Three-round 2020 NFL Mock Draft: Chargers pass on QB; Justin Herbert, Jordan Love fall to bottom of 1st round


LSU

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 221 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

This isn’t going to change. The biggest question now regarding the Bengals’ QB situation is where Andy Dalton will end up.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 264 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

Chase Young is the best player in this draft class and the Redskins have needs up and down the roster. It’s certainly reasonable to entertain trade-down scenarios, but just to be clear: DO NOT DRAFT A QB HERE.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

1st

The team traded Darius Slay and signed Desmond Trufant. Trading out of this pick would be ideal, but it’ll be hard to pass on Okudah here if they stay put.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 312 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

1st

Wills was dominant last season for Alabama and he’ll solidify the right side of the Giants’ O-line, which is great news for Daniel Jones.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 217 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Here’s the deal: If QBs taken in Round 1 work out about 50 percent of the time, and Miami thinks Tua’s chance of success is even 33 percent, they should take him; they have three first-rounders and an obvious need under center.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 238 lbs

Anthony Lynn says he’s all in on Tyrod Taylor. If he is, maybe L.A. goes in a different direction here. Imagine L.A.’s defense with the addition of Simmons. Put another way: It just got a little bit harder for K.C. to win the division.

Auburn

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 326 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

1st

Carolina’s defense was decimated by retirement and free-agent defections. Brown has the chance to be a foundational player in the middle of the Panthers’ D.

Iowa

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

1st

Arizona gave D.J. Humphries a three-year extension and Wirfs would solidify the right tackle position on an offense that now includes DeAndre Hopkins.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 204 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The second-best CB in this class, Henderson makes his way into the top 10. The Jags have needs along the offense and defensive lines and at quarterback, but Henderson is too good to pass up here.

Louisville

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 364 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

4th

At 6-7, 360 pounds, Becton is a mountain of a man, but he moves like someone who weighs more like 260, which pairs nicely with his footwork, balance and strength. The Browns have myriad problems and fixing the offensive line is as good a place as any to start. Ultimately, this team’s success comes down to Baker Mayfield, but protecting him might make that a lot easier.

Georgia

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 315 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Yes, the Jets signed George Fant in free agency, and yes, they’d love to take the No. 1 WR on their board here, but protecting Sam Darnold is a bigger need. Andrew Thomas can play both right and left tackle and some teams consider him the top tackle in this class.

Oklahoma

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 198 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

1st

The team heads to Las Vegas with plenty of questions, but CeeDee Lamb would give Jon Gruden an immediate playmaker to pair with Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow. Lamb is the toughest WR in this class and he’s coming off a remarkable season for Oklahoma, where he averaged more than 20 yards per reception. The biggest question he must answer: Can he consistently beat press coverage, something he rarely saw in the Big 12?

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 193 lbs

San Francisco lost Emmanuel Sanders in free agency and Jeudy, who is the best route runner in this class, would join a WR corps that includes Deebo Samuel, the 2019 second-round pick coming off a fantastic rookie campaign.

Houston

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 319 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

5th

The Bucs don’t move up for a OT but they take the best available at No. 14. Jones had a fantastic 2019 season and an even better Senior Bowl, and in Tampa he’ll be tasked with protecting 43-year-old Tom Brady.

Alabama

• Jr

• 5’11”

/ 188 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Courtland Sutton is an emerging star who is a bona fide deep threat. Noah Fant is the dynamic tight end entering Year 2. Phillip Lindsay and Melvin Gordon are the backfield playmakers, and Drew Lock is the quarterback who appears ready for the full-time job. Why not add one more weapon to this offense in Ruggs, who was the fastest player on Alabama’s roster last season? He can score from anywhere on the field.

South Carolina

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 324 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Falcons would love to land C.J. Henderson but he went off the board at No. 9. They also need edge-rush help, but with Kinlaw, the best pass-rushing interior lineman in this class, still on the board, they get Grady Jarrett a running mate inside.

LSU

• Soph

• 6’3″

/ 254 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Chaisson is a raw, explosive pass rusher who is only going to get better the more he plays. The Cowboys have needs at cornerback and even at center, with Travis Frederick’s retirement, but Chaisson is the second-best edge-player in this class.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 201 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

1st

The Dolphins released Reshad Jones and the plan seems to be to stockpile defensive backs; they signed Byron Jones, and McKinney’s versatility means he can line up all over the field.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

6th

Eli Apple didn’t work out for the Raiders in free agency so cornerback remains a need. Terrell joins Trayvon Mullen, his former Clemson teammate in the Las Vegas secondary.

Oregon

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 236 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Jags passed on Herbert at No. 20, but with needs at QB — the team says its all in on Gardner Minshew but he was benched last season for Nick Foles — it’s hard to let him go here. He’ll need a season or two of seasoning, but has the best chance of success in a low-pressure atmosphere.

Arizona State

• Sr

• 6’0″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

35th

POSITION RNK

6th

Aiyuk didn’t take part in the Senior Bowl because of injuries, but he’s a YAC monster who also excels as a returner. Philly would be best-case-scenario as a landing spot that would best utilize his skill set.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 202 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

24th

POSITION RNK

4th

Stefon Diggs is gone and Kirk Cousins needs weapons; Jefferson was dominant in the slot last season for LSU and the hope is that he can replicate that production in Minnesota.

Wisconsin

• Sr

• 6’2″

/ 238 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

34th

POSITION RNK

4th

Jamie Collins, Kyle Van Noy and Elandon Roberts are all gone (they landed in Detroit, Miami and Miami — all home of former Pats assistant coaches) and Baun, who can play on the edge or at the linebacker position, has the type of versatility and smarts that makes it easy to connect him to New England.

Utah State

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 224 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

4th

Love is one of the most polarizing players in this draft. In New Orleans, he’ll have an opportunity to sit for a year and possibly earn the starting job in Year 2, should Drew Brees retire.

TCU

• Sr

• 5’10”

/ 191 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

26th

POSITION RNK

5th

The Vikings have a ton of needs, most of them on defense. After parting ways with three cornerbacks this offseason, Gladney, who plays much bigger than his size, will have a chance for playing time on Day 1.

Boise State

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 311 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

50th

POSITION RNK

9th

The Dolphins have to get better along the O-line. Cleveland flew under the radar for much of the pre-draft process, but he’s coming off a strong season for Boise State.

Auburn

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 303 lbs

Projected Team

Seattle

PROSPECT RNK

55th

POSITION RNK

5th

Davidson was overshadowed by Derrick Brown, but he can line up inside or out, though he’s much better coming off the edge at this point in his career.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 229 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

28th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Queen feels like a Baltimore player. Josh Bynes left for Cincy, and one of the few holes on this defense is at linebacker.

LSU

• Sr

• 6’0″

/ 197 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

22nd

POSITION RNK

3rd

Logan Ryan and Tramaine Brock were two of the Titans’ top three cornerbacks in ’19, both are free agents. Fulton is coming off a strong season, and would’ve been a likely first-rounder had he come out a year ago.

Baylor

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 207 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

39th

POSITION RNK

8th

Mims had a strong season for Baylor, balled out at the Senior Bowl, and then set the combine on fire with his performance there. He’s still raw but he’s the type of playmaker that could quickly grow into an Aaron Rodgers-led offense.

Alabama

• Sr

• 6’1″

/ 205 lbs

Stefon Diggs’ brother is a big cornerback with — not surprisingly — great ball skills. He’ll be insurance for Richard Sherman, who has one more year left on his deal.

Michigan

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 307 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

42nd

POSITION RNK

6th

The Chiefs don’t have many needs, but Ruiz is the best center in the country and Austin Reiter is entering the final year of his deal in Kansas City.





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