With free agency now in full swing, many teams have filled their top offseason needs, and their focus for the early part of the 2020 draft has become clearer. Here's a look at our latest two-round NFL mock draft, as of March 23.
As time goes by, it continues to become more clear 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. He was also unlikely to run at Ohio States Pro Day, if it happens. Incredibly, Young recorded 16.5 sacks through his first 12 games this past season and has a chance to make a huge impact on a Washington defensive line that already has a lot of talent.
Darius Slay was finally traded, and while the Lions added Desmond Trufant, cornerback remains a major need. Okudah is the consensus top player at that position in the 2020 class. He is a shutdown corner with three picks in 13 games this season.
The Giants signed Cam Fleming for depth but still need offensive line help. Wirfs can step in immediately, 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.
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.
Carolina has a desperate need at linebacker following Luke Kuechly's retirement. Simmons had a legendary combine performance, including a 4.39 second 40-yard dash and 132-inch broad jump. He's 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.
Arizona needs more protection for young quarterback Kyler Murray. Becton needs some refinement, but he's a mammoth, listing at 6-foot-7, 364 pounds, with left tackle capability, and he ran a remarkable 5.10 second 40-yard dash at the combine.
With the trade of Calais Campbell and likely Yannick Ngakoue to follow, defensive line could be a focus of Auburn's draft. Brown has moved into top 10 draft consideration following an impressive year, recording 55 tackles and four sacks during the regular season.
Cleveland signed Jack Conklin to a huge contract but still has more work to do on the offensive line. Wills can fill the void at left tackle immediately, has plenty of size (6-foot-5, 320 pounds) and tested well at the combine.
Even after signing five offensive linemen in free agency, the Jets still need help protecting Sam Darnold. 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 tackle.
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.
The 49ers have yet to address the loss of Emmanuel Sanders in free agency. 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.
Tampa Bay re-signed Jason Pierre-Paul and franchised Shaq Barrett but still need help on the defensive line. Kinlaw has increased his stock, with 35 tackles and six sacks through 12 games this past season.
Denver has made some big splashes in free agency with running back Melvin Gordon and guard Graham Glasgow but still needs a No. 2 wideout. 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.
Cornerback remains at the top of Atlanta's needs list. Henderson wasn't challenged much in the Florida secondary last year, but he had 33 tackles and 11 passes defensed in nine games.
Dallas has never met a pass rusher it didn't love and has already lost Robert Quinn from last season's squad. Chaisson can fill part of the the void after recording 60 tackles and 6.5 sacks in 2019.
Miami gave big money to Ereck Flowers but needs to continue rebuilding its line. Jones has emerged as a strong early-round prospect who could fill in immediately.
The Raiders need to continue adding depth to their secondary, and the additions of Eli Apple and Jeff Heath probably aren't the answer. The brother of Vikings wideout Stefon Diggs, Trevon remains a solid first-round prospect.
Jacksonville has found a star in D.J. Chark, but the rest of its receivers have left much to be desired. 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 Eagles added Jatavis Brown at linebacker but could use another starter candidate. Murray is a tackling machine and possible replacement, with 155 tackles in 2018 and 102 tackles in 14 games in 2019.
Wide receiver is now a major need for the Vikings after finally trading Stefon Diggs. The 6-foot-4 Higgins averaged nearly 20 yards per reception for the second time in three years during 2019, and he had 26 touchdowns in his last two seasons.
It's a whole new world in New England, with the Patriots shopping for a quarterback for the first time this century. Love had a strong combine and has all the physical tools that teams look for in today's quarterbacks; however his regression last season, including 17 picks, is a major concern. Even if the Pats make a veteran addition, Love could be stashed as a developmental project.
The Saints continue to be in win-now mode and don't have to look far for a linebacker who can help them. Queen's stock skyrocketed after a great 2019 season, with 85 tackles in 15 games for the Tigers.
With the loss of Trae Waynes, Minnesota needs help at cornerback. Fulton has been a lockdown cornerback at LSU and certainly has the upside to return great value immediately.
Miami signed Jordan Howard, but he's unlikely to be the long-term answer at running back. Swift is an immediate solution as a versatile back with more than 1,300 yards from scrimmage in each of the last two seasons. He had a strong combine with a 4.48 second 40-yard dash.
Seattle lost tackle George Fant to the Jets and already had a need at tackle entering the offseason. Jackson is an interesting project who could step in immediately.
Baltimore's front seven has already improved with the additions of Calais Campbell and Michael Brockers, but Gross-Matos could put them over the top. 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.
Tennessee is in the market for a cornerback after losing Logan Ryan. Terrell has been a regular starter at Clemson with a total of five interceptions over the last two seasons.
Aside from Davante Adams, the Packers are desperate for more weapons to help Aaron Rodgers. He had 65 receptions for 1,192 yards and eight scores last season in his second season for the Sun Devils since transferring from junior college.
Cornerback is one of the few areas on defense where the 49ers have room to improve. An experienced player at TCU, Gladney saw regular playing time in all four seasons and is a strong press corner prospect.
The Chiefs placed a nonexclusive franchise tag on defensive tackle Chris Jones, so he could stay with K.C. But if not, Blacklock has similar quickness despite a lack of big pass rush production in college and would be able to fill Jones' role immediately.
Cincinnati is getting older along the defensive line and should be in the business of taking the best player available with a roster that has so many needs. 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 Colts desperately need more receiving talent, with T.Y. Hilton their only consistent option recently. Shenault didn't have a great combine while performing injured, but he's terrific with the ball in his hands with the potential for an impact similar to 2019 49ers rookie Deebo Samuel.
Detroit has a major need at guard, and Ruiz is a convenient fit. Ruiz is arguably the top interior lineman available in the draft and should be able to step in Week 1.
The Giants made a splash by signing cornerback James Bradberry, but safety remains a need. McKinney had 95 tackles and three picks this season as a true playmaker for the Crimson Tide.
The combo of Derwin James and Nasir Adderley shows plenty of upside for the Chargers, but in the current passing era, even more secondary depth isn't a bad idea. Delpit is clearly one of the elite safeties on the board, with 65 tackles and two picks in 14 games this past season.
Among the top players Carolina lost this offseason was corner James Bradberry. A converted wideout, Igbinoghene is slightly undersized at 5-foot-11 but has plenty of upside.
Baun saw regular work for an excellent Wisconsin defense over the last two seasons and finished this past season with 12.5 sacks. The Dolphins made the pass rush a focus this offseason with the signings of Shaq Lawson, Emmanuel Ogbah and Kyle Van Noy, but Baun gives them another interesting long-term option.
Davidson got consistent playing time in four seasons at Auburn, capping off his career with 48 tackles and 6.5 sacks in 2019. With J.J. Watt's inability to stay healthy, defensive end is a big need for Houston.
Safety was a weak spot for the Browns defense last season, and Karl Joseph and Andrew Sendejo probably aren't the answer. The son of the former NFL cornerback, Winfield Jr. took a huge step forward last season with 83 tackles and seven picks.
Jacksonville needs more offensive line depth. That's especially the case for a team that prides itself on running the ball, and Cleveland has a chance to be a plug-and-play lineman.
Wideout certainly isn't Chicago's biggest need, but Anthony Miller's inconsistency last season does leave the possibility that the area could be addressed. 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.
Indy needs to give Philip Rivers all the help he can get, and it already lost tight end Eric Ebron this offseason. Kmet shows huge upside as a pass catcher after finishing with 43 catches for 515 yards and six touchdowns in 10 games last season.
The Bucs made the biggest splash of the offseason by signing Tom Brady, but it remains to be seen if Ronald Jones can carry the load at running back. Taylor is a perfect candidate to be the top back, running for 2,000 yards in each of the last two seasons and tearing up the combine with a 4.39 second 40-yards dash.
Denver made a nice under-the-radar move by acquiring Jurrell Casey but needs to continue adding depth to its defensive line. Madubuike is a load on the interior and recorded 5.5 sacks in each of the last two seasons for the Broncos.
Deion Jones remains one of the top middle linebackers in the NFL, but he could use some help. Brooks has been a tackling machine for most of his career at Texas Tech, with 360 career tackles, including 108 last year.
The Jets have been busy early in free agent but haven't done much to address their weak cornerback play. Arnette got plenty of experience in four seasons at Ohio State and could be a solid rookie starter.
With the retirement of Ramon Foster, the Steelers are certainly in the market for more offensive line depth. Wanogho is a raw tackle prospect but has the athleticism to develop into a good NFL player.
Cornerback depth is a big need for Chicago, and Dantzler shows exciting potential. He lacks top-end speed but shows nice upside as a man coverage corner.
After allowing Jason Witten to walk, the Cowboys are in the market for tight end help. There are questions about Trautman's level of competition, but the FCS All-American has plenty of upside with 14 TDs and 70 receptions this past season.
L.A. already released Todd Gurley to free up salary cap space, and Brandin Cooks has also been mentioned as a trade candidate. If a trade occurs, there are plenty of options to replace him in this year's draft. Mims is an excellent red-zone threat with 28 touchdowns over the last three seasons and is a great physical specimen, standing at 6-foot-3 and running a sub-4.4 second 40-yard dash.
With Nelson Agholor already gone and Alshon Jeffery a trade candidate, no team in the NFL has a bigger need at wide receiver than Philly. Hamler is undersized at 5-foot-9 but has a chance to be an excellent slot receiver. He had 56 catches for 904 yards and eight touchdowns last season for Penn State.
Buffalo is aging on the edges and could use some youth. Lewis had six sacks in 10 games last season. He's a project but has the physical tools.
Lewis is a perfect fit for a run-first team like the Ravens, who are now in the market for a guard after the legendary Marshal Yanda's retirement. The former LSU Tiger should be able to start from Day 1.
Cornerback is among the many needs that Miami has going into the draft. Johnson was a consistent contributor for Utah over the last two seasons and also recorded six interceptions over that time.
Houston has a big hole at wideout after trading DeAndre Hopkins. Claypool is arguably the most physically gifted wideout in a loaded class, standing at 6-foot-4 and running a 4.42 second 40-yard dash. He had 66 receptions for 1,037 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Fighting Irish last season.
With the loss of veteran Everson Griffen, the Vikings will likely be looking at edge rushers in the draft. Okwara had a total of 13 sacks over the last two season for the Fighting Irish and is an excellent defensive end prospect.
Even if the Seahawks bring back Jadeveon Clowney, they will need more defensive line talent. Uche had a total of 14.5 sacks over the last two seasons and should add additional depth.
Baltimore remains a run-first offense and will likely need to continue taking pressure off veteran back Mark Ingram. Dobbins was highly productive in three seasons at Ohio State and rushed for more than 2,000 yards last season.
After trading Jurell Casey, the Titans need to strengthen their defensive line. Gallimore is a potential load in the middle but also has some pass rush skills, recording seven sacks over the last two seasons.
Wilson is a mammoth at 6-foot-6, 350 pounds and could be an immediate replacement for the departing Bryan Bulaga if the team isn't comfortable with new signing, Ricky Wagner.
Cornerback is a big need for the Chiefs after losing Kendall Fuller and likely Bashaud Breeland. Samuels has optimal size at 6-foot-2 and has shown plenty of takeaway ability, picking off eight passes in three seasons for the Seminoles.
Seattle has some depth at safety, but Dugger is one of several development safeties who could pay huge dividends with a Day 2 pick this year. The Lenoir-Rhyne alum might need time to catch up to the NFL speed but has clear upside for a late second-round price.
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