa, who went No. 2 from the Buckeyes to the 49ers and promptly dominated as SN’s Rookie of the Year.
3. Detroit Lions (3-12-1)
The Lions moved Darius Slay in a trade with the Eagles and signed Desmond Trufant to replace him, but they need to address the other outside corner spot. Okudah, an elite ball hawk at 6-1, 205 pounds, has the build to handle receivers of all sizes. He is fluid and quick enough with great recovery skills in coverage to develop into a shutdown type with his strengths showing up in press man.
4. New York Giants (4-12)
The Giants signed Blake Martinez and hope Ryan Connelly can be healthy enough to show his rookie promise, but they still need another impact playmaker for Patrick Graham’s linebacker corps. Simmons (6-3, 238 pounds) seemed to be all over the field at all times in college with great speed and range. He gets everywhere in a hurry, from rushing the passer to moving laterally to get in ideal coverage positions.
5. Miami Dolphins (5-11)
The Dolphins have resisted another veteran option with current bridge QB Ryan Fitzpatrick under contract for one more year. That provides the all-clear for Tagovailoa (6-0, 217 pounds), who has been cleared for football contact after the hip injury that cut short his final college season. When healthy, Tagovailoa is an accurate, mobile, deep-ball throwing QB with the upside of Russell Wilson, only throwing with his left arm.
6. Los Angeles Chargers (5-11)
The Chargers go for pass protection over passer here with a bookend for new right tackle Bryan Bulaga. Becton (6-7, 369 pounds) has gotten more attention for his strong and powerful frame, as he has shown he can also be smooth in his movements. He is willing to work hard to become as good in pass protection as he is overwhelming blockers when setting the edge against the run.
7. Carolina Panthers (5-11)
The Panthers need a linchpin as they try to get better against the run and reconstruct their front seven. Brown has shined throughout the draft process as the most impactful interior defensive prospect. At 6-5, 326 pounds, he is a quick disruptor who makes a lot of plays in the backfield.
8. Arizona Cardinals (5-10-1)
With Becton going to the Giants, this is an easy pick for the Cardinals given they already addressed their need for a No. 1 wide receiver by trading for DeAndre Hopkins. They can opt for Wills at right tackle after re-signing D.J. Humphries on the left side. The 6-4, 312-pound Wills is a strong, powerful run-blocker who needs a little time to develop into an elite pass-protector.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-10)
The Jaguars decide to get their competition for Gardner Minshew in a big rookie frame (6-6, 236 pounds). Herbert is efficient and mentally tough with underrated athleticism, which manifested itself down the stretch of his final season with the Ducks. He needs a little help with his decision-making, but at the Senior Bowl, he proved how receptive he is to coaching.
10. Cleveland Browns (6-10)
The Browns took care of right tackle in free agency with Jack Conklin signed to replace Chris Hubbard. Here they can get a massive upgrade from Greg Robinson on Baker Mayfield’s blindside. Wirfs has the athleticism at 6-5, 320 pounds to hold down left tackle for a long time. He combines his pass-blocking skills with power and physicality in the running game.
11. New York Jets (7-9)
Henderson is settling as the class’ No. 2 corner behind Okudah. The Jets released Trumaine Johnson, leaving a massive void in outside coverage even with Arthur Maulet returning and Brian Poole re-signed for the slot. Henderson (6-1, 204 pounds) plays bigger than his size with great athleticism and technique in his favor. He just needs to get a little more physical to be trusted against receivers who rely on body positioning to get open.
12. Las Vegas Raiders (7-9)
The Raiders have a glaring need for a top receiver no matter who their QB is, Derek Carr or someone else, in 2020. The Antonio Brown debacle is behind them, but they also need to worry about Tyrell Williams coming off a disappointing season and foot surgery. Lamb can be the Raiders’ version of DeAndre Hopkins, an explosive field-stretcher and steady possession guy outside. At 6-1, 198 pounds, Lamb needed only 58 receptions to post 1,208 yards and 14 TDs in 13 games last season.
13. San Francisco 49ers (from Colts)
The 49ers have George Kittle and Deebo Samuel as key non-traditional top targets, and they get one here for Jimmy Garoppolo to compensate for losing Emmanuel Sanders. Jeudy (6-1, 193 pounds) also fits the profile as a No. 1 receiver; he is a classic intermediate to deep field-stretcher and smooth drive-finisher in the red zone.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9)
The Buccaneers are OK with left tackle Donovan Smith, left guard Ali Marpet, center Ryan Jensen and right guard Alex Cappa in front of Tom Brady, but they need better protection on the right edge with Demar Doston being a free agent. Thomas matches great size (6-5, 315 pounds) with good hands and footwork. Brady, Bruce Arians and Byron Leftwich also will love what Thomas can do to open holes for the running game.
15. Denver Broncos (7-9)
The Broncos could use a versatile big-play speedster to complement Courtland Sutton, Daesean Hamilton and tight end Noah Fant to take better advantage of Drew Lock’s big arm. Ruggs (5-11, 188 pounds) fits the bill as a field-stretcher who also can use his route-running skills to win on shorter routes.
16. Atlanta Falcons (7-9)
The Falcons addressed the edge in free agency by signing Dante Fowler Jr. so here they work to better flank Fowler and Grady Jarrett from the inside. Kinlaw (6-5, 324 pounds) knows how to use his size and arms to complement his strength and power at the point of attack.
17. Dallas Cowboys (8-8)
The Cowboys lost aging Robert Quinn as their top complementary pass rusher opposite DeMarcus Lawrence. Epenesa (6-5, 274 pounds) is a powerful, explosive, big-bodied player. He can push blockers out of the way to get to the QB, and he also stands strong against the run.
18. Miami Dolphins (from Steelers)
The Dolphins are set at corner with Xavien Howard and Byron Jones, but they have a major secondary void at free safety after cutting Reshad Jones. McKinney (6-0, 201 pounds) is a complete safety who can get physical in run support and also drop back and handle intermediate coverage. There is nothing he can’t do, and he is willing to do whatever asked of him for a defense, toggling seamlessly from extra linebacker to short-area subpackage back.
19. Las Vegas Raiders (from Bears)
The Raiders added Eli Apple, but they need someone who can actually be a top-level outside starter opposite second-year corner Trayvon Mullen. After addressing linebacker in free agency, they can turn to corner here. Fulton (6-0, 197 pounds) has the size, speed, smarts and sound coverage skills to have a long, prosperous career, which is why he felt confident enough to pull out of the Senior Bowl.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Rams)
With the extra first-round pick they got by trading away Jalen Ramsey, the Jaguars need to think about replacing him and A.J. Bouye, who also was traded. Diggs offers good size (6-1, 205 pounds), strength and downfield speed. He shot up the board quickly during his big senior season (3 interceptions in 12 games).
21. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7)
The Eagles took care of cornerback in free agency by trading for Darius Slay, so they can focus on wide receiver here even with Ruggs off the board. Jefferson (6-1, 202 pounds), with massive production catching passes from Joe Burrow, emerged in LSU’s passing game as a quick, efficient route-runner with good hands. He also has underrated speed.
22. Minnesota Vikings (from Bills)
The Vikings need to address cornerback early in the draft after releasing Xavier Rhodes and not re-signing Trae Waynes. Terrell (6-1, 195 pounds) is a versatile cover man for his size who can work both outside and inside, in both man and zone schemes. He needs to learn to win battles with better technique and handwork.
23. New England Patriots (12-4)
Linebacker, especially one who can get to the quarterback, is a massive need for the Patriots after they lost Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins and Elandon Roberts in free agency. Chaisson (6-3, 254 pounds) has a great name for an elite, active defender who chases after QBs and RBs alike. He had 6.5 sacks and 60 tackles during LSU’s championship run, and like several teammates, his draft stock shot up throughout the season. He is an effective hybrid player who is ideal for Bill Belichick’s scheme.
24. New Orleans Saints (13-3)
The Saints lost A.J. Klein in free agency, making strongside linebacker a position of need. They can stay in-state for Queen (6-0, 229 pounds), who has great range when either working downhill against the run or moving all over the field in coverage. He is relatively small but is the type of linebacker who can have a major impact from any alignment.
25. Minnesota Vikings (10-6)
The Vikings should think about using the pick they got from the Stefon Diggs trade to get his replacement opposite versatile No. 1 Adam Thielen. Higgins working the perimeter would a perfect complement. The Clemson product is a dangerous, all-around playmaker who can be a force in the red zone. At 6-4, 216 pounds, he posted 59 receptions for 1,167 yards and 13 TDs in 15 games last season. He also rushed for a 36-yard score against LSU in the title game.
26. Miami Dolphins (from Texans)
The Dolphins can finish their first-round haul by adding a running back, as Jordan Howard is more of a power complement than a feature option. Swift (5-8, 212 pounds) is capable of both getting the tough yards inside and breaking free for big plays in the open field. He also flashed as a receiver for the Bulldogs and can excel in the screen game.
27. Seattle Seahawks (12-4)
The Seahawks might not re-sign Jadeveon Clowney, and Ezekiel Ansah also is a free agent, leaving a void for strong all-around edge defender. Baun (6-2, 238 pounds) is a smart, motivated player who comes through with great technique against the run. He also has started to get more attention for his pass-rush repertoire and the athleticism that fuels it.
28. Baltimore Ravens (14-2)
The Ravens didn’t address linebacker in the first wave of free agency, and they need more speed on the second level to better handle the run and cover short-to-intermediate routes. Murray (6-2, 241 pounds) is an active, rangy playmaker who can be as effective dropping back as he is getting downhill against the run or blitzing.
29. Tennessee Titans (9-7)
The Titans need to replace Conklin at right tackle to keep their run-blocking sturdy. Jones has terrific athleticism for his size (6-5, 319 pounds) and can support with his toughness and relentless blocking. He is a bit raw, however, as his handwork and footwork both could use refinement to maximize his natural skills.
30. Green Bay Packers (13-3)
The Packers need a complementary No. 2 receiver who Aaron Rodgers can trust all over the field. Reagor is a productive, diminutive dasher who also provides some nice run-after-catch skills with quickness and toughness for his size (5-11, 206 pounds).
31. San Francisco 49ers (13-3)
With the 49ers choosing to go for their wide receiver in Jeudy early, they can use their second first-rounder on someone who can help replace the production of DeForest Buckner on their interior defensive line. Blacklock (6-3, 290 pounds) has risen up boards as teams have realized he can convert his power into energy while trying to disrupt plays in the backfield.
32. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)
The Chiefs need to give cornerback first-round consideration with Kendall Fuller leaving in free agency and Bashaud Breeland still unsigned. Gladney (5-10, 191 pounds) is a good Fuller replacement because of his inside-outside versatility. He is scrappy and aggressive in making plays on the ball, with a knack of being honed in on receivers’ routes.
NFL mock draft 2020: Round 2
33. Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals need to keep upgrading their offensive line beyond the hopeful healthy return of left tackle Jonah Williams. They are weak at both left guard and center. Ruiz (6-3, 307 pounds) has a rare blend of power and athleticism. He needs some work in pass-protection, but he can contribute right away as a top run-blocker.
34. Indianapolis Colts (from Redskins)
With T.Y. Hilton and Zach Pascal looking like the starters for the outside, the Colts need to give Philip Rivers more dynamic playmaking inside. Aiyuk (6-0, 205 pounds) fits the profile of an impactful slot receiver with quickness made to make big plays after the catch and enough speed to get vertical down the middle, too.
35. Detroit Lions
The Lions need more defensive line punch and tapping into the other Lions to better complement Trey Flowers at end is a good value pick. Gross-Matos (6-5, 266 pounds) is a well-built, explosive and versatile defender made to be disruptive in a hybrid scheme such as Matt Patricia’s.
36. New York Giants
The Giants should consider upgrading at safety with Jabrill Peppers and Julian Love as their current starters. Winfield (5-10, 203 pounds), the son of the former Vikings Pro Bowl cornerback, plays with smarts and toughness. He excels at diagnosing plays, knowing when to be aggressive against the run and how use his frame in short-area coverage.
37. Los Angeles Chargers
After passing on QB in the first round, the Chargers land their high-upside prospect for Anthony Lynn and Shane Steichen. Love (6-4, 224 pounds) matches his size with physical skills, including a big arm, and his athleticism bodes well if his accuracy, decision-making and footwork can become cleaner with good NFL coaching.
38. Carolina Panthers
The Panthers addressed defensive tackle early with Brown and now go to work on another big defensive need after losing James Bradberry in free agency. Johnson (6-0, 193 pounds) has some shutdown upside as an aggressive, physical cover man with the quickness to stick with receivers on the perimeter.
39. Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins should get great wide receiver value looking for a needed complement to DeVante Parker and Preston Williams. Shenault (6-1, 227 pounds) is a sure-handed field stretcher who has some nice big-play flair after the catch
40. Houston Texans (from Cardinals)
The Texans need to address wide receiver with limited picks in the draft to help replace the production of DeAndre Hopkins. Mims (6-3, 207 pounds) is a big, physical target who also knows how to use his frame to his advantage. He is best suited to be a vertical and red-zone threat on the outside, making him a great fit with Deshaun Watson.
41. Cleveland Browns
The Browns need more explosiveness on their defensive line to complement Myles Garrett. Davidson (6-3, 303 pounds) can be a terror rushing the passer from both the interior line and the edge. He has a nice blend of strength, power and quickness to go along with sudden finishing moves.
42. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars traded Calais Campbell and may still move franchise-tagged Yannick Ngaukoe. Lewis (6-5, 262 pounds) carries the potential to get to the quarterback consistently with natural quickness and explosiveness.
43. Chicago Bears (from Rams)
The Bears need some safety help next to Eddie Jackson after losing Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix in free agency, making Delpit a great value here. Delpit (6-2, 213 pounds) flies around the field, stopping the run like an extra linebacker and making big plays on the ball in downfield coverage.
44. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts need to also find Rivers an athletic mismatch-creaTing tight end to complement what Jack Doyle does inline for them. Kmet (6-6, 262 pounds) is still developing as a run-blocker, but his size, speed, quickness and hands make him a top-flight receiver for the position.
45. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs need to get a more dynamic well-rounded back than Ronald Jones III with whom to complement and boost Tom Brady. Dobbins (5-9, 209 pounds) has great quickness, agility and ability to read blockers. He is an adept receiver with explosive burst once he sees a hole, hits it and gets into the open field.
46. Denver Broncos
The Broncos traded for Jurrell Casey and re-signed Shelby Harris but need more pop in Vic Fangio’s 3-4 line rotation. Elliott (6-4, 302 pounds) plays with power against the run but also has proved to have some natural interior pass-rushing skills.
47. Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons need to get some fresh legs to supplement Todd Gurley in passing situations to give them again what they once had with Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. Edwards-Helaire (5-7, 207 pounds) is a dynamic, versatile receiver out of the backfield and in the slot, making him a major asset for an NFL passing game. He also is extremely quick when getting the ball in the open field.
48. New York Jets
The Jets need to complement new field-stretching speedster Breshad Perriman and reliable slot ace Jamison Crowder. Pittman (6-4, 223 pounds) is an interesting prospect for his size because he is more of a tough technician and route runner than just a big body working to stretch the field.
49. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers are in the market for an upgrade in the backfield given James Conner’s durability issues and pending unrestricted free agency in 2021. Taylor (5-10, 226 pounds) has great vision and burst as a runner. He also doesn’t get enough credit for what he can do as a receiver, which was on display more during his final college season.
50. Chicago Bears
The Bears could fortify their defensive line punch next to Akiem Hicks and Eddie Goldman. Davis (6-6, 311 pounds) is a massive, versatile player made for a 3-4 scheme. He can line up at either end or tackle to eat space against the run.
51. Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys re-signed Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup’s star is on the rise, but they were unable to keep Randall Cobb in the slot. Hamler (5-9, 178 pounds) is a smart, smooth route-runner with reliable hands and toughness in tight spaces.
52. Los Angeles Rams
The Rams lost Fowler in free agency and cut Clay Matthews with only a flyer on Leonard Floyd in their attempt to recover. Weaver (6-2, 265 pounds) is a high-energy pass rusher with some untapped upside as he makes the jump.
53. Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles made big moves up front (Javon Hargrave) and in the secondary (Darius Slay) but need to shore up their big defensive weakness across the board on the second level. Harrison’s best qualities at 6-3, 247 pounds lie in how he flies up field against the run and finishes so well as a physical tackler. He can grow and develop as a more viable cover man.
54. Buffalo Bills
The Bills need some younger depth to help them get to the quarterback with Shaq Lawson gone. Okwara (6-4, 252 pounds) is a flexible, explosive pass-rusher with great finishing burst to the quarterback.
55. Baltimore Ravens (from Patriots through Falcons)
The Ravens have to address right guard with Marshal Yanda deciding to retire. At 6-4, 314 pounds, Biadasz’s strength is converting his frame into pure power for the downhill running game.
56. Miami Dolphins (from Saints)
After addressing quarterback, safety, running back and wide receiver, the Dolphins can turn their attention to a potential long-term left tackle. Cleveland (6-6, 311 pounds) has raw skills that can quickly developed, with his quickness and agility giving him great upside. He is fluid with his hands and legs in pass-protection.
57. Houston Texans
The Texans need to think about developing pass-rush depth behind J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus. Robinson (6-3, 264 pounds) has natural pass-rushing skills and gets by a lot with top-level strength and athleticism. Having him start situationally will help him refine his moves for greater production.
58. Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings need to keep overhauling their cornerback corps after taking Terrell in the first round. Igbinoghene (5-10, 198 pounds) stands out as a physical cover man for his size. He closes well on receivers at the end of their routes, which translates to good finishing burst against the run, too.
59. Seattle Seahawks
Should the Seahawks get a versatile edge defender such as Baun in the first round, the interior of their front will take priority in the second round. Gallimore (6-2, 304 pounds) packs a relenltess powerful punch for his size.
60. Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens need to groom their next great playmaker next to Earl Thomas. Dugger, with his size (6-1, 217 pounds), speed, strength and explosiveness that wold have dominated in FBS, can be the complete package, capable of starting at either safety spot because he brings it hard against the run and has the hands and instincts to blossom as a coverage player.
61. Tennessee Titans
Behind Malcolm Butler and Adoree’ Jackson, there is a current void with Logan Ryan unsigned. Hall, on track to fully recover from his ankle injury, is a promising, nice-sized corner (6-2, 202 pounds) made to be solid on the perimeter for several seasons. In the short term, with his short-area quickness, he can help with inside coverage.
62. Green Bay Packers
The Packers lost Bulaga in free agency and Rick Wagner is a shaky replacement, while David Bakhtiari will be a 29-year-old free agent in 2021. Jackson is an impressive athlete for his size (6-5, 322 pounds), but he needs some refinement in his technique to match his quick feet.
63. Kansas City Chiefs (from 49ers)
Damien Williams becomes a free agent in 2021 and the Chiefs need a more reliable all-around back to complement him for Patrick Mahomes. Moss (5-9, 223 pounds) profiles as a compact NFL power back suited to get the tough yards between the tackles and more yards after initial contact. He is underrated with his quickness when in the open field and his receiving skills.
64. Seattle Seahawks (from Chiefs)
The Seahawks can do better than former Jet Brandon Shell as their starting right tackle opposite Duane Brown to help Russell Wilson and their running backs. This Wilson (6-6, 350 pounds) isn’t the most nimble pass-protector, but his pure power as a blocker fits with their mentality.
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