Ryne Oshiro’s NFL mock draft 2020
Ryne Oshiro, Staff Writer
For most Americans, there are two constants in the world; death and taxes. For NFL scouts and football fans, you can add a third constant – Joe Burrow being the number one draft selection in 2020. Despite not participating in the NFL Combine, Burrow has remained a staple to shake over the reigns as the next star quarterback of the Cincinnati Bengals. After seeing the departure of now free agent, Andy Dalton, teams only seem to want Burrow for the position.
Following Burrow in the draft is edge rusher, Chase Young of Ohio State University. Young is undoubtedly the most dynamic player and ranks as the number one overall prospect in the draft. It just so happened that the Bengals needed a quarterback more than an edge rusher. The Washington Redskins will get a huge boost on defense with this pick.
After an impressive showing at the combine, Clemson stud Isaiah Simmons looks to become the third pick, which belongs to the Detroit Lions. Being the third overall prospect, it makes total sense for the Lions to take someone of his caliber, considering the need to strengthen their defense. Simmons is an absolute terror on the defensive end of the field, and the Lions will have no regrets with this choice.
The Giants need better run and pass protection, and Mekhi Becton seems to be the best fit for that option. With the fifth pick, the Miami Dolphins will likely be taking a shot at a health risk, Tua Tagovailoa. The only question is health, because he proved that he is a force to be reckoned with when healthy. He is the fifth ranked prospect in a slightly loaded draft, so the Dolphins taking a chance on a quarterback with his caliber seems to be a good choice.
Following the signing of Phillip Rivers to the Indianapolis Colts, the Los Angeles Chargers look to pick yet another quarterback to fill the role. Justin Herbert of the University of Oregon looks to challenge Tyrod Taylor for the quarterback spot for the Chargers.
For pick number seven, the Carolina Panthers look to cornerback Jeff Okudah, another stud coming from Ohio State University. He is the number one ranked cornerback in this draft, and it seems the Panthers need help in every spot on defense after Luke Kuechly’s retirement. One of the biggest trades in the off-season saw DeAndre Hopkins traded to the Cardinals, so it almost seems inevitable that Kyler Murray needs protection to find those targets. Offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs out of the University of Iowa looks to be the second ranked offensive linemen in the draft.
After the Jacksonville Jaguars traded away Calais Campbell for draft picks, it seemed that they were indeed rebuilding. What better way to start than replacing a stud on defense with another defensive lineman that ranks as the top prospect. Auburn’s Derrick Brown looks to help turn around a distraught Jaguars team.
Rounding out the top 10 picks in the draft are the Cleveland Browns. After a disappointing 2019, they look to turn it around and sign an offensive lineman to protect Baker Mayfield so he can get passes out to his explosive offense. Andrew Thomas, the line protector out of Georgia looks to be a key force in helping the Browns reach the playoffs for years to come.
Following the first 10 picks, there could be numerous changes, especially with the start of free-agency signings. There are some notable names that will be left on the wide receiver board. Jerry Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb, and Henry Ruggs III all look to find a home within the first round. From numerous projections it looks like Jeudy will be the first off the board heading to the New York Jets with the 11th pick. Then, following Jeudy with the 12th pick, Lamb looks to head to the Oakland Raiders who are in desperate need of key offensive weapons, especially after the great season running back Josh Jacobs had. Another team in desperate need of more offensive weapons is the Denver Broncos. Ruggs should be snagged at the 15th pick, which will help boost a young Drew Lock. The rest of the draft, and first round, will all be dependent on what each team needs. With the way this off-season is shaping up, look for another shake-up prior to the draft.