NFL Mock Draft 2020: Round 1

8 Coaster’s Corner Experts, 4 Teams each, 1 full round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Each expert was assigned their favourite team and an additional 3 teams to play the role as (virtual) GM. The draft is set to occur on April 23rd, 2020 and our experts could not help but take a crack at it. Here are our results.

1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow (QB), LSU

If there’s one thing you can count on, it’s Joe Burrow not practising social distancing with the end-zone. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner and National Champ is poised to take his championship pedigree to the next level. An elite passer, with 73.7+ completion % in 14 of 15 games, while accounting for an absurd 65 total touchdowns in the 2019 season.Cincinnati, welcome your franchise QB. Geaux Tigers…Geaux Bengals! #WhoDey

2. Washington Redskins: Chase Young (Edge), The Ohio State

Not to be confused with elite hockey prospect Chase Young out of Lutheran High School, the Redkskins select Chase Young (EDGE) out of THE Ohio State University. Widely considered the best overall prospect in the draft, Young grades out as Perennial All Pro based on the NFL’s Prospect grade. Totalling 16.5 sacks (Led FBS) and 6 forced fumbles in 2019, Young solidified himself as a top prospect in the 2020 Draft. Washington could pull a 2019 Arizona here and select Tua Tagovailoa, however I believe with Burrow off the board and Tua’s injury history, the ‘Skins will play it safe and go with the best player available. #Redskins

3. Detroit Lions: Jeff Okudah (CB), The Ohio State

What do you do when you trade your elite CB in the offseason? You draft the best one available, and in this draft class it is no doubt Jeff Okudah, don’t overthink this Detroit. #OnePride

4. New York Giants: Derrick Brown (DT), Auburn

David Gettleman attempted to trade pick #4 and Saquon Barkley for the 1st and 2nd selection overall. Mr. Gettleman was then laughed at during the Google Hangout by both GM’s, they both muttered “RB’s don’t matter Dave!”. 2019 Lott IMPACT Trophy winner, Derrick Brown, is the best player available and attacks a major need for the big Apple. Drawing comparisons to Reggie White, he is a disruptor who is ready to play all 3 downs even as a rookie. #GiantsPride

5. Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa (QB), Bama

Did you really think we’d go into the season with JUST Fitzmagic??!?! The Dolphins don’t complicate things and take their guy Tua. The Dolphins walk away with a steal locking in the most talented QB in the draft. #FinsUp

6. Los Angeles Chargers: Isaiah Simmons (LB), Clemson

Why so shocked….oh you thought we were taking a QB didn’t you. Well shame on you for doubting the greatness of Tyrod. The Chargers enter their new home with a new identity….Defence! Simmons helps a stacked D match up twice a year against Mahomes and adds to a defence that already includes established Pro Bowlers Bosa and James jr. #BoltUp

7. Carolina Panthers: Javon Kinlaw (DT), South Carolina

With the recent news that Luke Kuechly will be stepping away from football, the middle of the Panthers defence now has a hole so gaping it would make even the most seasoned adult actress blush. There is no middle linebacker in this draft class worthy of this high of a pick so the Panthers are hoping that Kinlaw’s massive frame will help plug this hole. #KeepPounding

8. Arizona Cardinals: Tristan Wirfs (OT), Iowa

After acquiring DeAndre Hopkins, the Cards next goal is to keep mini me upright. They do this by selecting the top OT in the draft from the lineman factory of Iowa. He has elite lineman speed, running a 4.85 40 time that matches up with the Cards uptempo style. #AirRaid

9. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jedrick Willis (OT), Bama’

The Jags need some serious help at the offensive line to protect official QB1, Gardner Minshew, as well as give some push to open things up for big Lenny. They do this by drafting arguably the best OL prospect in the draft in Jedrick Wills. #Duuuval

10. Cleveland Browns: Andrew Thomas (OT), Georgia

The Browns were extremely poor in 2019 after failing to meet lofty expectations placed upon them after their impressive off-season. Andrew Thomas is a BIG LAD (6′ 5″, 320lbs), who along with free agent signing Jack Conklin will look to improve the Browns OL and give Baker Mayfield time in the pocket that he didn’t have in 2019. Thomas is no project, and his NFL readiness along with the revamped OL will give the Browns the tools they need to live up to those high praises imposed on them just a year ago. #Browns

11. New York Jets: Mekhi Becton (OT), Louisville

Big lad you say Cleveland? The Jets see your 6″5 320 and raise all the way up to Mekhi Becton (6’7 357lbs. He blew up at the combine when he ran a 5.1… at 357lbs. Becton has been climbing draft boards ever since. He has high potential and can be the saviour to Sam Darnold’s blinside. Joe Douglas’ first draft and he gets his O-lineman. #TakeFlight

12. Las Vegas Raiders: Justin Herbert (QB), Oregon

Everythings bigger in… Vegas? You heard that right as the Raiders select 6’6 Justin Herbert. The City of Las Vegas are straight up fired up about this one as the Raiders draft their QB of the future. Herbert has the physical tools to be a top NFL quarterback in the future, and a year learning the playbook behind Derek Carr (or Marcus Mariota) may help that to come to fruition. #RaidersNation

13. San Francisco 49ers (IND): CeeDee Lamb (WR), Oklahoma

We lost the superbowl…again! But this time we learn from our mistake and grab a true No.1 WR to pair with rookie sensation Deebo Samuels. If Jimmy G can’t get this squad back to the promise land, then some interesting decisions could be in store for Lynch and Shanahan in 2021. #49ers

14. Las Vegas Raiders (TB) *TRADE ALERT*: Jerry Jeudy (WR), Bama’

Trade: Buccaneers trade the 14th pick to Las Vegas for the 19th, 81st and the 121st in the 2020 draft.

What’s better than landing your QB of the future? Landing the QB of the future AND his future stud #1 receiver. Jeudy takes his talents to Vegas, where he can paint more route running Picasso’s in the Raiders brand new Black Hole. In 2019, Jeudy transitioned from a vertical threat to a volume receiver, showing scouts he has multiple facets to his game and true #1 receiver potential. Jeudy will now have the opportunity to fulfil that potential as he steps into a weak Raiders receiving core with only Tyrell Williams and Darren Waller as real standout players. #RaidersNation

15. Denver Broncos: Henry Ruggs (WR), Bama’

Ruggs is the ultimate all-purpose threat, an absolute game-changer with the ball in his hands. Denver is desperately pursuing a spark for their receiving core, after moving on from Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas. He’s a speed demon and a beautiful compliment to Courtland Sutton for sophomore Drew Lock to loft the pigskin to. #Broncos

16. Atlanta Falcons: K’Lavon Chaisson (Edge), LSU

Chaisson brings his talents to ATL! Defense wins championships – period! K’Lavon is a raw pass rusher with a high motor. If he develops in our system the way we anticipate he will, we walk away with Von Miller 2.0. #RiseUp

17. Dallas Cowboys: C.J Henderson (CB), Florida

How bout them corner backs? Well the Cowboys lost their star converted corner, Byron Jones, to free agency and did not make any significant splashes in their secondary other than safety Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix. They will need to bolster some parts of their offensive line but C.J is clearly the 2nd best corner in the draft. Henderson is an overlooked athletic prospect who disrupts the timing of his WR’s. America’s Team gets their guy. #DallasCowboys

18. Miami Dolphins (PIT): D’andre Swift (RB), Georgia

LET’S SELL SOME TICKETS!! Swift is easily the top back in the draft with his smooth-running ability and excellent hands out of the backfield. Swift and Jordan Howard will work as the 1-2 punch in the new look Miami backfield. #FinsUp

19. Baltimore Ravens *TRADE ALERT* (TB, LVR, CHI): Kenneth Murray (LB), Oklahoma

Pick 19 heads to Baltimore for picks 28 and 60. Bucs racking up the draft capital.

Ravens have been in need of an ILB ever since CJ Mosley left town for the Big Apple. Murray is a fast, sideline to sideline player who will make an immediate impact on Wink Martindale’s unique defence. #RavensFlock

20. Jacksonville Jaguars (LAR): Xavier McKinney (S), Bama’

With the recent losses of Pro-Bowl corners AJ Bouye and Jalen Ramsey, the Jags need a breath of fresh air to build their new secondary around. McKinney is an elite athlete and by far the best safety of the draft, don’t expect him to slide past the Jags. #Duuuval

21. Philadelphia Eagles: Justin Jefferson (WR), LSU

Eagles land Jefferson JUSTIN’ time! Jefferson will provide help to an Eagles receiving core looking for an Alpha! His draft stock is climbing by the day , if one of the big 3 aren’t there, expect Philly to take Jefferson. #FlyEaglesFly

22. Minnesota Vikings (BUF): Yetur Gross-Matos (DL), Penn St.

With Everson Griffin most likely leaving town, Gross-Matos can slide right into the vacated spot.. Although he is somewhat of unfished product, his upside is arguably higher then any DE/EDGE in this class not named Chase Young. Gross-Matos putting up double digit sacks in a season might even bring a smirk to Zimmer’s RBF #SKOL

23. New England Patriots: Tee Higgins (WR), Clemson

Tom Brady is now gone… but the Pats pass up on taking a QB to select the big physical Tee Higgins from Clemson. In 3 seasons, the receiver improved his production every single year, concluding with his first 1000+ yards season. He will be a nice complement to the underneath presence of Edelman. The QB class should be stronger next year for the Pats to get their next franchise signal caller. #GoPats

24. Los Angeles Chargers *TRADE ALERT*: Jordan Love (QB), Utah State

LA Chargers trade Picks 37 (Rd 2), 71 (Rd 3) and 220 (Rd 7) to New Orleans for Picks 24 (Rd 1) and 169 (Rd 5)

In the words of YG, “Who do you Love ?”….Well the Chargers certainly had enough to move up the draft to grab their long-term QB who’s comes with loads of potential and a strong arm. The Mahomes recipe seems perfect here with Tyrod in place, setting up the franchise well for the next decade. #BoltUp

25. Minnesota Vikings: Jeff Gladney (CB), TCU

Mike Zimmer couldn’t resist making another defensive pick in the 1st round. Gladney has the ability to match-up against opposing team’s best receivers and he has a junkyard dog mentality. The thought of Gross-Matos creating pressure and Gladney coming away with the pick has Zimmer feeling sensations in places he hasn’t experienced before. #SKOL

26. Miami Dolphins (Hou): Austin Jackson (OT), USC

We’ve got Tua, now its time to keep him upright. Jackson provides much needed help a Miami offence in need of talented big men. #FinsUp

27. Seattle Seahawks: Patrick Queen (LB), LSU

Our fans are famously referred to as the 12th man…but unfortunately none of them are likely to slot in to our LB vacancy in the depth chart. With that in mind, the Seahawks grab the explosive LB from the NCAA champion LSU Tigers who can slide immediately into Seattle’s OLB vacancy, while also serving as an intern and future replacement for ALL PRO Bobby Wagner. #GoHawks

28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (BAL): Josh Jones (OT), Houston

Bucs came into the draft with one goal, get a tackle to help protect the GOAT. When the top 4 tackles were gone they traded down twice to get 3 additional picks. They end up still getting the tackle they were considering at 14. Jones is a solid athlete at his size and should prove to be a worthy replacement for long time Buc Demar Dotson. #GoBucs

29. Tennessee Titans: Julian Okwara (Edge), Notre Dame

The Fighting Irish product wreaked havoc is his final full game before suffering a broken fibula to shorten his season. He is a long, speedy and fairly limber edge rusher who upon filling out, will be a quality starter. 33 % of his tackles in college went for a loss. Vrabel loves his versatility and get some much needed pass rush help. #TitanUp

30. Green Bay Packers: Denzel Mims (WR), Baylor

With Aaron Rodgers not looking as magical as he once was, the Packers need to add some play-making talent to help him out. Mims tore up the combine and would give the Packers someone to take the top off of defences and another red zone threat to go along with Adams. #Packers

31. Miami Dolphins *TRADE ALERT*: A.J Epenesa (Edge), Iowa

San Francisco trades Pick 31 (Rd 1) and its 2021 3rd round pick to Miami for Picks 37 (Rd 2) and Pick 70 (Rd 3)

THE REBUILD IS REAL! Miami see’s a proven Edge rusher in A.J Epenesa falling and move into the first to stop the slide. Coach Flores gets another great piece in the first round.

32. Kansas City Chiefs: Trevon Diggs (CB), Bama’

The Chiefs grab the big corner out of Alabama with the Super bowl winning pick. The last name Diggs may seem familiar as he is indeed the younger brother of Bills WR Stefon Diggs. The Chiefs do not have a true shut down corner and Diggs has the potential to become that.

Leave your comments below on how the experts did and your favourite team’s selections!

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