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The Wrightway Sports Network 2020 NFL Mock Draft 3.0

1st Overall | Cincinnati Bengals | Joe Burrow | QB | LSU

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There is not much to discuss here as Joe Burrow has been the consensus #1 pick for a while. The Bengals still have Andy Dalton on their roster, but Cincinnati is ready to move on from Dalton to usher in the Burrow era.

2nd Overall | Washington Redskins | Chase Young | DE | Ohio State

Chase Young is the best overall talent in this draft, but a QB is the far more sought after position, so Young will fall to Washington with the second overall pick in the draft.

3rd Overall | Detroit Lions | Jeff Okudah | CB | Ohio State

With the Lions just recently trading Darius Slay to the Eagles, Detroit is in need of a new #1 corner, and Jeff Okudah will fill that role quite nicely. There is potential for the Lions to trade this pick away as a team may be looking to move up to select a QB.

4th Overall | New York Giants | Isaiah Simmons | LB | Clemson

The Giants have a lot of holes to fill on their team, so there are a bunch of different selections that they could make with this pick. Isaiah Simmons is the best defensive player available at this point in the draft, so this is likely where the Giants will go with their selection. Simmons is a versatile defensive player who can play a multitude of positions and cover tremendous ground.

5th Overall | Miami Dolphins | Justin Herbert | QB | Oregon

This may seem as a shocker for the Dolphins to pick Herbert over Tua Tagovailoa, but teams are going to be hesitant with Tua, as they are unable to conduct a physical on him. All scouts were pulled off the road with the Coronavirus, so teams have not had an in-person meeting and workout with the Alabama product. Tua’s health is up in the air, so the Dolphins will make a safer selection with Justin Herbert.

6th Overall | Los Angeles Chargers | Tua Tagovailoa | QB | Alabama

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The Chargers are in need of a QB after parting ways with Philip Rivers, so Tua will be the move with this selection. There is a real possibility that the Chargers will sit Tua for his rookie season and play Tyrod Taylor ahead of him, so the Alabama QB can rest and get fully healthy in case there is a lingering issue with his hip.

7th Overall | Carolina Panthers | Derrick Brown | DL | Auburn

With Carolina signing Teddy Bridgewater to a three year deal, the Panthers can focus on addressing their defense with this selection. Last season, Carolina had the fourth worst run defense allowing 143.5 rushing yards per game. Derrick Brown will give Carolina’s front seven a good push upfront that should improve their run defense.

8th Overall | Arizona Cardinals | Mekhi Becton | OL | Louisville

After adding a top 3 WR in DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona should address the offensive line to try and protect the reigning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in Kyler Murray. Mekhi Becton impressed at the NFL Combine and will likely be the first OL taken in the 2020 Draft. The Cardinals could focus on the defense with this pick, but the number one priority should be to get Kyler Murray help.

9th Overall | Jacksonville Jaguars | Javon Kinlaw | DL | South Carolina

The Jaguars are a team that have a lot of holes right now following the trades of multiple defensive starters in the past year. One area where Jacksonville is lacking is the defensive line. They just recently traded DE Calais Campbell to the Ravens and will likely trade away up and coming star player Yannick Ngakoue. Even with those players, Jacksonville had the fifth worst run defense allowing 139.3 yards per game, so addressing the defensive line is the move with this pick.

10th Overall | Cleveland Browns | Jedrick Wills Jr | OL | Alabama

The offensive line was a major issue for Cleveland last year, so picking up Jedrick Wills Jr will help them protect Baker Mayfield as well as establish a strong running game.

11th Overall | New York Jets | Tristan Wirfs | OL | Iowa

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Last off-season, the Jets gave Le’Veon Bell a 4 year/$52.5 million contract, and he produced very little for them. The blame for Bell’s lackluster season has to be placed on the offensive line. PFF ranked the Jets offensive line as the fifth worst in the league, so this is an area they need to improve in. Sam Darnold could use a new receiver, but the priority should be to help the running game since a RB is taking up a lot of cap space. Tristan Wirfs would also be a welcomed addition in the pass blocking game for Sam Darnold.

12th Overall | Las Vegas Raiders | Jerry Jeudy | WR | Alabama

The Raiders addressed some of their issues through free agency, but one glaring issue is a true #1 receiver. It seemed like Jon Gruden’s intentions for last season was to feature a pass heavy offense, and he tried to implement this by trading for Antonio Brown. That trade did not work out as Antonio Brown forced the Raiders to release him before he ever played a snap in Oakland. Jerry Jeudy can be the AB type receiver that Gruden wanted all along, which should lead to a high powered offense when the Raiders invade Las Vegas.

13th Overall | San Francisco 49ers via IND | Henry Ruggs III | WR | Alabama

After losing Emmanuel Sanders in free agency, the 49ers will look to replace the 10-year pro with one of their first round picks. Ruggs is an explosive player, as shown by his 4.27 40-yard dash, who will be a perfect fit in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. I do find it highly likely that the 49ers will trade back from this selection in order to gain more draft picks.

14th Overall | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Andrew Thomas | OL | Georgia

The Buccaneers are the most talked about team this off-season after landing 6x Super Bowl champ Tom Brady in free agency. Tampa Bay has a very solid offense around him, but they could improve on the offensive tackle position. Andrew Thomas could shore up either the LT or RT spot for Tampa Bay to better protect Brady. The Bucs already have a great interior line, but they could use an upgrade to the exterior.

15th Overall | Denver Broncos | CJ Henderson | CB | Florida

The Broncos did recently trade for Jaguars CB A.J. Bouye, but they are still extremely thin at the CB position. Henderson could either be the #1 or #2 corner depending on how Bouye fits in to Denver’s scheme. Denver could go with a WR, but with this being such a deep receiving class, CB is the better issue to address in the first round.

16th Overall | Atlanta Falcons | K’Lavon Chaisson | EDGE | LSU

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The Falcons selected Vic Beasley Jr with the 8th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, but the former Clemson Tiger never reached his full potential after a 15.5 sack season in 2016. This year’s draft will allow the Falcons to acquire that edge rusher they tried to select in 2015. Chaisson had a fantastic 2019 season with the National Champion LSU Tigers that included 6.5 sacks and 13.5 TFLs. He would certainly fit in nicely to the Falcons offense.

17th Overall | Dallas Cowboys | Kristian Fulton | CB | LSU

For a while the biggest need in Dallas was a safety. They have temporarily fixed this issue by signing HaHa Clinton-Dix to a one-year deal, so I do not think they need to address the safety position in this year’s draft. After Byron Jones signed with Miami in free agency, the biggest need for the Cowboys is to land a new CB.

18th Overall | Miami Dolphins via PIT | CeeDee Lamb | WR | Oklahoma

The Dolphins made a lot of additions to their defense in free agency, so they will double down on the offense with this selection after drafting Justin Herbert with the 5th overall pick. CeeDee Lamb will join DeVante Parker to form an elite receiving duo in Miami. The Oklahoma standout will give Herbert a second deep receiving threat and pose a problem for most NFL teams.

19th Overall | Las Vegas Raiders | Kenneth Murray | LB | Oklahoma

The biggest issue for the Raiders last year was the lack of a strong linebacker corps. Las Vegas did make steps to fix this issue by signing LBs Corey Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski to multi-year deals, but they could still benefit from selecting a LB in the draft. Kenneth Murray is one of the better linebackers in this draft, so he will be an excellent addition to the Raiders.

20th Overall | Jacksonville Jaguars via LAR | Xavier McKinney | S | Alabama

After some of the moves Jacksonville made this off-season, it looks like they are once again entering a multi-year rebuild. They are thin at CB after trading away Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye, but selecting a CB with the 20th pick would be a reach, so they’ll address another major need by drafting a safety. Xavier McKinney is a steal at this point in the draft, so he will be a significant boost to a Jaguars team that will likely struggle in 2020.

21st Overall | Philadelphia Eagles | Tee Higgins | WR | Clemson

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The Eagles had a chance to make a Super Bowl run last season, but they had no depth at receiver. They had a lot of injuries without dependable back ups in place to fill the void. Tee Higgins is a fantastic receiver and will not only provide depth, but could also be a great #1 option for Carson Wentz.

22nd Overall | Minnesota Vikings via BUF | Justin Jefferson | WR | LSU

The Vikings received this selection after trading Stefon Diggs to the Bills. After the Diggs trade, Minnesota is without a #2 receiver to play behind Adam Thielen. Jefferson is a perfect replacement, and he is also younger and a lot cheaper than Diggs.

23rd Overall | New England Patriots | A.J. Epenesa | EDGE | Iowa

Losing Brady will hurt New England, but the Patriots also lost a few defensive players, so selecting Epenesa will help out tremendously, as he could fill Jamie Collins’ spot on the defense.

24th Overall | New Orleans Saints | Leviska Shenault Jr | WR | Colorado

The Saints already have a Championship contending team in place, so they do not need much help in terms of the draft. One area where they could improve on is the receiver position. They have Michael Thomas and the newly signed Emmanuel Sanders, but they need a #2 option behind Thomas as Sanders will most likely play in the slot. Shenault will be a threat in the Saints’ offense and will produce on his own, while also taking double coverage away from Thomas.

25th Overall | Minnesota Vikings | Austin Jackson | OL | USC

The offensive line has been a weak spot for Minnesota the past few seasons, so upgrading the tackle position will pay off for the Vikings and should also lead to a stronger performance out of newly extended QB Kirk Cousins.

26th Overall | Miami Dolphins via HOU | Patrick Queen | LB | LSU

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The Dolphins did sign Kyle Van Noy and Elandon Roberts this off-season, but it would help to add even more depth to the linebacker position. Queen is a versatile linebacker who will cover a lot of ground and also succeed at rushing the passer if sent on blitzes.

27th Overall | Seattle Seahawks | Yetur Gross-Matos | EDGE | Penn State

Last season, the Seahawks lacked any semblance of a pass rush, so their main priority should be to acquire someone who can get pressure and hits on the QB. Gross-Matos had 9 sacks and 14.5 TFLs for Penn State last year, so he will be a huge improvement on Seattle’s non-existent pass rush from last season.

28th Overall | Baltimore Ravens | Cesar Ruiz | OL | Michigan

The Ravens have a pretty good team in place, but there is a hole in the team on the offensive line after OG Marshall Yanda announced his retirement. Cesar Ruiz could slide over to RG or play C for the Ravens to solidify an offensive line that played so well last season.

29th Overall | Tennessee Titans | Neville Gallimore | DL | Oklahoma

After trading away Jurrell Casey to the Denver Broncos, the Titans are missing a big body in the middle of the defensive line. Neville Gallimore will fill that hole and will certainly make his presence known when stopping the run and getting pressure on the QB.

30th Overall | Green Bay Packers | Zack Baun | LB | Wisconsin

The Packers did sign LB Christian Kirksey to a two-year deal, but they also lost the leading tackler from last season, Blake Martinez, to the Giants in free agency. Zack Baun will step in and be able to replace Martinez on the defense.

31st Overall | San Francisco 49ers | A.J. Terrell | CB | Clemson

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It is likely that San Francisco will trade out of the 13th spot, which means they will probably go receiver with this selection, but if they retain that 13th pick, they will look to add some youth to their secondary. That was one weakness exposed by the Chiefs in the Super Bowl. San Francisco could not keep up with Kansas City’s speed.

32nd Overall | Kansas City Chiefs | Ross Blacklock | DL | TCU

The Kansas City Chiefs have major cap issues right now. They have the lowest cap space in the league, and they will not be able to operate with the minuscule cap room they have left. A casualty of this cap issue will be Chris Jones. The Chiefs will most likely be forced to trade him away to create room, so drafting Ross Blacklock will be a necessity. Blacklock will not fully replace Jones, but he will still produce at a fraction of the cost.

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