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2020 NFL Mock Draft: First-Round Predictions (Trade Edition)

Which team could make a move to get Tua Tagovailoa?

The most unique draft in NFL history is just around the corner and teams far and wide are — at a proper distance — putting together their final boards. While nobody knows just quite what to expect when teams officially go on the clock, chances are the drama from this year's edition will provide plenty of intrigue left and right.

 

How could things play out? We put on our GM hats and tried to look at who could go where when it comes time to phone in the selection. Like the real thing, this time around there are a few (mock) trades also involved as the 2020 NFL Draft rolls on.

 

*Pick involved in proposed trade

 

1. Cincinnati Bengals — Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

Who knows if the Bengals would actually listen to an offer for the No. 1 pick but it would be a surprise turn for a franchise moving full steam ahead with picking the Heisman Trophy winner.

 

2. Washington Redskins — Chase Young, DL, Ohio State

Washington has been on the other end of a massive trade for the No. 2 pick so they know what it would take to move down off the player most have graded as the best in the draft. Miami and Oakland might be the only ones that have the ammo but won't part with it as D.C.'s pass rush looks increasingly like an elite unit.

 

3. Miami Dolphins (from Detroit)* — Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

The front office in South Beach has to be a little nervous over the potential for the Chargers to leapfrog them and with a mandate to go get a franchise QB, they do what is necessary — part with draft capital — to go get their guy. There's been smoke over which QB they really want but with Tua's "pro day" looking good enough, the folks in Miami are more than happy to get the guy they've circled for months.

 

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

Some of Daniel Jones' turnovers last year were the result of poor offensive line play and the team can rectify that by picking up Wirfs. His ceiling isn't quite some of the others in this class but his high floor makes him an easy pick for a GM already under plenty of fire in the Big Apple.

 

5. Detroit Lions (from Miami)* — Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State

The Lions net an extra first (No. 26) and second-rounder (No. 56) just to move back a few spots — and still get their guy. Some consideration will be given to going with Derrick Brown but the need is so glaring that grabbing the lone elite prospect at corner is the move in Detroit.

 

6. Los Angeles Chargers — Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

The front office is going to be happy with whoever is able to fall to them, no matter if it's Tagovailoa or Herbert, given how close the grades are on each. The former Ducks signal-caller may not start right away in that palatial new stadium but he will be the face of it for the Bolts soon enough.

 

7. New York Jets (from Carolina)* — Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville

GM Joe Douglas has to part with some current (No. 68, No. 120) and future draft capital to move up but does so to land the coveted left tackle of the future in New York. Upgrading Sam Darnold's protection only happens if the team trades up to land one of the elite guys and the decision isn't much of one for those in charge.

 

8. Arizona Cardinals — Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama

Kliff Kingsbury has already gotten some shiny new toys to play with this offseason and nets another on offense. Wills is tailor-made to play in Arizona's scheme as a top-flight pass protector who can also make an impact getting to the second level in the run game.

 

9. Jacksonville Jaguars — Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn

The Jags have shed a number of talented players up front but can start restocking with the addition of Brown. It's not often you can get one of the three or four most talented players in the draft at No. 9 but the folks in Duval sure do here.

 

10. Cleveland Browns — Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson

With the three top-tier tackles off the board, the Browns might listen to offers to move down. At the end of the day though, prospects like Simmons don't come around often and gives the franchise even more defensive flexibility going forward.

 

 

11. Carolina Panthers (from New York Jets)* — Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Matt Rhule doesn't have to go far for his first draft pick in Carolina, jumping just across the border to land Kinlaw while also adding further picks. It's a win-win in getting such a talented player to help the rebuild while also moving down ever so slightly.

 

12. Las Vegas Raiders — CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

There's a lot of talk about how deep this receiver class is but not enough about how there are only a couple of true game-changers at the top of the list. Lamb is one of them and his versatility at OU will come in handy as Jon Gruden gets his hands on the kind of wideout he's been searching for.

 

13. San Francisco 49ers — Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Kyle Shanahan came ever so close to a Lombardi Trophy twice in the last few years but being able to pick up an extra first down or two cost him. Jeudy is one of the best route runners to come out of college in years and could be just the spark to take an already solid offense to the next level.

 

14. Philadelphia Eagles (from Tampa Bay)* — Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama

The Eagles make a big gamble to swap spots with Tampa (No. 21, No. 103 and a future second-rounder) and land another speedster in Ruggs. Teaming him up with DeSean Jackson could be a nightmare for opposing coordinators while the selection also provides cover for the veteran wideout's injury history at the same time.

 

15. Denver Broncos — CJ Henderson, CB, Florida

Drew Lock and company gets most of the attention in the Mile High city but Vic Fangio knows he's in a division with Patrick Mahomes and a host of other prolific offenses. Even with the addition of A.J. Bouye, there's still a need for more reinforcements on the back end and he and Henderson can form quite the tandem with his elite speed.

 

16. Atlanta Falcons — K'Lavon Chaisson, LB, LSU

Dante Fowler Jr. was brought on board but there's still more Dan Quinn can do to re-tool the front seven in Atlanta. Chaisson is just scratching the surface of what he can do and he has a chance to be a key chess piece against those future Hall of Fame QBs in the division.

 

17. Dallas Cowboys — Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State

Mike McCarthy was brought in to help take Dak and Zeke to the next level but a continued youth movement for the Cowboys can pay off now and into the future. Gross-Matos has such intriguing length and quickness and could form a nice pairing opposite Demarcus Lawrence.

 

18. Minnesota Vikings (from Miami)* — Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

Miami recoups some of their lost picks by allowing the Vikings (parting with No. 89, No. 155 and a future fourth) to move up and get their Stefon Diggs replacement. Jefferson can be a huge asset to Kirk Cousins and play off Adam Thielen right away.

 

19. Las Vegas Raiders — Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU

Maliek Collins was brought in this offseason but that's more of a stop-gap until somebody like Blacklock can take over. The former Horned Frog has tremendous upside getting to the passer and could be a force just off the strip for many years to come.

 

20. Jacksonville Jaguars — Andrew Thomas, OL, Georgia

Quality value landing Thomas, somebody who is no stranger to winning games in Jacksonville. He could kick inside to guard or allow for Cam Robinson to do the same in some reshuffling up front that benefits Gardner Minshew (or whoever is at QB) and the rest of the offense.

 

21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Austin Jackson, OT, USC

If Tom Brady is truly going to mesh with Bruce Arians, he's going to have to hold onto the ball a bit longer than he's been used to. In order to do that, he'll need some reinforcements like Jackson, who has All-Pro upside at tackle.

 

22. Miami Dolphins (from Minnesota)* — Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama

Brian Flores will love the ability to move McKinney all over the field and he's polished enough to make an immediate impact in a rather thin safety spot. There may be some organizational hesitancy after what happened with another ex-Tide defensive back that could play all over but the team can get over that real quick at No. 22.

 

23. Baltimore Ravens (from New England)* — Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma

The Ravens are more likely to move back in the first round but the opportunity to nab Murray is too good to pass up, even if it means trading picks No. 55, No. 129 and a future sixth to an old nemesis. Still, the tackling machine could very well be the missing piece for a team that sees their Super Bowl window fully open right now.

 

24. New Orleans Saints — Patrick Queen, LB, LSU

The Saints are in a strong position in the NFC and have one of the best rosters in the league even before the draft. That allows them to take the best player left right now and nab Queen, who brings plenty of speed to a defense that already has a ton of veterans who can guide the young national champion along.

 

25. Minnesota Vikings — Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah

Johnson's ability at the line of scrimmage will endear him to the Vikings' coaching staff, who will have their work cut out for them to revamp things on the back end after a down year. The ex-Ute doesn't quite have the upside others in his corner class might but he's ready to contribute right away in the Twin Cities.

 

26. Detroit Lions (from Miami)* — Marlon Davidson, DL, Auburn

The Lions net an extra first-rounder to move down a few spots near the top and use that to their benefit. Davidson has an opportunity to kick inside in certain packages as well as provide a quality run defender who can set the edge. His teammate gets more of the press but Davidson has Pro Bowl potential too and could fit in well all for Matt Patricia over the front.

 

27. Indianapolis Colts (from Seattle)* — Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

The fanfare around Philip Rivers' signing really covered up the fact that it was just a one-year, win-now deal. There are still long-term concerns under center for a franchise that has blessed with luck (pun intended) under center for over two decades. Hence the move up (with No. 34, No. 160 and a future third) with a willing partner who loves to trade down. Indy gets their long-term face of the franchise in Love, who gets to learn from Rivers before taking over down the road.

 

28. New England Patriots — A.J. Epenesa, DL, Iowa

The Patriots have to be relieved they can spin Love going ahead of them to a fan base clamoring for a rocket-armed Tom Brady successor. Instead, Bill Belichick lands a player who can become a dependable force off the edge for years to come.

 

29. Tennessee Titans — A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson

The Titans came close to reaching the Super Bowl last year but still have holes at all three levels of their defense. Terrell is polished enough that he could unseat Malcolm Butler quickly at one corner spot and has the kind of length and tenacity at the line that will endear him to the coaching staff.

 

30. Green Bay Packers — Josh Jones, OT, Houston

The team needs long-term solutions at the tackle spots and Jones could be quite the answer. He's got the natural upside of being David Bakhtiari's successor but doesn't have to be forced into action right away in 2020.

 

31. San Francisco 49ers — Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia

Wilson continues to see his stock shoot up and there might not be many quality tackles available in later rounds. His physical nature could mesh well with the run scheme and would provide a natural heir to Joe Staley after the season.

 

32. Kansas City Chiefs — Zack Baun, LB, Wisconsin

The defending champs would be thrilled if Jordan Love kept falling and they could auction this pick off while only moving back a few spots on Day 2. Instead, they upgrade their linebacking corps in a savvy move, bringing much-needed athleticism to a defense that continues to be aggressive.

 

— Written by Bryan Fischer, an award-winning college football columnist and member of the Athlon Contributor Network. You can follow him from coast-to-coast on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat at @BryanDFischer.

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