The NFL draft in 2020 will be held in Las Vegas for the first time ever to celebrate the Raiders inaugural season in Sin City. In our latest 2020 NFL mock draft, the class appears to be stocked with enough talented prospects to fulfill every team’s needs.
At the top are a few cant-miss quarterbacks like Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert and Jake Fromm. All three players could challenge for the Heisman and make their case to go 1st overall by season’s end. As usual the perennial powerhouses including Alabama and the defending National Champion Clemson Tigers will be well-represented throughout the draft. Teams will have to wait till 2021, however, to secure the services of Clemson’s freshman phenom Trevor Lawrence. The 2020 draft is also blessed with speed players available at receiver like Jerry Jeudy and Tee Higgins from last year’s title game.
2020 NFL Mock Draft
Our 2019 NFL mock draft last year correctly predicted 22 out of 32 1st round picks. The mock draft order for 2020 below is based on off-season moves and simulated projections with a nod to teams needing a quarterback finding a way to pick at the top (whether by tanking or trade Chucky finds a way to get the hometown Raiders the first pick in this mock). Then in the middle of the first round we’ll likely see a run on running backs with up to five bell cows available between Najee Jarris, Jonathan Taylor, D’Andre Swift, J.K Dobbins and Travis Etienne. By the end we could see fireworks among the remaining playoff teams like New England and Los Angeles potentially in the market for an heir apparent at tight end.
1. Las Vegas Raiders: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
Tua Tagovailoa is the heavy favorite to go 1st at -225 odds according to the Westgate Superbook in Vegas. He is a 6’1, 219 pound southpaw and dual-threat QB with a similar game to Russell Wilson and can hurt you with his accuracy or legs.
2. Miami Dolphins: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
Next up Justin Herbert is a 6’6, 234 pound behemoth of a quarterback prospect out of Oregon and considered the second most likely selection for the 1st pick at +400.
3. Cincinnati Bengals: Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
A 6’5 monster and sack artist for the Buckeyes, Chase Young is considered the top defensive prospect in the draft and a +1800 long shot to go 1st.
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
Jake Fromm is a 6’2 and 220 pound 5-star prospect out of Georgia at +600 looking to take the Bulldogs to the playoffs this season.
5. New York Jets: Walker Little, OT, Stanford
Walker Little is a lot of things on the field but not small at 6’7 and 313 pounds. He is the first freshman tackle to start at Stanford since 2000 and was on the 2018 All-Pac-12 first team.
6. New York Giants: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
Jerry Jeudy is elite WR prospect out of Alabama that has been setting the country and SEC on fire with over 1,300 receiving yards his sophomore season.
7. Washington Redskins: A.J. Epenesa, DE/OLB, Iowa
A.J. Epenesa is a high motor strong-side defensive end out of Iowa with over 10 sacks and 4 forced fumbles last season.
8. Arizona Cardinals: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
Georgia has become known as running back university and Andrew Thomas was one of the largest cogs in the wagon standing at 6’5 and 320 pounds.
9. San Francisco 49ers: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
Tee Higgins is a prototypical number one wide receiver in the mold of A.J.Green with great size, speed and ball handling skills. He could be in for a big season catching balls from Trevor Lawrence and shatter his 12 touchdowns from last season.
10. Denver Broncos: Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado
Shenault is versatile receiver and playmaker for the Buffaloes with over 1,000 yards and 8 touchdowns last season on 86 grabs.
11. Detroit Lions: Derrick Brown, DE/DT, Auburn
A 3-year starter at defensive tackle for the Tigers, Derick Brown is a stud in the middle of the defense at 6’5 and 318 pounds.
12. Buffalo Bills: Grant Delpit, S, LSU
A hard hitting and tall safety at 6’3, Delpit is one of the top defensive back prospects in the draft.
13. Jacksonville Jaguars: Collin Johnson, WR, Texas
Collin Johnson stands at 6’6 and is one of the biggest prospects in the draft at any position. Last year he led the Longhorns with 985 yards.
14. Green Bay Packers: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
Najee Harris is one of the most highly regarded running back prospects of all-time out of Alabama and ran for 6.7 yards a carry last season in the stout SEC.
15. Tennessee Titans: Jacob Eason, QB, Washington
Jacob Eason is another big-time QB prospect who is sledding over to the Huskies this year to escape the shadow of Fromm entrenched as the starter. He could shoot up the draft boards with a big season and full-time opportunity in the Pac-12.
16. Pittsburgh Steelers: CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
The Steelers always need more pass defenders and Henderson is a good option out of Florida.
17. Seattle Seahawks: Raekwon Davis, DE/DT, Alabama
Davis is a 306 pound defensive tackle for the Crimson Tide with good balance for his size.
18. Dallas Cowboys: Terrell Lewis, DE/OLB, Alabama
Another pass-rushing stud from the Tide, Lewis missed most of 2018 with an injury and could be a steal here.
19. Houston Texans: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
Jonathan Taylor is a very productive running back out of Wisconsin who had over 2,000 all-purpose yards last season.
20. Atlanta Falcons: D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
Another Bulldog back in a tight frame, D’Andre Swift could be coming off the board just as quick as his name day would suggest.
21. Minnesota Vikings: Trey Smith, OT, Tennessee
Trey Smith is a monster offensive tackle prospect out of Tennessee weighing in at 337 pounds.
22. Carolina Panthers: Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah
Johnson is another good secondary player for the Utes clocking a 4.47 in the 40 yard dash.
23. Baltimore Ravens: Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
Diggs is a fellow Alabama prospect with good size and speed in the defensive secondary.
24. Philadelphia Eagles: Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama
Another Alabama star and key piece to the upcoming title run, Moses led the way with 45 tackles and 3.5 sacks last season.
25. Las Vegas Raiders (via Bears): Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State
Gross-Matos is an athletic defensive end that moves well and always goes hard for the Nittany Lions.
26. Cleveland Browns:Tommy Kraemer, G, Notre Dame
A nasty offensive lineman for the Irish and one of the best blockers in the draft.
27. Los Angeles Chargers: Isaiah Simmons,, LB/S, Clemson
A good cover corner with size at 6’3 and 230 pounds.
28. Indianapolis Colts: J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
Dobbins led the way for the Buckeyes last year with over 1000 yards and has good size and vertical leaping skills.
29. New Orleans: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
Lamb is looking to slaughter Big 12 defenses next year with his 6’2 frame and ball skills.
30. Kansas City Chiefs: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
Etienne helped Clemson win the National Championship last year with over 1,600 yards on the ground at a healthy 8.1 yards per carry.
31. Los Angeles Rams: Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri
A 6’5 dynamic tight end out of Missouri with over 450 yards and 6 TDs in 2018.
32. New England Patriots: Colby Parkinson, TE, Stanford
The Pats take Gronk’s heir apparent from Stanford hoping he catches on quick.
Stay tuned for our 2nd round NFL mock draft projections. So who would you take 1st?