Andrew Harbaugh | April 30th, 2019
Yes! We are just two days removed from the 2019 NFL Draft so that means we are of course already looking ahead to next year’s draft.
This year we had the defensive showcase that the NFL was starving for and out of this draft we should have several stars on the defensive side of the ball turn up from it. However, the 2020 NFL draft is loaded with offensive talent, think of it as the Fort Knox of offensive draft players just to give you an idea of the type of hype it is already getting.
Dynasty football players have been stashing 2020 rookie draft picks for almost two years now and for good reason. At the same time, there is also a lot of great defensive talent, all be it not nearly as deep as this years.
With that in mind let stop teasing you and get to these picks!
Disclaimer: The draft order is based on betting odds to win the Super Bowl, this is NOT how I see the season going personally for any team.
- Washington- Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
Did a great job addressing offense in the draft but they need to help out Ryan Kerrigan with some more pass rush, especially in the NFC East.
- Miami Dolphins- Walker Little, OT, Stanford
The Dolphins acquired Josh Rosen by just giving up a second round pick. You finally have the best quarterback in the franchise since Dan Marino retired, protect him.
- Cincinnati Bengals- Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
You drafted Ryan Finley on day 3 of the draft, he isn’t the answer. Neither is Andy Dalton which is why you must address the quarterback position or risk being left in the dust in the AFC North.
- Buffalo Bills- Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
LeSean McCoy is getting older by the minute but they have brought in so many running backs I’m assuming one can wait till round two or three. Jerry Jeudy is a legit WR1 in the NFL and could be Josh Allen’s top target for his entire career if need be.
- Arizona Cardinals- Trey Adams, OT, Washington
You have literally gone all in a new quarterback and receiving corp, you also have David Johnson in the backfield, let’s clear the way for this Kingsbury offense to reach its potential.
- Detroit Lions- A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
You bring in Trey Flowers at EDGE in free agency so why not add a junkyard dog who will fight and win so many battles in the trenches. Epenesa would thrive with Matt Patricia in Detroit.
- New York Jets- C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida
You paid Trumaine Johnson a lot of money and he isn’t playing up to it and Buster Skrine isn’t doing them any favors either, CJ Henderson has big play and lockdown corner ability wrapped into one.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
I truly believe in Bruce Arians ability to coach up quarterbacks but I have little faith in Jameis Winston. At this point, the Bucs need to realize what they have in Winston and replace him with a guy Arians can coach up from the ground floor.
- New York Giants- Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado
You say that OBJ had character issues but he was your clearcut best receiver. Golden Tate won’t fill that hole with much success but someone who has a shot at doing so and has great character is Shenault. Give Daniel Jones his top receiver he can grow with.
- Tennessee Titans- Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
Yes in this mock we are moving on from the top two picks of the 2015 draft. Mariotta has battled injuries and a carousel of offensive coordinators but as we have seen in the past this is not a patient franchise. Fromm is a great decision maker who won’t turn the ball over and has an arm that still needs developing but with Corey Davis and A.J. Brown he should be just fine.
- Oakland Raiders- Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama
Oakland brought in veteran Brandon Marshall but he won’t fit the bill, the Raiders find there long last franchise linebacker here.
- Denver Broncos- Grant Delpit, DB, LSU
Delpit is the reincarnation of the Honey Badger at LSU. He can blitz, cover, and defend in any way imaginable. He with Von Miller and Bradley Chubb is a three-headed monster even Patrick Mahomes may actually begin to fear the Mile High City.
- Carolina Panthers- Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
They drafted DJ Moore in the first a couple of years ago but Cam Newton’s health is always a concern. The Panthers are in a win-now window while they have him so why not load up on weapons.
- Atlanta Falcons- Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn
Grady Jarrett was franchise tagged this past year and they won’t do that again. He will probably want Suh or Donald money so Atlanta finds his replacement in Derrick Brown.
- Jacksonville Jaguars- CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
This is simple, Dede Westbrook and DJ Chark are not number one receivers, CeeDee Lamb has the upside and ability to be a teams number one.
- Baltimore Ravens- Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama
They lost Za’Darius Smith and Terrell Suggs to free agency this past year, while they still will have a large hole in pass rush, Lewis brings them leadership and a strong presence on defense.
- Seattle Seahawks- Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
Rashaad Penny? Chris Carson? Yeah, they aren’t bell cow backs, Jonathan Taylor is and has proven he can handle the workload. Something Pete Carroll and newly extended Russell Wilson will love to have again.
- San Francisco 49ers- Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah
The team has an aging Richard Sherman who is still serviceable but adding reigning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year Jaylon Johnson they find a suitable replacement.
- Houston Texans- D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
Lamar Miller is the ageless wonder that just won’t stay down. DeShaun Watson needs weapons around him and Swift will act as a reliable pass-catching target on third down until Lamar Miller finally gives out.
- Pittsburgh Steelers- Colby Parkinson, TE, Stanford
With the extension of Big Ben, the Steelers have a three-year window. Vance McDonald is a solid tight end but Parkinson is a solid receiving and red zone target that Ben has missed since Heath Miller retired.
- Minnesota Vikings- Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
I will make this real simple, you have to protect your quarterback with the fully guaranteed contract!
- Green Bay Packers- Jacob Eason, QB, Washington
There were reports the Packers wanted to get Drew Lock before the Broncos leapfrogged them for him. I think they fall in love all over again with a new quarterback they can groom under Aaron Rodgers, the same way he was behind Brett Favre.
- Dallas Cowboys- Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama
The team can’t cut the cord on Randy Gregory but they finally paid Demarcus Lawrence to give them some breathing room in terms of the pass rush. Now bring the blitz up the middle with Raekwon Davis leading the charge.
- Los Angeles Chargers- Bryan Edwards, WR, South Carolina
Bryan Edwards could have come out this year as a junior and been in the discussion for being a top five receiver but he returned to South Carolina instead. The Chargers, much like the Steelers, are in a win-now situation with their aging quarterback. Mike Williams is going into a critical career and if he falters look for them to address that position early in 2020.
- Indianapolis Colts- Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State
Chris Ballard took some edge rushers in the 2019 draft who can be solid picks but newly signed free agent Justin Houston does have an injury history and you can never have enough pass rush in today’s NFL.
- Philadelphia Eagles- Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State
The Eagles brought back Desean Jackson this year but with rumors of Nelson Agholor being on the block look for them to keep adding weapons for Carson Wentz to succeed and grow with. Wallace exploded on the scene last year and should be a Biletnikoff finalist again this year.
- Cleveland Browns- Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
The Browns resigned resurgent tackle Greg Robinson this offseason but that is just a stop gap. Protecting Baker Mayfield should still be a top priority and addressing offensive line in the first round just makes sense here.
- Oakland Raiders (via Chicago)- Tyler Biadasz, iOL, Wisconsin
Wisconsin is know for grooming some of the best offensive linemen in the NFL and Biadesz is one of my favorite interior linemen in 2020. With the offense loaded with weapons you have to give Derek Carr time to use them.
- New Orleans Saints- Paddy Fisher, LB, Northwestern
The Saints have been looking for a franchise middle linebacker since Jonathan Vilma retired and in selecting Paddy Fisher here they may have found just that.
- Los Angeles Rams- Shaquille Quarterman, LB, Miami (FL)
Manny Diaz is creating one of the best defenses in college football down in Miami ever since the turnover chain was introduced. Quarterman is the leader of that defense and can be a leader for the Rams while patrolling the middle of the field in both run and pass support.
- New England Patriots- Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
The Patriots addressed Edge in this draft class but the evil empire can never have enough pass rush. My co-host on Devy Happy Hour Dwight Peebles loves this guys motor and he could thrive in New England with it.
- Kansas City Chiefs- Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
Yes, Alabama could, and should, have two first-round picks at receiver. With Tyreek Hill likely on his way out of town and Sammy Watkins always having injury issues paired with his inconsistency, wide receiver must be addressed early next year.
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