The wait is finally over as the 2020 NFL Draft is upon us, putting the Cincinnati Bengals on the clock with the No. 1 pick. There’s no need to wait for ClutchPoints’ final NFL Mock Draft however, but we’ll get to that momentarily.
With teams hunkered down inside the confines of their own houses, this draft figures to be an unforgettable one. Whether that is in a good or bad way remains to be seen.
Similar to most drafts, there has been an endless number of rumors that have surfaced in the days leading up to first selection. Some of those rumors may be true, causing a shakeup in the early portion of the NFL Draft. Or, those rumors could turn out to be smokescreens deliberately created by specific teams.
Nevertheless, the time is here for the real draft to commence, giving fans something to fulfill their thirst of sports. Before you get settled into your comfiest chair, here is ClutchPoints’ final 2020 NFL Mock Draft for all 32 round 1 picks.
Final NFL Mock Draft
No. 1 — Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow (QB, LSU)
For months, it has been presumed that the Bengals will select Joe Burrow with the No. 1 pick in the draft. There’s no reason to believe that Cincinnati won’t make Burrow the next quarterback of their franchise, hoping he can lead them back to the postseason.
No. 2 — Washington Redskins: Chase Young (Edge, Ohio State)
In terms of overall skill set, Chase Young is arguably the most talented player available in the 2020 NFL Draft. Following his junior season where he had 16.5 sacks, Young gives the Washington Redskins an immediate boost off the edge.
No. 3 — Miami Dolphins (via Detroit Lions): Tua Tagovailoa (QB, Alabama)
A lot has been made on what will happen with the No. 3 pick in the first round. Will the Detroit Lions keep the pick, or will they trade it to a quarterback-needy team? Despite all of the rumors, the Miami Dolphins move up to the No. 3 pick and get their quarterback of the future in Tua Tagovailoa.
No. 4 — New York Giants: Jedrick Wills (OT, Alabama)
After the Lions make a decision at No. 3, it’s unclear what Dave Gettleman plans on doing with the No. 4 pick for the New York Giants. While Isaiah Simmons seems like an ideal choice, Gettleman elects to select Jedrick Wills out of Alabama to bolster the offensive line.
No. 5 — Detroit Lions (via Miami Dolphins): Jeffrey Okudah (CB, Ohio State)
Ahead of the draft, there are rumors that Miami is trying to configure a trade for the No. 3 pick that doesn’t involve the No. 5 pick. However, in short notice, that seems unlikely. In the end, the Lions get the No. 5 pick and take Jeffrey Okudah out of Ohio State, giving them a viable replacement for Darius Slay.
No. 6 — Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Herbert (QB, Oregon)
Following the departure of Philip Rivers, Anthony Lynn has expressed confidence in Tyrod Taylor at quarterback. Still, even with Taylor’s experience, the Los Angeles Chargers decide to go with Justin Herbert as their long-term solution under center.
No. 7 — Carolina Panthers: Isaiah Simmons (Defensive weapon, Clemson)
Without a doubt, Isaiah Simmons is one of the more intriguing prospects available in the first round. During his collegiate career at Clemson, Simmons played slot cornerback, safety, and also showed an ability to rush the passer. Regardless of what position they have him play, the Carolina Panthers can’t afford to pass on Simmons at No. 7.
No. 8 — Atlanta Falcons (via Arizona Cardinals): C.J. Henderson (CB, Florida)
As the draft has neared, there have been rumors that the Atlanta Falcons are attempting to trade for a top-10 pick. Seeing that they need to replace Desmond Trufant, C.J. Henderson would make perfect sense as a player to trade up for. Henderson is the consensus No. 2 cornerback and gives the Falcons a much-needed boost in the secondary.
No. 9 — Jacksonville Jaguars: Javon Kinlaw (IDL, South Carolina)
It has been debated whether Javon Kinlaw or Derrick Brown will be the first interior defensive lineman off of the board. While it may surprise some people, the Jacksonville Jaguars decide to go with Kinlaw. Amid his time at South Carolina, Kinlaw proved he can be a formidable run defender and has potential as a pass rusher.
No. 10 — Cleveland Browns: Tristan Wirfs (OT, Iowa)
There have been recent reports that the Cleveland Browns could look to move back to select an offensive tackle later in the first round. Instead of making a mistake in doing that, the Browns add Tristan Wirfs to protect Baker Mayfield’s blindside. Of course, there’s still the possibility that Cleveland acquires Trent Williams via trade.
No. 11 — New York Jets: Mekhi Becton (OT, Louisville)
Immediately after the Browns take an offensive tackle, the New York Jets could very well be targeting one. Of the tackles remaining, Mekhi Becton gives the Jets another stud to revamp their new-look offensive line.
No. 12 — Las Vegas Raiders: CeeDee Lamb (WR, Oklahoma)
Throughout the pre-draft process, it’s evident that Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden want a playmaker early in the first round. With no wide receivers off the board yet, the Las Vegas Raiders select CeeDee Lamb out of Oklahoma. As a result, Derek Carr doesn’t get any excuses for not succeeding next season.
No. 13 — San Francisco 49ers: Jerry Jeudy (WR, Alabama)
Early in free agency, the San Francisco 49ers acquired the No. 13 pick for DeForest Buckner. Following the departure of Emmanuel Sanders, the 49ers pair Deebo Samuel with Jerry Jeudy. Jeudy gives San Francisco a remarkable wide receiver group for the foreseeable future.
No. 14 — Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Andrew Thomas (OT, Georgia)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers shocked the world when they signed Tom Brady, meaning that they are in win-now mode. Provided that the offensive line needs some work, the Buccaneers luck out and get Andrew Thomas out of Georgia. If Tampa Bay’s offensive line can hold up, their offense is going to be electric in 2020.
No. 15 — Denver Broncos: Henry Ruggs (WR, Alabama)
The Denver Broncos are willing to move up in the draft if it means getting the wide receiver they want. However, by staying put at No. 15, the Broncos still get Henry Ruggs, giving Drew Lock another weapon alongside Courtland Sutton and Noah Fant.
No. 16 — Arizona Cardinals (via Atlanta Falcons): Derrick Brown (IDL, Auburn)
With Kinlaw being taken at No. 9, Derrick Brown sees a slight fall in the NFL Draft. Nonetheless, the stout interior defender joins the Arizona Cardinals, who shore up the interior of their defense in the first round. If this scenario happens, the Cardinals are arguably the winners of the offseason.
No. 17 — Dallas Cowboys: K’Lavon Chaisson (Edge, LSU)
The Dallas Cowboys could go in a variety of directions with the No. 17 pick, with most of their needs coming on the defensive side of the ball. Despite cornerback being their most glaring need, the Cowboys are unable to pass on K’Lavon Chaisson to replace Robert Quinn.
No. 18 — Miami Dolphins: Josh Jones (OT, Houston)
Upon selecting Tua with the No. 3 pick, the Dolphins need to protect him at all costs. Besides improving in the interior of their offensive line, Miami could take Josh Jones, the offensive tackle out of Houston. Jones would be an immediate starter for the Dolphins in 2020.
No. 19 — Las Vegas Raiders: A.J. Terrell (CB, Clemson)
In his first year as GM last offseason, Mike Mayock showed that he has an affinity for selecting players from Clemson. Just a year after taking Trayvon Mullen in the draft, the Raiders take his former teammate in A.J. Terrell with the No. 19 pick.
No. 20 — Jacksonville Jaguars: Kristian Fulton (CB, LSU)
The Jaguars already addressed the interior of their defensive line earlier in the first, thus allowing them to turn their attention to fixing the secondary with their second first-round pick. Along with Kinlaw, Jacksonville comes away with Kristian Fulton in the first round, giving them a decent haul on day one.
No. 21 — Philadelphia Eagles: Justin Jefferson (WR, LSU)
Over the course of the 2019 season, it was apparent that the Philadelphia Eagles need to give Carson Wentz more weapons. After catching 18 touchdown passes with LSU in 2019, Justin Jefferson can give Wentz a reliable target at wide receiver. Even though he excelled as a slot in college, Jefferson can play outside in Philadelphia.
No. 22 — Minnesota Vikings: Jaylon Johnson (CB, Utah)
Despite having some medical concerns in the pre-draft process, Jaylon Johnson continues to get consideration as a first-round pick. Seeing that the Minnesota Vikings need to replace Xavier Rhodes, Johnson becomes a perfect fit for Mike Zimmer’s defense.
No. 23 — New England Patriots: Yetur Gross-Matos (Edge, Penn State)
The New England Patriots are heading into uncharted territory, needing to prepare for life after Tom Brady. Even though Jordan Love is still available, Bill Belichick decides to go with Yetur Gross-Matos out of Penn State. While he needs to develop in certain areas, Gross-Matos is a freakish athlete that should fit nicely in New England.
No. 24 — New Orleans Saints: Patrick Queen (LB, LSU)
With Drew Brees returning, the New Orleans Saints are going all-in for a Super Bowl in 2020. Besides Demario Davis, the Saints don’t have a linebacker that provides much assurance in the middle of the defense. Therefore, Patrick Queen would be a fantastic choice, improving the defense drastically.
No. 25 — Minnesota Vikings: Ezra Cleveland (OT, Boise State)
Most Vikings fans assume that the team is going to select a wide receiver early to replace Stefon Diggs. However, in looking to the future, Ezra Cleveland could be the eventual replacement for Riley Reiff at left tackle. It’s safe to say that fans in Minnesota wouldn’t be too fond of this selection.
No. 26 — Miami Dolphins: Cesar Ruiz (IOL, Michigan)
Again, the Dolphins need to focus on making sure the quarterback they select (hopefully Tagovailoa, for the sake of fans in Miami) is well-protected. Even after signing Ted Karras and Ereck Flowers, the Dolphins could make an upgrade by taking Cesar Ruiz with the No. 26 pick.
No. 27 — Tennessee Titans (via Seattle Seahawks): A.J. Epenesa (Edge, Iowa)
While John Schneider has been the GM of the Seattle Seahawks, it’s almost inevitable that he makes a trade in the first round. In this scenario, the Tennessee Titans trade up two spots to land A.J. Epenesa, the edge rusher from Iowa. Despite the uncertainty of Epenesa’s potential in the NFL, Mike Vrabel could find a spot for him to succeed in.
No. 28 — Baltimore Ravens: Kenneth Murray (LB, Oklahoma)
Since C.J. Mosley left in free agency last offseason, the Baltimore Ravens have been unable to find a viable replacement for him. Given that, Kenneth Murray, the linebacker out of Oklahoma, would be the perfect option for the Ravens at No. 28. Murray brings a bit of versatility to the inside linebacker position for Baltimore.
No. 29 — Seattle Seahawks (via Tennessee Titans): Isaiah Wilson (OT, Georgia)
Similar to most seasons, it’s impossible to predict what the Seahawks are going to do in the first round. With that in mind, Seattle could surprise some people by addressing an underrated need of theirs at offensive tackle. After receiving first-round buzz in recent weeks, Isaiah Wilson lands with the Seahawks at No. 29.
No. 30 — Green Bay Packers: Denzel Mims (WR, Baylor)
Along the same lines as a few teams, the Green Bay Packers showed they desperately need aid at wide receiver. In addition, with Aaron Rodgers’ career dwindling down, the Packers need to give him a receiver alongside DaVante Adams. Luckily for them, Denzel Mims remains on the board late in the first round.
No. 31 — Detroit Lions (via San Francisco 49ers): Neville Gallimore (IDL, Oklahoma)
After the Lions negotiate a deal with the Dolphins for the No. 3 pick, they should have more draft capital for the future. Instead of staying put in the second round, Detroit moves back into the first round to grab Neville Gallimore, improving the interior of their defensive front. At the same time, the 49ers get a chance to acquire picks for day two.
No. 32 — Kansas City Chiefs: Jeff Gladney (CB, TCU)
The Kansas City Chiefs are returning most of their starters from their Super Bowl season, aside from Kendall Fuller. Even though they re-signed Bashaud Breeland, the Chiefs could use some help at cornerback in 2020. In light of that, Jeff Gladney out of TCU would give them a physical corner that could be a plug-and-play starter.