Christian’s NFL Mock Draft 1.5
Updated: Aug 24, 2020
Welcome back for another edition of my mock drafts. I’m going to try to do this with each new mock I release. What is this you ask? A full one-round mock draft with trades! That’s why we’re at 1.5, folks. I don’t typically love mocks with trades because it’s nearly impossible to predict what teams will attempt to move up – and there is always a surprise or two – but I feel as though this will be fun. Let’s get right into it.
1. Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
I don’t see a world in which the Bengals trade out of this spot, because a lot of signs point to them already having Burrow locked in as their franchise guy. No surprises here.
2. Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
3. Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
The Miami Dolphins send picks 1.05, 1.26 and a 2021 3rd-rounder to the Detroit Lions for pick 1.03.
Here’s where the fun begins. If the Dolphins have Tua pegged as their guy, they need to move up and get him. It’s not a steep price considering the amount of draft picks the Dolphins accumulated for this 2020 NFL Draft, and the price honestly doesn’t matter – go get your guy.
4. Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
Nothing noteworthy here – I believe that Okudah will go to the Giants if he gets past the first three picks (as of right now, that is).
5. Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
The Indianapolis Colts send picks 1.13, 2.34, and 4.112 to Detroit for pick 1.05.
I did say there’s always that one surprise, right? I think the Colts like Jacoby Brissett. I also think that they believe they’re a stud quarterback and some minor pieces away from Super Bowl contention. In this mock, they jump the Chargers and Panthers to nab Andrew Luck’s true successor.
6. Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
The Chargers stand pat, and with the top three quarterbacks gone, the Chargers decide to beef up their offensive line to protect their signal-caller (whoever that may be).
7. Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
Once again, no surprises here. The Panthers run defense is atrocious and Derrick Brown can step in and nearly single-handedly fix that.
8. Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson
Everyone – and I mean everyone – has the Cardinals taking an offensive tackle here. There is some real justification for that as they desperately need one. However, they also need some dynamic defensive playmakers, and I think there’s a great chance that if Simmons is there, he’s an Arizona Cardinal.
9. Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
I know how upset you Jaguars fans get with this pick, but I promise you that you don’t need a receiver. Take the CB2 here and be happy.
10. Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
Initially, I had the Browns trading up to snag Simmons, but tackle is such a huge need for them that giving up assets to not get a tackle seems silly. Which is why the Browns will probably do that and prove me right. For now, they stay at 10 and get Mekhi Becton, a guy I believe is the second-best tackle in this class.
11. AJ Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
No changes here as Adam Gase and company get the complement to Quinnen Williams here. I know, Jets fans, this isn’t what you want. But it’s what you need.
12. Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
Somehow, the Raiders have ended up with Jerry Jeudy in both of my personal mocks. I know that has to make Las Vegas fans happy.
13. Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
From the Indianapolis Colts.
The Lions trade back twice and get nearly the value of the player they should be considering with the 1.03 in the first place. Their run defense is atrocious and their pass rush isn’t good either. Kinlaw provides solutions to both of these, and I’m still not convinced he’s actually worse than Derrick Brown. The Lions come out big winners in their first-round trades.
14. Tristan Wirfs, OL, Iowa
I still think he’s a guard in the NFL, but the addition of Wirfs provides some necessary size and strength to this Tampa Bay offensive line.
15. Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
Again, CeeDee is my WR2, but Ruggs’ speed is a much better fit with this offense. Ruggs and Courtland Sutton would be one heck of a wide receiver tandem.
16. CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
With the top two corners and defensive tackles both gone, the Falcons would be a likely fit to trade out of this spot. However, I think they’re going to fall in love with CJ Henderson enough to stay here and make sure the Cowboys don’t get him.
17. CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
The Buffalo Bills send picks 1.22, 3.86 and a 2021 6th-rounder to the Dallas Cowboys for pick 1.17.
The Bills watch CeeDee fall and go out and get Josh Allen’s new favorite target. I’ll be honest, I think I just want to see CeeDee and Allen play together and that’s why the Bills have traded up.
18. Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
No changes here from the 1.0 – the Dolphins get their blindside protection for Tua and shift Thomas over to RT.
19. Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
Again, no changes – Kenneth Murray is still my LB2, despite the recent hype for Patrick Queen. The Raiders get their defensive signal caller.
20. Grant Delpit, S, LSU
Hi Jags fans. I’m sorry for disappointing you, but you get two of the best defensive players in the draft and you don’t need a receiver.
21. Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
With only the top three receivers gone, the Eagles get the last of my tier-one guys. Justin Jefferson immediately steps into a huge role opposite.. well.. someone I hope.
22. Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
From Buffalo Bills.
McKinney might be better than Delpit, but since Delpit and the top three corners are gone, the choice is pretty easy. The Cowboys have a lot of needs and safety may top the list – this is a perfect fit for them.
23. Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
The Los Angeles Chargers send picks 2.37, 4.102 and a 2021 3rd-rounder to the New England Patriots for 1.23 and 7.212.
I tricked you when I said ‘whoever that may’ be earlier – I knew who it would be all along. The Chargers trade back up into the first and get the guy that many think they’ll take at 6. They watch him slide and decide they’re going to pull the trigger, and it really shakes up the rest of this draft.
24. Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado
Despite all the change at the top here, the Saints still end up with their guy. Reports are surfacing that Taysom might be the QB of choice if Brees is gone, and the Saints get their Hill replacement in Shenault.
25. Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU
The DT3 finds a home with the Vikings, reinforcing their already pretty solid defensive front. I’d love to go IOL here, but there’s really no one I like.
26. Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
From the Miami Dolphins.
The Lions need to get better up the middle, and partnering Kinlaw with Queen entering the 2020 season would solidify that region of the field in a tremendous way.
27. Lloyd Cushenberry II, C, LSU
This is quite the reach, but this is the same team that surprised everyone when they overdrafted LJ Collier last year. I think this is probably the biggest need, and while I don’t think the Seahawks value interior offensive linemen as highly as they should, the need outweighs the lack of desire to invest.
28. K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
No matter which way I spin it, the Ravens end up with a defensive stud at this pick. Chaisson falls in this mock, and that allows for him to cause the Browns problems for the next five years at least. I’m not happy about it, but he fits here.
29. Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame
No change from the 1.0, as I truly believe this is the perfect fit for the Titans to be an AFC contender.
30. Josh Jones, OT, Houston
Packers fans still won’t be happy with me. I think this truly is the best value pick here and you can yell at me all you want.
31. Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
The ultimate cover guy finds a home in the Super Bowl runner-up’s secondary (I hope Andy Reid wins, don’t worry guys).
32. Jacob Eason, QB, Washington
Pittsburgh sends picks 2.49, 3.114 and a 2021 4th-rounder to San Francisco for pick 1.32.
Mason Rudolph and Duck Hodges surely proved that they are not the future of the Pittsburgh Steelers. That’s why this seemingly steep price is truly not that cheap. Ben Roethlisberger has maybe one or two more good years and sitting Eason behind him for as long as possible could be good for him. As a Browns fan, I hate it. As a football fan and fantasy football player, I love it.