We’re now almost two weeks away from the NFL Draft and because of the events going on in the world, this year’s draft will be very unique as it will be a virtual draft with key personnel among the 32 NFL teams will have to run their draft from the comfort of their own homes.
This will be possibly the craziest draft we’ve seen in the history of the event because of all the uncertainty that lies over that three-day period.
As for this mock draft, I’ll be once again using the Draft Network’s Mock Draft Simulator and running each team when I make the selections. I have thought about throwing in some curveballs with some trades but I figured we should just stick with the current order as we head down the stretch.
1) Cincinnati Bengals
QB Joe Burrow, LSU: There’s some buzz coming out that some in Cincinnati believe in Justin Herbert. I don’t buy it.
2) Washington Redskins
EDGE Chase Young, Ohio State: Starting to believe Washington stays put and takes the best player in the draft.
3) Detroit Lions
CB Jeffery Okudah, Ohio State: Detroit traded away Darius Slay making cornerback a pressing need more than ever.
4) New York Giants
LB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson: The Giants could go in a number of directions with this pick.
5) Miami Dolphins
QB Justin Herbert, Oregon: The smoke coming from South Beach now is drifting towards Herbert over Tagovailoa.
6) Los Angeles Chargers
QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama: He is the ultimate wild card of this draft class but sitting behind Tyrod Taylor for a year could be the perfect scenario as he rehabs the hip injury.
7) Carolina Panthers
DL Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina: Teams are always looking for the next Aaron Donald, Kinlaw could be that guy.
8) Arizona Cardinals
OT Tristan Wirfs, Iowa: This pick seems to make more and more sense as Arizona looks to protect Kyler Murray going forward.
9) Jacksonville Jaguars
DL Derrick Brown, Auburn: Jacksonville needs to re-load the talent on the defensive front with Calais Campbell gone and Yannick Ngakoue likely the next one out.
10) Cleveland Browns
OT Andrew Thomas, Georgia: Cleveland added Jack Conklin in free agency but are still looking to fill the void left by Joe Thomas’ retirement two years ago.
11) New York Jets
OT Mekhi Becton, Louisville: The Jets land their left tackle of the future despite signing George Fant in free agency.
12) Las Vegas Raiders
WR CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma: Can’t go wrong with any of the top three wide receivers in this draft class.
13) San Francisco 49ers (via Indianapolis)
WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama: John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan give Jimmy Garoppolo a true #1 wide receiver in an already talented offense.
14) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
OT Jedrick Wills, Alabama: When you get the greatest quarterback of all-time in free agency, you better look to protect him.
15) Denver Broncos
WR Henry Ruggs III, Alabama: Ruggs joining Noah Fant and Courtland Sutton could be a dream scenario for second-year quarterback Drew Lock.
16) Atlanta Falcons
EDGE K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU: They could go cornerback here but they also needed the help at pass rusher.
17) Dallas Cowboys
CB C.J. Henderson, Florida: The Cowboys lost Byron Jones to their division rival Philadelphia, making this pick a must for Jerry Jones and company.
18) Miami Dolphins (via Pittsburgh)
S Xavier McKinney, Alabama: In this scenario, Miami holds off on drafting an offensive tackle but on draft night, that might not be the reality.
19) Las Vegas Raiders (via Chicago)
CB Jeff Gladney, TCU: The Raiders have to get some help in the secondary and Gladney can sure contribute from the start.
20) Jacksonville Jaguars (via Los Angeles Rams)
S Grant Delpit, LSU: The run on defensive backs continues.
21) Philadelphia Eagles
WR Justin Jefferson, LSU: Carson Wentz gets a big-time target offensively as he looks to get Philadelphia back to the Super Bowl.
22) Minnesota Vikings (via Buffalo)
CB Kristian Fulton, LSU: Minnesota lost Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes and Mackenzie Alexander in free agency so adding a cornerback makes sense here.
23) New England Patriots
QB Jordan Love, Utah State: There’s no way New England is banking on Jarrett Stidham as the future at quarterback.
24) New Orleans Saints
LB Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma: There are not too many holes on this Saints roster but linebacker is a spot they can certainly upgrade.
25) Minnesota Vikings
WR Denzel Mims, Baylor: Mims has been climbing the boards by the draft “experts” which means teams have been high on this kid and the combine was the final stamp of approval.
26) Miami Dolphins (via Houston)
OT Josh Jones, Houston: Miami comes away with their franchise quarterback, a playmaker in the secondary and their franchise left tackle, not a bad first round.
27) Seattle Seahawks
OL Isaiah Wilson, Georgia: The recent buzz says Wilson could be a first-round pick even though some experts aren’t as high as the scouts.
28) Baltimore Ravens
LB Patrick Queen, LSU: Another national champion defensive stud comes off the board and lands on a dominant Ravens defense.
29) Tennesse Titans
EDGE Zack Baun, Wisconsin: Head coach Mike Vrabel knows a thing or two about Big Ten defensive studs.
30) Green Bay Packers
DL Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma: Green Bay gets a playmaker at the defensive tackle position.
31) San Francisco 49ers
OL Cesar Ruiz, Michigan: San Francisco takes Ruiz who is a natural fit in Shanahan’s zone-run scheme.
32) Kansas City Chiefs
EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State: Kansas City adds another playmaker on the defensive front alongside Chris Jones and Frank Clark.