Justin Polasek Final 2020 Mock Draft

1) Cincinnati Bengals, QB Joe Burrow, LSU

This pick was made months ago. Burrow to the Bengals confirmed.

2) Miami Dolphins, QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama

Dolphins trade picks 5, 26, 56, and a 2021 1st to the Redskins for pick 2
#TankForTua is not a smoke screen. The Dolphins have been hot on his trail for a long time now. They’ve flirted with Herbert, but Tua is the guy they want, and they’ll need to trade up to get him.

3) Detroit Lions, EDGE Chase Young, Ohio State

The Lions have been actively seeking a trade down scenario, but getting the best the best pass rushing prospect since Myles Garret, will keep them firmly at pick 3.

4) New York Giants, OT Jedrick Wills, Alabama

Trading down would make sense here, but Dave Gettleman has never traded down in the first round before. I’m not sure that he’ll start now. Okudah and Simmons are both wonderful prospects, but the Giants need to keep their franchise QB upright as well as giving Saqoun room to run. Both can be done by fixing their OT position. The franchise brought in ‘Bama’s longtime RB coach, Burton Burns, and I suspect he’ll have his preference in Alabama’s Jedrick Wills.

5) Washington Redskins, OT Tristan Wirfs, Iowa

The Redskins have fought hard to convince Trent Williams to come back, but it simply can’t be done. His replacement is needed and Tristan Wirfs is just the man for the job. You hear about “DBU” all the time in relations to LSU, BAMA, Ohio State, ect., but the honors of OLU belong to Iowa. They’ve built a great reputation for pumping out OLinemen and Wirfs is no exception.

6) LA Chargers, QB Justin Herbert, Oregon

The Chargers may be counting their blessings to get their preferred signal caller without having to trade up for him. After moving on from the longtime face of the franchise, Phillip Rivers, the Chargers are ready to set their sights towards the future.

7) Carolina Panthers, CB Jeffrey Okudah, Ohio State

Isaiah Simmons and Derrick Brown both make EXCEPTIONAL cases for pick 7, but getting the drafts only true, lockdown Corner is something I just can’t see Carolina passing on, especially after losing James Bradberry to free agency.

8) Arizona Cardinals, OT Andrew Thomas, Georgia

Arizona needs Offensive Line help in the worst way. as much as Kyler would love to play with CeeDee Lamb again, he wont last long if he doesnt get some real protection up front. Thomas is the most pro ready OT in the class, he can step in on day 1 and give Kyler some much needed relief.

9) Jacksonville Jaguars, DT Derrick Brown, Auburn

CJ Henderson is the guy the Jags have been hoping for, but they never could have envisioned Derrick Brown being available. Derrick is a wrecking ball up front and will go a long way towards fixing the Jags newly ruined defense.

10) Cleveland Browns, OT Mekhi Becton, Louisville

As much as the Browns would love to fill Joe Schobert’s shoes with the falling Isaiah Simmons, Mekhi Becton is the last, and certainly the most polarizing, of the “big 4” OT’s. Becton’s potential is sky high, and if the Browns want to fend off Baker Mayfield’s creeping “bust” label, they’ll need to give him some top flight protection at LT.

11) Denver Broncos, WR Henry Ruggs III, Alabama

Broncos trade pick 15, 77, and 178 for Jets pick 11
After watching the “big 4” OT’s go right before their eyes, the Jets may look to trade down here. The Broncos are far from the only team to be vocal about wanting to add speed on the outside. Especially after the whole league just watched speed single handedly win a Super Bowl. Ruggs is the fastest of the Elite 3 WR’s in the draft. He’ll step in and immediately boost Drew Lock’s offense into a top 5 unit

12) Las Vegas Raiders, CB CJ Henderson, Florida

Raiders have been one of those vocal teams that want speed on the outside. Jerry Jeudy is very much in play with this pick, but CJ Henderson is reportedly viewed by 40% of the league as the drafts top corner. So the Raiders may very well be willing to wait until pick 19 to address the WR position in this deep WR class. Henderson gives the Raiders speed, athleticism, and great man coverage ability.

13) Atlanta Falcons, LB Isaiah Simmons, LSU

Falcons trade picks 16, 78, and a 2021 3rd to the 49ers for pick 13
The 49ers need more draft picks and with the board looking the way that it does, they can trade down without missing out on one of their top targets. The Falcons need help all over the defensive side of the ball, Isaiah Simmons can play at just about any defensive position. His slide ends here.

14) Philadelphia Eagles, WR CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma

Eagles trade picks 21, 103, and a 2021 2nd to the Buccaneers for pick 14 and a 2021 4th
Eagles need a WR, arguably more than any other team in the league, and some believe CeeDee Lamb is the best of a truly elite top tier. Carson Wentz has been dying to get a receiver he can grow with, and Lamb is the most complete WR of the class. He jumps high, catches everything, fluid in his routes, consistently gets separation, and tracks the ball like a hawk on a field mouse. If the Eagles trade up, Lamb should be the guy.

15) New York Jets, EDGE K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU

Broncos trade pick 15, 77, and 178 for Jets pick 11
After trading down a few picks, the Jets pick up the 2nd best pass rusher in the draft. The Jets struggled heavily in the trenches last year, both protecting the passer and rushing the passer. Jamal Adams had more sacks than all of their edge rushers combined. Chaisson puts an end to that immediately and give them top shelf potential for the future.

16) San Francisco 49ers, DT Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina

Falcons trade picks 16, 78, and a 2021 3rd to the 49ers for pick 13
The 49ers may choose to trade back yet again to pick up even more draft picks, but if they do stay put, Javon Kinlaw will do a heck of a job of filling the void left by DeForest Buckner.

17) Dallas Cowboys, WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama

If the 49ers don’t trade back, Jeudy will fall right into Dak’s arms. His route running is second to none in this class. He’s the last of the Elite 3 wide outs, but considered by many to be the safest and the best. Jeudy will be open on every play and that’s something that Dak will certainly appreciate. Some may not view WR as a need for the Cowboys, but we all know how Dak gets when he doesn’t have an excessive amount of weapons around him.

18) Miami Dolphins, OT Josh Jones, Houston

The Dolphins traded up and got their new face of the franchise in Tua, but now they need to find a way to keep him on his feet or else he’ll be back in the blue tent sooner, rather than later. Josh Jones is the best OT left and he’ll go a long way towards fixing the Dolphins OL.

19) Las Vegas Raiders, WR Jalen Reagor, TCU

After missing out on Ruggs, I expect Mike Mayock to fall in love with Jalen. Mayock wants speed to help out Tyrell Williams on the outside. Reagor is an extraordinarily quick blur on the field, but he’s much more than that. He can get open in all three levels of the field and attack the football in the air. Once he gets the ball in his hands, he’ll be a home run threat, no matter where he is on the field.

20) Jacksonville Jaguars, CB Trevon Diggs, Alabama

The Jaguars have a biased preference in seeking tall corners. Trevon Diggs is all height and potential at 6’2″+ and the athleticism to stick with anyone. Diggs has only played corner for 2 years and has a lot of refinement to add to his game, but his ball skills are exceptional. He should go a long way towards filling the void left by Jalen Ramsey once he gets some NFL coaching.

21) Tampa Bay Buccaneers, OT Ezra Cleveland, Boise State

After bringing in Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski to add to Chris Godwin and Mike Evans, the Bucc’s just need a quality Offensive Line to make their offense one of the best in the league. Patriots have always prioritized the line, and I would have to imagine that Brady is lobbying hard to make the OL a priority in Tampa Bay’s draft. Ezra Cleveland has been one of the drafts biggest risers of late. He’ll step into LT and help out on day 1.

22) Minnesota Vikings, WR Justin Jefferson, LSU

With Stefon Diggs in Buffalo, the Vikings need to get Kirk Cousins and Adam Thielen some real help. Jefferson is considered by most NFL GM’s to be WR4, and in consideration as a top 3 WR by some. He’ll step into the slot on day 1, with the ability to go outside in 12 personnel sets.

23) New England Patriots, LB Patrick Queen, LSU

With Jefferson off the board, the Pats could look to replace one of the Linebackers they lost. The athletic Queen will step in and become an impact player on all 3 downs, as he is exceptional in coverage, as well as being good against the run.

24) New Orleans Saints, LB Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma

LB is arguably the Saints biggest need and Kenneth Murray is the last of top tier LBers in the class. He can fill a hole on the depth chart and on the line. He’s certainly not afraid to lay the wood. Murray has been bred to play football, he’s as natural of a leader as they come, he’ll be the Saints team captain soon.

25) Minnesota Vikings, CB Kristian Fulton, LSU

In my opinion, Kristian Fulton has no business falling out of the top 20. He has all of the tools to be a great corner in the NFL. After losing 3 of their top 4 Corners, the Vikings need to get bodies in the room. Fulton has an excellent body of work that Mike Zimmer will absolutely tap into. The scheme fit and talent is all there. I expect this to be a dream scenario for the Vikings at 25.

26) Washington Redskins, WR Denzel Mims, Baylor

Redskins lost the Amari Cooper sweep stakes, and “settle” for Denzel Mims. Mims played through a broken hand in 2019 and still had some of the best hands in the class. Athletically, Mims did better at the NFL combine than just about anyone. Being from Baylor, his route tree is pretty simple, but he got excessive separation from EVERYONE at the senior bowl. Mims is a special talent. Pairing him next to Terry Mclaurin is a scary sight for NFL secondaries, and one that Dwayne Haskins will love to see.

27) Seattle Seahawks, EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State

I have been pounding the table for years for the Seahawks to give Russell an OL. It hasn’t been a priority in the past and I don’t think it will be considered a priority now. So assuming they look elsewhere(again), the defensive front needs help. Clowney or no Clowney, the Seahawks haven’t been able to get to the QB(second worst pass rush in 2019). Yetur will come in and be a plus run defender from day 1 with endless potential as the pass rusher of the Seahawks future.

28) Baltimore Ravens, EDGE AJ Epenesa, Iowa

Athletic testing be damned! Ravens didnt care about it when they selected Orlando Brown, and now they have a Pro Bowl OT. Turn on the tape and you’ll see that Epenesa is a baller, and the arrow is only pointing up.

29) Tennessee Titans, OT Isaiah Wilson, Georgia

The Titans lost Jack Conklin in free agency. They seem to be fine with Dennis Kelly at RT, but if and when he doesn’t work out, Wilson will step in as a big, powerful RT of the future, that can move in space. He’s far from a finished product, but the potential for him is sky high. He’ll have no problem clearing lanes for Derrick Henry to walk through in the goal line.

30) Green Bay Packers, CB Jaylon Johnson, Utah

Jaire Alexander has been a great corner for the Packers, but he hasn’t had much help on the opposite side of the field. I expect a run on corners to happen early in round two, and the Packers would be wise to get their guy now. Jaylon is scheme versatile, but he excels in press man. Expect him to contribute early, with the potential to develop this CB duo into one of the best in the League within a year or two.

31) Carolina Panthers, QB Jordan Love, Utah State

The Panthers trade picks 38 and 69 to the 49ers for picks 31 and 119
The 49ers came into day 1 of the draft with 2 picks inside of the top 150, and leave day 1 with Javon Kinlaw and 3 additional top 80 picks. That is a win in its own right. The Panthers say that they’re happy with Teddy Bridgewater as their QB1, but for how long? We’ve heard this same old song and dance with the Saints. I think Bridgewater is nothing more than a bridge to the rookie. If Love falls to the back of the 1st round, Carolina should jump up, over the Colts, to get their guy. Love may not be THE top option, but he is certainly A top option.

32) Kansas City Chiefs, RB D’Andre Swift, Georgia

The best RB in the draft falls right into Big Red’s lap. D’Andre Swift is a 3 down RB, who will contribute in all three phases. An electric runner, who will absolutely light up the passing game in Andy Reid’s west coast offense. Swift in KC could become a top 5 RB in the league in year 1, as the teams looks for a SB repeat.

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