Christian’s NFL Mock Draft 2.0
Updated: Aug 24, 2020
Is Joe Burrow still the 1.01? Is Chase Young a lock at pick number 2? Time to figure that out and more. If you missed my Mock Draft 1.0, you can find it here. And if you haven’t yet heard The Cut’s 1.0, check it out here. Oh! And with each new mock I put out, I’m going to add a round. So enjoy my second round here, as well. Let’s just dive right in.
1. Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
No surprises here. Joe Burrow is a lock at one. I think it’s the most sure I’ve been in quite a while.
2. Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
Whaaaaat? I’ve been trying to tell Randy that this pick isn’t a locked landing spot for Chase Young. He doesn’t buy it. The thing that pushed Wills over the top is the high investment in Montez Sweat. If the Redskins continue using higher picks on edge rushers, they’re consistently going to bolster what is already their biggest strength. I, personally, don’t see the likelihood of that (which is why I believe they’ll trade out, but for this mock’s purposes, they get Wills).
3. Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
Matt Patricia would be ecstatic if this were the case. Chase Young truly is a franchise-changing player and while edge isn’t the biggest area of concern for the Lions, Young is an immediate upgrade.
4. Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson
I was tempted to reach on Chaisson here, but I think the addition of Patrick Graham as defensive coordinator sways me here. Graham is on record saying he runs a “position-less” defense, and what better player to plug into such a scheme than Isaiah Simmons?
5. Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
I am quite tempted to go with BPA here (Derrick Brown) but because there are still rumors swirling that the Dolphins are trying to move up, I am inclined to think they have Tua pegged as ‘their guy.’ Medicals at the Combine will determine this pick, but since we aren’t there yet, I have to stick with Tua.
6. Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
There’s still talk of NFL teams being concerned about Justin Herbert’s ability to lead a team. I’m going to stay on the “Jordan Love is my QB3” train and stop tilting. Love, in the Chargers scheme and with all that talent around him, will surely succeed.
7. Derrick Brown, IDL, Auburn
I do think that this is a pretty good spot for Herbert to go. I will likely be putting him here in future mocks. However, right now, I am kind of leaning toward Rhule tanking for someone better (like Trevor Lawrence). The problem will be that it will be hard for this team to lose so many games while adding Brown and getting that much better up the middle. Seems like a prime trade-back spot in future mocks *wink, wink*.
8. Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
He’s my OT2. He’s massive and mobile, and I think he will protect Kyler well. The Cardinals get what could be the best tackle in this class when it’s all said and done.
9. Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
How lucky are the Jaguars? Get rid of Ramsey only to get Ramsey 2.0? I think this is best case scenario for them, and I think this would be the obvious pick if the board fell this way.
10. Tristan Wirfs, OL, Iowa
The Browns have a lot of offensive line needs, and I think that Wirfs has the ability to move inside (and also think that he’ll be better as a guard). The Browns snag their Quenton Nelson rather than their Joe Thomas, and I don’t think that’s a bad thing, at all.
11. CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
I still think that Epenesa or Chaisson make sense here. I also think that Andrew Thomas could go. But the Jets need weapons. Robby Anderson is all but gone and Jamison Crowder is the best receiver for this team. They go get their clear number one. CeeDee isn’t even my WR1, but he makes more sense than Jeudy with the personnel of this team.
12. Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
Randy will be ecstatic when he reads this. The best receiver in the class goes to his Raiders, as they add some weapons around Derek Carr (who is under contract until 2022, remember) and make this offense pretty respectable.
13. Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
I really think that the Colts are a QB from a deep playoff run, and they get that quarterback in Justin Herbert. This is typically a spot I like to go Kinlaw or a receiver, but with Herbert falling, it only makes sense that they snag their new franchise guy.
14. Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
I’m going to continue operating under the assumption that Jameis is back. Arians has been vocal about how bad Jameis was, but I think that’s a tactic to motivate him. Let’s not forget that Carson Palmer’s highest interception total came in the first year of an Arians-led offense. Give Jameis a tackle like Andrew Thomas and I expect one hell of a turnaround for a guy that is consistently getting clowned.
15. Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
I know that in previous versions of my mocks, Lamb has been available and I’ve had the Broncos pass on him in favor of Ruggs. In this version, Ruggs is the best receiver available, and that allows for less scrutiny and more excitement. Ruggs, Sutton, and Fant would immediately become one of the most dynamic young trios in the league, and the Broncos would have a fairly good shot at the playoffs in 2020.
16. AJ Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
Vic Beasley will not be pursued by the Falcons, per the Falcons. Insert AJ Epenesa. Is that an upgrade? I sure think so. Epenesa is still my EDGE2, despite everyone fading him in favor of Chaisson. The Falcons go out and get a guy that can actually pressure the quarterback, which improves this defense tremendously.
17. Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
Even in a best-case scenario, the Cowboys are unable to retain all of their free agent cornerbacks. Getting Kristian Fulton may save them some money on a new contract for Byron Jones, and saving money is something the Cowboys desperately need to do if they plan to retain both Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper. This pick almost has to be a corner, right?
18. K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
This is too early for the remaining tackles and probably too early for D’Andre Swift. Chaisson is being regarded as top-ten guy, and for that, I think the Dolphins are ecstatic to snag him with the 18th overall pick.
19. Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
Patrick Queen is lower in my rankings than Kenneth Murray, but Mike Mayock’s tendency to draft guys from blue chip universities puts Queen here over an Oklahoma guy. I don’t think many Raiders fans will complain about that, either.
20. Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
The Jaguars were at their best when they had a top-tier defense. Adding the best corner and safety in this draft gets them pretty damn close to that before even reaching the second round of the draft. I know you Jags fans want a receiver, so keep reading.
21. Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
Justin Jefferson has been fading down boards recently, and I think it’s simply due to the fact that this wide receiver class is so deep. I still cannot see him getting past 21 or 22, and he immediately gives the Eagles a better number-one option.
22. Javon Kinlaw, IDL, South Carolina
I’m shocked I let this top-ten talent get this far, but the quarterbacks and wide receivers definitely push a few people down. Kinlaw is victim to that, and he joins Ed Oliver to create the scariest young interior D-line in the AFC.
23. Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
Replacing Kyle Van Noy won’t be easy, but drafting Kenneth Murray will lighten that burden for Billy B. He gets a sideline-to-sideline guy that can eventually be the leader of this defense.
24. Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado
I do think that Lloyd Cushenberry fits here, but with Shenault making it past the WR-needy teams, the Saints jump on it. I do think that Brees comes back for one more year and with a WR2 of Shenault’s caliber, I think they go to the Super Bowl.
25. CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
The Vikings need to do something different with their secondary, and if Henderson is still on the board, I like the fit. I know a lot of people are fading Henderson (and I cannot lie – I am too), but he’s still my CB3 currently and I think this is a good landing spot for him.
26. Josh Jones, OT, Houston
I was high on Andre Dillard before nearly everyone last year. I’m higher on Josh Jones than nearly everyone this year. I really do think their profiles are similar and Dillard went 22nd overall to the Eagles in 2019. The Dolphins get some much needed line help to protect their new and fragile franchise leader.
27. Lloyd Cushenberry III, IOL, LSU
I know the Seahawks don’t always value this position, but there aren’t many edge rushers than I can justify putting here. Plus, they just drafted LJ Collier in the first last year and I like to think they’ll keep Jadaveon Clowney around. Cushenberry provides better protection to Russ and that John Stamos-level hairdo.
28. D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
This is something I have never seen mocked. It’s wild. It’s outlandish. But that’s only if you take it at face value. Mark Ingram only has two years left on his contract. Gus Edwards is okay, but he is no D’Andre Swift. Adding an athlete of Swift’s caliber to this offense is sure to put this team over the top, and while the real help is probably needed on the other side of the ball, sometimes the rich get richer.
29. Cesar Ruiz, IOL, Michigan
Ferocious. Dynamic. Quick. All adjectives for Cesar Ruiz. Give the Titans and Derrick Henry a guy like Ruiz and watch this running game explode even more than it did in 2019.
30. Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame
The best tight end in this class finally comes off the board. While it feels like a year that tight end could get pushed out of the first completely, I don’t think that ultimately is the case. Kmet gives Rodgers two TEs with good hands (including Sternberger), and this offense gets a little scarier.
31. Grant Delpit, S, LSU
There’s a chance Delpit falls out of the first, but if the 49ers stay here to pick, I think he’s the most obvious choice. Remember that saying with the Ravens? The rich get richer? Yeah. Enough said.
32. Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn
This is a guy that I think will continue to rise up boards. He’s tenacious. He’s extremely physical. He is probably the best press corner in this draft not named Jeff Okudah. I think he has a really good shot to become the CB4, and all that matters here is that he is my CB4.
Bengals – Jonathan Greenard, EDGE, Florida
Colts – Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
Lions – Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
Giants – Zack Baun, LB, Wisconsin
Chargers – Austin Jackson, OT, USC
Panthers – Jacob Eason, QB, Washington
Dolphins – JK Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
Cardinals – Ross Blacklock, IDL, TCU
Browns – Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota
Jaguars – KJ Hamler, WR, Penn State
Bears – Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue
Colts – Neville Gallimore, IDL, Oklahoma
Buccaneers – Julian Okwara, EDGE, Notre Dame
Broncos – AJ Terrell, CB, Clemson
Falcons – Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State
Jets – Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama
Steelers – Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
Bears – Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
Cowboys – Ashtyn Davis, S, California
Rams – Trey Adams, OT, Washington
Eagles – Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah
Bills – Van Jefferson, WR, Florida
Falcons – Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
Dolphins – Matt Hennessy, IOL, Temple
Texans – Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU
Vikings – Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio State
Seahawks – Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
Ravens – Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State
Titans – Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
Packers – Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State
Chiefs – Joshua Uche, EDGE, Michigan
Seahawks – Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn
Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments!
Until next time!