Evan Creel’s mock 3.0
2020 NFL Draft
Creel’s Mock Draft 3.0
Written By: Evan Creel
Welcome back to my 3rd and final mock draft! As Free Agency ends, a lot of teams around the league have made trades and multiple acquisitions in free agency towards filling their needs going into the new 2020 season. Still a few big names in FA, will look to see which teams pull the trigger on them as we get closer to the draft and maybe even after. I can see multiple teams waiting to see how the draft plays out before looking to sign an expensive Defensive End like JaDaveon Clowney or Everson Griffen. Not to forget about the interesting version of what kind of draft will be seen. With everything that's going on in the world today, things will obviously not follow the conventional methods we’ve always known, so it will be interesting to see how the NFL decides to broadcast the draft. With all that said, I now give you my latest revision of the upcoming draft. I’ve decided to go with the first 2 rounds and I’ve even thrown a couple trades in to shake things up. Here we go!
- Bengals - Joe Burrow - QB - LSU
Honestly, this is the easiest pick for the Bengals. Their biggest need is a QB and what better person to bring in than the Heisman Trophy, National Champion Joe Burrow. (Note) As an NFL fan, I can't help but wonder what would happen if the Bengals took Chase Young at #1 and then looked to grab a QB, like Jalen Hurts, at #33. This is never going to happen, but it would be a huge surprise around the league!
- Redskins - Chase Young - DE - Ohio St.
Rivera has made it clear there are only a few players he’s looking at with the #2 pick. That leaves me to feel he’s decided there’s no way he’ll pass on Young. (Note) Burrow was the other player he mentioned, and as the Bengals take Burrow, Redskins take Young.
- Chargers - Tua Tagovailoa - QB - Alabama
(Lions trade with Chargers)
Chargers make their move up the board for their future Franchise QB. With the Dolphins having 3 first round picks and needing a Franchise QB, the Chargers make a trade to move ahead of the Dolphins for Tagovailoa.
- Giants - Tristan Wirfs - OT - Iowa
Still looking to add protection for Daniel Jones, Giants bring in top offensive tackle prospect Wirfs.
- Dolphins - Justin Herbert - QB - Oregon
With the Chargers trading up for Tagovailoa, Dolphins look to the next best QB in the 2020 draft class.
- Lions - Isaiah Simmons - LB/S - Clemson
(Charges trade with Lions)
After trading down with the Chargers, the Lions still land the pick they’re looking for with top prospect Simmons.
- Panthers - Derrick Brown - DT - Auburn
Honestly the hardest choice in the top 10 picks. With multiple defensive departures, it’s hard to see where new coach Rhule goes with this pick. I feel that with Simmons off the board, Rhule will take Brown with the 7th overall pick.
- Broncos - Jerry Jeudy - WR - Alabama
(Cardinals trade with Broncos)
Being called the top WR in the draft, the Broncos trade up for the player to help improve their offense the most.
- Jaguars - Jeff Okudah - CB - Ohio St.
With the trades of Ramsey and Bouye, Jaguars look to fill a huge hole in the secondary.
- Browns - Jedrick Wills Jr. - OT - Alabama
With the Browns in the midst of their biggest rebuild in franchise history, they’ll look to add protection for Mayfield.
- Jets - CeeDee Lamb - WR - Oklahoma
With the Broncos trading up for Jeudy, the Jets are still looking for a playmaking WR and find one in Lamb.
- Raiders - Henry Ruggs III - WR - Alabama
Gruden brings in a WR to go across from Williams, and finds some great hands with Ruggs III.
- Patriots - Jordon Love - QB - Utah St.
(49ers, via Colts, trade with Patriots)
Looking to find their replacement for the departure of Tom Brady, the Patriots trade up for QB Love.
- Buccaneers - Andrew Thomas - OT - Georgia
Looking to bring in more protection for Brady, the Bucs select Thomas as a big addition to their O-Line.
- Cardinals - Mekhi Becton - OT - Louisville
(Broncos trade with Cardinals)
After trading down, the Cardinals are still able to land the O-Lineman that will help protect Sophomore QB Kyler Murray.
- Falcons - C.J. Henderson - CB - Florida
After making multiple offers to trade up for Okudah, and all trades falling short, the Falcons look for the next best CB scheme fit in the draft with Florida Gator standout Henderson.
- Cowboys - Grant Delpit - S - LSU
After much debating with myself on where Jones would go, I’ve decided on Delpit out of LSU. Even with the resigning of Thompson and the addition of Clinton-Dix, I still feel their biggest need is Safety.
- Dolphins (via Steelers) - Xavier McKinney - S - Alabama
With the Cowboys selecting Delpit, the Dolphins, still looking to replace Fitzpatrick, take Alabama prospect McKinney.
- Raiders (via Bears) - Javon Kinlaw - DT - S. Carolina
Gruden, building his squad moving into Las Vegas, takes big man Kinlaw. Easily the 2nd best DT in the draft, this was an easy pick for Gruden, whose defensive line struggled heavily last season.
- Jaguars (via Rams) - Austin Jackson - OT - USC
Jaguars land OT prospect Jackson to fill their huge need on the O-Line.
- Eagles - Justin Jefferson - WR - LSU
Easily their biggest needs going into the draft, the Eagles take LSU speedster Jefferson.
- Vikings (via Bills) - Denzel Mims - WR - Baylor
After trading Stephon Diggs to the Bills, the Viking will take his replacement with the pick received in the trade.
- 49ers - Trevon Diggs - CB - Alabama
(Patriots trade with 49ers via Colts)
After trading down the pick they received for Buckner, the 49ers take top defensive need of a CB, with Alabama prospect Diggs.
- Saints - Patrick Queen - LB - LSU
Another tough pick for me, but I went with LSU standout LB Patrick Queen. He’s an absolute beast with the ability to get from sideline to sideline.
- Vikings - Yuter Gross-Matos - DE - Penn St.
With the departure of Everson Griffen, I can't shake this pick. If they don’t select Gross-Matos, I could see them taking another top DE prospect like Iowa’s A.J. Epenesa or LSU Edge Rusher K’Lavon Chaisson.
- Dolphins (via Texans) - Ross Blacklock - DT - TCU
Dolphins easily have the best chance to rebuild with 5 picks in the first 2 rounds of the 2020 draft. Looking to add to their defense, the Dolphins take TCU big man Blacklock.
- Seahawks - A.J. Epenesa - DE - Iowa
I still feel like Seattle will look to replace the departure of Clowney, and with that being said, Iowa standout DE Epenesa will find his new home in Seattle.
- Ravens - Kenneth Murray - LB - Oklahoma
After such a dominating 2019 regular season, it’s hard to see many holes on this roster. I feel like Harbaugh will add to his defense that couldn’t handle Derrick Henry in the loss to the Titans in the playoffs.
- Titans - Kristian Fulton - CB - LSU
With Logan Ryan sitting in FA, Fulton could find himself in Tennessee as his replacement.
- Packers - Brandon Aiyuk - WR - Arizona St.
Matt Lafluer brings in Arizona St. star, Brandon Aiyuk, to give Rodgers more weapons.
- 49ers - Jalen Reagor - WR - TCU
With Sanders on his way to New Orleans, I look for the 49ers to grab another weapon to go with Deebo Samuel.
- Chiefs - D’Andre Swift - RB - Georgia
Easily the teams biggest offensive need, the Chiefs take top Georgia RB prospect, Swift.
(All 2nd round picks were based on top team needs.)
- Bengals - Cole Kmet - TE - Notre Dame
- Colts (via Redskins) - Zach Baun - LB - Wisconsin
- Lions - Jaylon Johnson - CB - Utah
- Giants - Tee Higgins - WR - Clemson
- Chargers - A.J. Terrell - CB - Clemson
- Panthers - Jalen Hurts - QB - Oklahoma
- Dolphins - K’Lavon Chaisson - LB/Edge - LSU
- Texans (via Cardinals) - Josh Jones - OT - Houston
- Browns - Neville Gallimore - DT - Oklahoma
- Jaguars - Ezra Cleveland - OT - Boise St.
- Bears (via Raiders) - K.J. Hamler - WR - Penn St.
- Colts - Jeff Gladney - CB - TCU
- Buccaneers - J.K. Dobbins - RB - Ohio St.
- Broncos - Marlon Davidson - DT - Auburn
- Falcons - Cesar Ruiz - OC - Michigan
- Jets - Lloyd Cushenberry III - OC - LSU
- Steelers - Justin Madubuike - DT - Texas A&M
- Bears - Jonah Jackson - OL - Ohio St.
- Cowboys - Robert Hunt - OL - Louisiana
- Rams - Joshua Uche - DE/Edge - Michigan
- Eagles - Jeremy Chinn - S - S. Illinois
- Bills - Julian Okwara - LB/Edge - Notre Dame
- Ravens (via Patriots) - Jonathan Taylor - RB - Wisconsin
- Dolphins (via Saints) - Laviska Shenault - WR - Colorado
- Texans - Bryan Edwards - WR - S. Carolina
- Vikings - Antoine Winfield Jr. - S - Minnesota
- Seattle - Noah Igbinoghene - CB - Auburn
- Ravens - Damon Arnette - CB - Ohio St.
- Titans - Lucas Niang - OT - TCU
- Packers - Terrell Lewis - LB/Edge - Alabama
- Chiefs (via 49ers) - Ashtyn Davis - S - California
- Seattle (via Chiefs) - Clyde Edwards-Helaire - RB - LSU
This has been Creel’s 2-Round Mock Draft 3.0. I hope you all have enjoyed reading my thoughts on how the upcoming 2020 NFL draft will play out for the first 2 rounds. I actually studied more for this mock because it is my final mock, and I tried to go a little deeper by doing a mock for the 2nd round as well. Although I didn’t give any notes for the 2nd round, I based every pick on the top team needs according to NFL.com. I also took the 1st round selections into mind as well. I’m extremely excited to see how this year's draft goes. With so many teams with multiple first round picks, I will be intrigued to see if any trades will take place. Once again, I hope you’ve enjoyed my latest mock draft and the others published before. Let’s Go Jaguars!!!
(Written By: Evan Creel)