Hotard Huddle Mock Draft 2.0 – One QB falls out of the Top 10, while another team trades up for one
1. Cincinnati Bengals – QB Joe Burrow – LSU
It is a lock. Joe Burrow will inevitably be the first overall pick giving the Bengals their QB for the foreseeable future.
2. Washington Redskins – DE Chase Young – Ohio State
Barring anything crazy here, Young seems like a lock for the second pick. Despite how I feel about being a potential bust, I understand drafting him. You’d be foolish to pass on him in the top 5. He is too much of an athletic freak in going after QBs and possesses great qualities such as the speed off the edge and an ability to go for the ball creating turnovers. Nearly half his sacks last season resulted in forced fumbles.
3. (Trade) Los Angeles Chargers – QB Tua Tagovailoa – Alabama
Detroit Receives: 6th Pick, 2020 2nd Round, 2021 3rd
Los Angeles Receives: 3rd Pick
My gut is telling me the Chargers are ready to strike a deal trading up for their choice of QB, which I think is inevitably Tua. I believe Tua will be the second QB off the board no matter what. While all the talk surrounds Miami trading up, I think they have too much luxury of draft capital in round one to trade up.
4. New York Giants – OT Jedrick Wills, Alabama
Dave Gettleman pulls a Dave Gettleman.
5. Miami Dolphins – OLB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
Instead of taking Herbert here, I have the Dolphins addressing their defense taking the best player in this draft in my opinion. They pull the swerve.
6. (Trade) Detroit Lions – CB Jeffrey Okudah, Ohio State
This is the status quo for the Lions. No matter where they pick, it seems like all signs are pointing to the best corner in the draft.
7. Carolina Panthers – DT Derrick Brown, Auburn
Unless the Panthers trade up for Simmons, I think Derrick Brown is the safe bet for them giving his versatility on the defensive line.
8. (Trade) Denver Broncos – WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
Arizona Receives: 15th Pick, 2020 3rd Round, 2021 2nd Round
Denver Receives: Pick 8
Last year Woody Paige called it that the Broncos would trade up for Noah Fant with all the details of the trade delivered. His sources are now saying they intend to do the same for Jerry Jeudy. They need a receiver to pair with Courtland Sutton and Jeudy gives them an instant impact receiver. So it makes sense.
9. (Trade) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – OT Andrew Thomas, Georgia
Jacksonville Receives: 14th Pick, 2020 4th Round, 2021 2nd Round
Tampa Bay Receives: Pick 9
I can see Tampa making a move up to protect their newly acquired QB Tom Brady. Despite having one of the better offensive lines last year, you can never have too many good ones. I see this being the territory where tackles start flying off the board.
10. Cleveland Browns – OT Mekhi Becton, Louisville
The Browns need a left tackle more than possibly any other position. Baker Mayfield is coming off a down year in which he and the Browns struggled in the redzone both in the run and pass. Becton is a huge prospect, both figuratively and literally. He could give them the answer to their need at offensive line.
11. New York Jets – OT Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
With some top end receivers still on the board and the loss of Robby Anderson, Jets could absolutely turn to the next best. I think because of how deep the receiver class is, they shy away and go grab the last remaining top tackle to protect Sam Darnold.
12. (Trade) Atlanta Falcons – DT Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
Las Vegas Receives: 16th Pick, 2020 3rd Round
Atlanta Receives: 12th Pick
I placed a bet on the Falcons grabbing Kinlaw no matter who is on the board. That is my story and I am sticking to it.
13. San Francisco 49ers – CB CJ Henderson, Florida
The 49ers will have a tough decision at 13. Do they sure up the defense or grab a top receiver (assuming availability)? I have them addressing a major need in the secondary. Sherman is getting older and the corner spot is one of their weaker points.
14. (Trade) Jacksonville Jaguars – OLB K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU
The pick makes sense for the Jags. They need another pass rusher on the other side of Josh Allen. With the trade back and Chaisson likely still available, why not go for the next best behind Chase Young?
15. (Trade) Arizona Cardinals – OT Josh Jones, Houston
Arizona Cardinals trade down ensuring more draft capital. I think they sure up their line with their first rounder here.
16. (Trade) Las Vegas Raiders – WR CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
The Raiders need another receiver to pair along with Tyrell Williams and Hunter Renfrow. Both are good solid guys, but neither compare to the big play ability of Lamb.
17. Dallas Cowboys – S Xavier McKinney, Alabama
The Cowboys need a safety and with McKinney still available, many believe he is the pick for Dallas if he is on the board.
18. Miami Dolphins – QB Justin Herbert, Oregon
Here it is! The Dolphins hold out and Herbert still manages to fall as the only other team who could realistically take a QB earlier is Jacksonville barring more trades.
19. Las Vegas Raiders – CB AJ Terrell, Clemson
Insert Raiders love affair with Clemson.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars – CB Trevon Diggs, Alabama
Diggs is a raw athletic freak with plenty of upside. The Jags could use a corner and they are not in much of a position to win now. Why not take the gamble?
21 – Philadelphia Eagles – WR Henry Ruggs III, Alabama
They. Need. Receivers. With Ruggs available, they would be foolish to pass on him.
22. (Trade) Indianapolis Colts – QB Jordan Love, Utah State
Minnesota Receives: 2020 2nd Round, 2020 3rd Round, 2020 7th Round
Indianapolis Receives: 22nd Pick, 2020 7th Round
In a complete sneak attack, the Colts trade up to steal the hope of other teams like the Patriots or Saints who have been reportedly interested in drafting a QB.
23. New England Patriots – OLB Patrick Queen, LSU
Belichick loves his saavy football guys and Queen is just that. He is quick to the point of attack and excels in coverage. It seems like too much of a potential chess piece for Belichick to pass on.
24. New Orleans Saints – OLB Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma
Murray falling to the Saints is a great reality. He is long and athletic. He could easily fill the other side of Demario Davis nicely.
25. Minnesota Vikings – WR Justin Jefferson, LSU
They traded Stefon Diggs away leaving a gaping hole at receiver. They could wait to fill in the later rounds, but I like Jefferson for them. He gives them a great possession guy who is good at creating separation and finding holes.
26. Miami Dolphins – OT Ezra Cleveland, Boise State
With three picks in the first round, I feel like Miami has to use one of them for the offensive line. Ezra Cleveland would be a great pick in the late first round.
27. Seattle Seahawks – DE AJ Epenesa, Iowa
He doesn’t jump off the charts, but he is a high motor guy. The Seattle defense could use plenty of help on their defensive line which was miserable last season.
28. Baltimore Ravens – WR Denzel Mims, Baylor
Lamar Jackson was heavily reliant on his feet and tight ends last season. Hollywood Brown was great as a rook, but they could use another young receiver to play alongside.
29. Tennessee Titans – CB Kristian Fulton, LSU
No matter what, I believe the Titans will address the need in the secondary in round one whether it is a safety or corner. With Fulton falling, that would give them someone who can start right away.
30. Green Bay Packers – WR Michael Pittman Jr. USC
In my original mock, I had the Packers going offensive line. However, they could certainly use a big bodied possession receiver to free up Davante Adams. They have plenty of guys who can run downfield. This gives them a much different look at receiver.
31. San Francisco 49ers – DT Ross Blacklock, TCU
They traded away DeForest Buckner to the Colts. They could use 31 to address the need up front.
32. Kansas City Chiefs – CB Jeff Gladney, TCU
Originally, I had KC slated to grab D’Andre Swift. However, they should probably take the smarter approach and grab another piece for the secondary. If someone like Gladney is available, he can certainly help keep the wheels turning on a defense that needs to be average to win behind that offense.