The NFL combine is officially over, which means that it's about that time that we start getting into our mock draft 2.0. There's going to be some changes from our first, as some people really showed out at the combine and some struggled with the high expectations. Without further ado, let's get into it.
2020 NFL Mock Draft 2.0
1. Cincinnati Bengals
1c3: Joe Burrow QB LSU
With Cincinnati likely to move on from longtime starter Andy Dalton, they take hometown kid Joe Burrow. Burrow put up one of the greatest statistical seasons in college football history, so no surprise that he goes number one here.
Dobbs: Joe Burrow QB LSU
This pick is simply a lock, the Bengals don’t pass on the good character QB who just tossed a historic season in CFB and won the National Championship.
2. Washington Redskins
1c3: Chase Young Edge OSU
Media guys like Colin Cowherd and Mel Kiper Jr. have suggested that the Redskins should go Tua here. However, Rivera opts to see what he has with Dwayne Haskins and takes the best player in the draft Chase Young. Young should be able to slide in immediately and produce in Jack Del Rio’s defense.
Dobbs: Chase Young Edge OSU
Although there has been some speculation recently as to the Skins selecting Tua at #2 overall; I and many others will continue to look at it as a smokescreen until they show otherwise. With that said, Chase Young is very likely the prospect chosen with his incredible size, speed and technique.
3. Detroit Lions
1c3: Jeff Okudah CB OSU
Detroit could trade out of this spot and secure more capital, but if they end up staying here, Okudah has to be the pick. Darius Slay could be leaving, which would make the Lions secondary even worse than it already is. He’s the best corner prospect in the draft and scouts remind him of 2019 DPOY Stephon Gilmore. Detroit starts its rebuild on defense by getting one of the best in the draft.
Dobbs: Jeff Okudah CB OSU
Jeff Okudah is the guy here for the Lions. He fits their defensive scheme to a tee seeing as he is easily the best man to man cornerback in this class.
4. New York Giants
1c3: Isaiah Simmons LB/S Clemson
New York has a more pressing need on the offensive line, but they can’t pass up on the athletic freak that is Isaiah Simmons. He wowed scouts at the combine with his vertical and 40-yard dash. Not only that, Simmons showed that he can play all over the field in college. He instantly becomes the face of the Giants poor defense.
Dobbs: Isaiah Simmons LB/S Clemson
O-line is obviously a huge need for the Giants and you may be asking yourself how they could pass on a tackle here. Your answer is simply that they probably won’t pass on the potentially generational defender in Isaiah Simmons, and then address O-line via free agency
5. Miami Dolphins
1c3: Justin Herbert QB Oregon
Justin Herbert impressed scouts at the combine with his arm talent and his sneaky athleticism. The buzz around the Dolphins is that they really like Herbert. This could all change after Tua’s pro day, but for right now, Herbert is likely to be the choice.
Dobbs: Tua Tagovailoa QB Alabama
Look... Right now there are a lot of questions surrounding Tua’s health and potential trades in draft picks in order to get him. In this mock I left it free of trades so we won’t do anything crazy. Barring any trades, Tua is likely the Dolphins QB of the future.
6. Los Angeles Chargers
1c3: Mekhi Becton OT Louisville
The Chargers pass on Tua here and instead decide to beef up their weak offensive line. Becton is massive at 6”7 364 pounds and moves like a gazelle for his size. Becton slides in and protects whoever the Chargers slot in at quarterback.
Dobbs: Tristan Wirfs OL Iowa
Tristan Wirfs was one of the players who benefited a lot from the combine if not the most. He simply dominated it in every important area for an offensive lineman and looks to make a fantastic left or right tackle for the Chargers.
7. Carolina Panthers
1c3: TRADE w/ Las Vegas Raiders
LV receives: #7, 2020 4th, 2021 6th
CAR receives #12, #19, 2021 2nd, 2021 4th, 2021 5th
LV: Tua Tagovailoa QB Alabama
With the Chargers passing on Tua, Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden jump on the opportunity to trade up, and send the 12th and 19th picks, along with a future third to Carolina for #7, a 2020 fourth and a 2021 sixth. The Raiders decide that the Derek Carr era is over and make Tua the face of the Las Vegas Raiders.
Dobbs: Justin Herbert QB Oregon
Justin Herbert was a guy that I have moved up a bit after the combine as well. He dominated it as far as QB’s and honestly looks like he could be a project completely worth delving into. His arm talent, throwing mechanics and overall size make him super dangerous if you put him in the right scenario; And this young Carolina team may be just the spot for Herbert to develop, as it looks like Cam Newton won’t be back next season in a Panthers uniform.
8. Arizona Cardinals
1c3: CeeDee Lamb WR Oklahoma
The Cardinals are another team with a need on the offensive line, but decide to get a familiar weapon for their franchise quarterback. Lamb isn’t the fastest guy, but he’s a monster after the catch and catches everything that’s thrown to him. He teams up with his former college quarterback Kyler Murray
Dobbs: CeeDee Lamb WR Oklahoma
“How could the Cardinals not take an O-lineman right here” ok ok… for the record I think the same thing. But it has been reported that the Cardinals are looking to commit this pick to a young #1 receiver for Kyler Murray and who is better in that role than the elusive CeeDee Lamb who was Murray’s running mate down at Oklahoma just 2 seasons ago.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars
1c3: Derrick Brown IDL Auburn
Jacksonville is thrilled that another great defensive player fans to them. It happened with Josh Allen last year and it happens again with Derrick Brown. The Jaguars statistically have one of the worst interior lines in football, so adding Brown here would make a lot of sense.
Dobbs: Mekhi Becton OT Louisville
Hearing Mekhi Becton to Jacksonville sounds a bit weird, even I'll admit. But, after the combine, it looks like this is where he may land. The Jaguars could go plenty of directions with this pick, but I assume they will go with the boom or bust Becton who’s size and raw potential you just shouldn’t pass on.
10. Cleveland Browns
1c3: Tristan Wirfs OL Iowa
Wirfs had a very impressive combine, highlighted by a 4.85 40 yard time. He also has the versatility to either stay at tackle or kick inside to guard. Cleveland is another team that needs to help protect their young quarterback. Wirfs is the easy pick here.
Dobbs: Andrew Thomas OT Georgia
This pick was actually really hard to decide on because it was either Andrew Thomas or Jedrick Wills Jr., seeing as to how desperately the Browns O-line needs help. I decided to go with Thomas just on the fact that he has been anchoring the Georgia O-line since he was a true freshman and has the extra inch on him and had a significantly better 20 yard shuttle time.
11. New York Jets
1c3: Jedrick Wills Jr. OT Alabama
The Jets could go with a wide receiver here, but instead, they look to attack their glaring need on the offensive line and take Alabama’s Jedrick Wills Jr. He can play either tackle position and will definitely help improve the Jets line right away.
Dobbs: Jedrick Wills Jr. OT Alabama
The Jets are also very much in high need of a dominant O-line prospect to protect their young franchise QB. Fortunately, Wills Jr. will be available here for them to snag and he will help anchor down part of their line.
12. Las Vegas Raiders
1c3: TRADE w/ Carolina Panthers
CAR: CJ Henderson CB Florida
After trading back and acquiring more draft capital, new coach Matt Rhule spends his first pick on a talented corner who rose his stock after a phenomenal combine performance. Henderson has it all, size, strength, speed you name it, he’s got it. James Bradberry is a free agent and if he doesn’t come back, Henderson should slot in as their cornerback one.
Dobbs: Jerry Jeudy WR Alabama
Jeudy falling to the Raiders here is a perfect fit. A receiver who can help open up the field for everyone else with his terrific speed and route running, plus a release that will leave a DB shook. Gruden would have a field day designing some crafty plays involving Jeudy.
13. Indianapolis Colts
1c3: Jerry Jeudy WR Alabama
The Colts need to give Jacoby Brissett another weapon to throw to. Insert Jerry Jeudy, a crisp route runner who reminds a lot of scouts of former Indianapolis legend Marvin Harrison.
Dobbs: Derrick Brown IDL Auburn
I think the Colts take the best player on the board right here and end up dealing with the QB position via free agency or giving Brissett one more season. That’s why I have Derrick Brown being snagged here. Honestly, Brown may already be off the board here by one of those teams I said could go multiple directions with their pick. But, if he's not, expect him to be taken right by the Colts to bolster their D-line.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1c3: Jordan Love QB Utah State
With the Buccaneers likely using their franchise tag on pass rusher Shaq Barrett, that leaves them with a difficult decision. Do they pay James Winston, who’s shown flashes of greatness, but also is wildly inconsistent. Or do they take a stab and draft their potential QB of the future. I think they sign Winston to a one or two year deal and roll the dice on Jordan Love here, who won’t be ready right away, but can step in after a year or two, similar to what Patrick Mahomes did in Kansas City.
Dobbs: K'Lavon Chaisson Edge LSU
K'Lavon Chaisson is going to be a very versatile outside linebacker in the NFL. His skill set involves everything from stuffing the run to covering the pass in man or zone. His pass-rushing skills definitely need to be honed but I think that will happen slowly but surely with Chaisson. With all that s