Mock (yeah) Draft (yeah) 2 (.0)
Radio? Who needs a radio?
Mock me baby one more time, here comes the second edition of the second edition of Kav's Homemade Mockolate Chip Cookies Draft.
Is that a typo? Why did he say "the second edition of" twice?
Because I wrote like a billion word blog for the Kavamock Draft 2.0 and my computer/the site/my life crashed and it all got erased and I can't figure out how to recover it. Whoopdeedoo Basil, what does it all mean? It means this is the second edition of the second edition of my Mock (si) Draft (si).
Now, without further ado... The Cincinnati Benjuls are on the clock.
AND WITH THE FIRST PICK IN THE TWO THOUSAND AND TWENTY NFL DRAFT, THE CINCINNATI BENGALS SELECT...
Joe Burrow, Quarterback, Louisiana State University
This pick requires little fanfare but I gave it to you anyway because that's the kind of guy I am. Vegas has Burrow going off somewhere around -100000 to be the first pick in the draft. Bet $1,000, win a buck! He set an NCAA record with 60 TDs in 2019, paired with nearly 5,700 yards and a 76% completion percentage. Andy Dalton isn't cutting the mustard in southwest Ohio. We now cut to sideline reporter Ace Ventura to find out how Burrow, if selected, would fit in Cincinnati:
That's all I need to hear. Burrow to Cincy first overall. You're a weird guy, Ace.
(We now return to standard mock draft format)
2. Washington Redskins
Chase Young, Defensive End, Ohio State
Odds are this pick is a standard Chase Young, top overall talent in the draft, to Washington. But maybe it's traded to the Chargers trying to leapfrog Miami. Maybe it's traded to Vegas. Or maybe it's traded to some really cool team that I don't even know about. I guess what I'm trying to say is now that I'm mocking, I'm a little freaked out that I can only choose one scenario for the rest of my life.
3. Detroit Lions
Jeff Okudah, Defensive Back, Ohio State
Detroit has a myriad of concerns on both sides of the ball. If I'm Detroit and someone like Vegas or Miami offers me extra draft capital to move up and get a QB, I'm jumping on that offer. Assuming that doesn't happen, I'm slotting Okudah to replace Darius Slay in Detroit's dismal secondary. They'll still go 4-12 and Matt Patricia will be fired by midseason.
4. New York Giants
TRADED TO VEGAS
The Giants trade the 4th overall pick in the 2020 draft in exchange for the 12th and 19th overall pick in the 2020 draft.
4. Las Vegas Raiders
Tua Tagovailoa, Quarterback, Alabama
Vegas makes the move up to get Tua. The Raiders signed Marcus Mariota in the offseason, and who better to mentor Tua than the only other Hawaiian quarterback in the league. Even if he has been a huge disappointment. Vegas can afford to let Tua sit for a year behind Carr/Mariota and land another top pick next year.
5. Miami Dolphins
Justin Herbert, Quarterback, Oregon
The quarterbacks are flying now. After the Raiders traded up to take Tua one pick ahead of Miami, the Dolphins don't waste time and select the guy they actually had ranked higher than Tagovailoa. Herbert steps in to compete with Fitzmagic and The Rosen One for the day 1 starting job and likely winds up not moving the needle all that much for this franchise.
6. Los Angeles Chargers
Andrew Thomas, Offensive Tackle, Georgia
With three quarterbacks going in the first five picks, the Chargers are left with the option to reach for someone like Jordan Love, Jacob Eason or Jake Fromm, or shore up other areas of need such as offensive tackle. Andrew Thomas is the top rated tackle in the draft according to me. He was a stud on the left side of Georgia's O-Line and excelled in the run game paving the way for backs like D'Andre Swift, Nick Chubb, and Sony Michel. Great pick, Chargers.
7. Carolina Panthers
Isaiah Simmons, Linebacker, Clemson
The resident bust in this year's draft, Isaiah Simmons is a good football player but my analysis has him as too small to play inside linebacker but too tall/big to play defensive back at the next level. With Kuechly retiring, Carolina takes the consensus top linebacker in the draft. Mark my words, Kenneth Murray and Patrick Queen will have much more successful careers in the NFL than Simmons.
8. Arizona Cardinals
Tristan Wirfs, Offensive Guard/Tackle, Iowa
I would love to see CeeDee Lamb reunite with Kyler Murray with Kliff Kinsgbury calling plays, but Bill O'Brien ruined that for everyone by gifting DeAndre Hopkins to Arizona for nothing. O'Brien actually took on the atrocious David Johnson contract in the deal. What a sap. Since they added a standout WR via trade, Arizona goes with the monster that is Tristan Wirfs to protect the prized jewel (Murray) and add depth on the line at both Guard and Tackle.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars
Derrick Brown, Defensive Tackle, Auburn
DJ Chark played well enough to make me believe that Jacksonville passes on Jeudy and Lamb and takes Derrick Brown with the ninth pick. Their ferocious defense empowered an AFC Championship run in 2018 and they will hope Brown can bring that spirit back to Sacksonville.
10. Cleveland Browns
CeeDee Lamb, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma
A lot of so-called "experts" are saying the Browns need to take a tackle here. I got two words for those guys: You're wrong. The Browns need to trade Odell Beckham to hell and get CeeDee in there to play with his former college QB, Baker Mayfield. I'm going out on a limb/lamb here and predicting CD to C L E.
11. New York Jets
Mekhi Becton, Offensive Tackle, Louisville
Big Bacon eater Becton at 6'7" 367 pounds goes to New York and Joe Douglas takes on the project of turning this monster into a serviceable tackle in the NFL. Becton's combination of size and athleticism has turned heads, and Jet fans hope he'll be the second coming of D'Brickshaw Ferguson at left tackle for years to come.
12. New York Giants (via Las Vegas)
Jedrick Wills, Offensive Tackle, Alabama
The Giants select Wills one pick after the Jets get Becton, which is guaranteed to be a topic of New York sports debate for the entirety of their careers. Wills steps in as the heir apparent to Nate Solder at LT, and hopefully keeps Danny Jones off the IR.
13. San Francisco 49ers
CJ Henderson, Cornerback, Florida
Losing Deforest Buckner in free agency stings. San Fran might look to replace him immediately with Javon Kinlaw from the east coast version of USC. However, San Francisco was a quarter away from being Super Bowl champions, if they only could stop Patrick Mahomes from scoring 21 points in the 4th quarter. They add CJ Henderson to bolster their coverage and bring youth to a secondary that is led by old man Dick Sherman.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Javon Kinlaw, Defensive Tackle, South Carolina
The Bucs added some guy named Brady so their offense is pretty set. They could add an offensive lineman to protect the 43 year-old quarterback, but with the first-round talent off the board at OL, they add to the defensive line with Javon Kinlaw.
15. Denver Broncos
Kenneth Murray, Inside Linebacker, Oklahoma
Murray steps off the plane in Denver and has himself an Al Wilson type career for the Broncos. Murray is a great athlete and could be the next field general Luke Kuechly type linebacker in the NFL.
16. Atlanta Falcons
Kristian Fulton, Cornerback, LSU
The Falcons wanted CJ Henderson, but unable to find a trade partner to move up, they settle for Kristian Fulton from LSU. Fulton is a talented coverage corner who could stand to add a few pounds if he wants to make an impact as a tackler against the run.
17. Dallas Cowboys
Henry Ruggs III, Wide Reciever, Alabama
Henry Ruggs is the Tyreek Hill/Breshad Perriman/John Ross of this draft with blazing sub 4.3 speed. Dallas pairs Ruggs with Cooper, Dak and Zeke and all of a sudden they have one of the top offenses in the NFC. On paper at least.
18. Miami Dolphins
Jerry Jeudy, Wide Receiver, Alabama
Jeudy falls to 18, surprisingly after his teammate Henry Ruggs is taken a pick ahead of him. Miami gets a quarterback at 5, a receiver being compared to Julio Jones at 18, and they still have another pick coming at 26. A good day to be a fan of the Fins.
19. New York Giants (via Las Vegas)
Xavier McKinney, Free Safety, Alabama
The third Alabama player taken in a row, the Giants take McKinney with the second and last pick they got in return for trading away the fourth. McKinney is a hopeful clone of Landon Collins for the Gmen defense. The trade shakes up to be Tua for Wills and McKinney. All Bama, all the time.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars
K'Lavon Chaisson, Outside Linebacker, LSU
It's not certain whether Chaisson will play rush or stand up linebacker in the NFL. He's capable of both. A freak athlete that gets after the passer and has a chip on his shoulder to prove doubters wrong. Chaisson and Brown, paired with Josh Allen, reinvent the Jags defense.
21. Philadelphia Eagles
Tee Higgins, Wide Receiver, Clemson
The Eagles need someone at wide receiver that can catch the ball. Higgins is a big receiver that will play a similar role to Alshon Jeffrey in this offense. Hopefully he can catch the ball in cold, windy weather.
22. Minnesota Vikings
Laviska Shenault Jr., Wide Receiver, Colorado
Trading away Stefon Diggs this offseason was a questionable decision but they aim to replace his production with Shenault, who is somewhat of a question mark on my big board mostly because he played for Colorado.
23. New England Patriots
AJ Espensa, Defensive End, Iowa
Bill Belichick was watching when Espensa dominated USC in the Rose Bowl. Espensa went for two sacks in the game and manhandled Austin Jackson, a highly rated left tackle in this draft. Espensa becomes a Kyle Van Noy/Rob Ninkovich type of edge rusher in New England's 3-4 defense.
24. New Orleans Saints
Damon Arnette, Cornerback, Ohio State
Arnette received little attention from the media this year because he played for such a talented defense. That doesn't take away from his skills and accomplishments which are worthy of a first-round selection. He will play opposite fellow former Buckeye Marshon Lattimore and bring stability to the Saints secondary.
25. Minnesota Vikings
Austin Jackson, Offensive Tackle, USC
Jackson is a big boy who can play left or right tackle for Minnesota. They need a lot of help on the offensive line and with their recent re-investment in Kirk Cousins, they'll want to keep him upright.
26. Miami Dolphins
Yetur Gross-Matos, Defensive End, Penn State
The Dolphins are back on the clock for the third time in this round and decide to add to the defensive side of the ball after shoring up the QB and WR positions. They grab defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos who can move to rush linebacker in Miami's 3-4 defense.
27. Seattle Seahawks
Isaiah Wilson, Offensive Tackle, Georgia
Seattle opts for a big tackle in Wilson, who measures at 6'6" 350 lbs. Wilson was very good for Georgia but didn't get as much attention because his partner on the left side, Andrew Thomas, was even better.
28. Baltimore Ravens
Julian Okwara, Defensive End, Notre Dame
Okwara was a standout pass rusher for the University of Notre Dame collecting 13 sacks over his final two seasons. He will make an immediate impact on Baltimore's defensive front, which they need.
29. Tennessee Titans
D'Andre Swift, Running Back, Georgia
Of all the picks I've mocked, this is the one I hope happens most. Pairing bruiser Derrick Henry with speedster D'Andre Swift creates a thunder and lightning backfield that would be electric to watch.
30. Green Bay Packers
Patrick Queen, Inside Linebacker, LSU
I'll admit, I'm a Packer fan and I've been craving a solid middle linebacker ever since Nick Barnett left. Queen might not be around at 30, and if he's not, Green Bay will probably take a wide receiver like Justin Jefferson from LSU. That wouldn't be the worst thing in the world, but this is my mock and I'm making Patrick the Queen of Wisconsin.
31. San Francisco 49ers
Grant Delpit, Strong Safety, LSU
Delpit is a ball hawk safety who can cover the deep third or play at the line of scrimmage. The 49ers need to add a wide receiver but with so many available in this class, they add another defensive back and hold out until later in the draft to get their wide receiver.
32. Kansas City Chiefs
AJ Terrell, Cornerback, Clemson
Mr. Irrelevant of this mock draft is an experienced corner from Clemson, AJ Terrell. Terrell has what it takes to be a great corner in the NFL and will step into Kansas City's defense to cover the slot.
And that folks, is how the first round of the 2020 NFL draft goes. Signing off how I always sign off my mock drafts. It ain't no guess. It's what it's gon be.