The NFL Combine has concluded, and team needs are becoming clearer as teams prepare for free agency. Here's our 2020 NFL mock draft as of March 2.
The NFL Combine has concluded, and team needs are becoming clearer as teams prepare for free agency. Here's a look at our latest 2020 NFL mock draft as of March 2.
As time goes by, it continues to look ever clearer that Burrow will be the top overall draft choice. He won both the Heisman Trophy and national championship in 2019 and is the overwhelming favorite to be Cincinnati's choice. The Ohio native displayed drastic improvement in his senior season at LSU, completing nearly 76 percent of his passes and also showing above-average scrambling ability. The only major knock on Burrow is that he's old for a first-round prospect, set to turn 24 in December. Andy Dalton remains under contract, but the Bengals can cut or trade him without facing any cap penalty.
Young sat out combine tests, likely because the results could only hurt what is sky-high stock right now. Incredibly, Young recorded 16.5 sacks through his first 12 games this season and has a chance to make a huge impact on a Washington defensive line that already has a lot of talent. After the Redskins met with Tua Tagovailoa and Joe Burrow at the draft, there are rumblings they'd consider a quarterback with this pick even after selecting Dwayne Haskins last year, but such a move would be a surprise.
Cornerback is already one of Detroit's strengths, but Darius Slay's possible trade status could make the position an immediate need. Okudah is the consensus top cornerback in the 2020 class. He is a shutdown corner with three picks in 13 games this season.
New York could opt to move on from high-priced left tackle Nate Solder this offseason despite new head coach Joe Judge's familiarity with Solder from his time in New England. Wills has plenty of size (6-foot-5, 320 pounds) and tested well at the combine.
Tagovailoa was the consensus No. 1 overall draft choice entering the year, but ankle and hip injuries have given him the "injury-prone" label. The good news is that all of his medical reports regarding his recovery have been positive to this point. Before his season-ending injury, Tagovailoa completed more than 71 percent of his passes with 33 touchdowns in nine games, albeit with elite receiving weapons in Alabama. He would be entering an optimal situation in Miami with the ability to play when he's ready and learn from Ryan Fitzpatrick, but Miami could potentially trade up from No. 5 to get him.
The Chargers have officially moved on from Philip Rivers. While Tyrod Taylor and several other veteran free agents could be placeholders, picking this high in the draft gives the Chargers a rare opportunity. Herbert is a great option, with optimal NFL size, and he completed nearly 67 percent of his passes this season. He also performed well at the combine, showing his athleticism with a solid 4.68 second 40-yard dash.
It sounds as if the Panthers are going to stick with Cam Newton at quarterback, so they can focus on other needs. Carolina needs defensive line help and a potential replacement for free agent Gerald McCoy. Brown has moved into top 10 draft consideration following an impressive year, recording 55 tackles and four sacks during the regular season.
Arizona has been in desperate need of offensive line help over the last two seasons. Wirfs can step in immediately at right tackle, coming out of Kirk Ferentz's offensive line factory at Iowa. He also led all offensive linemen with a 4.85 second 40 time at the combine.
Jacksonville had major issues at linebacker last season and clearly missed Telvin Smith following his surprise retirement. Simmons is an extremely versatile defender who has potential at either linebacker or safety. The 6-foot-4 senior had 104 tackles and eight sacks in 15 games.
Cleveland has a major hole at left tackle, as the team will clearly have to find a replacement for free agent Greg Robinson following his marijuana arrest. Becton needs some refinement, but he's a mammoth with left tackle capability, listing at 6-foot-7, 364 pounds, and he ran a remarkable 5.10 second 40-yard dash at the combine.
It sounds as if the Jets will move on from free agent Robby Anderson, so wideout should be a high priority. Lamb has been nothing but productive in college and just finished his best season, with 62 receptions for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns in 13 games.
The Raiders lacked impact weapons on the outside last season following the Antonio Brown debacle, and this is a great draft to address that need. Jeudy had 1,163 yards and 10 touchdowns this past season and ranks right alongside Julio Jones and Amari Cooper as among the most talented wideouts to come out of Alabama in recent memory. His 4.45 40-yard dash at the combine was a strong time.
Justin Houston's addition last season really helped Indy's pass rush, but the team could still use more help on the interior. Kinlaw has increased his stock, with 35 tackles and six sacks through 12 games this past season.
Tampa Bay is expected to try re-signing Shaq Barrett, but even in that case, the team could still lose Jason Pierre-Paul and Ndamukong Suh. Chaisson can fill part of the the void after recording 60 tackles and 6.5 sacks in 2019.
It's become commonplace for teams with young quarterbacks to load up on weapons, and the Broncos need to add more on top of Courtland Sutton. Ruggs hasn't been as productive as teammate Jerry Jeudy, but he still has superstar potential. He's the fastest wideout available as he showed at the combine, running a 4.27 second 40-yard dash. He had 746 yards and seven scores in 12 games last season.
Atlanta has already moved on from former first-round pick Vic Beasley and desperately needs a pass rusher in the draft with cap issues likely limiting the team in free agency. Epenesa was highly productive again last year, his junior season, with 49 tackles and 11.5 sacks through 13 games, although his combine performance was less than stellar.
The secondary is a need for Dallas, with star corner Byron Jones potentially leaving in free agency, along with safeties Darian Thompson and Jeff Heath. McKinney had 95 tackles and three picks this season as a true playmaker for the Crimson Tide.
Miami needs offensive line help, especially after trading Laremy Tunsil before Week 1 last season. Thomas is one of the best offensive linemen on the board, standing at 6-foot-5, 320 pounds, and he can be an immediate solution at left tackle.
The Raiders had problems at linebacker last season, particularly after Vontaze Burfict's suspension. Murray is a tackling machine and possible replacement, with 155 tackles in 2018 and 102 tackles in 14 games in 2019.
Cornerback is high on Jacksonville's list of needs after trading Jalen Ramsey last year, and it would be appropriate that the Jaguars would address the position with one of the picks they acquired in the Ramsey trade. Henderson wasn't challenged much in the Florida secondary last year, but he had 33 tackles and 11 passes defensed in nine games.
Cornerback depth has been a problem in Philly for the last two years, and the team could finally move on from free agent Ronald Darby. The brother of Vikings wideout Stefon Diggs, Trevon remains a solid first-round prospect.
Buffalo has a strong pass rush but needs to think about the future given the ages of Trent Murphy (29) and Jerry Hughes (32 in August). Gross-Matos has excellent size and speed and has been productive for the Nittany Lions over the last two seasons, recording eight sacks in 2018 and nine sacks through 11 games this past year.
It's sounding more and more like the Patriots could move on from Tom Brady. Love had a strong combine and has all the physical tools that teams look for in today's quarterbacks. His regression last season, including 17 picks, is a major concern, but Love's upside could make him too enticing to go beyond the first round. New England has another interesting young passer in Jarrett Stidham, selected in the fourth round last year, who could keep the seat warm if the team opts not to bring back Brady or add a veteran.
The Saints have reason to go all in once more with Drew Brees returning for 2020. Higgins has potenital to be a major red-zone threat immediately, adding to Michael Thomas and Jared Cook. The 6-foot-4 Higgins averaged nearly 20 yards per reception for the second time in three years, and he had 26 touchdowns in his last two seasons.
Minnesota might not be able to afford keeping Anthony Harris after his breakout season. Delpit is clearly one of the elite safeties on the board, with 65 tackles and two picks in 14 games this past season.
Miami could be in a position to take the best player available with its third first-round pick. Fulton has been a lockdown cornerback at LSU and certainly has the upside to return great value for them.
Seattle has an immediate need at right tackle, with both Germain Ifedi and George Fant as pending free agents. Jones has emerged as a strong early-round prospect who could fill in immediately.
Baltimore made do at middle linebacker last year after C.J. Mosley left in free agency, but the team needs help with Josh Bynes and Patrick Onwuasor now free agents. Queen's stock skyrocketed after a great 2019 season, with 85 tackles in 15 games for the Tigers.
Tennessee has several key positions to fill, and right tackle will be one of them if the Titans can't afford to keep Jack Conklin. Jackson is an interesting project who could step in immediately at right tackle.
Reagor's production fell off last season due to poor quarterback play, but he really helped himself at the combine with a 4.47 second 40-yard dash and 42-inch vertical jump, second best in the wideout field. He had 72 catches for 1,061 yard and nine scores in 2018 before regressing last season but would add a valuable and polished weapon for Aaron Rodgers.
San Francisco got great rookie production from Deebo Samuel last season but still needs more weapons, especially if the team loses Emmanuel Sanders in free agency. Jefferson is a polished route runner and ran a blazing 4.43 second 40 time at the combine. He's a strong prospect in a great wide receiver class, finishing last season with 111 catches for 1,540 yards and 18 touchdowns.
The Chiefs really like young cornerback Charvarius Ward, but their cornerback depth is likely to take a hit in free agency this offseason. A converted wideout, Igbinoghene is slightly undersized at 5-foot-11 but has plenty of upside.
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