Updated: Aug 24, 2020
I know this is a little later than I said I would be releasing this mock draft, but life caught up to me over the weekend and I had a lot of planning to do for the next couple weeks with this Corona Virus shut down starting in Ohio. That being said, although I have it listed as my mock 1.0 it is not my first mock of the off-season. It is just the first one I have published on our site. I do want to specify this one will be without any trades! Trust me I know there will be at least 3 first round trades in the actual draft, but for my first published on of the year, I want to keep it simple. This will also be a full 2-round mock draft as well.
Please comment any feedback on here or on whatever social media you are using to view this. Sorry I am not as controversial with my picks as my co-host Christian is. Maybe he is using that shiny bald head as a crystal ball into the draft future and is just keeping it secret from me. He does have a good track record of the off the wall to an extent picks early in the draft. But I am always confident my picks are going to be more accurate than his!!!! We have spent countless hours scouting this year to get ready for this process and getting my fantasy picks right for the next season and I am very sure we are well informed and prepared for everything. That being said, I am always up for a conversation or debate on anything football! Be sure to listen to our next episode this weekend and follow The Cut on everything out there.
Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow, QB LSU
At this point this has become a lock in my opinion.
2. Washington Redskins: Chase Young, Edge Ohio State
This is less of a lock, especially with a chance to trade down in the actual draft. But with no trades you take best player available for a rebuilding team. Young is the best player in the draft and is river boat Ron’s next Julius Peppers.
3. Detroit Lions: Isaiah Simmons, LB/S Clemson
I would normally say this should be Jeff Okudah. And I don’t think that is wrong at all still. But they seemed to put heavy free agent capital to the corner position and could afford to wait until day two to bolster the position further. So they get the freak athlete who is just as good as Okudah and is a versatile piece for a defensive minded coach.
4. New York Giants: Jedrick Wills, OT Alabama
I think Okuda has a strong chance here as well, but I’m saying Gettleman decides to focus on the trenches like always and goes with in my opinion the best tackle of the class. This is a focus on the health and advancement of Jones and Barkley and the right move.
5. Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa, QB Alabama
Tua could be in discussion to be the first pick if he stayed healthy. They have strong interest in Tua as well and if they feel okay enough with the medical history and checks at the combine, then I say you take the risk for the better qb. Hopefully his workout tweets will be enough for him to get drafted in his rightful place. Now you have to protect him.
6. Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Herbert, QB Oregon
Chargers chose not to go for any veteran QB not named Brady or Taylor. I can’t blame them either, this is the chance to transition to the next era with a bang and hopefully take off from where Rivers left this team last year. Herbert has his flaws, but with the chance to sit for a bit as well as the vast amount of weapons the Chargers have, I think he has a chance to be a stud.
7. Carolina Panthers: Jeff Okudah, CB Ohio State
Top 3 player in the draft for me falls to a team that just let their best corner walk in free agency. You signed you possible QB of the future in Bridgewater, now you get a stud to shape your defense around in Okuda.
8. Arizona Cardinals: Tristan Wirfs, OT Iowa
The winner of the combine is taken here to protect Kyler for the long haul. They resigned Humphries and with this pick they have shown great strides to continue to make this the best offense they possibly can. Oh and they got Nuk so they have already had an incredible off-season.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars: Derrick Brown, DT Auburn
I think it is hard to tell where this new regime will rebuild this team. They stripped the defense down to the bones and somehow got rid of the Foles contract. I think there is a strong chance this is a offensive tackle or a top receiver, but I am going with the best defender left on the board that fits a team need beautifully. Brown will be a dominant force for the Jags interior for the next decade.
10. Cleveland Browns: Mekhi Becton, OT Louisville
Browns luck out and still have a tackle on the board. I think there is a strong chance that Tampa Bay tries to trade up to 8 or 9 to get a stud tackle though. Browns get the highest potential guy in the class who is also the biggest. I think that Callahan can mold Becton into a fantastic left tackle and will make the rebuilding of the offensive line pretty much complete for Cleveland.
11. New York Jets: K’Lavon Chaisson, Edge LSU
This is a tough pick to me. Jets need a top receiver bad in most people’s’ eyes; but still have Crowder, Enunwa, Chesson, and now Perriman. Yikes but still could wait in a deep class for a position they clearly don’t value highly. They also could still use a tackle, but may feel with how much they spent in free agency, they can afford to wait a round. These reasons are why I went with a stud edge rusher who will fit amazingly in the Jets scheme. They have awful pass rushers right now and this brings a much needed presence to their defense.
12. Las Vegas Raiders: Jerry Jeudy, WR Alabama
Best receiver in the draft to me falls to one of the most receiver needy teams in the draft. Jeudy is a perfect fit to complement what the Raiders already have in Williams and Renfrow. Jeudy is a premier route technician with solid speed and agility. Most well rounded guy in the class that can have a dominant impact early and be the top guy for the Raiders that Amari should have been. This also allows them to use most of their other picks on defense with some focus on receiver depth and offensive line depth.
13. San Francisco 49ers: CeeDee Lamb, WR Oklahoma
I think Kinlaw has a huge chance to go here, but with the 49ers having a couple bodies on the roster at DT already, I think the receiver need is much higher. Lamb has every right to be considered the best in the class and will work wonders in Shanahan’s system with Deebo along side him. Lamb will be the number one threat for Jimmy G and allow Deebo to be the gadget guy that is moved around all over without getting number 1 corner attention. Scary addition to a dominant offense.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Andrew Thomas, OT Georgia
The chance of the Jets waiting to draft another tackle to get a premier pass rusher makes all the value for Tampa Bay. They have to protect Brady at all costs and this is possibly the most pro-ready tackle coming out. Thomas also has clearly the highest floor of the class which makes him the perfect fit to start right away.
15. Denver Broncos: Henry Ruggs III, WR Alabama
Defensive tackle and corner make sense here as well, but Ruggs adds another element to an ever evolving offense and a perfect running mate with Sutton and Lock for the next decade. His speed and route running will take some attention off Sutton and will be an insane part of some play action offense in Denver.
16. Atlanta Falcons: C.J. Henderson, CB Florida
With having to clear space at the corner position earlier in free agency, the Falcons are getting the perfect replacement in C.J. He should fit right in with the scheme in Atlanta and help to improve a defense that has been injury prone and rough for a couple years now.
17. Dallas Cowboys: Kristian Fulton, CB LSU
I believe the Cowboys should take McKinney here but they have not gone safety this early in what feels like ever. Glaring need at corner with Jones gone I think getting the next best corner in Fulton is a great move. Fulton is a proven winner and will be a huge leader in their secondary. He does have some injury concerns and some are worried about his speed, but I feel the injuries played a huge part in that. He will prove himself early in a secondary desperate for top talent.
18. Miami Dolphins: Josh Jones, OT Houston
It may be wise to go best player available here, but the Dolphins need o-line help soooooo bad. They didn’t get either top free agent tackles and over paid Flowers. So getting the next best tackle is smart because he won’t be there by 26. I think Jones has a slight tier brake before the next batch of guys and has a good amount of room to go. The Dillard comparison is smart, but that doesn’t mean Jones will struggle to start just like him. Worst case Jones can be a stud for the long haul but you have to protect Tua at all costs!!!
19. Oakland Raiders: Jeff Gladney, CB TCU
Best corner on the board for me going to the Raiders who desperately need an outside corner or two. McKinney would be great here too but after spending high on Abrams last year I would assume they go for the biggest need after getting Jeudy earlier. Gladney is a tremendous athlete that works best in a man scheme but can play in zone as well. Should be a solid stud on the outside to pair with Lawson and Apple.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars: Xavier McKinney, S Alabama
The best safety of the class going here to a team revamping the entire defense to get younger and cheaper. After snagging Brown early, this fill another hole in that defense. The deep receiver class allowing them to wait until day 2 to get another solid piece to pair with an already good receiver group.
21. Philadelphia Eagles: Justin Jefferson, WR LSU
Hallelujah is what every Eagles fan will be screaming that Jefferson fell to them here. They may need to trade up to be sure, but no trades so just great luck. Eagles receivers are technically still okay with Jackson and Jeffries on the books, but the rumor for a while is Alshon will be gone soon and Jefferson is a fantastic all around player who can work all over the field. Will complement well with whoever else they double dip on later in the draft.
22. Minnesota Vikings: Javon Kinlaw, DT South Carolina
It is almost criminal for Kinlaw to fall all this way based on talent alone. But with the other teams he fits with taking a bigger need, he falls to the Vikings who have needed a great defensive tackle since last year. Corner and receiver may also be at worst on the same level of need for them, but Kinlaw’s value is off the charts for them here.
23. New England Patriots: Patrick Queen, LB LSU
The Patriots need to revamp a lot of the team and I believe that starts with the defense for them. Just like when they drafted Brady back in the day, they need to focus on the defense to let that carry them with an apparent future of Stidham and Hoyer. I think they could draft a guy later but have all but said they are allowing a competition between those two for this year. Queen is a do it all linebacker that will fit well in the Patriots scheme. Hopefully will be their next incarnation of Tedy Bruschi.
24. New Orleans Saints: Kenneth Murray, LB Oklahoma
Saints signing Sanders in free agency was key in allowing them to focus elsewhere early on in the draft. With Klein going to Buffalo in free agency, this left a huge void in their defense. Murray fills that hole with more upside. He is an explosive guy that flies all over the field. Needs to slightly improve decision making, but his other abilities will compensate this for a year or so.
25. Minnesota Vikings: A.J. Terrell, CB Clemson
Need at corner outways getting a receiver this early due to the deep class. With losing so much of the secondary to free agency, they have to start the rebuild here with corner to have someone to try and combat the likes of Allen Robinson, Davante Adams, and Kenny Golladay in their own division. I have Trevon Diggs ranked higher but that’s a clear no go for the Vikings.
26. Miami Dolphins: Cezar Ruiz, IOL Michigan
The Dolphins spent so much money on defense in free agency allowing them to spend all first round picks on improving the offense for the future. Already got Tua and Jones, now grabbing Ruiz to help the rebuilding of the offensive line to protect Tua. Ruiz is far and away the best interior offensive lineman in the draft and will be an impact starter from day one.
27. Seattle Seahawks: Yetur Gross-Matos, Edge Penn State
Gross-Matos reportedly killed the combine process and is a deserving first round talent. He has raw skills but has produced and is ready to make an impact on a Seahawks defense that needs to get more pressure on the quarterback this year. With Clowney still up in the air as well and Ruiz gone right before them, Gross-Matos is the best fit for their team easy.
28. Baltimore Ravens: Neville Gallimore, IDL Oklahoma
With the Brockers problem in free agency, they have a massive need at interior defensive line after losing Pierce to free agency and trading Wormley. Gallimore is my next d-tackle up and should fill that void the best out of this class. Gallimore is a tough and twitchy two gap attacker in the middle and is exactly what they need after all this mess.
29. Tennessee Titans: A.J. Epenesa, Edge Iowa
The combine wasn’t great for Epenesa, but he is still a stud prospect and can fit smoothly into the Titans core. He has versatility, is a great run stopper, and does get enough of a pass rush to be effective. He has tremendous length and power and knows how to use them. Will grow into a Trey Flowers type guy for Vrabel for a evolving defense.
30. Green Bay Packers: Denzel Mims, WR Baylor
Mims has places to improve in football IQ and route running, but is an aggressive and tough player with impressive hands and catch radius. He fits the Packers need perfectly for his long speed and deep threat ability. Packers tend to draft the 6’2″-6’6″ and 200 pound receivers so they don’t have to go from that norm with Mims making him a possible better fit than someone like Jalen Reagor.
31. San Francisco 49ers: Trevon Diggs, CB Alabama
Diggs is a fantastic corner prospect that really only struggled against possibly the best college receiver we have seen in a long time in Ja’ Marr Chase. Diggs will come in as a corner two for the 49ers and has a chance to learn from Sherman for the next three years or so. He excels in zone coverage with a strength in pressing receivers as well. This perfectly fits with the scheme run in San Francisco and fills a void on the opposite side of Sherman.
32. Kansas City Chiefs: Noah Igbinoghene, CB Auburn
Tempting to take the running back here just to see the Chiefs fans riot, but with Igbinoghene on the board still it is an easy pick here. The Chiefs need corner help so bad. Igbinoghene is still a raw prospect with only playing corner for two years so far, and most likely won’t be a lockdown island guy for a couple years. But he is promising in every way and a ferocious competitor at the biggest need for the defending champs.
33. Cincinnati Bengals: Lucas Niang, OT TCU
34. Indianapolis Colts: Jordan Love, QB Utah State
35. Detroit Lions: Jaylon Johnson, CB Utah
36. New York Giants: Grant Delpit, S LSU
37. Los Angeles Chargers: Austin Jackson, OT USC
38. Carolina Panthers: Ross Blacklock, IDL TCU
39. Miami Dolphins: D’Andre Swift, RB Georgia
40. Houston Texans: Tee Higgins, WR Clemson
41. Cleveland Browns: Antoine Winfield Jr., S Minnesota
42. Jacksonville Jaguars: Cameron Dantzler, CB Mississippi State
43. Chicago Bears: Kyle Dugger, S Lenoir-Rhyne
44. Indianapolis Colts: Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State
45. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Justin Madubuike, IDL Texas A&M
46. Denver Broncos: Ezra Cleveland, OT Boise State
47. Atlanta Falcons: Marlon Davidson, DL Auburn
48. New York Jets: Prince Tega Wanogho, OT Auburn
49. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jalen Hurts, QB Oklahoma
50. Chicago Bears: Jonah Jackson, IOL Ohio State
51. Dallas Cowboys: Lloyd Cushenberry III, IOL LSU
52. Los Angeles Rams: J.K. Dobbins, RB Ohio State
53. Philadelphia Eagles: Damon Arnette, CB Ohio State
54. Buffalo Bills: Zack Baun, Edge/LB Wisconsin
55. Baltimore Ravens: Malik Harrison, LB Ohio State
56. Miami Dolphins: Ashtyn Davis, S California
57. Houston Texans: Terrell Lewis, Edge Alabama
58.Minnesota Vikings: Jalen Reagor, WR TCU
59. Seattle Seahawks: Raekwon Davis, IDL Alabama
60. Baltimore Ravens: Laviska Shenault Jr., WR Colorado
61. Tennessee Titans: Matt Hennessy, IOL Temple
62. Green Bay Packers: Cole Kmet, TE Notre Dame
63. Kansas City Chiefs: Jonathan Taylor, RB Wisconsin
64. Seattle Seahawks: K.J. Hamler, WR Penn State
Well that’s it for my 1.0. I hope you enjoyed the read and I feel I hit the best values for each team. I am sure there are other people you fans wanted for your team and I hope I explained the pick as best as I could for you. Please leave a comment on here or on whatever social media you are seeing this on. I enjoy the discussions and always looking to improve my game. Thanks again for taking the time out of your day!
Randy Hall: Co-Host of the The Cut podcast