Broaddus NFL Mock Draft 2020: First Round Picks
The 2020 NFL Draft is here! The virtual edition of the draft will kick off tonight at 5 p.m. MT and run all the way through Saturday.
You can catch all three rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft on 600 ESPN El Paso.
Here's the 2020 mock draft:
1. Cincinnati - Joe Burrow, QB (LSU)
Simply put Joe Burrow and Cincinnati is a match made in heaven. I'll take this pick to the bank, there's no way the Bengals whiff on the Heisman Trophy winner and National Championship-winning Burrow.
2. Washington - Chase Young, EDGE (Ohio State)
The speed, athleticism and tenacity of Chase Young makes him one of the best overall prospects in this draft. In the NFL where a pass rusher is always in high demand, drafting Young at No. 2 is a no brainer for the Redskins and new head coach Ron Rivera.
3. Detroit - Jeff Okudah, CB (Ohio State)
Detroit needs defense here. Jeff Okudah is the best corner out of this draft and there's a drop-off after him. Lions snag Okudah at No. 3 or go defensive tackle with a guy like Derrick Brown (Auburn).
4. NY Giants - Tristan Wirfs, OT (Iowa)
The Giants are seemingly locked in at drafting a tackle in the first round and Tristan Wirfs of Iowa could fill their void at tackle. The last time they drafted a lineman in the first two rounds? UTEP's Will Hernandez in 2018. That pick worked out pretty nicely for New York.
5. Miami - Tua Tagovailoa, QB (Alabama)
Miami has been married to Tua Tagovailoa since the "Tank for Tua" movement started last year in the organization. Recent buzz suggests that Tua might drop in the draft due to his injury history, but with three other first-round picks, let the Dolphins take a chance with Tua.
6. LA Chargers - Justin Herbert, QB (Oregon)
This draft will tell us whether or not Anthony Lynn believes Tyrod Taylor will actually be the Chargers' starting quarterback in 2020. Drafting Justin Herbert at 6 gives the Chargers a plan down the road and gives Lynn some head coaching breathing room. If Herbert doesn't get picked here, look to Jacksonville at No. 9—or 20—or Las Vegas at No. 12.
7. Carolina - Isaiah Simmons, LB (Clemson)
Isaiah Simmons might be my favorite player in this draft. Simmons is a top coverage linebacker, has unprecedented speed and is a hard-hitter. Teaming up with new head coach Matt Rhule is a match made in heaven.
8. Arizona - Jedrick Wills, OL (Alabama)
Here, Arizona looks to some of the stud receivers but elects to take the best offensive lineman on the board. Offensive linemen will be hot commodities this first round and Jedrick Wills will be a great piece to add with Kyler Murray.
9. Jacksonville - Derrick Brown, DT (Auburn)
Most consider Derrick Brown the best value defensive tackle you can get in the top-10. Brown will take a large role in the middle of the front seven.
10. Cleveland - Andrew Thomas, OT (Georgia)
Protecting Baker Mayfield is priority number one for Cleveland in this draft. And Andrew Thomas of Georgia is a plug-and-play tackle that can play on the left or right side.
11. NY Jets - Mekhi Becton, OT (Louisville)
Mekhi Becton might have the most upside of any offensive tackle in this draft. If you're the Jets, there's no way you skip out on a chance here to improve your line. The Jets could end up taking a receiver in the second round.
12. Las Vegas - CeeDee Lamb, WR (Oklahoma)
Raiders think long and hard about drafting Jerry Jeudy or Henry Ruggs III here but everything coming out of Las Vegas indicates the front office loves CeeDee Lamb.
13. San Francisco f/IND - Jerry Jeudy, WR (Alabama)
Wow, imagine Kyle Shannahan with Jerry Jeudy? The 49ers drafting Jeudy at 13 instead of trading back and getting a larger draft return could mean they are hoping Jeaudy can become a star with the team.
14. Tampa Bay - Austin Jackson, OT (USC)
More protection upfront here for Tompa Bay, as they take the best tackle outside the top four offensive linemen taken in the first 11 picks. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Bucs take another target for Brady here either.
15. Denver - Henry Ruggs III, WR (Alabama)
The fastest receiver of this class in Henry Ruggs III would fit well alongside Courtland Sutton. The Broncos want to also improve their offensive front, so that could be an alternate if they aren't sold on drafting a wideout in the first round.
16. Atlanta - CJ Henderson, CB (Florida)
The Falcons have been married to the idea of getting CJ Henderson from Flordia. If it's not at No. 16, Atlanta is prepared to trade up for the cornerback.
17. Dallas - K'Lavon Chaisson, EDGE (LSU)
There are still questions on Dallas' pass-rushing game and K'Lavon Chaisson is the second-best EDGE rusher in this class. The Cowboys also need a cornerback, safety and a center but as a top edge rusher, Chaisson is too good to pass up here.
18. Miami f/PIT - Javon Kinlaw, DT (South Carolina)
In most drafts, Javon Kinlaw might be taken in the first 15 picks. Miami gets a steal here at 18 by drafting the second-best interior defensive lineman.
19. Las Vegas f/CHI - Kenneth Murray, LB (Oklahoma)
Kenneth Murray is a tackling machine and although drafting Jordan Love is tempting for Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock, they might wait until next year and ride out the Carr-Mariota bus this year.
20. Jacksonville f/LAR - Josh Jones, OL (Houston)
Instead of drafting Jordan Love here, Jacksonville instead improves their offensive line with Josh Jones of Houston.
21. Philadelphia - Justin Jefferson, WR (LSU)
Justin Jefferson in Philly? Sign me up. The explosive slot receiver could really help a depleted receiving corp like the Eagles have.
22. Minnesota f/BUF - Brandon Aiyuk, WR (Arizona State)
Sun Bowl alumn Brandon Aiyuk had some questions regarding an off-season foot injury but it shouldn't deter any team from snagging the wideout. He's among the best in what he can do after the catch.
23. New England - Zack Baun, LB (Wisconsin)
With Jamie Collins, Kyle Van Noy and Elandon Roberts are all gone, the Patriots prioritize a linebacker to fill the void here at No. 23 and dispel any early quarterback draft rumors.
24. New Orleans - Jordan Love, QB (Utah State)
Drew Brees' two-year deal this offseason means that Sean Peyton really needs to start planning for the future beyond the future Hall of Fame quarterback. While Taysom Hill is the jack-of-all-trades, he doesn't have much quarterback experience. Drafting Love here isn't a major risk for the Saints and they can allow him to learn the system in the coming years.
25. Minnesota - Kristian Fulton, CB (LSU)
With Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander all gone in free agency, the Vikings will need to turn their focus to the defense this draft. Packaging their first two picks to move up is tempting but if they stay at 25, they take a corner in Kristian Fulton.
26. Miami f/HOU - Xavier Mckinney, S (Alabama)
If the Cowboys don't take Mckinney at 17 and if he falls to Miami all the way back at 26, it would be another steal for the Fins. Miami could also explore drafting a tackle here.
27. Seattle - Cesar Ruiz, C/G (Michigan)
The Seahawks can do a lot at this pick—receiver, guard or defensive tackle. They can play it safe by drafting versatile center/guard Cesar Ruiz who can plug in various spots on the line.
28. Baltimore - Patrick Queen, LB (LSU)
As long as Patrick Queen drops to 28, the Ravens should take the linebacker out of LSU as a no-brainer. If he's off the board, the Ravens might go bold and get a receiver or a running back.
29. Tennessee - Yetur Gross-Matos, DE (Penn State)
Tennessee here can also be flexible and get a pass rusher, interior defensive lineman or even a cornerback. But the one thing that the Titans should do is prioritize defense here.
30. Green Bay - Tee Higgins, WR (Clemson)
Tee Higgins is another steal in the deep receiver class and the Packers shouldn't pass on him. Jalen Reagor from TCU also makes sense here.
31. San Francisco - Jaylon Johnson, CB (Utah)
I would be surprised if the 49ers keep both picks in the first round since they lack picks in the second through third rounds. But if they stay at 31, cornerback makes the most sense and Jaylon Johnson from Utah could be a nice selection here.
32. Kansas City - Ezra Cleveland, OT – Boise State
No running back in the first round? The Chiefs might be tempted but Ezra Cleveland from Boise State makes a lot of sense here for the defending Super Bowl champs to protect Patrick Mahomes.