The NFL Combine is now behind us and teams around the NFL are beginning to inch closer to what they want to do in the 2020 NFL Draft. While some prospects helped their cause in Indianapolis, some could see a drastic decline in their draft stock after the combine.
Some teams appear to be already set on who they want to take in the first round. Others could be waiting for Pro Days to determine who would be best to select at their current position. Lastly, there could be teams that are trying to manufacture a trade to put themselves in a position to get the player they desire.
Nevertheless, there is still a little over a month before April 23 —the first day of the 2020 NFL Draft. Without wasting any more time, here is the post-scouting combine mock draft of the first round.
No. 1 — Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow (QB, LSU)
There’s absolutely no way the Cincinnati Bengals take anyone but Joe Burrow with the No. 1 pick. Andy Dalton is on his way out of Cincinnati and the Bengals can select the Ohio native from LSU to be their next franchise quarterback.
No. 2 — Washington Redskins: Chase Young (Edge, Ohio State)
Among the players that didn’t participate at the NFL Combine, Chase Young didn’t hurt or increase his value for the draft. Even though the Washington Redskins have met with some of the top quarterback prospects, Young should hear his name called with the No. 2 selection.
No. 3 — Detroit Lions: Jeffery Okudah (CB, Ohio State)
Heading into the NFL Combine, Jeffery Okudah was regarded as the best cornerback in this year’s draft. Despite exiting the combine early due to a head/neck injury, the Detroit Lions need to find a cornerback to pair with Darius Slay. Plus, Okudah is still noticeably better than the rest of the corners in this year’s class.
No. 4 — New York Giants: Isaiah Simmons (Defense, Clemson)
After the combine performance that Isaiah Simmons had, there’s no way the New York Giants can pass on him. Measured at 6-foot-4, 238 pounds, Simmons ran a 4.39 40-yard dash and is a versatile weapon on defense — hence why his position is listed as ‘defense’.
No. 5 — Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa (QB, Alabama)
When you consider the teams in front of the Miami Dolphins, there’s no need for them to trade up. Instead of moving up, the Dolphins still get their quarterback by selecting Tua Tagovailoa with the fifth-overall pick.
No. 6 — Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Herbert (QB, Oregon)
The Los Angeles Chargers have made it clear that Philip Rivers won’t be back with the team next season. Similar to the Dolphins, the Chargers currently don’t need to consider moving up. At the combine, Justin Herbert reportedly dazzled teams during team interviews and Los Angeles could find themselves liking him as their guy.
No. 7 — Carolina Panthers: Derrick Brown (IDL, Auburn)
Seeing that the Carolina Panthers could be losing Vernon Butler, Gerald McCoy, and Dontari Poe, they’ll definitely be addressing the defensive line in the draft. In an attempt to begin reshaping the defensive front, Derrick Brown out of Auburn would be a decent start.
No. 8 — Arizona Cardinals: CeeDee Lamb (WR, Oklahoma)
Ahead of the draft, Kyler Murray has been lobbying for the Arizona Cardinals to select CeeDee Lamb in the first round. Due to Murray being the cornerstone of the franchise, the front office grants his wish and selects the big-play receiver that impressed at the combine.
No. 9 — Jacksonville Jaguars: Javon Kinlaw (IDL, South Carolina)
Another player that wasn’t able to take part in the NFL Combine was Javon Kinlaw out of South Carolina. Similar to some of the other notable names that didn’t participate, Kinlaw didn’t need to prove anything. As for the Jacksonville Jaguars, they could use someone like Kinlaw to help strengthen their interior defensive line.
No. 10 — Cleveland Browns: Tristan Wirfs (OT, Iowa)
One of the biggest storylines of the NFL Combine was the jaw-dropping performance from Tristan Wirfs. Despite being measured at 6-foot-5, 320 pounds, Wirfs led all offensive linemen with a 4.85 40-yard dash and 36.5-inch vertical jump. The Iowa product will likely hear his name called when the Cleveland Browns are on the clock with the No. 10 pick.
No. 11 — New York Jets: Jedrick Wills (OT, Alabama)
Another offensive tackle that helped himself at the combine was Jedrick Wills out of Alabama. Wills ran a respectable 5.05 40-yard dash and was impressive in the on-field drills. With that in mind, the New York Jets could use him to bolster their offensive line to protect Sam Darnold.
No. 12 — Las Vegas Raiders: Jerry Jeudy (WR, Alabama)
The Las Vegas Raiders swung and miss on the trade to acquire Antonio Brown last offseason. Due to the botched trade, the Raiders are in the market for a playmaking receiver just a year later. As expected, Jerry Jeudy showed at the combine why he’s considered by many to be the best receiver in this year’s class and why the Raiders should take him.
No. 13 — Indianapolis Colts: Jordan Love (QB, Utah State)
The Indianapolis Colts are one team that is tough to gauge in the first round of the draft. Could they target a quarterback or do they address another need? With the front office lacking confidence in Jacoby Brissett, they select Jordan Love as a developmental project for the future.
No. 14 — Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mekhi Becton (OT, Louisville)
Similar to Wirfs and Wills, Mekhi Becton made his presence felt at the NFL Combine. The 6-foot-7, 364-pound tackle bested many offensive linemen by somehow running a 5.10-40 yard dash. Regardless of who Bruce Arians has at quarterback in 2020, he’ll be elated to add Becton to the offensive line.
No. 15 — Denver Broncos: Henry Ruggs (WR, Alabama)
Prior to the NFL Combine, Henry Ruggs was overly confident that he could surpass John Ross’ 40-yard dash record of 4.22 seconds. While he didn’t beat Ross, Ruggs ran a blazing 4.27 40-yard dash. Even though there’s a possibility someone could trade up for Ruggs, he lands with the Denver Broncos at No. 15.
No. 16 — Atlanta Falcons: K’Lavon Chaisson (Edge, LSU)
The Atlanta Falcons have quite a few needs and none of them seem more important than the edge position. With Vic Beasley on his way out the door, K’Lavon Chaisson out of LSU is the perfect choice for a team that is in dire need of help in the sack department.
No. 17 — Dallas Cowboys: C.J. Henderson (CB, Florida)
As free agency steadily approaches, it appears likely that Byron Jones has played his last down with the Dallas Cowboys. Luckily for Dallas, C.J. Henderson could be idly waiting to be selected with the 17th overall pick. Henderson definitely improved his draft stock at the combine, running a 4.39 40-yard dash and a 37.5-inch vertical jump.
No. 18 — Miami Dolphins: Andrew Thomas (OT, Georgia)
After selecting their quarterback of the future, it’s vital for the Dolphins to find some help along the offensive line. Andrew Thomas quietly had himself a decent combine and is still considered a surefire first-round prospect. There’s no reason for Miami to pass on Thomas if he’s still available here.
No. 19 — Las Vegas Raiders: Kenneth Murray (LB, Oklahoma)
Besides wide receiver, the Raiders could use a linebacker to man the middle of their defense. Given that, Las Vegas should look no further than Kenneth Murray out of Oklahoma. Even though he sustained an injury scare at the combine, he should still be considered one of the best linebackers available.
No. 20 — Jacksonville Jaguars: Kristian Fulton (CB, LSU)
The Jaguars traded Jalen Ramsey in 2019 and could release A.J. Bouye this offseason. As a result, Jacksonville could be on the prowl for a cornerback in this year’s draft. Following a formidable showing at the combine, Kristian Fulton should be among the corners selected in the first round.
No. 21 — Philadelphia Eagles: Laviska Shenault (WR, Colorado)
Of the teams that could trade up near the end of the first round, the Philadelphia Eagles are one of the likely candidates. Maybe the Eagles decide to trade up and select Ruggs before the Broncos secure him. On the other hand, if they remain at No. 21, Laviska Shenault isn’t an awful choice. Shenault is undergoing surgery on a core injury, but he should be fine before the draft commences.
No. 22 — Buffalo Bills: Justin Jefferson (WR, LSU)
Right after the Eagles take a wideout, the Buffalo Bills could do the same. One receiver that definitely improved his stock was Justin Jefferson out of LSU. The versatile receiver ran a 4.43 40-yard dash and showed his quickness in the on-field drills.
No. 23 — New England Patriots: Cesar Ruiz (IOL, Michigan)
Of course, the decision from Tom Brady in free agency could affect what the New England Patriots do in the draft. Whether he returns or not though, Joe Thuney is likely going to price himself out of New England. To replace the veteran guard, Cesar Ruiz could be a name to watch. During the combine, Ruiz proved that he’s the best interior lineman in this draft.
No. 24 — New Orleans Saints: Jalen Reagor (WR, TCU)
With Drew Brees returning for one more chance at a Super Bowl, the New Orleans Saints need to add another receiver to the offense. Someone like Jalen Reagor would be a perfect fit alongside Michael Thomas in the offense. Also, Sean Payton would have plenty of plays dialed up for a weapon like Reagor.
No. 25 — Minnesota Vikings: Jeff Gladney (CB, TCU)
Over the past couple of years, Xavier Rhodes has begun to decline at cornerback. In addition, Trae Waynes is a possible candidate to leave in free agency. Considering that, Jeff Gladney — who continued to increase his stock at the combine — would be an ideal selection for the Minnesota Vikings.
No. 26 — Miami Dolphins: Xavier McKinney (S, Alabama)
Early in the 2019 season, the Dolphins sent Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Pittsburgh Steelers. At the same time, they’ve been trying to find ways to move on from Reshad Jones. Due to the safety position being a necessity, Xavier McKinney makes a ton of sense for Miami at the 26th pick.
No. 27 — Seattle Seahawks: Yetur Gross-Matos (Edge, Penn State)
Just two weeks before free agency, it’s unclear if the Seattle Seahawks are going to attempt to re-sign Jadeveon Clowney. Regardless of their decision, the Seahawks would be wise to add an edge rusher in this year’s draft. With that being said, Yetur Gross-Matos is a borderline first-round prospect that fits the description of what Seattle is looking for.
No. 28 — Baltimore Ravens: Patrick Queen (LB, LSU)
Similar to most teams, there is a myriad of options that the Baltimore Ravens could choose to make. But assuming they use the franchise tag on Matt Judon, selecting a linebacker could be the ultimate move. If the Ravens are lucky, Patrick Queen will still be on the board after sustaining a minor injury at the combine.
No. 29 — Tennessee Titans: Terrell Lewis (Edge, Alabama)
Without a doubt, the Tennessee Titans could definitely be a team that trades out of the first round in this year’s draft. However, if they remain at No. 29, Terrell Lewis out of Alabama could give them some aid off of the edge. Injuries have been a concern for Lewis, but Mike Vrabel could develop him into a formidable pass rusher in the NFL.
No. 30 — Green Bay Packers: Brandon Aiyuk (WR, Arizona State)
The Green Bay Packers are among the few playoff teams from 2019 that need to add a receiver — or receivers — in this year’s draft. After some of the top prospects have been taken, Brandon Aiyuk could be a great addition to the Packers. Aiyuk is a vertical threat that showed off his 40-inch vertical leap at the combine.
No. 31 — San Francisco 49ers: Grant Delpit (S, LSU)
It can almost be guaranteed that the San Francisco 49ers are going to trade out of the first round. Following their first-round pick, the 49ers aren’t on the clock again until the fourth round. If for some reason, they remain in the first round, Grant Delpit could be someone they draft. Delpit has to improve as a tackler, but his ball skills are enough to warrant him being selected in the first round.
No. 32 — Kansas City Chiefs: Noah Igbinoghene (CB, Auburn)
To close out the first round, the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs are likely going to be searching for ways to shore up the defense. More specifically, the cornerback position could need help if both Breshaud Breeland and Kendall Fuller depart in free agency. After an impressive outing at the combine, Noah Igbinoghene could sneak into the first round to the Chiefs.