Pirtle’s Final 2020 NFL Mock Draft
1. CIN: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
2. WAS: Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
3. MIA (TRADE WITH DET): Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
Recent reports of Miami’s desire to move up leads me to believe the Dolphins aim to acquire Tagovailoa as opposed to a tackle.
4. NYG: Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
The Giants have coveted Wirfs recently, making him the first tackle off the board. Wirfs will be tasked with keeping 2019 first-rounder Daniel Jones upright.
5. MIA: Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
Surprised? Miami pairs Tagovailoa with Wills, who protected his blindside in college and will continue to do so in the pros.
6. LAC: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
The Chargers have done extensive work on Herbert, Tagovailoa is off the board and Tyrod Taylor is their starting quarterback. Do the math.
7. CAR: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
A toss-up here. Ultimately, I have a hard time believing the defensive-minded first-year head coach Matt Rhule will pass on Simmons.
8. TB (TRADE WITH ARI): Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
Tampa moves up the board as they know their window is open. Bolstering their offensive line to protect statue-esque Tom Brady is crucial, making Thomas is the perfect selection.
9. JAX: Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
A draft-day slide for Okudah ends in a celebration for Jacksonville, a team starved of talent in the secondary.
10. ATL (TRADE WITH CLE): CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
Atlanta moves up the board here for Henderson, a player they have been connected to recently.
11. NYJ: Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
The Jets are fortunate to land Becton, the last of the draft’s highly-coveted top four offensive tackles.
12. LV: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
The Raiders give Derek Carr a premier weapon, exercising the ghost of Antonio Brown.
13. SF: Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
A team with no true holes can afford to bolster their group of weapons. The Niners opt to go with Ruggs, a player that will excel in Kyle Shanahan’s offense.
14. ARI (TRADE WITH TB): Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
The Cardinals are thrilled to get Brown here, a player they surely would have considered with the eighth overall selection.
15. DEN: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
The Broncos provide the young Drew Lock with another weapon in Jeudy, who is the perfect running mate for Courtland Sutton.
16. CLE (TRADE WITH ATL): Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State
A bit of a shocker here. The Browns desperately need help on the offensive line and have been reported to covet Cleveland. Cue up the Cleveland in Cleveland headlines.
17. DAL: K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
Having Chaisson on the opposite side of DeMarcus Lawrence will be a nightmare for opposing NFC East teams following the departure of Robert Quinn.
18. DET (TRADE WITH MIA): Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
The Lions make Kinlaw their initial selection after trading back with Miami, a dominant player who fills a major need while providing value here.
19. LV: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
After selecting Lamb to bolster their offense, the Raiders select McKinney to strengthen the opposite side of the ball. McKinney’s versatility will be a huge boon to a Las Vegas team in need of help in the secondary.
20. IND (TRADE WITH JAX): Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
Fireworks. The Colts peg Love as the quarterback of the future, allowing the raw prospect to develop his game under the 38-year-old Philip Rivers.
21. PHI: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
No surprise here. Jefferson has been linked to Philadelphia for weeks now, as the Eagles desperately seek a weapon of his caliber.
22. MIN: Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
Mims fills a need for the Vikings following the recent trade of Stefon Diggs.
23. NE: AJ Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
Epenesa is a perfect fit for New England’s defense, a unit that recently lost some key pieces.
24. NO: Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
The athletic Murray would bolster one of the Saints weaker units. An athletic linebacker like Murray will be a welcomed addition following Tampa Bay’s recent acquisition of Rob Gronkowski.
25. MIN: A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
The Vikings, who are no stranger to selecting corners in the first round, follow up their selection of Mims with A.J. Terrell following the departure of Xavier Rhodes.
26. DET (TRADE WITH MIA): Cesar Ruiz, IOL, Michigan
After losing Graham Glasgow in free agency, the Lions take the draft’s top interior offensive lineman in Ruiz.
27. SEA: Josh Jones, OT, Houston
The Seahawks have been hindered by their offensive line in recent years and Jones would certainly be a big help.
28. BAL: Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
Queen, a leader of LSU’s championship defense, would be a phenomenal fit in Baltimore’s front-seven.
29. TEN: Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
Gross-Matos, an explosive threat off the edge, would be a great fit on the opposite side of Harold Landry in Tennessee.
30. GB: Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
Reagor provides the Packers offense with some much needed speed. Aaron Rodgers will certainly love having a downfield threat of Reagor’s caliber.
31. SF: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
Fulton would be a solid option alongside Richard Sherman for a 49ers defense that implemented more man coverage than normal in 2019.
32. KC: D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
Swift provides an already lethal Chiefs offense with another dynamic weapon.