Kevin Hanson's 2020 NFL Mock Draft- Updated: Thursday, May 16th
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Given that the draft is so far out, there are obviously many unknowns.
For the draft order of this mock, we used the inverse order of the Consensus 2019 NFL Power Rankings.
More than anything, the goal of this mock is to highlight players that could hear their names called on Day 1 of the 2020 draft.
It should go without saying, but I'll say it anyways -- this mock will look a lot different in April 2020 than it looks now.
For now, here's how the first round of the 2020 NFL draft could play out:1. Miami Dolphins (Draft History): Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon Ducks
Moving on from Ryan Tannehill this offseason, the Dolphins signed Ryan Fitzpatrick in free agency and then traded a second-round pick for Josh Rosen. Assuming that Rosen earns the starting gig sooner than later, the front office will get a long look at what they have in the former top-10 pick this season. If Rosen's team once again holds the top overall pick in the NFL Draft, however, it's possible that history repeats itself.
Herbert has all of the physical tools -- prototypical size (6-6, 233), outstanding arm strength and plus mobility -- and intangibles to develop into a franchise quarterback. If the Dolphins decide to pass on Herbert or Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa, Ohio State's Chase Young could be the pick here.
2. Arizona Cardinals (Draft History): Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia Bulldogs
There were plenty of reasons for Josh Rosen to struggle as a rookie, but one major reason was Arizona's poor offensive line play. In addition, starting left tackle D.J. Humphries will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2019 season. With experience at both tackle spots, Thomas would be an immediate upgrade over Humphries.
3. New York Giants (Draft History): Chase Young, DE, Ohio State Buckeyes
Despite preaching about the importance of staying true to the board, GM Dave Gettleman deviated from that philosophy to get his hand-chosen (and eventual) replacement for Eli Manning. That said, only the Raiders (13) recorded fewer sacks than the Giants (30) in 2018 and it's unlikely that he would pass up another opportunity to draft an elite edge rusher.
Not only did Young finish his sophomore season with 9.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss, but five of his sacks came in the final four games of the season. If the former five-star recruit continues to build upon his current trajectory, he could be a top-three pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
4. Cincinnati Bengals (Draft History): Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama Crimson Tide
The Bengals seem reluctant to extend Andy Dalton, who will be entering a walk year in 2020. Barring a change of heart on the contract front, the Bengals could draft Dalton's replacement if they are picking this high. Runner-up to Kyler Murray in last year's Heisman voting, Tagovailoa threw for 3,966 yards, 43 touchdowns and only six interceptions in first season as a starter.
5. Washington Redskins (Draft History): Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama Crimson Tide
Exercising patience instead of trading up as some expected, Washington was still able to get their franchise quarterback. And while they drafted a couple of good receivers -- Terry McLaurin (Round 3) and Kelvin Harmon (Round 6), they have an opportunity here to get a true difference-maker for Dwayne Haskins. Last year's winner of the Biletnikoff Award, Jeudy hauled in 68 catches for 1,315 yards and 14 touchdowns.
6. Detroit Lions (Draft History): Grant Delpit, S, LSU Tigers
Delpit becomes the latest LSU defensive back to hear his name called on Day 1 of the NFL Draft. A First Team AP All-American in 2018, Delpit is a ball-hawking safety that led the SEC with five interceptions to go along with five sacks, a forced fumble and fumble recovery.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Draft History): A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa Hawkeyes
Epenesa had 10.5 sacks, 16.5 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles as a sophomore for the Hawkeyes last year. Jason Pierre-Paul (12.5 sacks) had roughly one-third of Tampa's 2018 sacks (38), but a neck injury could sideline him for all of 2019. JPP turns 31 on New Year's Day and will enter the final year of his current contract in 2020.
8. Denver Broncos (Draft History): Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado Buffaloes
The Broncos have some talented young receivers -- Courtland Sutton and Daeshawn Hamilton -- from their 2018 draft class and used their first-round pick in 2019 on tight end Noah Fant. With Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) entering a contract year, however, the Broncos might not be able to resist adding a talented playmaker like Shenault (6-2, 225), who had 86 catches for 1,011 yards and scored a total of 11 touchdowns (including five rushing scores) in 2018 as a sophomore.
9. New York Jets (Draft History): Walker Little, OT, Stanford Cardinal
Left tackle Kelvin Beachum graded out as the team's best offensive lineman, per PFF, but he'll be an unrestricted free agent in 2020. And even though the Jets used a third-round pick to draft Sam Darnold's former teammate, Chuma Edoga, who was one of the most efficient pass-blocking offensive tackles in college football, the duo of Little and Edoga as bookend tackles would instantly make the offensive line better.
10. Buffalo Bills (Draft History): Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson Tigers
The Bills have added multiple receivers in free agency -- John Brown and Cole Beasley -- and some college free agents at the position, but Higgins would immediately give young quarterback Josh Allen a legitimate No. 1 wide receiver. As a key part of the high-flying Clemson offense led by Trevor Lawrence, who seems destined to be the No. 1 overall pick in 2021, the 6-foot-4 Higgins had 59 catches for 936 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2018.
11. Las Vegas Raiders (Draft History): Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia Bulldogs
Could the Raiders use one of their two first-round picks to find a long-term replacement for Derek Carr? Fromm will start for his third consecutive season for Georgia while former five-star recruits -- Jacob Eason and Justin Fields -- have transferred out. Through two seasons, the true junior has completed roughly 65 percent of his pass attempts at 9.0 yards per attempt and thrown 54 touchdowns to only 13 interceptions.
12. Carolina Panthers (Draft History): CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma Sooners
The Panthers used a first-round pick in 2018, but they could use more weapons in the passing game to help Cam Newton. Lamb was highly productive last season with 65 catches for 1,158 yards and 11 touchdowns.
13. San Francisco 49ers (Draft History): C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida Gators
Now 31 years old, Richard Sherman was San Francisco's highest-graded cornerback (50th) in 2018, per PFF, and none graded worse than Ahkello Witherspoon (112th). Talented yet often injured, Jason Verrett bolsters the secondary for 2019 (if he can stay healthy), but he only signed a one-year deal this offseason. With six interceptions over his first two seasons in college football, Henderson has the length and athleticism to develop into an elite corner for the 49ers.
14. Jacksonville Jaguars (Draft History): Isaiah Simmons, S/LB, Clemson Tigers
Not only did Telvin Smith step away unexpectedly for the 2019 season, but Myles Jack will be a free agent after the 2019 season. Making the switch from safety to linebacker for the national champions last season, Simmons could fill the void if Smith doesn't return in 2020 and offers the Jags positional flexibility.
15. Tennessee Titans (Draft History): Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia Cavaliers
It was somewhat surprising that Hall decided to return to school last season, as he has great size (6-1, 200) and led all of college football in passes defended (21) last season. Cornerback Logan Ryan will be a free agent in 2020.
16. Baltimore Ravens (Draft History): Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama Crimson Tide
Not only did the Ravens defense lose C.J. Mosley in free agency, but they lost Z'darius Smith and Terrell Suggs as well. Perhaps Baltimore drafts his teammate (Terrell Lewis) or another edge rusher, but Moses would help fill the void created by Mosley's departure.
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