2020 NFL Mock Draft: Tua to Dolphins

The 2019 NFL season is barely underway and yet, for some — looking at you, Miami — the offseason cannot get here soon enough.

Fans in Dallas and New England, among countless others, are already looking into travel accommodations for Super Bowl LIV.

Given the buildup to the season, overreactions following the first real games of the year are understandable and mildly entertaining.

So, let’s make like the Minnesota Vikings and run with it, projecting the entire season and where the top 32 college players will wind up next spring with a waaaaay-too-early 2020 mock draft.

2020 1st Round Mock Draft

1. Miami Dolphins — Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama: The only life-raft available to marooned Miami fans at this point may be the hope that with a legitimate franchise QB, a quick turnaround is possible.

Justin Herbert
Justin Herbert. (Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports)

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon: GM Jason Licht had a chance at an Oregon superstar QB earlier but selected Jameis Winston over Marcus Mariota. Unless Winston improves dramatically, he’ll be playing elsewhere next year.

3. New York Giants — Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama: Without more dynamic weapons at receiver, it won’t matter who is at quarterback for the Giants this year or next.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars — Chase Young, DE, Ohio State: Perhaps adding a potential No. 1 overall candidate at this point in the draft can take some of the sting away from losing Nick Foles indefinitely to a broken clavicle.

5. Arizona Cardinals — AJ Epenesa, DE, Iowa: As new-age as Kliff Kingbury may be on offense, Terrell Suggs and several other pass rushers on this squad are on the opposite side of the horizon.

6. Washington Redskins — Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia: If there is no resolution with Trent Williams, Washington must move on at left tackle.

7. Cincinnati Bengals — Isaiah Simmons, OLB, Clemson: The Bengals lack of speed and reliable tackling at linebacker was apparent in the loss to Seattle.

8. Carolina Panthers — Grant Delpit, S, LSU: Journeyman Tre Boston led Carolina in tackles in a Week 1 loss, but if the Panthers are hoping to attack in 2020, they need fresher legs.

9. Oakland Raiders — Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn: Expect the Raiders to focus on character after the Antonio Brown disaster. They won’t come much bigger, stronger or cleaner off the field than Brown.

10. New York Jets — Laviska Shenault, Jr., WR, Colorado: Pair the 6-foot-2, 225-pound Shenault, Jr. with Robby Anderson and Le’Veon Bell and the Jets could finally get off the tarmac.

11. Atlanta Falcons — Leki Fotu, DT, Utah: A man child in the Haloti Ngata mold, Fotu would add much-needed size, strength and ferocity to the Falcons’ front.

12. Detroit Lions — Jeffrey Okuda, CB, Ohio State: With Rashaan Melvin a pending free agent and Justin Coleman surrendering scores in his Detroit debut, the Lions shouldn’t look past Okuda’s upside.

13. Denver Broncos — Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa: Whether it be for Joe Flacco or Drew Lock, the Broncos must protect their QBs… including in practice against their own pass rush.

14. Buffalo Bills — Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama: Taking a F-150 approach to a league full of racecars, the Bills invest along the line of scrimmage… again.

15. Indianapolis Colts — Collin Johnson, WR, Texas: Johnson is a massive pass-catcher very much in the mold free agent addition Devin Funchess but with a better track record of dependability.

16. Miami Dolphins (from Houston Texans) — Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama: How better to guarantee that Tagovailoa likes his new digs than to supply him the Ruggs?

17. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago Bears) — Tyler Biadasz, C/OG, Wisconsin: Even with stud center Rodney Hudson locked up long-term, Biadasz helps Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden build inside-out.

18. San Francisco 49ers — Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford: Long, confident and a ballhawk, Adebo and Stanford graduate Richard Sherman would make quite the pair in Santa Clara.

19. Cleveland Browns — Walker Little, OT, Stanford: Protecting the investment made in 2018 No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield with a massive left tackle just makes too much cents.

D'Andre Swift
D’Andre Swift. (John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports)

20. Green Bay Packers — D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia: Just once it would be fun to watch Aaron Rodgers with a legitimate franchise back.

21. Pittsburgh Steelers — Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia: It might take another aggressive trade up to get him but Hall’s range, instincts and ball-skills would do wonders in the Steelers’ secondary.

22. Seattle Seahawks — Bradlee Anae, DE, Utah: On paper, the Seahawks’ rush is formidable but with Jadeveon Clowney and Ziggy Ansah both on one year deals, reinforcements will likely be needed.

23. Tennessee Titans — Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia: Marcus Mariota (and Ryan Tannehill) will be given every chance to stay but Fromm would be an intriguing fit if things go south.

24. Philadelphia Eagles — Brandon Jones, S, Texas: Heady, physical and battle-tested, Jones could help clean up a secondary caught napping at times, against Washington in Week One.

25. Los Angeles Chargers — Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson: Can Austin Ekeler keep it up? Will Melvin Gordon return? Chargers may want to keep the juice on at the position, just in case.

26. Los Angeles Rams — Rashard Lawrence, DL, LSU: Rams could look at Lawrence as a cheaper option this offseason to another former LSU star, Michael Brockers.

27. New Orleans Saints — Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri: From a size, athleticism and style-perspective, Okwuegbunam is a near clone of former Saints’ star Jimmy Graham.

28. Baltimore Ravens — Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama: The Tuscaloosa-Baltimore express just keeps making stops, especially with three CBs (including Jimmy Smith) pending free agents.

29. Minnesota Vikings — John Simpson, OG, Clemson: Kirk Cousin attempted passes on just 10/48 offensive snaps in a Week One drubbing of Atlanta. Simpson, a mauler, would fit in well.

30. Kansas City Chiefs — Nick Coe, DL, Auburn: Coe would make sense should stud DL Chris Jones break the bank elsewhere.

31. Dallas Cowboys — Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU: Re-signing both Zeke and Dak could force the Cowboys to tighten the purse strings on others, including pending UFA Amari Cooper.

32. New England Patriots — Colby Parkinson, TE, Stanford: The rich get richer with the 6-foot-7, 245 pound Parkinson a Gronk-like red zone specialist.

–By Rob Rang (@RobRang), Field Level Media

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