2020 NFL Mock Draft 7-16-19

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We have 2020 vision, NFL Draft style, right here, right now. It’s our second 2020 NFL mock draft update, and the order, for now was simply randomized. Team needs were not taken into account, as it’s just way too early to factor in those. Obviously this will be modified and reworked hundreds of times between now and 2020 NFL Draft day.

So I implore you to really not take this very seriously, and just have fun with it. Please refrain of pointless hostility and needless acrimony in the comments section. Don’t be that guy. Enjoy!

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1  Miami, Tua Tagovailoa, QBAlabama

Seems to be #1 overall on many a draft board and in many a 2020 NFL mock draft. We don’t see any reason right now not to conform on this one.

2. Cincinnati, Chase Young, DE, Ohio State

The OSU NFL DL factory keeps churning. He’ll be the league’s best pass rusher this autumn, and he’s bigger and more athletic than both Bosa brothers. He was the best player on the field in the Rose Bowl this past New Year’s and he looks almost certain to keep an interesting OSU draft streak alive.

The Buckeyes have produced the first defender drafted out of the Big Ten four straight years; make it five.

3 Las Vegas, Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia

A prospect who has been ready for awhile, but there is that goofy rule stipulating that you need to be out of high school three years. The Raiders team needs are….well, everything. However, Chucky still hasn’t addressed the QB situation for the future and now is probably the best time.

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4. Arizona, Andrew Thomas, OL, Georgia

Blue o-line prospect than looks set to be a top five overall pick. Cards have drafted some QBs lately; now they need to invest in some really good protection for them.

5. Detroit, A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa

Don’t sleep on the Iowa Hawkeyes when it comes to producing top NFL talent on the edge of the line; both sides. The Hawkeyes had not one, but two tight ends go in the top 20 last April, and Epenesa is likely next. He’s a tough, physical edge rusher who’s attracting all kinds of positive attention from scouts.

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He has the talent and the measurables to have an All-American season this autumn.

6. Denver, Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama

Probably could have come out and been a late first round or early second round pick this year.

7. Tampa Bay, Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

Made a monumental mistake by staying in school. Will he perhaps fall down the boards this year? It often happens when a signal caller stays one year too long.

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8. San Francisco Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn

Could be among the top five non-QBs selected

9. Jacksonville, Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

The whole package, as good a prospect we’ve seen at the position in a very long time. It seems like JAX is always in need of offensive playmakers.

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10. NY Giants, Grant Delpit, DB, LSU

LSU continues to be DBU; rinse and repeat

11. Buffalo, Walker Little, OL, Stanford

Blue-chip big boy to protect the ELITE Joe Flacco; if he’s still there by this point.

12. NY Jets, Tyler Biadasz, OL, Wisconsin

The Wisconsin NFL OL factory keeps churning. He’s up next, and there will be many more to come.

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13. Tennessee, Collin Johnson, WR, Texas

Big tall wideout set to put up huge numbers in 2019.

14. Atlanta, Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson

Tigers will be more pass happy this year, but that won’t hurt Etienne’s draft stock. He could be the first or second back off the boards.

15. Green Bay, Mekhi Becton, OL, Louisville

Lots of big road graders, space eaters will go very high in this draft

16. Washington, Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin

The Wisconsin NFL RB factory keeps churning as the nation’s leading rusher and Doak Walker Award winner is back for another go around. Big, fast, strong and tough- he’ll be really fun to watch this fall.

He’s coming off two top ten finishes in Heisman voting, perhaps he’ll join Montee Ball in becoming a UW Heisman finalist this December?

17. Baltimore, Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado

Under the radar name to watch this fall, it feels like Baltimore always need wide outs.

18. Seattle, Isaiah Simmons, DB, Clemson

Has a great D Coordinator to work under in Brent Venables, and his stock should only rise. Move over Bama, it’s Clemson’s time now to be the number one NFL Draft factory.

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19. Cleveland, Kenny Willekes, DL, Michigan State 

Given Mark Dantonio’s inexplicable decisions to only shuffle, but not ultimately change his offensive staff, and refusal to dip into the QB transfer market- Sparty is going to have to play a helluva lotta defense. They need Willekes to come up big and he has a great opportunity to shine.

Willekes led the Big Ten in TFLs last year with 20.5 and was a big reason the Spartans had the nation’s number one run defense.

20. CarolinaTee Higgins, WR, Clemson

So much talent at this position at Clemson right now- will be interesting to see how Trevor Lawrence distributes the ball to everybody and keeps everyone happy.

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21. Minnesota, Kristian Fulton, DB, LSU

Tigers secondary will be locked and loaded this autumn.

22. Houston, Rashard Lawrence, DL, LSU

An expert at getting into opposing back fields, Lawrence could be an every down player.

23. Pittsburgh, Paddy Fisher, LB, Northwestern

“Baby Fitz,” is mentored everyday at NU by Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald, a linebacker who won AP Defensive Player of the Year twice during his collegiate career at Northwestern. Fisher though came to college football with higher recruiting rankings than Fitzgerald and he’ll enter the NFL Draft cycle with much higher pro prospects than his boss did.

24. Las Vegas via Chicago, Tommy Kraemer, OL, Notre Dame

He’s been overshadowed by all the talented OL in South Bend the past few years, some of which were drafted pretty high. Now is the time for him to rise up the depth charts and seize his chance.

Opportunity arises…

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25. IndianapolisJ.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State

Expect him to really shine this year in the change and adaptation to the Ryan Day regime.

26. Philadelphia, A.J. Terrell, DB, Clemson

Has shown his chops against some of the best WRs in college football, many of which are strong pro prospects. Expect those skills to translate to the next level.

27. Kansas City, Raequan Williams, DL, Michigan State

A big physical DT who can push the pocket. His size and speed combination make him an elite level prospect and he’s a huge reason State led the Big Ten in scoring defense.

28. L.A. Rams, Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue

Father, Brad Hopkins was a long time NFL OT who was selected out of Illinois. Hopkins the younger is a special athlete whose best football is still yet to come.

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29. New Orleans, Lavert Hill, CB, Michigan

A shut down corner in the truest sense.

30. L.A. Chargers, Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma

As Michael Stipe famously sang, “everybody hurrrrrrrrrrts, sometimes.”

And this is the time for the Chargers to take Phillip Rivers’ successor.

31. Dallas, Jordan Fuller, S, Ohio State

A big hitter who is effective against both the run and the pass.

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32. New England, Shea Patterson, QB, Michigan:

Time to draft a Tom Brady successor? Why not go back to the same well?

Patterson definitely needs to improve this year in order to make the first round, but we predict he will under Jim Harbaugh. His mobility is certainly plus, and that’s what teams want these days- a guy who can work the fringes.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, the author of “No,  I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” regularly appears on WGN CLTV and co-hosts the “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” podcast on SB Nation

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