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Two-round 2020 NFL Mock Draft: Chargers pick Justin Herbert, Dolphins trade up twice in Round 1

Two-round 2020 NFL Mock Draft: Chargers pick Justin Herbert, Dolphins trade up twice in Round 1

The Chargers are happy Herbert fell into their lap, and the Dolphins get aggressive in Round 1

As we're getting close to the 2020 NFL Draft, it's time to really hone on what we think will happen on draft night. And while I've fluctuated slightly on Tua Tagovailoa landing spots over the past few months, I do believe he'll be wearing Miami Dolphins aqua this season. Also, because the draft is in fewer than 20 days, of course, a myriad of trades are featured in this mock.

Before we get to the picks, these are the terms of the four trades I have in Round 1:

  • Dolphins get No. 3; Lions get No. 5, No. 39, a 2021 second-round pick and Albert Wilson
  • Buccaneers get No. 8, No. 202; Cardinals get No. 14, No. 45, No. 117
  • Dolphins get No. 13; 49ers get No. 18, No. 70, No. 141
  • Broncos get No. 11; Jets get No. 15, No. 77, No. 181

OK, let's get to it.

Jump to a specific round in the mock draft

NFL Mock DraftRound 1

Round 1 – Pick 1


Joe Burrow

QB

LSU

• Sr

• 6'4"

/ 221 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galatica. Burrow to Bengals.

Round 1 – Pick 2


Chase Young

EDGE

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6'5"

/ 264 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

The Redskins probably won't get enough of a trade offer to move out of this selection.

Mock Trade from

Detroit Lions

Round 1 – Pick 3


Tua Tagovailoa

QB

Alabama

• Jr

• 6'0"

/ 217 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Brian Flores and Matt Patricia are buds. To me, the Dolphins are creating smoke that they don't like Tagovailoa so teams won't feel as compelled to move in front of them to pick him.

Round 1 – Pick 4


Jedrick Wills Jr.

OL

Alabama

• Jr

• 6'4"

/ 312 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

1st

Wills fits the mold of the run-game specialist Dave Gettleman likely adores. And he plugs in at right tackle instantly, keeping Nate Solder on the left side.

Mock Trade from

Miami Dolphins

Round 1 – Pick 5


Jeff Okudah

CB

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6'1"

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

1st

This development represents the best-case scenario for the Lions. They move back, get an extra second-round pick, and still land Okudah.

Round 1 – Pick 6


Justin Herbert

QB

Oregon

• Sr

• 6'6"

/ 236 lbs

Projected Team

L.A. Chargers

PROSPECT RNK

20th

POSITION RNK

4th

If the board falls this way, the Chargers would probably be one of the few teams willing to pass on Isaiah Simmons here. Herbert is Los Angeles' quarterback of the future.

Round 1 – Pick 7


Isaiah Simmons

LB

Clemson

• Jr

• 6'4"

/ 238 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

Simmons is a no-brainer here for Carolina unless Matt Rhule's club can trade back. Super athlete. Incredibly multi-dimensional.

Mock Trade from

Arizona Cardinals

Round 1 – Pick 8


Tristan Wirfs

OL

Iowa

• Jr

• 6'5"

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Buccaneers can't wait around for a top offensive tackle to fall to them. So they act aggressively and fit Wirfs in at right tackle where there's currently a vacancy.

Round 1 – Pick 9


Jordan Love

QB

Utah State

• Jr

• 6'4"

/ 224 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

3rd

GM Dave Caldwell and HC Doug Marrone are on the hot seat, which catalyzes them to make a bold move at the game's most vital position.

Round 1 – Pick 10


Andrew Thomas

OL

Georgia

• Jr

• 6'5"

/ 315 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

4th

This should be an absolute slam dunk for the Browns. Andrew Thomas has franchise left tackle tools and the Browns still need a game-changer at that position.

Mock Trade from

New York Jets

Round 1 – Pick 11


Henry Ruggs III

WR

Alabama

• Jr

• 5'11"

/ 188 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

3rd

From his time in Baltimore, Jets GM Joe Douglas knows the value in trading back. Even with all the receivers on the board, he moves back, allowing Denver to take one. Ruggs and Courtland Sutton formulate an awesomely complementary receiver duo in Denver.

Round 1 – Pick 12


Jerry Jeudy

WR

Alabama

• Jr

• 6'1"

/ 193 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Raiders want another talented wideout option and with the top four receivers gone, they don't hesitate to pick Jeudy.

Mock Trade from

San Francisco 49ers

Round 1 – Pick 13


Mekhi Becton

OL

Louisville

• Jr

• 6'7"

/ 364 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

3rd

With most of the top offensive tackles unavailable at this juncture, the Dolphins use an extra fourth-round selection to move up with the 49ers to pick who they hope will be their franchise left tackle for a long time.

Mock Trade from

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Round 1 – Pick 14


CJ Henderson

CB

Florida

• Jr

• 6'1"

/ 204 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Cardinals don't love how the offensive tackle board looks like right now, so they go best player available.

Mock Trade from

Denver Broncos

Round 1 – Pick 15


CeeDee Lamb

WR

Oklahoma

• Jr

• 6'2"

/ 198 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Jets' trade back pays off in a huge way. They get a third and a sixth from Denver and still get Lamb inside the top half of Round 1.

Round 1 – Pick 16


K'Lavon Chaisson

EDGE

LSU

• Soph

• 6'3"

/ 254 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

2nd

I can't get off this prospect-team pairing. Chaisson has All-Pro abilities and the Falcons have to get more talent on the edge.

Round 1 – Pick 17


Derrick Brown

DL

Auburn

• Sr

• 6'5"

/ 326 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

1st

Yes, the Cowboys signed Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe in free agency. Neither is a long-term solution at defensive tackle.

Mock Trade from

Miami Dolphins

Round 1 – Pick 18


Denzel Mims

WR

Baylor

• Sr

• 6'3"

/ 207 lbs

Projected Team

San Francisco

PROSPECT RNK

43rd

POSITION RNK

8th

Mims isn't exactly a yards-after-the-catch specialist, but he diversifies San Francisco's receiver room.

From

Chicago Bears

Round 1 – Pick 19


Kristian Fulton

CB

LSU

• Sr

• 6'0"

/ 197 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

22nd

POSITION RNK

3rd

After getting an electric wideout earlier in the first round, the Raiders grab a lockdown corner with slot flexibility here.

Round 1 – Pick 20


Javon Kinlaw

DL

South Carolina

• Sr

• 6'5"

/ 324 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Sure, the Jaguars have used a bunch of first-round picks on defensive linemen of late, but with Calais Campbell gone, they have to rebuild that position. Kinlaw's too good to pass up.

Round 1 – Pick 21


Justin Jefferson

WR

LSU

• Jr

• 6'1"

/ 202 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

31st

POSITION RNK

5th

Instead of moving up for a consensus top receiver, the Eagles stay patient and still get Jefferson.

From

Buffalo Bills

Round 1 – Pick 22


Jalen Reagor

WR

TCU

• Jr

• 5'11"

/ 206 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

45th

POSITION RNK

9th

Reagor is a springy, explosive wideout who steps in the vacancy left by the Stefon Diggs trade.

Round 1 – Pick 23


A.J. Epenesa

EDGE

Iowa

• Jr

• 6'5"

/ 275 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Epenesa isn't too different from former Patriots star Trey Flowers, a long, handwork specialist who can play anywhere along the defensive line.

Round 1 – Pick 24


Patrick Queen

LB

LSU

• Jr

• 6'0"

/ 229 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

34th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Saints stay local and address the linebacker spot with a coverage specialist.

Round 1 – Pick 25


Jeff Gladney

CB

TCU

• Sr

• 5'10"

/ 191 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

36th

POSITION RNK

6th

Gladney is a feisty man-to-man and off-coverage corner with lightning-quick click-and-close skills who plays the ball well as it's arriving.

From

Houston Texans

Round 1 – Pick 26


Xavier McKinney

S

Alabama

• Jr

• 6'0"

/ 201 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Dolphins get a field general for the back seven of their defense with the ultra-versatile McKinney.

Round 1 – Pick 27


Ezra Cleveland

OL

Boise State

• Jr

• 6'6"

/ 311 lbs

Projected Team

Seattle

PROSPECT RNK

49th

POSITION RNK

7th

Cleveland is an athletic freak at the offensive tackle position, which the Seahawks need to address early in this draft.

Round 1 – Pick 28


Cesar Ruiz

OL

Michigan

• Jr

• 6'3"

/ 307 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

67th

POSITION RNK

13th

Have to go back to this pairing, because it's exquisite. Ruiz is a wide, athletic run-blocking specialist at center who's still 20 years old.

Round 1 – Pick 29


Josh Jones

OL

Houston

• Sr

• 6'5"

/ 319 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

32nd

POSITION RNK

5th

The Titans need an instant replacement for Jack Conklin at right tackle, and although Jones played on the left side at Houston, he fits here.

Round 1 – Pick 30


Laviska Shenault Jr.

WR

Colorado

• Jr

• 6'1"

/ 227 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

33rd

POSITION RNK

6th

Shenault is a freak after the catch because he's so tough to bring to the turf and twitchy for a large, compact receiver.

Round 1 – Pick 31


Noah Igbinoghene

CB

Auburn

• Jr

• 5'10"

/ 198 lbs

Projected Team

San Francisco

PROSPECT RNK

37th

POSITION RNK

7th

Igbinoghene should sneak into Round 1 based on his flexibility, electric movement skills, and fine film in only his second year playing cornerback in 2019.

Round 1 – Pick 32


Jordan Elliott

DL

Missouri

• Jr

• 6'4"

/ 302 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

72nd

POSITION RNK

7th

With not much wiggle room cap-wise and Chris Jones playing on the franchise tag this season, the Chiefs get some insurance at defensive tackle with another long pass rusher.

NFL Mock DraftRound 2

Round 2 – Pick 1 (33)


Willie Gay Jr.

LB

Mississippi State

• Jr

• 6'1"

/ 243 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

108th

POSITION RNK

8th

Gay is a missile on the field and gives the Bengals linebacker group the injection of athleticism it desperately needs.

From

Washington Redskins

Round 2 – Pick 2 (34)


Brandon Aiyuk

WR

Arizona State

• Sr

• 6'0"

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Indianapolis

PROSPECT RNK

38th

POSITION RNK

7th

Aiyuk gives the Colts a young, downfield weapon for Philip Rivers.

Round 2 – Pick 3 (35)


Yetur Gross-Matos

EDGE

Penn State

• Jr

• 6'5"

/ 266 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

4th

Gross-Matos has the length and athleticism skills along with an improving pass-rush move arsenal to be a very good pro for a long time.

Round 2 – Pick 4 (36)


Zack Baun

LB

Wisconsin

• Sr

• 6'2"

/ 238 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

44th

POSITION RNK

5th

Baun would provide the Giants with a springy, bendy edge rusher. It's what the defense really needs.

Round 2 – Pick 5 (37)


Marlon Davidson

DL

Auburn

• Sr

• 6'3"

/ 303 lbs

Projected Team

L.A. Chargers

PROSPECT RNK

56th

POSITION RNK

5th

Davidson is a disruptive force wherever he plays up front because of his heavy, active hands.

Round 2 – Pick 6 (38)


Ross Blacklock

DL

TCU

• Jr

• 6'3"

/ 290 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

29th

POSITION RNK

4th

Blacklock is a little raw with his hands, but his explosiveness will really entice new Panthers head coach Matt Rhule.

Mock Trade from

Miami Dolphins

Round 2 – Pick 7 (39)


KJ Hamler

WR

Penn State

• Soph

• 5'9"

/ 178 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

59th

POSITION RNK

10th

Without a secure long-term future at receiver, the Lions get an incendiary speedster in Hamler with their second-pick in Round 2.

From

Arizona Cardinals

Round 2 – Pick 8 (40)


Tee Higgins

WR

Clemson

• Jr

• 6'4"

/ 216 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

26th

POSITION RNK

4th

The Texans will get the most out of Higgins by keeping him mainly on the vertical route tree.

Round 2 – Pick 9 (41)


Justin Madubuike

DL

• Jr

• 6'3"

/ 293 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

29th

POSITION RNK

4th

Madubuike needs to get a half-step quicker, but he's NFL-ready with his pass-rushing maneuvers, and he's strong.

Round 2 – Pick 10 (42)


Jaylon Johnson

CB

Utah

• Jr

• 6'0"

/ 193 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

57th

POSITION RNK

9th

The Jaguars are suddenly barren at cornerback and get one of the most well-rounded players at that position in this class in Johnson.

From

Las Vegas Raiders

Round 2 – Pick 11 (43)


Chase Claypool

WR

Notre Dame

• Sr

• 6'4"

/ 238 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

82nd

POSITION RNK

14th

Claypool gives the Bears a wide receiver/tight end hybrid with serious speed who plays above the rim.

Round 2 – Pick 12 (44)


Neville Gallimore

DL

Oklahoma

• Sr

• 6'2"

/ 304 lbs

Projected Team

Indianapolis

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

3rd

With Gallimore, the Colts get a disruptive force on the interior of their defensive line. Much needed.

Mock Trade from

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Round 2 – Pick 13 (45)


A.J. Terrell

CB

Clemson

• Jr

• 6'1"

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

30th

POSITION RNK

5th

After going corner in Round 1, the Cardinals circle back and address a big need with offensive tackle.

Round 2 – Pick 14 (46)

Ben Bartch

OL

NFL Draft

• 6'6"

/ 309 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

113th

POSITION RNK

24th

Given his pass-protecting prowess and athleticism, Bartch could sneak into the top 50, and he'd make plenty of sense for a Broncos club in need of an upgrade at offensive tackle.

Round 2 – Pick 15 (47)


Trevon Diggs

CB

Alabama

• Sr

• 6'1"

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

28th

POSITION RNK

4th

In Atlanta, Dan Quinn would let Diggs look at the quarterback more often to allow his length and aggressiveness to turn him into a true playmaker.

Round 2 – Pick 16 (48)


Matt Peart

OL

Connecticut

• Sr

• 6'7"

/ 318 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

100th

POSITION RNK

21st

Peart is impossibly long and a studly pass protector who just needs to get a bit stronger. Instant starter.

Round 2 – Pick 17 (49)


Jonathan Taylor

RB

Wisconsin

• Jr

• 5'10"

/ 226 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

24th

POSITION RNK

1st

This would represent a fall for Taylor, and the Steelers can't pass on him in the second round.

Round 2 – Pick 18 (50)


Damien Lewis

OL

LSU

• Sr

• 6'2"

/ 327 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

121st

POSITION RNK

27th

Lewis is a one-on-one mauler with some plays of leaky pass protection but NFL strength right now.

Round 2 – Pick 19 (51)

Jeremy Chinn

S

Southern Illinois

• Jr

• 6'3"

/ 221 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

86th

POSITION RNK

7th

The Cowboys are loading up on defense and Chinn is a hyper-freaky, ultra-versatile safety linebacker hybrid with imposing size.

Round 2 – Pick 20 (52)


Tyler Biadasz

OL

Wisconsin

• Jr

• 6'4"

/ 314 lbs

Projected Team

L.A. Rams

PROSPECT RNK

70th

POSITION RNK

14th

The Rams need to address the offensive line with an athletic blocker and that's precisely what they get with Biadasz.

Round 2 – Pick 21 (53)


Kenneth Murray

LB

Oklahoma

• Jr

• 6'3"

/ 241 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

23rd

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Eagles start to build for the future at the linebacker position and stop Murray's slide.

Round 2 – Pick 22 (54)


Curtis Weaver

EDGE

Boise State

• Jr

• 6'2"

/ 265 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

48th

POSITION RNK

7th

By October, the average age of the Bills top three edge rushers — Jerry Hughes, Mario Addison, and Trent Murphy — will be a 31. Buffalo gets a big, bendy, refined rusher to pair with that group.

From

Atlanta Falcons

Round 2 – Pick 23 (55)


Michael Pittman Jr.

WR

USC

• Sr

• 6'4"

/ 223 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

69th

POSITION RNK

12th

The Ravens add another big target to their pass-catching group in Pittman who's not spectacular in any area but has very few flaws.

From

New Orleans Saints

Round 2 – Pick 24 (56)


Lloyd Cushenberry III

OL

LSU

• Jr

• 6'3"

/ 312 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

60th

POSITION RNK

10th

Building the offensive line couldn't be more important for the Dolphins, so it's another blocker for Brian Flores' club.

Round 2 – Pick 25 (57)


Julian Okwara

EDGE

Notre Dame

• Sr

• 6'4"

/ 252 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

44th

POSITION RNK

5th

Okwara is long and athletic with good speed-to-power conversion. The Texans need more horses up front on defense.

Round 2 – Pick 26 (58)


Lucas Niang

OL

TCU

• Sr

• 6'6"

/ 315 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

64th

POSITION RNK

12th

Niang's athleticism gets him picked here to the Vikings because they prioritize movement ability with their blockers.

Round 2 – Pick 27 (59)


Michael Ojemudia

CB

Iowa

• Sr

• 6'1"

/ 200 lbs

Projected Team

Seattle

PROSPECT RNK

104th

POSITION RNK

14th

This is a perfect selection for Seattle in Round 2. Ojemudia is a long, very athletic zone specialist.

Round 2 – Pick 28 (60)


Jonathan Greenard

EDGE

Florida

• Sr

• 6'3"

/ 263 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

75th

POSITION RNK

9th

The Ravens get a rocked-up edge rusher to give that group more juice in Wink Martindale's blitz-heavy scheme.

Round 2 – Pick 29 (61)


J.K. Dobbins

RB

Ohio State

• Jr

• 5'10"

/ 209 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

52nd

POSITION RNK

3rd

Wait? A running back with Derrick Henry on the roster? Yes. The Titans want to be run-heavy but need to plan for the future at the position.

Round 2 – Pick 30 (62)


Davon Hamilton

DL

Ohio State

• Sr

• 6'4"

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

105th

POSITION RNK

9th

Hamilton is a wide, powerful bull-rushing nose tackle who'd likely produce playing next to Kenny Clark.

From

San Francisco 49ers

Round 2 – Pick 31 (63)


Damon Arnette

CB

Ohio State

• Sr

• 6'0"

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

61st

POSITION RNK

10th

Arnette is a feisty corner who stays in phase on most plays and routinely gets his hands on the football despite shorter-than-ideal arms.

From

Kansas City Chiefs

Round 2 – Pick 32 (64)


D'Andre Swift

RB

Georgia

• Jr

• 5'8"

/ 212 lbs

Projected Team

Seattle

PROSPECT RNK

41st

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Seahawks love using play-action and chucking it deep. Swift would give Russell Wilson a dynamic receiving option out of the backfield.

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